A multi-venue, multi-disciplinary arts festival for every resident & visitor of North Charleston

The North Charleston Arts Fest features five days of events highlighting regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Literature. Residents and visitors are invited to experience a diverse array of free performances, 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, dance performances, children’s programs, demonstrations, exhibitions, and more.

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2023 Events

Narrow down your selection of festival offerings by clicking on one of the arts disciplines/categories listed at the top of the calendar. Some programs require pre-registration. Free parking at all locations. Scheduled events are subject to change; confirm prior to event.


A note from our Mayor

As Mayor of the City of North Charleston, I welcome you to the 40th Annual North Charleston Arts Fest! This five-day celebration produces programs in all arts disciplines in venues across our city with a mission to engage, educate, and inspire. I am proud of the diverse and accessible arts and cultural opportunities that this event provides to our residents and visitors each year. And the best part is that each and every Arts Fest offering is FREE!

The Cultural Arts Department staff works hard, with the help of other City departments and community partners, to make each North Charleston Arts Fest better than the last. I encourage you, your friends, and family to take advantage of the many fantastic performances, exhibits, and activities happening throughout the City of North Charleston May 3-7, 2023. There’s truly something for all to enjoy.

R. Keith Summey