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North Charleston kicks off annual Arts Fest

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North Charleston's annual celebration of arts and culture begins Friday and will feature more than 100 performances, workshops, exhibits and activities over nine days.

The 34th annual North Charleston Arts Fest offers free and modestly priced events featuring regional and local artists in dance, music, theatre, visual arts, crafts, photography, media arts and literature. The festival runs Friday, April 29 through Saturday, May 7 with events at a variety of locations around the city including auditoriums, libraries, community centers and parks.

The festival begins with the Premiere Weekend events, April 30 through May 1 at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex. This includes four performance stages, art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, a gem and mineral show, an antique show, children’s activities, art and craft vendors and a food courtyard. Admission and parking for the Premiere Weekend events are free.

The festival schedule includes dozens of activities throughout the week including dances, concerts, theatre presentations, film screenings and workshops. East Montague Avenue in North Charleston's Olde Village near Park Circle will close to traffic Wednesday evening for the Art Walk. The event from 5 to 8 p.m. will feature art work for sale, live music, and face painting, balloon twisting, and a jump castle for kids.

The festival concludes with the Grand Finale at North Charleston Riverfront Park on Saturday, May 7. The free event from 5 to 9 p.m. features performances student and professional groups, activities for children and ends with fireworks show over the Cooper River.

For a detailed schedule of all the events for the 2016 North Charleston Arts Fest, click here.

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