The Salem Arts Festival promotes the arts in downtown Salem through a collaborative festival for residents and visitors providing opportunities to highlight the existing artist community and encourage general community participation in the arts. The festival is celebrating 10 years and regularly draws over 5,000 visitors. The festival is looking for art and performance for the sophisticated art patron as well as for the art novice, including interactive events for children. It will engage participants of diverse backgrounds and ages by reaching out to current art patrons, local students, and the community at large.

The 2018 Salem Arts Festival, running from Friday, June 1 through Sunday, June 3, will celebrate the arts in all its forms: painting, photography, sculpture, installation, dance, music, writing, film, new media, performance, theater, poetry, culinary, visual art and more. The 2018 festival will consist of a gallery of juried artists’ work in Old Town Hall, performance in an outdoor stage venue, indoor performances, a street fair, and opportunities for the community to actively participate in the arts. Individuals are welcome to contribute at multiple venues and events.

The Salem Arts Festival is organized and planned by Salem Main Streets, Creative Collective, and many members of the community volunteering their time.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Salem Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

The Salem Arts Festival is offered free to all! We rely on volunteers to bring this wonderful festival to the community. If you are interested in helping with the organization of the Salem Arts Festival, contact Kylie Sullivan at or (978) 744-0004 x115.

The SAF Organizing Committee:
John Andrews, Creative Collective
Kate Babcock, Hunter Creative Labs
Jim Bostick, Salem Arts Association
Megan Donoghue, Extreme History Project
Karen Gahagan, Salem State University
Robyn Giannopolo, Creative Collective
Deborah Greel, City of Salem
Nicole Heena, Salem YMCA
Leslie Levesque, The Phoenix School
Betsy Miller, Salem State University
Jeanette Mitton-Coleman, Ember Eye Photography
Linda Mullen, Grace & Diggs
Claudia Paraschiv, Salem Public Space Project
Karen Scalia, Salem Food Tours
Kylie Sullivan, Salem Main Streets
Doneeca Thurston, Peabody Essex Museum

With support from
Andrew Buonfiglio, OctoCog
Tia Cole, Creative Collective
Kate Ferris, Salem Jazz & Soul Festival
Kate Fox and Stacia Cooper, Destination Salem
Kevin Levesque, Berklee College of Music
Joey Nicotera, Retonica
Christopher Wilson, SkewSound
Mikki Wilson

Don’t miss these other great cultural festivals throughout the year:

Salem Film Fest
Mass Poetry Festival
Salem Jazz & Soul Festival
Salem Cultural Fest
Salem Maritime Festival
Salem Spice Festival
Salem Literary Fest