New world Festival of the arts

Downtown Manteo's Largest Outdoor Art Show

2022 New World Festival of the Arts 

The 40th New World Festival of the Arts will be held on the Manteo waterfront from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 17, 2022.

Fine art including ceramics, jewelry, wood design, photography, paintings, fiber and sculpture are some of the media that artists will be showcasing and selling at the event.

A special awards reception will be held on Tuesday, August 16 at 5pm at Dare Arts in Manteo. The reception is free and open to the public.

A free shuttle will be running from Manteo Elementary School, located at 701 N. Hwy 64-264 Manteo, NC 27954,, to downtown Manteo both days of the festival. Free parking is also available in downtown Manteo.

New World Festival of the Arts is the longest-running outdoor art show on the Outer Banks.

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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 Claire Grieves and Edward Greene, New World Festival of the Arts acquaints visitors and locals alike with the town of Manteo bringing an average of 3,000 attendees to the area each each year. NWFA is now in its 40th year of presenting a show of the region's finest artists in an outdoor, festival atmosphere.

Best In Show- Tyson Andrews from Wallace, NC (woodwork) 

Second Place- Barbara Umbel from Indian Harbour Beach, FL (jewelry)

Third Place-  Paul Shampine from Newtown, CT (mixed media)

Honorable Mentions- David Yuan from Virginia Beach, VA (oil paintings), Clara Moseley from Kill Devil Hills, NC (ceramics), Noah Snyder from Kitty Hawk, NC (fractal wood-burning and acrylic paint), and Amy Snowden and Anna Lee from Kill Devil Hills, NC (jewelry)

2022 NWFA Award Recipients

L-R- NWFA judge Beth Burns, Honorable Mention award recipient David Yuan, Best In Show awa

2022 Sponsors

​The festival is sponsored by the Town of Manteo.

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.