North Charleston Arts Festival

Olga Bixby of the North Charleston Cultural Arts Department sets up a display of photographs Friday as part of the North Charleston Arts Festival, which runs Friday through May 8 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center complex.

The 2010 North Charleston Arts Festival will run through May 8.

The Main Event continues today at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center and offers free admission and parking to more than 40 performances on four stages.

Activities include judged art and photography competitions, and fine craft exhibitions, a gem and mineral show, children's activities, art and craft booths and an outdoor food court.

The festival continues with more than 50 events throughout the week at various locations.

It concludes with fireworks May 8 at Riverfront Park. Visit www.northcharleston.org for a listing of free and ticketed events.