Sunday, October 1, 2023
1 PM – 4 PM

On the campus of Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

Ball State PBS, the producing station of “The Joy of Painting” is happy to announce the return of Happy Little Fest—the annual celebration of “all things Bob Ross”—at the place the iconic painter called home for many years.

The Happy Little Fest is set for 1– 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, at University Green, located between Bracken Library and the Architecture Building, 1120 N. McKinley Ave on the campus of Ball State University.

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.


The fest includes:  

  • “Happy Little Games” from 1-4 p.m., hourly. Channel your inner Bob and test how well you know your Bob Ross facts!
  • “Bob Ross For Kids” Painting Workshop at 1:30 p.m. Kids ages 6-13 will learn simple techniques to create their own Bob Ross-inspired masterpiece. SOLD OUT
  • “Look Like Bob” Contest at 2:30 p.m. Come dressed as America’s favorite painter for the chance to win a fabulous prize and bragging rights!
  • “Paint Like Bob” The main event–from 3-6 p.m. is a painting workshop where you’ll learn Bob’s signature “wet-on-wet” technique from Chris Taylor and experienced Certified Ross Instructors®. No experience necessary. We provide the tools and paint; you take home the 16 x 20 canvas!
  • “See Where Bob Painted” from 1-4 p.m. Across the street in the Ball State PBS studios in the E. F. Ball Communication Bldg., where THE JOY OF PAINTING was filmed, you’ll be able to chill out with Bob’s voice in our sensory studio and see 24 original Bob Ross paintings!

But wait…there’s more! The fest also includes food trucks, the larger-than-life BOB-ble Head, Peapod the Squirrels, and lots of great photo ops!



This is a Rain or shine event. Proceeds benefit Ball State PBS.

Happy Little Fest and Painting Workshop

  • General / Adult tickets are $20, Students are $10 and kids 8 and under are free! Get access to all activity tents, BC Studio Tours, Sensory Studio, and Painting Gallery.
  • Adult (14 years and up) painting tickets to attend the workshop are $100

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