New world Festival of the arts

Downtown Manteo's Largest Outdoor Art Show

2020 New World Festival of the Arts 

After speaking with a number of town officials and managers of other possible locations, we have come to the unfortunate conclusion that the New World Festival of the Arts show, as we all know it, will have to be cancelled this year.

It is with heavy hearts for us to bring you this news. We enjoy each of you and your works and were looking forward to meeting our new artists. We desperately tried to make this show happen so you all would have some form of income and something to look forward to during these trying times.

Once again, our deepest apologies for not being able to make New World happen for you all this year.

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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 1981 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. 

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300 Queen Elizabeth Ave. Manteo, NC 27954

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Current Gallery Hours:

May 22 - Until Further Notice

Tuesday - Saturday: 12pm - 5pm

Sunday & Monday: Closed

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