New World Festival of the Arts

New World Festival of the Arts 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. Originally started 1981 by Manteo business owner Edwards Greene, the Festival not only provides awareness of the current trends in visual arts, but also acquaints visitors and locals alike with the town of Manteo. NWFA is now in its 36th year of presenting a show of the regions finest artists in an outdoor, festival atmosphere.

2017 Festival Information

Dates & Hours:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 10 am to 5 pm

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 10am to 5 pm

Location: Downtown Manteo Waterfront, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

Media: Fine art, including painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, wood design and leatherworks

Attendance: 5,000-6,000 visitors over the two-day festival

Admission Fee: The Festival is free and open to the public. Application and booth fees apply to exhibiting artists

Festival Events: Awards Reception, Wednesday, 5pm to 7pm at DCAC, free and open to artists and visitors

Information: Map of the site and artist locations will be available at the DCAC Information Tent, located beside Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop

Parking: On-street parking is available. A free shuttle bus to downtown is available from the COA Roanoke Island Campus.

2017 Participating Artists: A full schedule of participating artists will be available after April 15, 2017

Sponsors: Sponsorships not only provide excellent exposure for businesses, they also support artists and the arts within our community. Sponsorships are available at many different levels. If you are interested in being a corporate or prize sponsor for New World Festival of the Arts, please contact Chris Sawin at or call (919) 608-0691.

Artist Awards: Awards are made available by sponsorship and entry fees. We are pleased to expand our awards for the 2017 festival to the following prizes:

1st Place: $1,000

2nd Place: $500