Arts Fest Expo
FREE PARKING and FREE ADMISSION
Enjoy a variety of performances on 4 stages, roving entertainers, art/craft/antique vendors, exhibitions, a gem & mineral show, children’s activities, and more!
Where & When
Charleston Area Convention Center Complex
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418
Saturday, May 6, 2017 • 11:00am-5:00pm
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Sunday, May 7, 2017 • 11:00am-5:00pm
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Arts Fest Expo Stage Descriptions
Enjoy a mesmerizing array of performances in dance and music, highlighting contemporary, classical, and cultural heritage.
Listen to a diverse line-up of bands performing a variety of musical genres, from Americana, Blues, and Country, to Pop, R&B, Rock, and Soul. The festival’s food courtyard offers a variety of menu items and a cash bar, along with tables and chairs that provide a wonderful outdoor setting to enjoy the music with your meal.
Look for magicians, storytellers, children’s theatre presentations, puppet shows, music for kids, and variety acts like daring jugglers that will inspire, amuse, and amaze the young and young at heart.
Other Expo Activities & Attractions
From mimes to magicians, roving entertainers can be found throughout the complex interacting with Expo patrons of all ages.
More than 65 fine artists, fine craft artisans, art and craft guilds, and antique/collectible merchants will have items on display and available for sale. Save your Mother’s Day shopping for this weekend and find the perfect gift! The selection is vast and full of variety. Costs vary by item and vendor.
The Lowcountry Gem & Mineral Society’s annual show and sale, Art by Nature, features numerous vendors offering a variety of beads, gemstones, gemstone jewelry, custom-designed jewelry, and collector minerals & fossils. Other offerings include Lapidary demonstrations and a fossil dig. Operating hours are 10:00am-5:00pm each day.
The Arts Fest Expo offers many opportunities for children to be creative! Creation Station projects, led by local artists, include origami, paper crowns, African masks, jewelry making, batik, and more. Box City is a favorite for children to test out their architectural dreams while building a small city.
The Expo’s food courtyard, located in the outdoor area between the North Charleston Coliseum and the Charleston Area Convention Center, provides patrons a variety of delicious menu selections to enjoy, along with a cash bar. Musical entertainment by bands performing on the Courtyard Stage creates a wonderful setting for having lunch or a snack. Tables and chairs provided. Costs vary by item and vendor.