The festival was founded in 2011 by local artists and art enthusiasts and continues to grow and change with new artists and activities. The Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival has become well renowned and draws thousands of visitors from as far away as Boone, NC, Myrtle Beach SC, Charlotte NC, Beaufort and the Outer Banks, as well as from our local Greater Wilmington area.
This Festival is a celebration of the arts with a mission to provide a rich venue for the artists to exhibit their fine arts and crafts.
The Festival’s objective is to increase appreciation, support and sales of art by involving the public in the creative process through demonstrations hands-on-programs and access to art in different media.
This year's theme "I am Art" makes YOU part of the art with fabric artists, interactive performances, costume art and much more.
There are many changes planned for the 2023 Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival. The first Big change is our name to "Island Arts Festival"! This better reflects the celebration of our Island creative community.
And we have added another day for the festivities.
May 5th Gallery Night at St. Paul's UMC Events Venue, 5pm to 9pm. Indoor exhibit of fine arts, fine crafts and specialty culinary arts.
May 6th Festival at the Lake on Carolina Beach 10 am to 4 pm
Over 100 Visual, Performing, Culinary artists will come together for this 2 day event. There is something for everyone from gallery exhibit, hand-on kids crafts, demonstrations of creative processes and local performers.
We are seeking the best of our region to come join in this amazing art festival.
Fine arts and fine crafts, culinary arts and performers!
Deadline for application March 24, 2023
Go to the Artist Resources page to download or Email us for application.
This year's festival was full of amazing artwork, lots of interactivity, beautiful festival installations and fun performers.
Check out the Gallery to see the fun.
More than 50 Fine Art and Fine Craft Artists will be showing and selling their artwork. These artists were selected from over 80 applications.
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David Norris 10a-12p
Renato Abbate 12p-2p
Amy Gibson 2p-4
Click the picture for their artist statements
Lots of Amazing Performance artists are scheduled throughout the day.
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