This year’s Palustris Arts Festival will make its return to Moore County from March 27th-29th. Hosted by the Arts Council of Moore County and the Pinehurst-Southern Pines-Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the multi-day arts festival has a new format and is sure to be better than ever. Located just an hour from Raleigh and two hours from Charlotte, the county expects visitors from across the state for a wonderful weekend trip!

The festival focuses on “presenting the best in visual, literary and performing arts” with a number of events, musical acts and open art galleries. 

The Candy Gallery will feature Double Takes: By the Square Foot, an exhibit that fosters collaboration between local artists and photographers. Artists choose from images provided by the Sandhills Photography Club, and then create their own interpretation of the photo. Festival attendees who wish to have an interactive artistic experience can participate in Pottery Experience, hosted by the Linda Dalton Pottery Studio. Participants can tour the studio and gain a better understanding of the creation process behind these works of art, and individuals can also sign up to glaze and fire a piece themselves.

There are also multiple musical events throughout the festival. This year’s headliner is the Grammy award-winning bluegrass band, Steep Canyon Rangers. Once referred to as the “current Rembrandt” of bluegrass music, the six-member band hails from Brevard, North Carolina and is sure to delight with its beautiful harmonies and the high-energy performances that it is known for. The group will play Friday night at 7:30PM. You can purchase tickets here!

With this year's lineup, the Palustris Arts Festival is sure to attract attendees from across the state. If you’re from out of town, the area’s visitor information site has great recommendations for lodging. And while you’re in the area, make sure to check out some of Moore County’s fantastic dining and shopping options

With a weekend full of culture, music, and art, as well as the area’s delicious cuisine, the Palustris Arts Festival will be an amazing event for all festival-goers. Check out the full calendar of events here!

Images of Steep Canyon Rangers and Hollyhocks Art Gallery courtesy of Moore Arts. 


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