CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- HallowEast and FestivALL had such a successful first-year partnership by creating an October event called FestivFALL, their joint effort has officially become a Charleston tradition.
Thursday, officials from East End Main Street and FestivALL announced the lineup for this year's event, which will bring more arts organizations into the fold. They also announced new sponsor Element Federal Credit Union.
"When FestivALL was created years and years ago, one of the things we learned from Larry Groce was the value of pyramiding," said Rod Blackstone, assistant to Mayor Danny Jones.
FestivALL executive director Groce has been an advocate of building on one event by stacking it with others. The 10-day summer festival folds together events such as Wine & Jazz, Blues, Brews & BBQ, theater productions, Live on the Levee, Mountain Stage and more.
FestivFALL has taken the same approach -- partnering with East End Main Street's well-established HallowEast celebration at first. This year, the growth continues with events including a Community Music Association's concert, a Fund for the Arts wine-tasting fundraiser, the Clay Center's Spooktacular Family Fun Day and the West Virginia International Film Festival.
"Bigger really is better," Blackstone said.
The event takes place over five days at the end of October.
Main events for HallowEast include The annual Main Street Murder Mystery set for Oct. 23 at the Woman's Club of Charleston, the ArtMares horror-themed art show Oct. 23-25 at Contemporary Galleries, an artist showcase at the East End Bazaar Oct. 26, the East End Zombie Walk Oct. 26, the inaugural HallowEast Run Like Hell Zombie 5K Run/Walk Oct. 26, and the HallowEast Costume Crawl Oct. 26 featuring music by Qiet.
Main events for FestivFALL include a free Fall Ball concert at Haddad Riverfront Park Oct. 25 with Hybrid Soul and Stratus, a reprise of the Downtown Public Art and Architectural Tour Oct. 26, an indoor Harvest Gift Boutique of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts at the Woman's Club, a new Carriage Trail Leaf Walk featuring performances by local theater groups Oct. 27, a special Mountain Stage edition featuring Mali guitarist Vieux Farka Toure and the Steep Canyon Rangers, along with a film festival sneak-peek, Community Music's concert with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and live music at the Capitol Market.A full schedule is available at www.festivallcharleston.com and www.halloweast.com.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.