New world Festival of the arts
Downtown Manteo's Largest Outdoor Art Show
2021 New World Festival of the Arts
We are confident that the New World Festival of the Arts will return to Manteo August 11-12, 2021.
The current public health guidance from NC Governor Cooper’s office has been encouraging. Given the current situation, we
are asking our vendors to apply now to reserve their space. This year, there is no application fee, only an exhibitor fee if selected. Our application deadline has been extended to July 1, 2021. When we get approval, we will contact you with more information.
About New World Festival of the Arts
NWFA is an annual juried outdoor festival featuring fine art and fine craft. Hosted by Dare County Arts Council and the Town of Manteo, the Festival provides local and regional artists an opportunity to display and sell their creative work.
This is a family-oriented outdoor show, which takes place on the Manteo Waterfront during August of each year. New World Festival of the Arts has been a Manteo tradition for decades, providing awareness of current trends in the visual arts while acquainting visitors with the historic Town of Manteo.
Originally started 1982 by Manteo business owner Edward Greene, New World Festival of the Arts acquaints visitors and locals alike with the town of Manteo bringing an average of 5,000 to 6,000 attendees to the area each each year. NWFA is now in its 39th year of presenting a show of the region's finest artists in an outdoor, festival atmosphere.
Best In Show- Kristen Dahms from Hampton, VA (mixed media paintings)
Second Place- Pete Lewando from Avon, NC (photography)
Third Place- Maureen Hearn from Copper Hill, VA (jewelry)
Honorable Mentions- Skip Stang from Ayden, NC (metals), Pembroke Bryant IV from Manteo, NC (jewelry), Meg Rubino from Kitty Hawk, NC (watercolor), and Donna Silvestri from Richmond, VA (jewelry)
2019 NWFA Award Recipients
The festival is presented by PNC Bank.
The festival was started by Manteo business owner Edward Greene, and is sponsored by the Town of Manteo and funded by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.
This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Thank you to Kitty Hawk Kites, Manteo Rotary Club, Atlantic Elevators, Outer Banks Ace, McCown & McCown, Lone Cedar Cafe, White Doe Inn and Holiday House Weddings and Events - Florals, lighting and decor. for supporting this special event.