Saturday, October 29, 2022
11 AM – 5 PM

On the campus of Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

On Oct. 29, Ball State PBS will celebrate two monumental milestones – the 80th birthday of America’s favorite art instructor, Bob Ross, and the close of the station’s 50th year on the air.

So the station that brought the world THE JOY OF PAINTING is hosting a Happy Little Fest at the place the iconic artist called home for many years.

Learn more about Bob’s Happy Home.

It’s so important to do something every day that will make you happy.  – Bob Ross

We want you to be a part of what is sure to be a very happy day.


Location: LaFollette Field, 1418 N. McKinley Ave.

HAPPY LITTLE GAMES ( 11 a.m.-5 p.m., hourly)
Get ready to channel your inner Bob and test how well you know your Bob Ross facts! Win fun Bob Ross merchandise when you’re the winner of a game of Bob Ross Trivia or Bob BINGO!

BOB ROSS FOR KIDS PAINTING WORKSHOPS ( 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m.)
Certified Ross Instructors®, including Muncie’s own Chris Taylor, will teach kids ages 6-13 simple techniques to create their own Bob Ross masterpiece. BOB ROSS FOR KIDS is free with registration; limited to 12 kids per session.

“LOOK LIKE BOB” CONTEST (12:30 p.m.)
Come dressed as America’s favorite painter for the chance to win a fabulous prize (and bragging rights)! Contest judging takes place under the big painting tent!


Under the BIG Tent, you’ll learn Bob’s signature “wet-on-wet” technique from experienced Certified Ross Instructors®. We’re setting our sights on a record-breaking 301-person painting workshop!

Location: E.F. Ball Communication Building, 1111 N. McKinley Ave.
Hop on the free shuttle bus or walk up the street to the Ball State PBS/WIPB Studio…

Visit the studio where THE JOY OF PAINTING was filmed and relax to the soothing sound of Bob’s voice and painting sounds in our sensory studio! While you’re in the studio, view the Bob Ross painting exhibition curated especially for this event!

HAPPY LITTLE STORIES (11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m.)
Hear happy little stories—and get answers to your Bob questions—from some of the people who knew the painter well.

Wait, there’s more.

  • Birthday cupcake!
  • Food Trucks!
  • Photo Ops!
  • Bob Ross merchandise!


Thanks to the generosity of Bob Ross Inc., tickets for the 300+ person painting workshop are only $50! 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®. 

Happy Little Fest with Painting Workshop

  • $50 Happy Little Trees Painting ($80 regular price)
    • Painting workshop with Certified Ross Instructors®!
    • Access to all activity tents
    • Access to BC Studio Tours, Gallery, and Panel Discussion
  • $150 Happy Little Cloud VIP Festival Experience
    • Full access to painting, all tents and studio activities
    • Plus pass to VIP Reception Friday, Oct. 28
    • AND Bob Ross Experience ticket (at Minnetrista; you must schedule separately)


Fest Parking Map  for Oct. 29th parking information

VIP Parking Map  for Oct. 28 parking information

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