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.


1-4 p.m.
Bob Ross Festival and Painting Workshop

Under the BIG Tent, you’ll learn Bob’s signature “wet-on-wet” technique from experienced Certified Ross Instructors. We will provide the canvas, tools and paint. Registration/Painting Ticket required. 

Enjoy a cupcake and help us celebrate what would have been Bob’s 80th birthday!

Wait, there’s more.

  • Games, Bob Ross Trivia and Bingo
  • Bob Ross Painting for Kids
  • Chill out with Bob’s voice in the sensory area
  • Bob Ross Look-alike Contests with prizes
  • Bob Ross merch

11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
Panel Discussions & Painting Gallery

Head over to the WIPB Studio where THE JOY OF PAINTING was filmed for a panel discussion featuring the former crew and WIPB General Manager. Hear first-hand what it was like working with Bob, as the crew shares some of their favorite memories of their joyful time on the set.

But that’s not all! 

While you’re in the Studio, you can view 24 original Bob Ross paintings on display – a truly special collection curated especially for this event! AND you can relax to the soothing sounds of Bob’s voice and painting in our sensory studio!


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.

Happy Little Fest General Admission

  • $20 General / Adult
  • $10 Student
  • 12 & Under Free

Happy Little Fest with Painting Workshop

  • $30 Happy Little Trees Painting ($80 regular price)
    • Painting workshop with Certified Ross Instructors including David Arquette!
    • 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)



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