The North Charleston Arts Festival in South Carolina…
Is an annual nine-day celebration of arts and culture. It began at Park Circle in 1982 as a one-day celebration for the community to showcase arts and crafts by local artists. As the event grew and took shape it expanded to include visitors and outside artisans. The celebration includes more than 100 free and moderately priced performances, workshops, and exhibitions in a variety of venues throughout the city.
The festival includes more than sixty events and exhibitions at a variety of locations throughout the city. There are both free and ticketed events that range from street dance and concerts to theater productions, film screenings, an art walk, and a wide array of children’s activities. A variety of items are available for purchase during the festival. Artist’s pieces range from fine art, t-shirts, posters, sculptures to paintings and other hand-crafted items.
Named as a Top 20 Event by Southeast Tourism Society, the 34th Annual celebration runs April 29th-May7th. Festivities kick off with the Premiere Weekend which takes place the first weekend in May and offers free admission to a variety of performances. It also includes access to photography shows, a gem and mineral show, an antique show, a plethora of children’s activities and the annual food court.
In addition to the displayed work, there are a number of judged competitions and exhibitions that occur during the course of the event. They include the National Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition, which allows guests to view thought-provoking outdoor pieces designed by emerging artists from across the country. There are also the South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition and Fine Art and Photography Competition. Artists interested in taking part in these competitions can apply online at northcharlestonartsfest.com/apply.
The Festival concludes with a days’ worth of activities at the North Charleston Riverfront Park and features performances from professional groups, student groups and a giant fireworks display over the Cooper River. It is the perfect ending to the week of festivities.