Festifall Arts Markets & More, a showcase of local and regional artists, artisans and performers, will return to Chapel Hill for three successive Saturdays, beginning on Oct. 8.
Planned by Chapel Hill Community Arts and Culture, the annual festival was often held as a single-day event before 2021, Community Arts and Culture Marketing and Communications Coordinator Melissa Bartoletta said. Last year, events were held on multiple weekends across downtown rather than in one place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bartoletta said this year, Festifall will also take place over multiple weekends in response to community concerns about congestion on Franklin Street.
When Community Arts and Culture programming was shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, they conducted open-forum polling about how future events could be improved for Chapel Hill residents, Bartoletta said.
She said residents expressed a desire to see more frequent, smaller-scale arts experiences that did not completely block the flow of downtown traffic.
“We have made three different events throughout the month of October that have less of a footprint on Chapel Hill,” Bartoletta said.
She added that this year, only Church Street will be closed for Festifall.
Each market of Festifall will also be expanded through the multi-weekend format, she said. There will be distinct lineups for Oct. 8, 15 and 22, with over 30 vendors each weekend, Bartoletta said.
Vendors this year include Gilded Lily Glass, Orange County Artists Guild and Red Oak Wood Shop. Food and drink will also be provided by multiple local businesses, including Carolina Brewery and LocoPops.