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This year’s festival was no exception to our mission of art for all! This year’s art market included over 180 fine artists in countless mediums, and our two stages hosted nearly 30 performers and musicians over the course of three days! Kidsplosure activated downtown Raleigh’s newly renovated Market and Exchange Plazas, while the dazzling Architects of Air Katena luminarium enlivened and enchanted our festival-goers with the structure’s display of light and color.

As one of the Southeast’s premier arts festivals, Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival attracts more than 80,000 people to downtown Raleigh during the third weekend of May each year. Celebrating fine visual art and live music since 1980, this year’s festival continues the tradition of presenting high quality and accessible visual art and live music for free in the heart of the capital city.

This free event is brought to you by Artsplosure, and all of our sponsors. We look forward to seeing you back for Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival 2018!

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