May 30, 2024

Celebrate Creativity at the 16th Annual Salem Arts Festival!

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Get ready, Salem! The 16th Annual Salem Arts Festival is just around the corner, running from June 7 to June 9, 2024. This vibrant event draws over 8,000 visitors each year, transforming downtown Salem into a bustling arts hub. Whether you’re an art lover or simply looking for a fun family outing, this festival has something for everyone. All festival information, including this year’s schedule can be found at

What to Expect:

  • Juried Artists’ Gallery: Marvel at the stunning works of talented artists displayed in Old Town Hall.
  • Live Performances: Enjoy music, dance, and theater on outdoor stages.
  • Artist and Artisan Street Fair: Explore unique handmade goods and chat with local creators.
  • Public Arts Project: Join in a collaborative art project that brings the community together.
  • Mural Slam: Watch as artists create vibrant murals right before your eyes, adding color and life to the city.

We especially thank our festival partners, the Peabody Essex Museum and Jenni Stuart Fine Jewelry, for their generous support.

Community at the Heart of the Festival

“The Arts Festival has become such an important community event because our community is the focus,” says Kylie Sullivan, Executive Director of Salem Main Streets. “We are committed to showcasing the incredible creativity within Salem and the surrounding area.”

This year, we’re thrilled to continue collaborating with Creative Collective, an organization dedicated to supporting the creative industries and workforce. John Andrews, founder of Creative Collective, shares, “The Salem Arts Festival is more than just a celebration of art; it’s a symbol of our city’s rich history and cultural diversity. By supporting this festival, we’re investing in local artists and preserving Salem’s unique character.”

Join the Fun – How to Get Involved

  • Visual Arts Gallery: Artists, be sure to complete an Intent to Apply online at for a chance to showcase your work. The on-site review process will be held from May 31 to June 2.
  • Community Art Project – “Heart and Scroll”: This year’s public art project invites community members to reflect on their values and express them on upcycled cardboard scrolls. Led by student artist Jessica Valatka and public artists Linda Mullen and Claudia Paraschiv, this project will come to life through community workshops held throughout the spring.

Be a Part of the Team!

Over 100 volunteers support the festival. If you’d like to participate in this exciting event, visit to learn how you can help.

For more information, visit or contact Kylie Sullivan at or (978) 744-0004 x115.

Join us in celebrating the arts, supporting local talent, and enjoying the vibrant spirit of Salem. See you there!



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Salem Main Streets’ (SMS) mission is the continued revitalization of downtown Salem as a vibrant, year-round, retail, dining and cultural destination through business retention, recruitment, and promotion of the downtown district. SMS produces and supports numerous community events and initiatives throughout the year, including the Salem Farmers’ Market, Salem Arts Festival, Salem’s So Sweet, and the October Information booth. SMS