Franklin Street will be filled with music and movement. "Dancing In The Streets" will feature an interactive dance zone with different performers of various cultural styles, and Chapel Hill Tire will be hosting the 2019 Main Stage music.
This is the first year of the festival's new addition, Festifall After Dark, which consists of live music, comedy shows and other performances at various downtown businesses.
“We just want to encourage attendees to stay and hang out in downtown,” Bartoletta said.
Festifall’s Arts & Craft Market, presented by Chapelboro.com, will include over 75 regional vendors featuring jewelry, paintings, woodworking, mixed media, ceramics and more.
“This year is going to be really exciting for Festifall," Bartoletta said. "We curated the arts market and vendors to be specific to arts experiences."
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and UNC’s Arts Everywhere initiative also helped in the planning of Festifall. Their goal is to bring more arts experiences to downtown Chapel Hill and the UNC campus.
Kathryn Wagner, the associate director for UNC's Arts Everywhere, said Community Arts and Culture reached out to her to help transform Festifall from just a “fun fall street fair” into something more arts-focused.
Wagner said their mission has three goals: arts learning, arts experiences and arts engagement. She said Festifall creates an opportunity to break down barriers and bring a group of communities together around a common creative activity.
UNC's Arts Everywhere will present printmaking in the festival with the help of Supergraphic Print Lab. There will be large-scale print demonstrations and opportunities for festival-goers to create and keep their own Festifall posters.
“Mostly I just hope that there's a lot of different ways that people attending the festival will be engaging with art,” Wagner said.
UNC's Arts Everywhere is also hosting free music and dancing at Local 506 with a silent disco.
Chris Vitiello will be performing as the Poetry Fox. He writes custom poems for people with his typewriter while wearing a giant fox suit. This will be Vitiello’s fourth year performing at Festifall.
“It’s always really fun," Vitiello said. "People are happy to be there. People are curious about all the different jumble of crafts and performances and everything happening at the same time. People are in a good mood and ready to try new things.”
"Get Funky on Graham Street" will also offer crafts and performances. Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership will provide public parking lots, decks and on-street parking.
“Festifall really always seems uniquely Chapel Hill, it seems to express something about the city that differentiates it from the other nodes of the Triangle," Vitiello said. "I've always really appreciated that.”