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“Happy Little Fest” celebrating Bob Ross’s 80th Birthday

October 29, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Don’t let the name fool you.

The Happy Little Fest, celebrating all things Bob Ross on Oct. 29, is going to be a BIG deal.

For starters, we will be celebrating the 80th birthday of the beloved painter. And the Ball State PBS (WIPB) is celebrating its 50th year on the air.

So, the station that brought the world THE JOY OF PAINTING is hosting a happy little festival at the place the iconic artist called home for many years.

The party is set for 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the campus of Ball State University.

The fest will include a 300-person painting workshop led by Certified Ross Instructors, including special guest instructor actor David Arquette (“Scream”) under a big tent.

But that’s not all.
• Bob Ross trivia and bingo
• Bob Ross for Kids painting sessions
• Bob Ross look-alike contests with prizes
• Bob Ross merchandise
• Prizes!

A toast to the painter in the big tent with birthday cupcakes.

Nearby, in our Ball State PBS studios at the Ball Communication Building, you’ll be able to chill out with Bob’s voice in our sensory studio (his actual painting studio) and see 24 original Bob Ross paintings— a truly special collection curated especially for this event!

Panel discussions in the large studio, featuring the former crew and WIPB General Manager, are scheduled for 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Thanks to the generosity of Bob Ross Inc., tickets for the 300+ person painting workshop are only $30! No experience necessary! We provide the tools and paint; you take home the canvas! Learn Bob’s signature wet-on-wet technique from certified Ross instructors, including David Arquette! This “Early Squirrel” Special only lasts until Oct. 9.

Get your tickets today at

Why should you attend? As Bob himself once said: “It’s so important to do something every day that will make you happy.”


*LaFollette Field & Ball Communication Bldg., Ball State University*

“Happy Little Fest” celebrating Bob Ross’s 80th Birthday


October 29, 2022
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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