Music, theatre, dance, visual arts and other art forms, activities and exhibitions will take over the North area for the 35th annual North Charleston Arts Fest this week and through the weekend.
Events with live music will be a large part of the festival, including performances from locals Daniel D. (contemporary violin), the Joe Clarke Swing Band, the Louie D. Project (funk/jazz/hip-hop), The Zandrina Dunning Experience (soul/groove) and more. The Charlie Gatch Big Band, formed by North Charleston native Charlie Gatch out of the Jimmy Farr Orchestra in the 1950s, now led by Charlie’s son Jerry Gatch, will present a live concert Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex.
Theater also will be a component of the festival, with puppet and magic shows and spoken word and poetry presentations. Midtown Productions will present “The Fantasticks,” a musical comedy about the romance that develops between a young boy and girl under the ruse of their feuding fathers, with additional shows over later May weekends. The South of Broadway Theatre Company will host Play Fest on Friday, featuring short plays from local playwrights, directors and actors.
The Arty Block Party in the Olde Village on Thursday is a family-friendly extravaganza with an art walk, street dancing, live music, vendors and more.
The Lowcountry Gem and Mineral Society will present its free show and sale on Saturday and Sunday at the Convention Center Complex, featuring beads, loose gems and finished gemstone jewelry, collector minerals, fossils and more.
There are multiple and comprehensive options for the entire weekend, so be sure to check the website for event details.
WHEN: Daily through May 7
WHERE: Various venues, North Charleston
PRICE: Free and ticketed events
MORE INFO: 843-740-5854, www.northcharlestonartsfest.com