Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Orange Street ArtsFest applications open beginning of February

Map of artist booths and event setup. (Courtesy TACT)

WILMINGTON — Every Memorial Day weekend for 27 years, Thalian Association Community Theatre has hosted the Orange Street ArtsFest.

The 2023 even is scheduled to take place Saturday, May 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applications are open Feb. 6 for artists to apply for a booth to sell their works. The event hosts over 80 artists locally and regionally, as well as from other states.

The street fair takes place on Orange Street next to the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center (HBHUSO/CAC), and on 2nd to Dock Street. Artist booths align the roadways and are set up inside the USO.

The festival is juried, with awards and prize money up to $550. Artists who work in acrylic, oils, sculpture, drawing, graphics, wearable arts, leather jewelry, clay, glass, fiber, metal work or mixed media are welcome to apply. Photographically or commercially reproduced work is also acceptable in limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist.

There is an early-bird discount fee of $135 through March 6; the fee increases to $150 thereafter.

Proceeds from the fees and sponsorships go toward TACT, a nonprofit that scales children and adult productions as well as offers arts classes. TACT also manages the community arts center for the City of Wilmington.

The Orange Street Arts Festival welcomes all ages and hosts activities throughout the day. Tours of the World War II exhibits in the lobby are open and a ceramic exhibit featuring the work of Laney High School students will be on display.

More information about booth rentals, deadlines and the application can be accessed here or email Stacie Smith at

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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