Address: PO Box 11287 Charleston, WV 25339 View Map
Phone: (304) 470-0489
Email: director@festivallcharleston.com
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About Us

VOTED BEST WEST VIRGINIA FESTIVAL in WV Living  magazine 2013, 2014

FestivALL directly produces some events, co-produces some events and presents some events that are produced by other individuals and organizations. It includes visual arts, music, theater, dance and film as well as other cultural and entertainment events. It mixes fine arts and pop arts in venues and locations all over Charleston and includes a wide variety of styles and genres. Main Events are: The Mayor’s Concert, Festiv-ALT concert, The Capitol Street Art Fair/Children's Art Fair/Library Street Fair, productions by the Charleston Light Opera Guild, Mountain Stage, Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-Off, Dance Gala, Blues, Brews & BBQ, Wine & All That Jazz, riverboat rides, major theatre productions and international talent.

FestivALL Charleston FAQ

For those who maybe aren't as familiar, can you give a quick overview of FestivALL?
FestivALL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to create and sustain a community with comprehensive and robust arts and entertainment opportunities, which attract tourists and serve as an economic development tool and catalytic force in uniting and stimulating local artists and arts groups.

Partnering with over 80 arts and community organizations and hundreds of local, regional, national and international artists each year, FestivALL, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is considered a premiere arts collaborator of Charleston, West Virginia. FestivALL is city-wide and multi-arts and serves its mission through its 10-day June FestivALL, FestivALL Preview in May, an October weekend FestivALL Fall and other programming throughout the year. Each year FestivALL includes over 100 events, performances and exhibitions from music, theatre, dance, visual art, humanities and more. These events take place in over 30 indoor and outdoor venues, and many events are free or low cost.

What are some of the highlights of this year's FestivALL?
There are so many events at FestivALL in music, theatre, dance, visual art, humanities, family fun and more. We reccommend taking time to comb through the schedule to find something that interests you!

Some of our main events include the Mayor's Concert with Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Air Play, Dance Gala with Taylor 2, Capital Street Art Fair & Children's Art Fair, Charleston Light Opera Guild performances, Cabaret FestivALL, Wine & All That Jazz, Mountain Stage and more.

With so many community partners, it's an excellent time to check out the local offerings we have as well: CYAC, Charleston Civic Chorus, Kanawha Kordsmen, Charleston Chamber Music Society, ArtWalk, street stages filled with local and regional talent...the list goes on!

Many events are free and low cost.

What are some fun, family style events at FestivALL this year?
Air Play is a unique one time experience that will be visiting FestivALL this year. It's magical and ALL student tickets are only $15.

The River Queen Cruises are also a family favorite!

There are also lots of free events like the Capitol Street Art Fair and Children's Art Fair, Carriage Trail Walk, Woofstock & Wieners, Ice Cream and the Arts in Elk City, Juneteenth Celebration, Dizzy Doc Balloon Sculptures and more.

Besides attending events, how else can people get involved with FestivALL?
FestivALL is a huge web of partnerships and volunteers, and would not be possible without the support of our community. Volunteering with FestivALL events is just one way to get involved with ALL the fun. You can still sign up at our website!

Why is FestivALL such an important time of year for our community?
The city of Charleston really comes alive during FestivALL! According to surveys, we know that Charlestonians as well as tourists are attending our events. Each year we are seeing a $1.5 million economic impact. It's also a time for the arts groups and artists of our city to work together and to be recognized. Charleston is an incredible arts hub, and FestivALL highlights a lot of what is amazing about our city - from venues to artists and more!

Brief History

FestivALL began in early 2004 when several citizens met with Charleston mayor Danny Jones to ask about creating a comprehensive arts and entertainment festival. Mayor Jones then spoke with Mountain Stage producer/host Larry Groce who suggested a combination of originally produced events with productions already being mounted by local arts groups. That idea led to the template of mixing local, regional, national and international talent and productions.

Since its inception it has had the support of the Mayor and City Council. Support and production help has also come from the Kanawha County Commission, Charleston Newspapers, Fund for the Arts, Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Charleston Area Alliance and many business, civic and arts organizations. It also receives financial support from the State of West Virginia, the Central WV CVB, Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and other foundations, corporate and business sponsorships, individual contributions and ticket revenue.

At the initial three-day FestivALL in 2005, there were 120 performances and exhibits. In 2006 there were just as many events and performances but more attendees and, in 2007, the number of days increased to four and events and attendees also increased. In 2008 FestivALL became ten days with attendance of over 40,000. In 2009, 2010 and 2011 around 50,000 people enjoyed FestivALL. In 2012 attendance was 53,569, with134 events and over 370 performances, exhibitions and presentations and that figure has held steady for the past two years.