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Artsplosure 2021 guide: What to experience

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This year’s Artsplosure includes Song Confessional, in which anonymous confessions are turned into songs. Courtesy of Artsplosure.

Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival, is back! Festival attendees can experience an art market, live musical performances, activities for kids and creative art installations including Song Confessional.

Usually held in the spring, this edition includes a Halloween-inspired theme in some of its artwork and Kidsplosure activities.

The free arts festival in Downtown Raleigh was last held in May 2019, then its 40th anniversary.

If you go: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday on Fayetteville Street between Morgan Street and City Plaza. [map]

Can’t miss festival highlights

Kidsplosure, courtesy of Artsplosure.

🎨 Art Market: Find 175 juried visual artists and crafters | Find it: 100-400 blocks of Fayetteville Street

🎶 Live music: Bigger font names include City Plaza stage acts Aaron Lee Tasjan at 5 p.m. Saturday, Son Little at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Ida Mae at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Brittney Spencer at 4 p.m. Sunday. Live music will be ongoing on the City Plaza stage and the Morgan Street stage throughout the festival. [full lineup] + [map]

🎃 Kidsplosure: (Raleigh Convergence is the Saturday media sponsor!) includes a magic show, performances, poems from the Poetry Fox, spooky mask-making, pumpkin decorating, Halloween art canvases, sidewalk chalk, giant bubbles and more. | Find it: East Martin Street between Wilmington and Fayetteville streets.

🎙️ Song Confessional: An interactive installation, participants are encouraged to share a ‘confessional’ in a trailer, which musicians will convert into a song. The Song Confessional podcast shares the anonymous confession and the song that inspired it. Confessors will also receive a vinyl record of the original song inspired by their story. | Find it: Hargett and Fayetteville streets.

Find more info: raleighartsfestival.com

Author: raleighconvergence

Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen is the editor of Raleigh Convergence.

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