Arts take center stage at 23rd annual Orange Street ArtsFest

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Art creations available for sale at the Orange Street ArtsFest (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The arts took center stage in downtown Wilmington this weekend as thousands of people took in the sights and sounds of the 23rd annual Orange Street ArtsFest.

80 vendors were on hand to sell their creations. There were food trucks for those who wanted a bite to eat.

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New Hanover County high school students had their pieces of art showcased at the Hannah Block Community Arts Center.

Thalian Association executive director Susan Habas says this event shows off what Wilmington is all about.

“The overwhelming comment is that it’s so quaint,” Habas said. “It’s like a throwback to 1995 when it started. It’s fun to be on the historic streets, in and out of the community arts center, the historic USO building. It’s just a great time with great art.”



This event is one of the Thalian Association’s biggest fundraisers each year. The money supports productions at Thalian Hall and the youth theatre program.