North Charleston Arts Fest

2500 City Hall Lane

North Charleston, SC 29406


Phone: (843) 740-5854

City: North Charleston

Region: Coastal & Islands

North Charleston Arts Fest

The North Charleston Arts Fest is an annual nine-day event highlighting national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts and Literature. For more than 30 years the festival has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting more than 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond to experience nearly 100 free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums and parks. Named a "Top 20 Event" by the Southeast Tourism Society, the event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina. The Premiere Weekend, held the first weekend in May at the Charleston Area Convention Center, offers free admission and parking to a variety of performances on four stages. Other Premiere Weekend activities include judged art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, a gem & mineral show, an antique show, children's activities, art & craft booths and a food courtyard. The Arts Fest continues with more than 60 events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations. An array of free and ticketed offerings include a street dance, concerts, theater presentations, film screenings, an art walk, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, a National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition and much more. The festival concludes with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park featuring performances by professional groups and Tri-county schools, children's activities and fireworks over the Cooper River.

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