The six-hour event, which typically features hundreds of vendors and artists, was supposed to take place Sunday but was canceled Friday evening due to inclement weather.
Festifall’s website and Twitter cited Parks and Recreation Director Jim Orr regarding the event’s preemptive cancellation.
“Safety is our No. 1 priority, and with the threat of high winds and rain, we felt it to be in everyone’s best interest to cancel,” Orr said in a statement.
The annual festival, hosted by the town of Chapel Hill, is considered a staple in the Chapel Hill arts community by many artists who participate.
While most of the vendors and artists interpreted the cancellation to mean completely ending all activities and performances, Local 506 decided otherwise.
The local venue, located on West Franklin Street, originally had an outdoor stage, but its owners decided to move the event to its own space when Festifall was canceled.
Owner Kippy Perkins said most of the bands feature staff from Local 506, making the show’s relocation an easy choice.
“They’re used to being in here and used to performing in here, and a couple of acts have performed in here, so it was easy to get them to say, ‘OK, yeah, let’s just try it and see how it goes,’” she said.
Eight acts performed Sunday, and audience members ranged from people passing by to fans of the performers.
But other artists did not have the luxury of relocating.
Kyle Wilson, owner of Left Behind Photography, said the cancellation of Festifall might have contributed to lost revenue.
Wilson said that he did surprisingly well at last year’s Festifall, earning over $1,100, and was looking forward to this year to prepare for bigger festivals happening in the future.
“Going into my two biggest shows in the next upcoming weekends — which are out-of-state multiple day shows — (Festifall) could have really helped me put back into the business and create more inventory for the next two big shows,” Wilson said.
Emily Darst, a student at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, was planning on coming to Festifall but credits social media for her decision to go to Local 506.
“If I wasn’t friends with the band’s Facebook page, I wouldn’t have known about it moving venues,” Darst said.
Senior Nader Hilmi decided to attend on a whim.
“I wasn’t even planning on coming to Local 506, but I didn’t have anything else to do. So why not?”