Artsplosure–the Raleigh Arts Festival is once again bringing art, music, kids’ activities and entertainment to downtown Raleigh. This is a free festival.
Artsplosure will take place the weekend of May 18th and 19th, 2019. Over 180 artists have been selected for this year’s juried Art Market.
Saturday, May 18: 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: May 19: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The festival will take place along Fayetteville Street, from City Plaza to the Capitol Building.
The Main Stage is in front of the Capitol Building, at Morgan Street and Fayetteville Street. The Kidsplosure Stage is on Martin Street. Here is a festival map.
Main Stage–Morgan Street and Fayetteville Street
- 12 p.m.: India Ramey
- 1:15 p.m.: Rissi Palmer
- 2:45 p.m.: Union Duke
- 4:15 p.m.: Scott Mulvahill
- 6 p.m.: The Suffers
- 11 a.m.: DZ Carr Band
- 12:15 p.m.: The Old Ceremony
- 1:45 p.m.: The Artisanals
- 3:15 p.m.: The East Pointers
- 4:45 p.m.: Alejandro Escovedo
Kidsplosure Stage–Martin Street
- 11 a.m.: Read With Me Storytime
- 11:45 a.m.: Theatre Raleigh
- 12:30 p.m.: Tarin Pipkins
- 1:30 p.m.: North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers
- 2:45 p.m.: Enloe Jazz Ambassadors
- 4:10 p.m.: One Tribe Drumming
- 12 p.m.: Ku Talent Agency Singers
- 1:15 p.m.: Sanderson High School Step Team
- 2:45 p.m.: Eugene Taylor AKA The Dream Prophet
- 4 p.m.: Meredith Suzuki Strings
Kidsplosure Activities–Exchange and Market Plazas on Fayetteville Street
- Flower Power: Craft flower festival wear
- Feathered Friends Puppets: Create a bird puppet
- Flying Frog Launchers: Make a fun lily pad launcher
- Peace & Love Beads: Design your own beads
- Community Watercolor Art: Paint a watercolor flag to add to a community Kidsplosure garland
- Spring Art Canvas Pins: create a wearable work of art on a button pin
- Seed Starter Greenhouses: Make a mini greenhouse and plant some wildflower seeds
- Art Rocks: Design art, words and more on rocks
- Beaded Bubble Wands: Make a bubble wand and experiment with different ways to create bubbles
- Dreamcatchers Textile Art: Weave a brightly colored dreamcatcher
Some Other Festival Highlights
- Fantastic Planet “What’s That” art installation in City Plaza
- Student Art Exhibition and activities at PNC Plaza Lobby
- Art Pianos on Fayetteville Street
- Triangle Potters Guild on Fayetteville Street
- Bass Line interactive installation on Fayetteville Street
- Pop-Up Artlet on Fayetteville STreet
- Chessworks on Fayetteville Street