A Tale of Two Festivals


A Festival For The Art & Animal Lover In You

If you love art and you’re an animal lover too, the East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival, held in the public power community of Washington, North Carolina, is one event you won’t want to miss. This annual event was started by a group of Washington-based decoy carvers in the 1990s, to give wood carvers the opportunity to show off their work in a wood carving championship.

Hosted by the Arts of the Pamlico — an arts council for Beaufort and Washington counties — it features the artwork of more than 30 artists, including decoy carvers, painters, and other craftsmen that create all manner of arts and crafts. As the festival’s name implies, the handiwork you’ll experience during this event is chockfull of imagery and themes celebrating the natural beauty and wonder of the abundant wildlife found throughout the state of North Carolina.

In addition to carvings and paintings, the festival also includes elaborate displays created by local hunting and fishing guides. There are also a number of engaging educational presentations, wildlife-themed product displays and other exhibits outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers will definitely appreciate. And children will have the opportunity to learn the art of decoy painting. The festival runs February 7-9 in downtown Washington.


Feb. 7-8 2020, Washington, NC.


Queen City Black Heritage Festival: Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future

The Queen City Black Heritage Festival celebrates more than 40 black-owned businesses.  You can explore black culture through crafts, food, art, music and much more. Kids can limbo, compete in the pie-eating contest, play games, and make art. And the whole family will enjoy the Movement Mavericks Dance and Step Team. What a fun, educational way to explore and appreciate a truly remarkable culture!


February 8, 2020, Concord, NC.


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