SPRING, POLLEN, and ART are in the air

 

Happy April to everyone except the SC pollen that is literally trying to give me a legit bacterial infection (S/O to CVS for the antibiotics🙌).

 

Pollen aside, this is one of my favorite times of the year: the Carolina weather is finally tolerable for my perpetually cold self, the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and IT'S ART SHOW SEASON!

 

 Now that people are getting vaccinated and the weather is getting warmer, it is the perfect time to enjoy your local arts shows and festivals in a safe way.

 

Check out our recommendations below:

 

ARTS SHOWS & FESTIVALS

 

🌸 North Carolina

  • Saturday, April 17, 11am-4pm: Winston Junction Market

    • This open-concept indoor market is held in a converted warehouse space in downtown Winston-Salem. Their local vendors range from artisans to farmers, and they require visitors to wear masks and maintain social distancing. What's not to love!

  • Saturdays, 1-5pm: Jackson Arts Market

    • This arts & music festival in Sylva features live art demonstrations, classes, musical performances, vendors, glass blowing, fire spinners, and even drum circles! The eclectic festival has become well-known in WNC, and we can see why. Music AND art? Count us in!

  • Saturday, June 5, 11am-3pm: Market at NC Art Museum

    • This outdoor market sells locally-made accessories, clothing, home goods, custom gifts, and more. You can find it in Raleigh outside of the North Carolina Museum of Art, where their Bloom exhibit will be taking place if you'd like to check it out on your way in. Don't forget to bring your mask!

  • June 12, 19, 26, 10am-5pm: Asheville Art in the Park

    • This outdoor art market in Asheville is a space where artists showcase and sell their creations. Some featured art includes glass, ceramics, woodworking, metalsmithing, fabric arts, pottery, sculptures, and two-dimensional art. Plus, many art galleries are a short walk away!

🏵️ South Carolina

  • April 30, 6-9pm and May 1, 11am-3pm: Pizza, Blues, and Jazz Festival

    • Do you like PB&J? Pizza, blues, and jazz, that is! This Mauldin festival serves pizza AND the beats, selling food from local pizzerias and showcasing local jazz & blues artists. This is right up our alley. 

  • First Saturday of the Month, 9am-5pm: Pendleton Handmade Market

    • Shop local handmade artisans and enjoy food & entertainment at this outdoor market in Pendleton. They also have a free bouncy house, which we'd be so down for, but sadly, it's just for kids😫

  • May 7-9, 9am-5pm: Artisphere

    • Did you know that this Greenville art show is one of the nation's top ten? It's a well-deserved title, too. Artisphere's attendance for just one weekend (pre-pandemic) was just shy of 70,000! The local artists featured in the show represent just about all forms of visual art. This year, the show is smaller, and you will need to reserve tickets, but we can guarantee it will be a worthwhile show!

  • May 13-15, 7pm: Albino Skunk Music Festival

    • Lovingly referred to as "SkunkFest" by its regular attendees, this small music festival in Greer features local musicians and bands. Generally acoustic music, genres include Americana, folk, singer-songwriter, alt-country, acoustic, roots, and bluegrass. Festival season returning is music to my ears🎶

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