Recognizing our local talent

Pickering is fortunate to have a talented community of painters, illustrators, photographers, sculptors, potters: all masters of their craft. It is our honour to exhibit their work at the Pickering Civic Complex each year - just one of the ways we demonstrate our pride, and promote such deserving, local artists.

Pickering has a number of festivals, activities and resources that support culture and arts; many are listed below. Review our City Services & Leisure Guide for a full description of the arts and culture programs we offer.

Take a private studio tour through the Durham West Arts Centre and get a glimpse behind the creative minds of local artists. Visit the PineRidge Arts Council for local art resources, workshops and events.

Check out our arts and culture highlights of the year!
Artfest, Esplanade Park Concerts, Waterfront ConcertsArtists at Events, Farmers' Market OpportunitiesSynchroniCity Dance CompanyDurham West Studio Tour.

Artfest on the Esplanade

Saturday, May 23, 2020
Esplanade Park, Pickering Civic Complex 
11 am - 5 PM

Every summer, Esplanade Park comes alive with music, dance, crafts and singing, along with children's art areas and artists demonstrations. This free arts event will include over 100 artists from across the province who show and sell a fantastic variety of original art which include Paintings (Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour), Photography, Pottery, Wood Carvings, Jewellery, Hand Made Rugs, Stationary and Candles and more! Applications will be available in January 2020.  

 2019 Artists & Artisans

Sim Wong

Colourful Skins


Beechcraft Glass

Whynot Designs

From the Heart Pet Portraits

Jenny & Sherry Wang

Art By Jennylynd James

Glass By Jo

Kade's Custom Canes and Carvings

KS Creations

Flora Lea Jewellery

Canvas and Cups


Handmade Simplify

Olivia Parsonson


Calithien Jewellery

Woodworks by Chris

Wool 4 Ewe

Aesthetic Arts Co.

Athena's Diaper Cakes

Laura Dunphy Magnetics

Pine Baby Co.

Deepa Krishnan

Dar's Knits & Photography

Ficklefrog Studio

A Simpler Time

Teresa Perri Art

Earthy Treasures

WHM Designs

Pink Squirrel

Nicole Wilmot Art

Ainsley Lawson

Pumpkin Patch Creations

Yumme Designs

Brooklin Bath & Body

Erika Takacs

Glass Animal Creations

Paper Posies

A-Designs Ornament Co.

Maria Drazilov

Momtaz Soap


Designs by Diane

Nature's Grove Design

BettyLou's Country Crafts


Wild Ontario Photography

Rachel Joy VanRooyen, Hand Crafted Jewellery

Alison Warren

Barking Dogs Salvage And Design

Lostcode Designs


Jogi Makhani


Made By Marnie

Haughty Hats

Jim Pohlman

Reilly Knowles


Anna Ruttan

Pete Zee

Quinn's Quirks

Paty En La Playa

Travel ART Henna



My Beading Art

Marilyn McFetridge

Ontario Woodcarvers

Agnes Art Creation

Betty Tse

Brendan Hodge

Crafts by Carmen 

Charisse Ferrando

Emma K Moore Art

E & A Jewelry

Full Circle CS Inc.

Husna Priebe-Nizar

Jade Falsetti

Karen Keating

Herbal Beauty Soaps

Between A Rock And A Hard Place

DreamStone Studios

Wind and Fire Designs

Hailey Ryan

Crafty Cuzinz

Portraits by Rae

15 Birds Designs

Alan's Woodcraft

Pal's Crafts

Created to Bee Creative

Adrian Liggins Photography

Malia Graf

Glacier Body Care

Jolene Elmhirst Photography


Tasha's Geeky Charm


Tessah Noreen


Release The Shutter

The Spiffy Dog

Genesis Jewellery Boutique

Brittany Beaton Art

Urban Baby Creations

Brooklin Woodcarving Club

Uari Collective

Robert Mcaffee

Stokman Wood Designs

 2019 Activities

This year's theme is "Look to the Sky" and we are celebrating with fantastic activities and partners!



Esplanade Park Concert Series

Bring your lawn chair and join us for an afternoon of entertainment. Concerts are held Sundays in July and August at 2:00 PM in Esplanade Park at the Gazebo (Pickering City Hall). The first Esplande concert of 2019 takes place on July 7.  View our Summer Concert lineup.

Waterfront Concert Series

Every summer, the City hosts a Waterfront Concert Series. Residents can head down to Millennium Square and either set up their lawn chair for an evening of complementary summer time entertainment or dance the night away to anything from contemporary pop hits to rock n' roll. Concerts are held on Thursday evenings in July and August from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  View our Summer Concert lineup.
***Please note: due to high water levels and boardwalk damage, July 4 and July 11 concerts will be relocated to Esplanade Park.**

Artists at Events

The City of Pickering has provided vendor space to artists and crafters during selected events throughout the year.  Visit these artisans at our upcoming Summer Concerts this summer!  

Farmers' Market Opportunities 

Nestled next to the Civic Complex, the Pickering City Centre Farmers' Market continues the tradition of a unique outdoor community market. Every Tuesday from June 4, 2019 to October 1, 2019 we encourage the community to come out and experience local fresh produce, food, music, art and family activities in the heart of our City Centre. We are looking for local talent to perform and display their art/handmade items. Be part of our markets!

Market Performers 

Must be available to perform between the hours of 10 am & 2 PM (need to be available for two hours within this timeframe to perform). A 10 x 10 tent, chairs, power & two portable speakers to plug into will be available. Performance pay maximum of $200 per week. Performers will be promoted on website with a bio and their social media sites, performers are encouraged to display their banner and sell CD’s the day of their performance. All interested performers can contact Kristy Gagen 905.420.4660 ext. 2043.

Available Dates:

  • July 30
  • August 6, 13, 20, 27
  • September 3, 10, 17, 24
  • October 1

Market Artists

A maximum of two opening per week will be available for artists to display & sell their one of a kind (all handmade art) at the Farmers’ Market. Artists must abide by the farmers’ market rules & regulations. Fee is $25. This fee includes a 10 x 10 space, tent, 8ft table with tablecloth. All artists will be promoted on website with a bio and their social media sites. All interested artists can contact Kristy Gagen 905.420.4660 ext. 2043. Artist may apply for a maximum of two weeks.

Available Dates:

  • July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • August 6, 13, 20, 27
  • September 10, 17, 24
  • October 1

SynchroniCity Dance Company

Synchronicity, City of Pickering's official Dance Company has created. Watch for SynchroniCity performances at our upcoming events, Easter Parade, Santa Claus Parade, Tree Lighting, Artfest and more!

For more information, please contact Amanda Rose at 905.420.4660 ext. 2080 or email

Durham West Studio Tour

Local artists open their homes and studios to this free self-guided tour. For dates and details visit, or call 905.926.1171.