Excuse for an Excursion – FestivALL Charleston

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By Rachael, VISTA

Mark your calendars –  FestivALL Charleston is right around the corner. Starting June 16th, Downtown Charleston, WV will host its annual multi-arts, multi-venue summer festival, partnering with over 60 arts and community organizations and hundreds of local, regional, national and international artists.

“It’s a place and event where you can stroll and be happy, where you can look at art, hear music, watch street performers, and just mingle with people. You never quite know what treat will be up the street, what sight will bring delight.’ – – Wonderful West Virginia magazine

Each year FestivALL includes over 130 events and 360 performances and exhibitions from music, theatre, dance, visual art, humanities and more. Many events are free or low cost and are designed with a little bit of something for everyone.

“FestivALL embodies the best of what the city has to offer to residents and tourists alike. FestivALL makes Charleston a unique and desirable place to visit and that makes our city vibrant and financially sustainable.” – Alisa Bailey, CEO of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau

Main Events include: The Mayor’s Concert, Festiv-ALT concert, The Capitol Street Art Fair/Children’s Art Fair/Library Street Fair, productions by the Charleston Light Opera Guild, Mountain Stage, Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-Off, Dance Gala, Blues, Brews & BBQ, Wine & All That Jazz, riverboat rides, major theatre productions and international talent.

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The festivALL 2016 Opening Ceremony will be on Thursday, June 16th.  Kick-off FestivALL 2016 at Appalachian Power Park with a baseball game and a concert featuring WV’s indie-rock band Ona and Kentucky’s Tyler Childers. Ceremonies begin at 6:30pm, game time is 7:05pm.

One of FestivALL’s most popular events is Blues, Brews & BBQ. Come by to enjoy great craft brews, delicious food, and the best blues artists on Friday, June 24th.

Another FestivALL favorite, Wine & All That Jazz will be on Saturday, June 25, 2016 on the beautiful banks of the Kanawha River overlooking the Capital Dome. This event, produced by Charleston’s Fund for the Arts, is a daylong concert and garden party featuring local West Virginia’s vineyards, delicious food, and array of exciting musical performers.

This year FestivALL Charleston presents Mountain Stage with Larry Groce featuring Lucius, Margaret Glaspy, Rachael Yamagata, and William Matheny on Saturday June 26, 2016.

“Come watch the city become a work of art!”

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For more information: http://festivallcharleston.com/

Event schedule: http://festivallcharleston.com/events

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