North Charleston Arts Festival
Event Begins: April 29 at 9:00 AM
Event Ends: May 7 at 5:00 PM
Charleston Area Convention Center
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
The North Charleston Arts Fest is proudly produced by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. The annual nine-day celebration of arts and culture highlights 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 30,000+ residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond to experience more than 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 Complex, 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 and craft vendors and a food courtyard.
The Arts Fest continues with 60+ events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations. An array of free and ticketed offerings include a street dance, concerts, theatre 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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