Join us for 2018
June 1st – June 3rd!

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. Looking towards its 10th 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!

See the 2017 Schedule!

About Arts Fest!
Festival Application
2017 Fashion Show Fundraiser
Get Directions

2017 Salem Arts Festival Gallery

Check it out here!

Community Art Project:
Tidal Shift

For the 4th year, we organized a community art project that was installed during the festival.
Find out more about Tidal Shift, this year’s project.



The 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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