Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event or place in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and play. This month it’s all about local festivals that celebrate arts, culture, food and beverage.
What do you get when combining an explosion of arts with exposure to the general public? Artsplosure, a two-day festival (May 17 & 18) to celebrate excellence in the performing and visual arts. Since its first festival in April 1980, Artsplosure has presented thousands of established and emerging artists across diverse art forms in downtown Raleigh’s Moore Square and City Plaza.
Hundreds of arts and crafts vendor tents line Hargett, Blount and Martin streets, selling ceramics, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, metal, paintings and wood crafts. Three performing arts stages are set up around Moore Square, with auxiliary stages found on City Plaza, for musicians and variety acts. Just off Moore Square, kids enjoy activities at Marbles Kids Museums and ArtSpace. At the 2013 festival even public transit buses joined in the party with “art on the move”, a public art project. As is expected with most any festival, there are multiple food vendors, trucks and dining options available during Artsplosure, making the event a prime opportunity to explore all that downtown Raleigh offers.