Salem Arts Festival 2016 – June 3 – 5

Saturday Dark Follies crowd - photo cred Social Palates

Applications for 2016 performers and street fair artisans are now closed. Decisions will be communicated by April 30 at latest.

If you are interested in having work in the gallery, we still want to hear from you! Contact Kylie Sullivan at with any questions about the application process.

The Salem Arts Festival relies heavily on the support of our amazing volunteers.  If you would like to join our merry band during this year’s festival, please email and let us know how you’d like to help!

About the Salem Arts Festival: For three days each June, this FREE family-friendly festival transforms downtown Salem, MA, into an opportunity for the arts community to showcase their talents.  Now in its eighth year, the festival boasts attendance numbers in the thousands and celebrates all the arts: painting, photography, sculpture, dance, music, writing, film, new media, performance, theatre, poetry, culinary, and more!

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The Salem Arts Festival is organized by Salem Main Streets and a collaboration of Salem organizations which provide support for the festival, including the salem state university center for the creative and performing arts, PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM, Salem Arts Association, AND  CREATIVE SALEM.



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SalemMainStreets_FINAL_olThe Salem Arts Festival is a project of Salem Main Streets – funded in part by the City of Salem, Kimberley Driscoll, Mayor and the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.  The Salem Main Street Initiative is a preservation-based, volunteer driven strategy for commercial district revitalization.  The Initiative is modeled on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Program.  Main Streets works because it involves all interested stakeholders in the downtown and provides a comprehensive strategy of work, tailored to local needs and opportunities of the community.

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