The North Charleston Arts Festival features nine full days of events highlighting over 100 national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts and Literature. Residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond are invited to experience nearly 200 free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions, and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, businesses, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums and parks.
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 over forty performances on four themed stages; General Audience, Cultural Heritage, Youth Entertainment, and Bands. Other Main Event activities include judged art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit, a gem & mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art & craft booths and a food courtyard.
The Arts Festival continues with over sixty individual events and exhibitions throughout the remainder of 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.
Narrow down your selection of festival offerings by clicking on one of the arts disciplines/categories
listed at the top of the calendar. Free parking at all locations, unless otherwise indicated.
Scheduled events are subject to change; confirm prior to event.