Arts Fest Expo

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Enjoy a diverse array of performances on 4 stages, roving entertainers, art & craft vendors, exhibitions, hands-on children’s activities, live art demonstrations, and more!


Where & When

Charleston Area Convention Center Complex
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418

Saturday, May 5, 2018 • 11:00am-5:00pm
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Sunday, May 6, 2018 • 11:00am-5:00pm
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Arts Fest Expo Stage Descriptions


An art lover’s dream! Enjoy a variety of instrumental music, from steel drum serenades to Brazilian jazz, while viewing hundreds of pieces of original art, photography, and fine craft on display. Professional artists will also be offering live demonstrations in wood turning, painting, fiber art, and more.


Look for magicians, storytellers, children’s theatre presentations, music for kids, and variety acts like daring jugglers that will inspire, amuse, and amaze the young and young at heart.


Experience a mesmerizing and diverse line-up of performances by national, regional, and local acts highlighting a wide range of musical genres, dance styles, and cultural heritage. The exhibit hall’s concession stand offers an assortment of menu items, including beer and wine, so grab lunch, a snack, or a beverage and enjoy the show!


From mimes to magicians, roving entertainers can be found throughout the complex interacting with Expo patrons of all ages.


Other Expo Activities & Attractions


Hundreds of pieces of original artwork in a variety of media by adults and children will be on display and competing for ribbons and cash prizes. Exhibit Hall A features the Arts Fest’s annual Judged Fine Art & Photography Exhibitions, as wellas the annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibition. Artwork by children from throughout the Tri-County will be on view in Exhibit Hall B.


More than 40 artists, fine craft artisans, crafters, and guilds will have items on display and available for sale during the Expo. The selection is vast with options for every style and budget.


The Expo offers many opportunities for children to be creative! Creation Station projects, led by local artists, include origami, tissue paper flowers, batik, paper crafts, watercolor painting, and more. Box City is a favorite for children to test out their architectural dreams. Small cardboard boxes are transformed into houses, skyscrapers, shops, and more, then added to a grid to make the city grow!


Kids can get a quick thrill in the inflatable zone at the rear of Exhibit Hall B, featuring jump castles and the Humpty Hump, a 19-foot tall slide!

Instrument Exploration

Bach to Rock (B2R) will offer Expo participants an opportunity to receive quick, hands-on music instruction in guitar, piano, bass, violin, and drums. Young learners will also have a chance to explore B2R’s Early Childhood resources, including rhythm sticks, hand drums, chimes, and the xylophone. Visit them in Exhibit Hall B to “jam” on the spot with their instructors!


Hungry? Thirsty? Swing by the concession stand in Exhibit Hall C! Menu items vary from lunch combo meals to salty snacks and sweet treats, coffee and sodas to beer and wine. A handful of select pop-up food vendors will also be on site.