FestivALL Celebrates 17th Year with a Hybrid Experience

Charleston, W.V. – FestivALL Charleston will celebrate its 17th year with a hybrid experience. The 15-day celebration will turn a city into a work of art from June 13-27 with a variety of in-person and virtual events featuring art, music, theatre, dance, and more.

To follow current COVID-19 guidelines, the annual celebration will offer three types of experiences: in-person, virtual, and combination (meaning that some in-person events will also be recorded to air on the FestivALL YouTube channel.)

“We are thrilled to be bringing back live events and performances as a part of this year’s FestivALL. In addition to components of in-person events, we will be building upon the VirtuALL experience from 2020 to deliver an exciting lineup featuring local artists.

Things will look different this year, but these temporary adjustments to the festival allow us to come together and share in the power of the arts and community – while also keeping everyone as safe as possible.” – Maria Belcher, Executive Director.

Event producers have modified logistics for in-person events, which includes limiting capacity in order to maintain social distancing. FestivALL events will follow proper protocols from the CDC, Gov. Justice’s reopening plan: West Virginia Strong — The Comeback, the City of Charleston, and the Kanawha Charleston Health Department.

FestivALL fans can expect to enjoy events such as FestivALL’s Carriage Trail Walk, the Charleston Area Alliance’s Downtown Open, the Children’s Art Fair, along with plenty of opportunities to engage in and with public art in Charleston. Some events like the Charleston Light Opera Guild’s production of “Putting it Together” and Jeff Shirley’s Three Things: My First, My Favorite, My Future will be presented as outdoor events for the first time.

One of the biggest changes in the FestivALL schedule will be the structure of the Capitol Street Art Fair. Instead of a 2-day street fair and festival, FestivALL has partnered with the Capitol Market, to present “FestivALL at the Capitol Market: Summer Art Fair”, welcoming this year’s group of juried artists to display and sell their works at a rotating booth from May 1 – July 11. Thank you to the University of Charleston for their support in making this reimagined Art Fair possible.

Adherence to health and safety protocols is required and we encourage attendees to monitor festivallcharleston.com for up-to-date information on each event.  

Below is a sampling of the 2021 schedule. A full calendar of events will be released Memorial Day Weekend:

May 1-July 11            FestivALL at the Capitol Market: Summer Art Fair
June 1-30                   
Show Your Pride Window Display Contest
June 13                       Carriage Trail Walk with Music, Art, and Dance
June 13-27                 FestivALL Porch Parade
                                      Art-for-ALL Kids Juried Art Exhibition
June 17-July 6           Downtown Open
June 20                       Authors’ Roundtable
                                      Social History Charleston Bike Tour
June 23                       Art-for-ALL Awards Ceremony (virtual)
                                     Three Things: My First, My Favorite, My Future
June 26-27                Children’s Art Fair at Davis Park


And more TBA at festivallcharleston.com/events