Cape Ann Plein Air

Painting Competition and Festival

CAPA 2019

Click HERE to see the full list of 2019 competing artists!

Cape Ann Plein Air 2019

October 6th - October 14th

For nearly two centuries, Cape Ann Massachusetts has been a destination for some of the finest painters who paint en plein air. Throughout its four picturesque seaside communities, Cape Ann Plein Air, a nationally recognized arts organization, will host its fourth annual week-long plein air painting competition in October 2019. This is when the famous Cape Ann light shines at its very best! CAPA will bring 40 of the finest artists in the nation to compete for over $20,000 in prizes and awards while raising awareness of all that painting en plein air is today.  Collectors! Many paintings will be available for sale during the full duration of the competition and festival. Selected works will be shown and available for sale during the Gala and Awards Presentation on October 12th.

Collectors - View CAPA 2018 Paintings

2019 Sponsors


The River at Stage Fort Park Gloucester Massachusetts

Riverfest and After Party

92.5 The River

Join us on August 24th for an incredible day of live music with 92.5 The River at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, then head down the road to Cape Ann Marina's Mile Marker 1 for a waterside performance and dancing with Martha's Vineyard's ENTRAIN!

Riverfest Concert

Noon-6pm ~ Free

After Party 

This is a 21+ event and tickets are limited.

Open 7pm ENTRAIN takes the stage at 8pm.

92.5 The River


Riverfest After Party at Mile Marker 1 

with 92.5 The River and ENTRAIN

The Official Riverfest After Party - Presented by Molisse Realty Group and Brookwood Financial on behalf of Cape Ann Plein Air

with support from Kelly Auto Group.

Get your After Party tickets HERE.



What Is Plein Air?

Check out this great video.

Cape Ann Businesses!

BE PART OF CAPA! There are so many ways to get involved! By offering special deals, interactive events, discounts or opportunities for visitors, you will be an integral part of the week, and CAPA will feature these unique partnerships and actively invite visitors to take full advantage of all Cape Ann has to offer! 

Click HERE to find out how.

Cape Ann Plein Air

33 Commercial Street Gloucester MA 01930


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