2017 Crosby Festival of the Arts (Event Information)

Crosby Festival at Toledo Botanical Garden

Northwest Ohio’s premier fine arts festival takes place the last full weekend of June every year at TBG and features the work of more than 200 artists from across the country. Support for the Crosby Festival of the Arts is provided by the Ohio Arts Council.

Crosby Festival of the Arts is a highly recognized fine art show. Since 1965, Crosby Festival has been held at Toledo Botanical Garden (formerly Crosby Gardens), set amidst the beauty of gardens and nature. Now celebrating its 52nd year, this festival is heralded as Ohio’s oldest outdoor juried art festival and is THE fine art festival in Northwest Ohio. As the only show of its size and caliber in our region, participating artists are received enthusiastically by over 20,000 visitors and 700+ preview party guests each year.

Crosby Festival of the Arts (CFA) is a two day art show taking place Saturday & Sunday. A Preview Party is held on Friday evening, so that Festival patrons can be the first to see and purchase art, while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and live music.

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The 52nd Annual Crosby Festival of the Arts:

Preview Party: Friday, June 23, 2017 (6pm – 10pm) featuring:

  • Live music by Radio Free Honduras
  • Live music from DJ Rob Sample
  • Food prepared by local, talented chefs
  • Four full bars and adult ice cream & shakes — Don’t Miss the Boochy Mama Signature Cocktail!
  • Artists with open booths from 6:00-9:00 pm

General Show: Saturday, June 24, 2017 (10am – 5pm) and Sunday, June 25, 2017 (10am – 4pm)

  • General Admission: $8
  • Advance purchase at Meijer’s: $7
  • TBG members: Free!
  • Children under 12: Free!

FREE shuttle to Toledo Botanical Garden from Meijer (7240 W. Central Ave., Toledo)

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More fun at the festival!

***Maumee River Rain Barrel Blitz: “Every Drop Counts!”***

This competition is hosted by the Toledo Lucas County Rain Garden Initiative (RGI). Scouting and other youth groups located in the Maumee River watershed use this project to learn about the river and how people can help protect its water quality!

  • Rain Barrel Blitz voting will take place June 24 & 25, 2017 during the Crosby Festival of the Arts at the Toledo Botanical Garden by the visitors to the garden.
  • In addition, a guest panel will also judge the rain barrels based on criteria such as: use of theme, originality, and artistic creativity.
  • Following the display at the Festival, barrels will be showcased at public events throughout the watershed!
  • Come Vote on your Favorite Barrel!

***UNITY Project***

During CFA, help us celebrate what makes each of us unique while strengthening our ties to one another! Check out the UNITY Project on Facebook.