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Celebration of the Arts
Join Us for the 40th Annual Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts
Saturday, September 25, 2021 9 am until 4 pm Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County Admission is free!
The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Celebration of the Arts festival has featured diversely talented artists, crafters, and performers since 1981. This one of a kind arts and cultural heritage festival is held annually on the fourth Saturday in September on Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County from 9:00am until 4:00pm. Celebration of the Arts is a free admission street festival that features family friendly activities for all ages and hands on opportunities to experience the arts.
To learn more about the festival or to inquire about becoming a Celebration vendor, demonstrator, or performer, email us at email@example.com.
Celebration features shopping for fine arts and handmade products, living history demonstrations by skilled craftspeople, four live performance stages with music, dance, and storytelling, an interactive Art in Action area, and so much more!
The Center’s Historic James Paul Lucas Mansion museum, art gallery, permanent collections, and the Alexander County Visitor Center (housed within the Lucas Mansion) will be open for visitors throughout the day. Self-guided museum tours will be available at a reduced cost of only $1 per person on Celebration of the Arts day. All other Lucas Mansion exhibits are free and open to the public.
The festival will include fun activities for children of all ages. Both the young and the young at heart will enjoy giant slides, bounce house activities, and face painting. Numerous food vendors will be on hand to provide a diverse selection of festival food favorites. Spend the day with us and experience unique ways to celebrate the arts!
Watch our YouTube playlist of Celebration of the Arts videos
Vendor Applications Available – $35 before August 15th!
The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center is currently seeking fine arts and crafts vendors and commercial vendors to participate in the festival. Vendor spaces are available for arts, crafts, commercial items, and food sales. Public information booths are also available for non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals.
Cost for a 10×10 vendor space is $35 per space if purchased prior to August 15th. Vendor spaces purchased on August 15th or after that date are $45 per space. Public information booths for distributing information with no sales are $15 each.
First time artists and crafts vendors applying to show at Celebration are required to submit a minimum of three photos or slides representative of the work that they plan to offer for sale.
Browse our photo gallery and experience Celebration of the Arts
Community support makes Celebration of the Arts possible
Hiddenite Arts and Heritage Center Celebration of the Arts events are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County government, the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
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We are located at 316 Hiddenite Church Rd in Hiddenite, NC just 3 blocks from Hwy 64 and only 5 miles E of Taylorsville.
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Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of the Eileen and R. Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston Salem Foundation, Alexander County Government, Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the Town of Taylorsville, and by the Friends of the Center membership program. The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-814-5400. The license is not an endorsement by the State.