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About Centerfest

Since 1974, Durham Arts Council has brought the Durham community together with an annual arts festival in the fall. As Durham’s signature fine 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! 
 
Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation at the gate. Donations support the festival and the arts in Durham.
 
Centerfest 2024 will be September 21st and 22nd in Downtown Durham!
 

About Centerfest

Since 1974, Durham Arts Council has brought the Durham community together with an annual arts festival in the fall. As Durham’s signature fine 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! 
 
Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation at the gate. Donations support the festival and the arts in Durham.
 
Centerfest 2024 will be September 21st and 22nd in Downtown Durham!
 
CenterFest

CenterFest 2024 Timeline

  • January 31, 2024

    Visual Artist Application Opens on Zapp

  • February 14th, 2024

    Performer Application Opens on Submittable 

  • March 18th, 2024
  • May 1st, 2024

    Visual Artist Application Closes

  • June 2024

    Visual Artists Notified of Status

  • June 10th, 2024

    Performer Application Closes

  • July 10th, 2024

    All other applications close

  • July 20th, 2024

    Performers Notified

  • August, 2024

    All Applicants Notified of Status

  • September 21 & 22, 2024

    Festival Takes Place

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CenterFest 2024 Timeline

  • January 31, 2024

    Visual Artist Application Opens 

  • February 14th, 2024

    Performer Application Opens on Submittable 

  • March 18th, 2024
  • May 1st, 2024

    Visual Artist Application Closes

  • June 2024

    Visual Artists Notified of Status

  • June 10th, 2024

    Performer Application Closes

  • July 10th, 2024

    All other applications close

  • July 20th, 2024

    Performers Notified

  • August, 2024

    All Applicants Notified of Status

  • September 21 & 22, 2024

    Festival Takes Place

CenterFest 2024 Applications

CenterFest

Past Festivals

Past Festivals

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