CenterFest includes after-party, plenty of arts and crafts

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 04:03 PM

A new Saturday evening after-party is one of the many events at the  Durham Arts Council’s 39th annual CenterFest Arts Festival, to be held Saturday and Sunday.
CenterFest will be offering extended performance hours at The Herald-Sun Stage on Saturday night. The CenterFest Herald-Sun Stage and Food & Beer Garden will remain open until 9 p.m. Wigsnatchers, Black Dog Syndrome, Individually Twisted and the Willie Painter Band will perform.
Beer will only be sold at CenterFest on Saturday.
About 140 juried fine artists and craftsmen from 17 states will have their work available for sale. The festival also will have continuous music and entertainment on six stages from 72 performing groups, Kids Zone art activities, local foods and other activities.
Hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a Saturday evening after-party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Herald-Sun Stage and Food/Beer Garden, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CenterFest remains in its location in central downtown Durham on an expanded site including Main, Chapel Hill, Morris, Market, Corcoran, and Parrish Streets in the Five Points and CCB Plaza areas.
Admission is a $5 suggested donation at the gate and is welcomed to support the festival and the arts programs and services of Durham Arts Council. Children 12 and under are free.
A record number of artist applications have resulted in the juried selection of 140 visual artists, including 85 North Carolina artists and 20 Durham artists. This year's Merit Award judges will view the work of artists in basket weaving, clay, drawing, fiber, glass, leatherworking, painting, photography, printmaking, wood, jewelry, mixed media, and sculpture. The merit judges will select the winning artists and award cash prizes totaling $2,500 to best in show, first-place, second- and third-place winning artists.
Festivalgoers are invited to pick their favorite CenterFest visual artist for a chance to win prizes in the CenterFest 2013 Citizens Choice Award contest, sponsored by Durham Coca-Cola. Voting and early entry forms will be available at all CenterFest Information Booths and at CenterFest Visual Artist booths. The Citizens Choice Award will be presented to the winning artist at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the festival.
This year, some 665 individual performers will be sharing their talents, the largest number of performing artists ever presented at CenterFest. Performing groups include the Bouncing Bulldogs, Pinkerton Raid, Freylach Time Klezmer Band, Toon & The Real Laww, Jasmé Kelly, Adia Ledbetter Quartet, North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, and many others.
The 72 groups will be performing continuously on the following six stages:
-- Fox50, Mix 101.5, WRAL-FM Main Music Stage, CCB Plaza
-- Downtown Durham Inc. Dance Stage, CCB Plaza
-- NC Songwriters Co-Op Stage in the Self Help/Ninth St. Bakery area
-- Five Points Stage
-- The Herald-Sun Stage near Bull McCabe’s and South Bank in the CenterFest Food and Beer Garden
-- The Children’s Stage in the South Bank Parking Lot across from the Durham Arts Council.
CenterFest is also featuring the return of the bike valet parking system, courtesy of the Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission and Bike Durham. The bike valet can be found at booths E36 and E37 at the corner of Corcoran and Main Street near the green lawn.
The Bull City Connector is a fare-free, environmentally friendly service that features hybrid-electric buses. The connector only runs Saturday. For up-to-date route and schedule information, visit
CenterFest visitors can make their experience mobile and interactive by participating in the Bull City BUCK$ CenterFest "Scan"venger hunt! Look for the Bull City BUCK$ QR code at popular CenterFest sites such as stages, food zones, and last year’s Best in Show and Citizens’ Choice artist booths to gain BUCK$ to use at downtown Durham restaurants and businesses.
CenterFest will feature a variety of traditional festival food favorites and food from the Durham food truck community.
Two Creative Kids Zones will have hands-on art activities, face painting by Paint Savvy, and the popular bounce house, slide and trackless train from F & M Entertainment. Hands-on, make-and-take art projects are free. Face painting and kids rides have nominal fees. The Kids Zone Stage will feature family-friendly entertainment, including musicians, magicians, storytellers, and more.
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