Mystic Outdoor Art Festival

DOWNTOWN MYSTIC
SATURDAY, AUG. 14, 2021: 10 AM- 6 PM & SUNDAY, AUG. 15, 2021: 10 AM - 5 PM

Blown glass artist at the 2019 Mystic Outdoor Art Festival in Mystic, CT.
An artist and her work displayed at the 2019 Mystic Outdoor Art Festival in Mystic, CT.

Welcome to the 63rd Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival

Planned and executed by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival is the oldest of its kind in the Northeast region, and draws thousands of people from around New England and beyond during this two day event.

As a juried art show, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival serves an audience of discriminating art enthusiasts, as well as weekend visitors and residents from surrounding communities including Groton, New London, Waterford, and southern Rhode Island.

The festival showcases over 200 artists from around the United States, with more than two miles of arts and crafts including oils, watercolors, photographs, pastels, sculpture, woodwork, comics, acrylics, and more. The Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, lovingly known as "MOAF", is a FREE event and features activities and artwork for all ages to enjoy, including a Children's Art Park located in Mystic River Park.

The Mystic Outdoor Art Festival is returning in 2021! Show your support for this iconic downtown Mystic event and become a patron of the arts today! Your support helps us in continuing our mission to bring a wide range of unique and diverse art and artisanal crafts to the greater Mystic community. We can’t wait to see you on August 14 + 15, 2021!

Abstracts by Eli displays his work as an Emerging Artist at the 2019 Mystic Outdoor Art Festival in Mystic, CT.

Emerging Student Artists Program

With the addition of the “Emerging Artist” category in the 61st Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, we are continuing this unique opportunity for student artists to gain experience and exposure in one of the country’s largest juried art shows.

The GMCC recognizes that art shows of this caliber can by a costly and time consuming commitment, making it difficult for young, up & coming artists to participate. Through the “Emerging Artist” initiative, the application fee will be waived for student artists participating either solo or in conjunction with their school or university. While students will not be eligible to submit their artwork for jury review in the traditional award categories, students will be eligible to submit their work in the “Emerging Artist” Achievement Award.

With over 85,000 visitors attending this two day event, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival is an incredible opportunity for young and aspiring artists to showcase and sell their work at a premiere event, meet and network with other artists, and gain both experience and exposure, while enjoying everything that downtown Mystic, CT has to offer.

Mystic Outdoor Art Festival Children's Art Park logo.

Children's Art Park

If your family is planning on attending the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival, our Children's Art Park located in Mystic River Park is a must-visit. Local businesses & nonprofit organizations throughout the Mystic, Connecticut region provide entertainment and contribute materials for a variety of arts & crafts projects to keep your children happy and busy throughout the weekend. Children of all ages can participate in these free, hands-on activities and become their own artist for the day!

Mystic Outdoor Art Festival Committee

The Mystic Outdoor Art Festival - MOAF - committee assists the GMCC in the planning and execution of the oldest outdoor art festival of its kind in New England and showcases over 230 artists, with more than two miles of arts and crafts including oils, watercolors, photographs, pastels, sculpture, woodwork, comics, acrylics, and more.

Amanda Arling, The Whaler's Inn Anthony Caporale, Broadway Theater Studio

Matt Beaudoin, Mystic Knotwork Susan Fisher, Mystic Museum of Art

Shaun Mastroianni, Benchmark Senior Living Bruce Flax, GMCC

Morgan Yandow, GMCC Solveig Persson, GMCC