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Fayetteville Street
Friday, May 20: 11 am – 10 pm
Saturday, May 21: 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday: May 22: 10 am – 7 pm

Moore Square
Saturday, May 21: 10 am – 10 pm
Sunday: May 22: 10 am – 7 pm

Please note that the Art Market will be open from 10 am – 11 am (Sunday) specifically for patrons with accessibility needs.

Artwork by over 170 juried fine artists and craftspeople exhibiting original works of art in 10 different categories will be available for purchase, including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodwork and more. Artists’ booths will line Fayetteville St. Artlets will anchor the streets intersecting Fayetteville St, With performance stages on Fayetteville St. and Moore Square, Artsplosure highlights superb performing artists, with an emphasis on jazz, blues, traditional and roots-inspired musicians. Moore Square will also be home to a kid musician stage at Kidsplosure!

Artsplosure’s mission is to produce quality events that make the works of the most imaginative and celebrated artists accessible to the public – all in an effort to enrich our community and inspire greater love for the visual and performing arts.

Artsplosure was conceived in 1978 by subcommittees of the newly formed City of Raleigh Arts Commission who were planning a citywide arts festival that would combine an “explosion” of art activity with people’s “exposure” to all types of art. The following year, Artsplosure was incorporated to produce high quality and accessible arts festivals and to identify, nurture, and showcase artists seeking to reach wider audiences. Since its first festival in April 1980, Artsplosure has presented thousands of established and emerging artists whose works span across many disciplines and art forms in both traditional and non-traditional indoor venues and outdoor settings.

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