FLORENCE, S.C. – Art’s Alive, a festival of the arts held annually at Francis Marion University, has been named “Best Annual Event” in the Morning News “Best of the Pee Dee” readers’ poll.
The festival has traditionally been held in April. This year, however, event coordinators decided to hold the event in July to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Francis Marion University and incorporate a patriotic theme to honor the Independence Day weekend.
This year’s festival will be held July 1, from 3 to 9:30 p.m., rain or shine. The 23rd annual event will again provide a celebration of the arts that teaches, entertains and showcases the cultural achievements of the Pee Dee. The festival is for all ages, with events including music, dance, visual arts and children’s activities.
The one-day celebration will feature a variety of music, including gospel, bluegrass, beach and jazz. Juggling, clown and mime acts will also perform. A number of food vendors will be on hand to suit any taste.
At 8 p.m., the Florence Symphony Orchestra will give a free concert in the Smith University Center gymnasium. A fireworks display will cap off the evening at 9:30 p.m.
Art’s Alive is free and open to the public.
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