New world Festival of the arts

Downtown Manteo's Largest Outdoor Art Show

2021 New World Festival of the Arts 

New World Festival of the Arts will be held on the Manteo waterfront on Wednesday, August 11 and Thursday, August 12. Established in 1981 by Edward Greene, New World Festival of the Arts is the longest-running outdoor art show on the Outer Banks. The event showcases current trends by a diverse group of East Coast artists and acquaints guests with the historic Town of Manteo.

This year, there is no application fee, only an exhibitor fee if selected. Our application deadline has been extended to July 1, 2021. 

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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

2019 Sponsors

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 KitesManteo 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.