Art in the Park - About the Festival
About the Festival

Willistead Manor

Stroll through the beautiful and aromatic gardens of this historic manor, built in 1906 by Edward Chandler Walker, son of the distiller Hiram Walker. Enjoy the visual pleasantry of the finely manicured and sculptured gardens spread over the 15.5 acres of this gated estate. During the Art in the Park event you will enjoy viewing over 260 artists and artisans from around Ontario and Quebec who have come to display and retail their wares. Over the last 30 years, Art in the Park has contributed over $1 million dollars for the restoration of Willistead Manor and its grounds. Take a moment to step back in time as you visit Willistead Manor and marvel in its original beauty, décor and craftsmanship. Speak with one of the Friends of Willistead and enjoy stories from the Manor’s past.

Art in the Park History

Art in the Park was first organized in 1970 by the Art Gallery of Windsor, which was at that time housed in Willistead Manor. The first event welcomed guests from all around Ontario including an unannounced guest: Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, W. Ross Macdonald. In 1978, the event was given to the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) to continue this great annual tradition.
The event continues to grow and change to accomodate its visitors needs, as shown in 2007 when Willistead Manor was opened for the first time ever for free tours. The guests enjoyed a historic “walk through time”, as the original architectural plans of Willistead Manor were presented by the original architectural firm. Also showcased were historical photos of the Art in the Park event, Windsor, Walkerville and Hiram Walkers. Visit Willistead Manor now and discover Events in the Manor - a showcase of local arts organizations offering year-round workshops, exhibitions, music and theatre for you to enjoy! 

Join us again this year and experience this fantastic event that supports great local causes and charities!

PLEASE NOTE: For everyone's safety, pets are not allowed at Art in the Park with the exception of service dogs.