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The Mountain View Arts Society has been bringing musicians and artists to Didsbury, and showcasing locals since 2011. The 8th Annual Mountain View Arts Festival takes place September 7 & 8, 2018 in Didsbury Alberta. Our desire is to showcase that Didsbury, Olds, Carstairs, Sundre, Cremona - all the communities in and around Mountain View County - have an incredible wealth of artistic talent.

2018 Applications for Stage Performers Closed
Great toe-tappin' music is the heart of any festival. We now have a full slate and Applications for stage performers are now closed! Please check back for the confirmed schedule in the next few weeks.

Musicians, singers, and songwriters to perform in Didsbury during September's Arts Festival.We bring our artists right into the heart of Downtown Didsbury!

It wouldn't be a festival without lots of music!

  1. Main Stage at the Elks Hall downtown Didsbury
  2. Secondary Stage at the Vintage Coffee Bar
  3. Secondary Stage at the Didsbury Museum

The event is being promoted throughout the province and across the country. We will give you as much exposure as possible on our website, on Facebook and Twitter, through Travel Alberta, Evensi,, and other websites, and in various print materials.

If you have any questions, e-mail Mike, our Performer Coordinator.

PLEASE NOTE: The Mountain View Arts Festival showcases musicians and entertainers from Alberta. There are no openings for performers from outside Canada.

Street performers wanted for the 2018 Mountain View Arts Festival.Buskers add delight, interest and energy to our Arts Festival, especially for those out for an afternoon stroll. Didsbury's streets provide a wonderful opportunity for buskers to showcase their craft and for residents and visitors to be entertained and show their appreciation.

If you are a street performer, you'll find yourself right in the centre of all the action as our main venues are just a hop, skip, and a jump from each other. If you have a talent you'd love to share, we'd like to hear from you. Kids of all ages love talented individuals who play music, perform magic, do gymnastics, juggle, dance - we even have room for mimes, living statues, puppeteers, mascots - you name it, our families love it!

If you have questions, send us an e-mail or call 403-335-9445. Let us know you're coming and we'll let everyone else know, too!

2018 Applications for Artists at Work
Artists are offered an opportunity to set up a display of art for sale (have info about classes, display their art, etc).What's an arts festival without artists? We aim to interest and educate the public about art. In our "Artists at Work" at the historic Train Station, artists will be on hand ready to answer questions from the public, explaining how they use their tools and materials. They'll even give the public a chance to participate in a collective piece of art, handle raw materials and tools, or do a "Make It - Take It" project!

We hope our participants can present some sort of interactivity, something that encourages creativity and appreciation for diverse art forms and cultures. It's more than just showing people how it's done. It's offering an interactive feature so that everyone can learn, first-hand, the value - and fun - in creating!

If you have any questions, e-mail Merrilee, our Artists at Work Coordinator, or call her at 403-512-9888.

Come to the Train Station to "Chalk It Up!"
Last year was so much fun, we're doing it again!

One of Kevin's chalk artwork from 2016's Festival.Artists who use other mediums, we encourage you to give this a try - tattoo artists, painters, cartoonists, you name it!

We invite artists from the county and beyond to join us on Friday and Saturday. Registered artists will be provided a spot downtown and a box of chalk.

Oh, and guess what! There will be vertical chalk art space for those of you who prefer not to get down on the sidewalk!

Want to participate? Please contact

Come join the fun and the unique community we like to call "Chalk-a-Holics"! You can see some of their work on our Facebook page.

We will also accommodate non-profit organizations, so if you would like to use the arts festival as a fundraising opportunity, come to us with your great ideas and we'll see what we can do. For more information, please call 403-335-9445 or e-mail the Arts Society.

Musicians, Singers, Musical Groups, Dancers, & other Performers
2018 Terms & Conditions
2018 Online Applications Are Closed

Artists at Work Applicants
Background Info
2018 Terms & Conditions
Online Applications Are Now Open

Chalk Artist Applications
Want to participate? Please contact

Click here to apply for the Mountain View Arts Festival

ALL APPLICANTS - Please make sure you have read the Terms & Conditions for your activity. There have been changes since last year. Thank you.

What is Busking?
Street Performing or Busking is an ancient form of entertainment. It is a style like no other. Street performers are that rare breed of entertainer in search of the best place or "pitch" to perform their art. Buskers can be dancers, artists, clowns, musicians, jugglers, acrobats, comedians, and of course, singers.

Street performers earn their living by "passing the hat". So when you enjoy their performance, let them know with your loonies and toonies, $5s and $10s. It's up to you how much you pay, but please, show your appreciation to our local talented performers.

Heard at past festivals:
"What a great day! The sun is out, people are
here, Didsbee is here, and the kids are all
making stained glass windows
All enjoying the art form!"
Bill Anthony, Artist

"From the minute we arrived, we knew where to set up and we had help with anything we needed. The atmosphere was definitely one of helping & caring for the vendors & performers."

"When I look at the workmanship that's
being displayed, it just blows my mind!"

Some of the beautiful outdoor art designed by Robbin Corsiatto and Dee Trewin.

What is a Visual Artist?
Those who paint, carve, sculpt, take photos, craftsmen
who work with pottery, stained glass, wood, jewellery,
or metal, clothing designers, photojournalists, those
who design clothes, create digital images, sketch
caricatures & illustrations, design floral arrangements.

And We Want All of You!

Venues sponsored by the Town of Didsbury. Stay overnight at the Rosebud Valley Campground at the east entrance to Didsbury. The Didsbury Museum has artifacts from the homestead days, clothing, household items, farming equipment, a school room, medical room, general store, military roll of honour, and a 1907 Cast Iron Safe. Visit our museum today! In Partnership with the Didsbury Municipal Library In Partnership with Travel Alberta Canada We're on twitter! Follow us at MVArtsFest today! We're on twitter! Follow us at MVArtsFest today!