This summer, a city becomes a work of art with music, theatre, dance, visual art, family fun and more. Hundreds of artists take over dozens of Charleston's venues to bring you a unique combination of local, regional and national arts and entertainment experiences. The main event is June 16-25 (also an STS Top 20 award winner!) with a Preview Weekend May 26-28, all in celebration of our 13th year.
Below are a few of the highlights. We hope you return to our event calendar as events will be added in the upcoming weeks.
FestivALL’s May Preview Weekend returns May 26-28. Live on the Levee, the series of free Friday night concerts at Haddad Riverfront Park, kicks off 6:30 p.m. May 26 with the Huntington-based funk band The M.F.B. On May 27, Taste-of-ALL presented by Mardi Gras Casino and Resort returns to the Four Points by Sheraton and Haddad Riverfront park with an afternoon of local and regional cuisine. That evening, FestivALT brings another free concert to Haddad Riverfront Park, this time featuring The David Mayfield Parade and Seratones -- a combination that will include rugged Americana, southern rock and more.
The May preview coincides with the 41st annual Vandalia Gathering at the state Capitol Grounds -- free KRT shuttles will take attendees between Taste-of-ALL and the Capitol on Saturday. On Sunday, May 28, three unique artists from Vandalia will discuss their first, favorite and future works on a special episode of the FestivALL series "Three Things”.
June 16-25 events include longstanding traditions such as the Smoke on the Water Chili Cookoff June 17, the Woofstock & Weiners dog races June 18, the Dance Gala June 21 with nationally touring TAYLOR 2, the Mayor's Concert at the Clay Center June 22 -- this year featuring Robert Randolph and the Family Band, two Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee Concerts, River Queen Cruises, the Capitol Street Art Fair, Children's Art Fair and Kanawha Public Library Street Fair, Wine and All That Jazz featuring nationally recognized trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, a Dizzy Doc balloon sculpture at the Charleston Town Center and a live performance of West Virginia Broadcasting's Mountain Stage with the Marcus King Band.
There's also the ever-popular free ice cream event, Ice Cream and the Arts in Elk City, and the Carriage Trail Walk. And The Charleston Light Opera Guild will produce the love story "The Bridges of Madison County."
A new event, Air Play, on June 17, features a circus-style performance by Harlem-based Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone. They have appeared on David Letterman's show and have been featured in the New York Times. This magical show brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.
The West Virginia Author's Roundtable, which has now become a FestivALL staple, welcomes host and West Virginia poet laureate Marc Harshman along with non-fiction authors Eric Waggoner, Carter Taylor Seaton and Katie Fallon.
Enjoy Charleston Chamber Music Society with guests Ensemble Radieuses, Kanawha Kordsmen's Charleston Harmony with guests The Hot Air Buffoons and a free Charleston Civic Chorus concert, Otganist Jannette Fishell returns to Charleston. Original theatre and dance works with Dan Kehde's Contemporary Youth Arts Company or Dance in Davis Park with Carlie Mareneck and friends.
See it ALL, Hear it ALL, Enjoy it ALL, Experience it ALL - at FestivALL.