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

What is FestivALL?
FestivALL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization in Charleston, WV on a mission to create, produce, and present vibrant arts experiences and entertainment opportunities and serve as a catalyst for others in the community to do the same.

We serve our mission through the many multi-arts events and programs that we put on throughout the year. In 2017, we worked with 600 artists and over 80 partners on 80 events and 300 performances and exhibition in music, theatre, dance, visual art, and more. Our upcoming event is FestivALL June 15-24, and we have many other events throughout the year.

What is new to FestivALL this year?
We are always looking to add unique experiences to our lineup, and we have a very cool public art project this year called Brickscape. 9 artists came in from throughout United States and took over an entire floor of the historic Union Building in downtown Charleston. The space allows visitors to entirely immerse themselves in the art, and what's even more special about it is that it will only be up during FestivALL!

Is FestivALL just visual art?
No! FestivALL is all the arts - music, dance, theatre, visual art and more!

We have many special guests this year. Compagnia TPO will be here from Italy with the interactive and family-friendly show "Panda's Home".

We'll also welcome dancer Jamal Story. He has performed with national ballet tours as well as in shows with Madonna and Cher. What's really cool is that he will also teach and choreograph with local groups Charleston Ballet, River City Youth Ballet, and JADCO Contemporary Dance Company who will also perform in the show.

Finally, we're really excited to have the band Lake Street Dive at our Mayor's concert this year.

What does it cost to attend FestivALL?
Close to 75% of FestivALL events are free. Ticketed events range anywhere from $5-45. Part of our mission is to make the arts accessible, so you'll see a lot of art in unique places like on the Carriage Trail or in Davis Park or out on Capitol Street as part of our Capitol Street Art Fair and Children's Art Fair. When events are ticketed, we try to keep them as affordable as possible.

How can people get involved with FestivALL?
FestivALL is a huge city-wide collaboration, and it takes the entire team of staff, artists, city officials and workers, partners, volunteers, and more to make it happen. We are always looking for volunteers, and you can sign up on our website. We also accept event ideas throughout the year, and keep applications for musicians and artists online. FestivALL happens with over 90 local partners and organizations like the Charleston Light Opera Guild, CYAC, Kanawha Kordsmen, Charleston Civic Chorus, Charleston Chamber Music Society 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.

Upcoming Events

Three Things: My First, My Favorite, My Future (season 3, episode 2)
Mar 21, 2018 | 7:00PM



Three Things: My First, My Favorite, My Future (season 3, episode 5)
May 23, 2018 | 7:00PM



Preview Weekend: Moses Auto Group Live on the Levee
May 25, 2018 | 6:30PM