Riverside Art Festival

The YWCA Riverside Art Festival draws thousands of people from around the Great Lakes Bay Region with beautiful artistry and entertainment. Artists will be located on Downtown Bay City Streets, along the Saginaw Riverfront. In 2022, we are taking a less is more approach. We will be highly selective in the jury process to focus on original works to provide the public with a quality show featuring talented artists. Any application that does not submit the required photos and description of the process will not be considered for the festival.

Media & Prize Money

YWCA markets the YWCA Riverside Art Festival through press releases, flyers, postcards, banners, radio, and road signs. Awards will be presented for Best of Show ($175 and ribbon) and second place ($100 and ribbon).


The YWCA Riverside Art Festival is located in downtown Bay City, Michigan in the Great Lakes Bay Region, home to over 500,000 residents.. For 47 years the YWCA Riverside Art Festival has drawn people from throughout the state of Michigan.


For 2021, the Riverside Art Festival will focus a spotlight on makers that are women and people of color. We are offering scholarships to these makers and they will receive a prominent location in our fair. All artists are welcome, and all will be considered during the application process.

We are focusing on artists that elevate and celebrate diversity and inclusion in their work, to align with our mission of “eliminating racism and empowering women.”

The YWCA Riverside Art Festival accepts only handmade-original work/design. Commercial kits, premade patterns and pieces are not accepted. All jewelry must be made by the jeweler, prefabricated jewelry is not allowed. All artists must submit a process summary. This is a juried show. The jury committee reserves the right to limit the number of artists accepted for the show and the number of artists represented in each media category.


Festival: June 11-12, 2022

Setup: June 10, 2021

Deadline for Applications: March 31, 2022

A few spaces still available: Call (989) 894-9055 for more info.

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