General Information

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the in-person downtown festival cannot take place in 2020. Instead, the Durham Arts Council is creating a lively online virtual festival. We look forward to seeing you in person in 2021; enjoy the festival from the comfort of your own home in 2020!

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, 2020
Times: Saturday time TBA, Sunday time TBA
Location: the comfort of your own home!
Presenter:Durham Arts Council

CenterFest 2019 Map


Frequently Asked Questions

Is CenterFest still located in Downtown Durham?
Yes, CenterFest will be located in the downtown Durham loop on Main and Chapel Hill Streets in the Five Points and CCB Plaza areas.

How does the festival impact downtown Durham businesses and residents?
Click here to read about street closures for downtown businesses and residents that occured during CenterFest 2019 weekend
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How much does it cost?
The event is free, but we have a suggested donation of $5.00 at the gates. While we strive to keep CenterFest a free event, Durham Arts Council incurs substantial cash expenses of over $100,000 in presenting this annual arts festival for the community, and returning the festival to the downtown location has increased costs substantially. For this reason, we ask that those who can afford to do so make a donation of $5 per person as you enter the festival. Children twelve and under are free. We appreciate your support in making CenterFest happen.

Can I bring my dog, cat, ferret, etc?
Leashed pets are permitted on CenterFest grounds. Owners must pick up after their pets. The Festival has large crowds of people, many children, loud noises and other pets. Patrons are advised only to bring pets that will remain well-behaved in this environment. As an issue of public safety, owners of unruly animals may be asked to leave. Guide animals are welcome at all Festival venues.

Where is the closest ATM machine?
ATMs will be available on the festival site this year, please look for the $ icon on the CenterFest map.

Will I be able to maneuver in a wheelchair?
The festival site is completely accessible. If you have other special needs, please contact the Durham Arts Council in advance of the festival to ensure your needs will be met.

Are there kids’ activities at CenterFest?
We have an array of activities to keep the little ones happy. There’s more about this in the Kids & Family section.

Can you suggest a hotel or other things to do while in town?
For information on Durham, including accommodations, visit Discover Durham.
You can also check out the 2018 Downtown Durham Map & Guide here.

Can I still get a booth at CenterFest 2020?
The CenterFest 2020 Visual Artist Application is now closed.

Can I receive community service hours for volunteering and can I volunteer with my friends?
We need you and your friends to volunteer and these hours will count toward any requirements you have; please bring a document for our volunteer coordinator to sign. Click here to learn about volunteering.

Who is coordinating CenterFest this year?
The Durham Arts Council produces and presents CenterFest each year with the assistance of regional event producers and volunteers.

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