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120 Morris St. Downtown Durham

CenterFest 2023

Saturday, September 16, 2023 10am-6pm
Sunday, September 17, 2023, 11am – 5pm

Since 1974, Durham Arts Council has brought the Durham community together with an annual arts festival in the fall. As Durham’s signature arts festival, CenterFest showcases juried visual artists from across the country and fills multiple stages with stand-out local performers. Art shoppers are dazzled by world-class ceramics, paintings, photography, jewelry, fiber art, woodwork, glass, and more. Creators are based in Durham, the Triangle and across the country. CenterFest also features musicians, dancers and unique street performers to provide continuous entertainment. Kids will have a blast at the Creative Kids Zone, food vendors keep guests fueled for fun, and Durham’s nonprofit and government services sector inspire and inform festival goers. Taking place in the heart of Durham’s historic downtown, a concentration of local businesses and eateries elevate the visitor experience! After hitting pause for two years in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are thrilled to bring this beloved community event back to the streets of Downtown Durham!

Applications are now OPEN! (Visual Artist Application is Closed)

Past Festivals

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