Browse for paintings, pottery, textiles and more on 25+ artist studio tours from Ottawa

If shopping for pottery, paintings, textiles, photographs, garden art or other artworks and crafts is your idea of a perfect weekend, you’re spoiled for choice: there are so many studio tours within easy reach of Ottawa that you’ll need several seasons to explore them all.

These self-driving weekends have become so popular that several of them now run on multiple weekends, or have several editions a year. That’s great news for everyone: travellers have more opportunities to visit the studios, and artists and artisans—who often move to rural regions for the inspiring surroundings and affordable rents, but find themselves far from large concentrations of potential buyers—get a chance to make lots of sales.

This list of studio tours is by no means complete, but it will give you a taste of what’s out there. I hope it inspires some creative touring! (Important: I’m still awaiting confirmation of some 2017 dates, and I’ve noted those cases in the list below. Also, dates may change as the year goes on. Always check a particular tour’s website for the latest information before heading out.)

Artist studio tours from Ottawa. Photo credit: Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation.

Local artist Laura Jean Starkey at the easel (her work is available at The RND Shop). Photo courtesy of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation.

Spring studio tours

April 1–2, 2017

May 27–28, 2017

June 10–11, 2017

June 17–18, 2017

Summer studio tours

July 1–July 3, 2017

July 15–23, 2017

July 22–23, 2017

July 22–30, 2017

August 5–6, 2017

August 12–13 and 19–20, 2017

Artist studio tours from Ottawa. Photo credit: Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation.

Photo courtesy of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation.

September 9–10, 2017

September 16–17, 2017

Fall studio tours

September 22–24, 2017

September 23–24, 2017

September 30–October 1, 2017

October 7–8, 2017

October 7–9, 2017

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9 Responses to Browse for paintings, pottery, textiles and more on 25+ artist studio tours from Ottawa

  1. Carole Gauthier September 21, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    Hello,
    I understand that you can’t advertive an event if you were’nt notified but this comming week-end: September 26 & 27, Prescott-Russell will host Artour an art and studio tour.
    Their website: http://www.artour.ca

    Thank you

  2. Carole Gauthier September 21, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    Hello,
    I understand that you can’t advertise an event if you were’nt notified but this comming week-end: September 26 & 27, Prescott-Russell will host Artour, an art and studio tour.
    Their website: http://www.artour.ca

    Thank you

    • Laura Byrne Paquet September 21, 2015 at 11:50 am #

      Thanks for the info, Carole! I will update the post and add the event to my roundup of things to do this weekend, which will be posted tonight or tomorrow.

  3. Sharon Benson March 8, 2017 at 6:52 pm #

    To my knowledge, the Westport Studio Tour will not happen in 2017. I am an artist in that group.

    Sharon Benson

    • Laura Byrne Paquet March 9, 2017 at 7:35 am #

      Thanks, Sharon. Sorry to hear it won’t happen this year. I’ve updated the post.

  4. Carrie Keller March 8, 2017 at 8:32 pm #

    Could you please note Winchester’s Spring Makeover Madness on facebook. Its a great event that is a contrast for a complete makeover, head to toe put on by Winchester businesses. Just buy $5 or more at the participating businesses and fill out a ballot nominating yourself our anyone. Contest ends 28th April. If you need more info contact me.

    • Laura Byrne Paquet March 9, 2017 at 7:34 am #

      Thanks, Carrie! Do you have a website I could link to that readers could check for more information?

    • Laura Byrne Paquet March 9, 2017 at 7:32 am #

      Thanks so much, Sharon! I had KAST in the list, but they are taking a break in 2017, so I’ve kept the address on file for when I update the post in 2018. I will check out the others!

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