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Festival in the Park shows off region’s arts
The annual event draws thousands to Freedom Park for arts, performances and family-friendly fun
 
Published Monday, September 17, 2012 12:00 pm
by Michaela L. Duckett

Thousands of people congregate annually for Festival in the Park, and for good reason. It’s fun, family-friendly, and free.

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Festival in the Park is returning to Freedom Park for its 48th run Sept. 21-23.

The festival is returning to Freedom Park for its 48th run Sept. 21-23. The event spotlights the region’s rich arts scene with a plethora of visual arts, crafts, performances, and live music.

“We’re still proud to be considered among the best of area family festivals, and we were again recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the top 10 events in the Southeast,” said festival board chair David Dalton. “This year’s festival offers 180 arts and crafts exhibits, five stages and more than 1,000 entertainers.”

Dalton said a number of changes have been made this year. For example, he said, the old wooden stages have been retired and replaced with new ones that have state-of-the-art lighting. Some of the stages were consolidated to make room for more exhibiting artists.

“Additionally, we have re-created the Family Fun Zone, which replicates the feel of an old-time traveling carnival,” Dalton added.

Named one of the nation’s top festivals by Sunshine Artists magazine, the festival boasts an outdoor open-air amphitheater. Visitors will have an opportunity to peruse the wares of traditional arts and crafts purveyors, feast on savory food offerings, listen to some of the area’s finest musicians provide a continuous soundtrack.

The Charlotte Folk Society Stage will present old-time, bluegrass, Celtic, singer/songwriters, drumming groups, storytelling and contemporary folk. Hannibal the Magician will perform on the Magicians’ Stage Sunday and will perform up-close “street magic” on Friday and Saturday.

Performers from ages 5-18 will have a chance to showcase their talent on the new combined Youth and Variety Stage. Dozens of acts are also scheduled to perform on the stage, offering vaudeville, puppetry, storytelling, mime, comedy, spoken word and musical excerpts.

For more information or schedule of events visit www.FESTIVALinthePARK.org.

Festival in the Park facts:

Dates: Sept. 21-23
Hours: Friday (4–9:30 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Location: Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd.
Admission: Free

Parking is available Friday after 5 p.m. and all day Saturday and Sunday at:

* CMC-Myers Park (East Boulevard and Kings Drive)
* Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School (Park Road and Princeton Avenue)
* Myers Park Traditinal School (Radcliffe Aveneu near Queens Road)

Cost is $10 per car. Free shuttle transportation will be provided for paid parkers to the Festival.

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