Many artisans have chosen this area as their preferred place to live. Our land and sea scapes provide infinite possibilities for artists and photographers. Designers working with wood, metal, glass, semiprecious and precious stones have an audience that appreciates the works that are produced. Two annual arts and crafts festivals celebrate their efforts.
Orange Street Arts Fest
With so many talented artists in Southeastern North Carolina, it’s very fitting that there should be a festival showcasing their wares and talents. Held on Orange Street between Front and Second Streets in Historic Downtown Wilmington, the 18th Annual Orange Street Arts Festival, the largest art festival in the area, takes place over the Memorial Day weekend, May 29 and 30, 2015. Read more
Among the art works displayed are ceramics, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture, cloth goods and much more. Food, a wine tent and a variety of live entertainment are offered also. Thalian Association, the Official Community Theater of North Carolina, produces this first-class event.
Autumn with Topsail
Fall is a wonderful time to visit Topsail Beach and there is a good reason to do so in October. The 25th Annual Autumn with Topsail festival takes place on October 17-18, 2015. Read more
Other features include live beach music, a variety of food vendors and games and rides for kids of all ages. The festival is staged in and around the Assembly Building in Topsail Beach.