Downtown Durham Centerfest Arts Festival 2017

The Downtown Durham Centerfest Arts Festival 2017 is presented by The Durham Arts Council. With at least 140 visual artists, live music, and dancing, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Happening Saturday September 16 from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday September 17 from 11 am to 5 pm, this art and community-focused street festival has brought Downtown Durham to life with arts, crafts, entertainment, food, and fun for over forty years!

Artists from across the country display their work in clay, drawing, glass-blowing, jewelry, painting, photography, and printmaking.  Over 600 performing artists will showcase their talents.

The mission of the Durham Arts Council is to promote excellence in and access to the creation, experience, and active support of the arts for all the people of the community.  The Centerfest Arts Festival is their biggest event which will bring around 35,000 weekend visitors.

Did you know that CenterFest is North Carolina’s longest running juried outdoor arts festival?  It remains in its historic central Downtown Durham location including Main, Chapel Hill, Morris, Market, Corcoran, and Parrish Streets.

A suggested donation of $5 is appreciate at the gate for those over the age of 12 to help support the festival and the art programs and services of the Durham Arts Council.  Visitors are welcome to make use of the Bull City Connector, Durham’s free bus route through downtown, on Saturday.

Directions (public parking surrounds the festival site)

Coming from Raleigh/RDU:
Take 1-40 W to the NC-147 (exit 279B) to DURHAM/DOWNTOWN
Take exit 12B toward US-15/Roxboro St./Mangum St.
Turn RIGHT onto S. Roxboro St.
Turn Slight LEFT onto Morgan St. (Downtown Loop)

Coming from Greensboro/Hillsborough:
From I-40 E merge onto I-85 N
In 9.3 miles, keep right to take NC-147 S via exit 172 toward DURHAM/DOWNTOWN/RTP
Turn LEFT onto W. Chapel Hill St.
Slight RIGHT onto Ramseur St. (Downtown Loop)

Coming from South Durham:
Go Northeast on Fayetteville Rd. which becomes Fayetteville St.
Turn LEFT onto JACKIE ROBINSON DR./WILLARD ST.
Turn RIGHT onto S. ROXBORO ST.
Turn slight LEFT onto Morgan St. (Downtown Loop)

Coming from Chapel Hill:
Take 15 N/501 N
Merge onto NC 147 S via EXIT 108 N
Take CHAPEL HILL ST. EXIT 13
Turn LEFT onto W CHAPEL HILL ST.
Slight RIGHT onto Ramseur St. (Downtown Loop)

Morehead Manor Bed and Breakfast (at 914 Vickers Avenue in Durham) is less than 1 mile away from the event. We are delighted to welcome guests attending the 43rd Annual Downtown Durham Centerfest Arts Festival!


CenterFest 2016 cut 5 from TPC Production Services on Vimeo.

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