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The North Charleston Arts Fest features multiple days of events highlighting more than 100 national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Media Arts, and Literature. Residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond are invited to experience a diverse array of free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions, and activities in a variety of venues, including libraries, businesses, community centers, and parks. The festival schedule offers something for everyone, including concerts, theatre presentations, children’s programs, film screenings, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions, public art installations, and much more.

The Arts Fest Expo, considered the festival’s flagship event, is held the first weekend in May at the Charleston Area Convention Center and offers free admission and parking to a variety of performances on multiple stages.  Other Expo activities include judged art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit, hands-on children’s activities, art & craft vendors, live art demonstrations, roving entertainers, and more.

Download the official 2018 North Charleston Arts Fest program booklet (PDF – 14MB)

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.