Last updated: July 1, 2018

46th Annual Sault Summer Arts Festival Is Tuesday, August 7!

The 46th Annual Sault Summer Arts Festival applications are still available for download on the Sault Area Arts Council website.

Applicants may also e-mail: for an application or write the Sault Area Arts Council, Alberta House Arts Center, 217 Ferris Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783, c/o of Jean Jones, for a mailed application.

Our annual Sault Summer Arts Festival is truly a moveable feast. Moveable because we’ve had many sites, beginning with our first on the Court House lawn, then, for many years the Sault Area High School. We were at LSSU in the Cisler Center one year, then for most of the 1990s lined up at the locks. We spent many years on the Tendercare grounds, and when Tendercare left and the building became the City Hall, we remained there except for 2010, the year the grounds were being readied, when we were back on the Courthouse lawn.

When we were lucky enough to host the U. S. Air Force Band of Mid-America’s pop group, the Starlifters, we moved to the LSSU campus to better accommodate them and have a rain site on the premises. LSSU was such a warm and generous host, and the view was so magnificent that we remained there for two more years. This year we’ve moved again. The DDA has blocked off Portage from Ashmun to Osborn to accommodate us—lots of room in the locks area.

And this year, a feast, because we’ve never had such a variety of food vendors, from UP in Smoke and Sugar Island Kettle Corn to Carvito’s Wood Fired Pizza. From downstate we have someone with fry bread and Indian tacos and someone else with veggies on a stick, elephant ears, and onion rings, and Besteman’s Maple Sugar products from Rudyard. And that block of Portage is jammed with fine restaurants! You don’t want to dine at home. Besides, the festival is open until 8 p.m.!

We have oysters, too—not to eat, but with pearls for make-as-you-wait necklaces. You’ll see many regulars you always look for and some interesting new craftsmen with crystal tiles, pottery, quilted items, marine photography, baskets and cutting boards, alcohol ink art and yard ornaments. We’ll have the up-to-date list for you in the August edition.

Sault Area Arts Council Home Page
217 Ferris Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
e-mail: Phone: (906) 635-1312