The City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department proudly presents the 2017 North Charleston Arts Fest. This annual event highlights national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of dance, theatre, music and visual and literary arts. For more than 30 years, the festival has made quality arts programming affordable and accessible to the widest spectrum of the public, attracting more than 30,000 residents and visitors from throughout the Southeast and beyond to experience a variety of free and modestly priced performances, workshops, exhibitions and activities in multiple venues, including libraries, community centers, schools, civic auditoriums and parks. The event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina with a schedule that offers something for everyone, including concerts, theatre presentations, children’s programs, workshops and demonstrations, exhibitions, public art installations and much more. The Arts Fest Expo, considered the festival’s flagship event, is held the first weekend in May at the Charleston Area Convention Center and offers free admission and parking to more than 40 performances on four stages. Other Expo activities include judged art and photography shows, the SC Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Exhibit, a gem and mineral show, children’s activities, arts and craft booths and a food courtyard. Visit www.NorthCharlestonArtsFest.com for full details.