North Charleston Arts Festival, May 1-9 2015
The North Charleston Arts Festival 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 3o 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 nearly 200 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 Main Event, held the first weekend in May at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center, offers free admission and parking to more than 40 performances on four themed stages: General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Bands, and Youth Entertainment. Other Main Event 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 Festival continues with 60+ events and exhibitions throughout the week at various locations. An array of free and ticketed offerings include street dances, 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.
Future Festival Dates:
The annual nine day event begins the Friday closest to the first Saturday in May and concludes on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend.
May 1-9, 2015 (Main Event – May 2 & 3)
April 29-May 7, 2016 (Main Event – April 30 & May 1)
May 5-13, 2017 (Main Event – May 6 & 7)
- North Charleston Arts Festival
- Work 843-740-5854
- Charleston Area Convention Center Complex 5001 Coliseum Drive North Charleston, SC 29418