The North Charleston Arts Fest is just over a month away, held on May 3-7. The annual festival features art of all kinds, from concerts to theater to exhibitions to public art installations. And this year the fest just keeps getting better with a new event, the Arty Block Party.

On Thurs. May 4 from 5-9 p.m. head to the Olde Village of North Charleston for art vendors, live music from the Shem Creek Boogie Band and violinist Daniel D, live painting demos, hands-on art activities, and a kid’s zone.

Speaking of vendors — the fest is still looking for some. Whether you want to show your wares at the Arty Block Party or at the Arts Fest Expo (May 6 & 7), you can still apply to be a vendor online, now through Fri. April 14. Vendor spaces at the block party are open to artists, artisans, crafters, and arts related businesses and nonprofits, and fees range from $10-$30. Spaces at the expo range from $50-$80 and are open to artists, fine craft artisans, crafters selling original items, and art guilds and antique merchants.

Stay cool. Support City Paper.

City Paper has been bringing the best news, food, arts, music and event coverage to the Holy City since 1997. Support our continued efforts to highlight the best of Charleston with a one-time donation or become a member of the City Paper Club.