For the third consecutive year, and for the last time, the Farnsworth Art Museum will present the Internet Cat Video Festival Saturday, Aug. 20, in Harbor Park. Presented by the Farnsworth’s membership group the [Collective], the event begins at 6 p.m. and is free to the public. Rain date will be the following week — Saturday, Aug. 27 — at the same time.

Before the films begin at sunset, there will be face painting, food vendors and cat goodies, as well as cats from the PAWS Animal Adoption Center and the Pope Humane Society. Just prior to 8 p.m., the 70-minute reel of 85 internet cat videos will begin screening on a 40-foot inflatable screen overlooking the harbor. The public is invited to bring their own lawn chairs or blanket.

Begun in 2012 at the Walker Art Center, a renowned contemporary art museum in Minneapolis, Minn.,, the Internet Cat Video Festival has been an annual offline celebration of online cat videos, drawing crowds of thousands. For the last three years, the Farnsworth Art Museum has been an official tour site for the film festival. Walker Art Center has decided to end the festival, and the Rockland screening will be one of the final tour venues in the country.

This event is generously supported by the Kislak Foundation and honors PAWS, an animal adoption center. Additional sponsorship has been provided by Flatbread Company. For more information, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or