June 4th, 5th, and 6th

Art will heal us and help us recover from the challenges we have and continue to face. Arts and Culture are an integral part of day-to-day life in Salem and this annual festival has become a source of pride and revenue for hundreds of creative professionals and a major economic boost to the local community with over 6000 attendees annually. Through the COVID crisis the creative community has really stepped up to help us get through a lot of challenges and we want to find ways that we can support the creative community and contribute to the wellness of our City with the Festival as a platform and as an event.

This year, the festival committee is working closely with the City of Salem and the local Board of Health to establish a hybrid event that will offer hope and vibrancy in person and "virtually" Please stay tuned for more information as we get more guidance and updates from the state and the city.

What to expect and how you can participate!

The Salem Public Art Commission and the festival committee remained committed to paying out artists during this challenging time and we have selected a dozen local artists that will be creating new murals for Artists' Row - Salem, MA! The artists will be sharing some of their processes with you leading up to and during the festival! Make sure and follow the festival on Instagram @salemartsfestival


We want the world to know that #artwillhappen and we are looking for you to submit some examples of what that means to you! We are looking for the following.

-Videos/Photos of art-making, performances, readings etc
-Information about live streams by local performers happening the weekend of the virtual festival
-Information on any art-making, art-loving events that may be scheduled for the weekend of the festival.

Follow along on Social Media to see it all unfold and tag @salemartsfestival in any of your #artwillhappen happenings.

Thanks to all of the sponsors that have agreed to continue their support regardless of the big in-person event being a little different this year. We will be using these funds to provide programming as it becomes appropriate and extend the celebration throughout the year!

Salem Main Streets

Salem Arts Festival Highlight Photos

The Salem Arts Festival is a joint project of Salem Main Streets and Creative Collective – Salem Main Streets is 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 Creative Collective connects creativity, community and commerce through a series of traditional and non-traditional marketing efforts, advocacy, events and resources.