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FESTIFALL The Plaza @ 140 W Franklin

  • West Franklin St Chapel Hill, NC 27516 (map)


Festifall Art Festival

You probably already know that Chapel Hill has a huge arts community. Did you know that the town is about to put on a huge arts festival? On Sunday, Oct. 5, from noon until six p.m., the Festifall Arts Festival will draw thousands of fall revelers to downtown Chapel Hill. From one end of West Franklin Street to the other, you will find plenty of live entertainment, hands-on-activities, and more great food than you can possibly imagine.


Historic West Franklin Street provides a beautiful backdrop to one of North Carolina's longest-running arts festivals. The festival roots date back to the early 70's, following the efforts of a planning committee that visualized a festival that would bring whole families together to celebrate the talent of the community while strengthening the ties that often break when towns grow and expand. Their discussion led to an annual event that characterizes the town of Chapel Hill's atmosphere of people living and working together.

Voted recently as Chapel Hill's Best Annual Event by the readers of Chapel Hill Magazine, Festifall continues to be an extraordinary opportunity for the community and artists to interact in a full day of artful discovery. This year's event will feature over 80 artisans from all over the South representing the finest in painting, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramics, wood, metal, fiber and mixed media artworks.

Start shopping early with an online Handmade Artist Market preview at The market presents a wonderful opportunity to purchase unique gifts and keepsakes. Buy a loved one a handmade gift or add that one of a kind conversation piece to your home.

Explore the Triangle music and dance scene with four stages and over 20 performances. The Live & Local Stage will feature local bluegrass, hip hop, jazz and a Buddy Holly tribute. Area dance groups will perform on the Local Motion Stage with Irish dance, bhangra and clogging. A capella group Cognitive Resonance,magician Shaun Jay and world champion Bouncing Bulldogs will also share their talents. Comedians from DSI Comedy Theater in downtown Chapel Hill will host the DSI Stage with local acoustic favorites, Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends, and highly reveled Tom Maxwell (formerly of the Squirrel Nut Zippers).

With over 15,000 attendees expected, there is no doubt that this is one of the biggest festivals of the year. From one end of West Franklin Street to the other, you also find more great food than you can possibly imagine. Hailed as "America's Foodiest Small Town", by Bon App├ętit Magazine, Chapel Hill has become a hot spot for pop American cuisine. Among the restaurants noted nationally, located within festival grounds, are Crook's Corner, The Lantern Restaurant (Food & Wine Magazine, Southern Living Magazine) and Mama Dip's (The Food Network). Other notable favorites among the locals are The Mediterranean Deli, The Carolina Brewery, All's Burger Shack, Sandwich and 411 West.

Kids and families can build with The North Carolina LEGO Users Group (NCLUG) at Festifall! NCLUG is a gathering of adult LEGO builders who share an enthusiasm for all things Lego. Visitors will be invited to add to the display in their public build area.

Glamour Goat

Glamour Goat

Another colorful collection will be on exhibit at Festifall: 10 life-size, fiberglass "glamour goats" hand-painted by local artists! Artist Lisa Goldstein will be on site putting the finishing touches on her masterpiece goat that day.

Why goats? The Galloway Ridge Retirement Community, host of the painted goat parade, sits beside Fearington Village in Chatham County, which is known for belted cows and goats in the pasture.

"There are a lot of goats in the area," says Pat Richardson, director of communications for Galloway Ridge. "The cow parade has been done. We didn't want to duplicate an event, we wanted to brand an event on our own. The goats get a lot of attention around here. It's a quiet animal. They deserve some recognition."

The painted goat installations will be unveiled starting in August, where the first exhibit will open to the public inside University Mall, and then on Oct. 5 at the Festifall Arts Festival.

Festifall Info:

Festifall Event hours: Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 12-6 p.m.Admission: Free 

Free Parking: Free Sunday parking is available throughout downtown. For more information and locations visit Park close to downtown and take a free shuttle to the festival entrance. Chapel Hill Transit will extend the NU route to serve the event. Biking to Festifall is also encouraged!

Official Sponsors

James Hardie Building Products
News & Observer

Festival Sponsors

Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts
The Peoples Channel
Chapel Hill Magazine

Event Sponsors

Grace Church
Happy Tooth Dentistry
Passanante's Home Food Services
Keyser Dentistry



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