Artsplosure, featuring Elvin Bishop, runs Friday to Sunday

Artsplosure, featuring Elvin Bishop, runs Friday to Sunday (Image 1)

Artsplosure, which attracts more than 80,000 people to downtown Raleigh each year, begins Friday and runs through Sunday.

The festival, which has been celebrating fine visual art and live music since 1980, is free and located in the heart of the capital city.

The music headliner this year is Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Elvin Bishop, whose biggest hit was Fooled Around and Fell In Love. He’ll play Saturday at 8 p.m. on the main stage.

This year’s festival sees the Art Market and main music stages located on Fayetteville Street while Kidsplosure remains in Moore Square on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival begins at 11 a.m. Friday with the opening of the Art Market, which features nearly 200 visual artists from across the state and the country selling works of painting, metal, jewelry and more. City Market showcases artists and performers from China. Opening night features music beginning at 5 p.m. on Fayetteville Street.

“We’ve got artists from all over the country. A lot of artists from right here…Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill but we have folks who have hitched their RV’s and have driven through the night to be here as well,” said Jennie Lanning, Marketing Director for Artsplosure.

Kidsplosure, which features kid-friendly crafts, kid-centric performances and a life-size Birdtown interactive art display, begins Saturday morning and runs through Sunday.

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