March 6, 2019

Salem Arts Festival Fashion Show – April 26, 2019

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Food, Fashion, Drink, Dancing, and More!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2019, Salem, MA

Join us for the sixth annual Salem Arts Festival Fashion Show Fundraiser – Friday, April 26, 7-10 pm – for a night of fashion, food, drink, and fun in support of one of Salem’s greatest festivals! The event is moving to a new location this year, the historic Hawthorne Hotel, at 18 Washington Square West.

“The Fashion Show gets bigger and better every year. It’s really the perfect way to introduce the dynamic, locally-focused energy behind the Arts Festival,” says Kylie Sullivan, Executive Director of Salem Main Streets (SMS), the community nonprofit that founded the Festival. “The need for financial support is critical for the success of the festival, which welcomes 7,000 attendees to downtown Salem every June. We are committed to keeping the festival free and open to the public, but we’re also committed to paying artists and performers – that means we need to raise some substantial funds.”

Featuring fabulous fashions from renowned local boutiques and shops (full list will be posted online soon), attendees can also expect outside-the-box accessories and surprises from local creative genius Grace & Diggs and other local makers from the Salem Arts Association on the catwalk. Karen Scalia of Salem Food Tours returns as the mastermind behind fashion show logistics and staging, and with festival co-organizers Salem Main Streets and Creative Collective at the helm, locals know that means it’s going to be an incredible night. Lighting and ambience by Retonica will completely transform the historic ballroom throughout the night. The 2019 Fashion Show Fundraiser is generously sponsored in part by Salem Five and Derby Square Architects.

The Fashion Show will tap the 2019 Salem Arts Festival theme of ‘Roots’. Says Scalia, “We are asking attendees to think about what inspires them – who might have influenced their unique style, favorite fashion pieces, or what they aspire to wear – and inviting people to post photos on our Facebook event page, or attend the event in the fashions that inspire them.” 

Advance tickets are $40 per person with a cash bar, with $60 VIP tickets available for an assigned seat on the catwalk and a free thank you treat. Tickets purchased the day of the event are $45, with $65 for VIP seats – but this event regularly sells out, so we don’t recommend waiting!

Purchase tickets over the phone at 978-744-0004 x115, in person at 265 Essex Street (Salem Main Streets), or online at  Proceeds directly benefit the Salem Arts Festival.

About the Salem Arts Festival

The 11th annual Salem Arts Festival will be held June 7th to 9th, 2019.  SAF is organized by Salem Main Streets, the Creative Collective, and a collaboration of Salem organizations, including the City of Salem, Salem State University, Salem Food Tours, the Phoenix School, Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Arts Association, and a significant number of dedicated locals. The festival also relies on the gracious support of its other creative partners, including Retonica Event Lighting, The Scarlet Letter Press, and Octocog Marketing and Design.

If you would like to support this dynamic annual cultural mainstay for its 11th year, please contact or visit

Salem Main Streets mission is the continued revitalization of downtown Salem as a vibrant, year-round, retail, dining and cultural destination through business retention, recruitment, and the promotion of the downtown district. The Creative Collective connects creativity, community and commerce through a series of traditional and non-traditional marketing efforts, advocacy, events and resources.

For more information about the Salem Arts Festival, please see or contact Kylie Sullivan or (978)744-0004 (x115).