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The 8th annual Salem Arts Festival will be held June 3rd to 5th, 2016.  This popular free event features over 60 artists and performers, and includes a variety of art, music, dance, and poetry performances. The family-friendly event also includes an artisan street fair, art-making activities for all ages, and a temporary community-created public art installation.  The Festival is run in collaboration with Salem Main Streets by a team of dedicated volunteers, including representatives from Creative Salem, Salem State University, the Peabody Essex Museum, and more. The Salem Arts Festival is supported in part by a grant from the Salem Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Join the third annual Salem Arts Festival Fashion Show Fundraiser on Friday, April 8, 7-10 p.m., for a night of local food, fashion, drink, dancing, and fun in support of one of Salem’s greatest festivals! The event will again be held upstairs at the beautiful and historic Old Town Hall at 32 Derby Square.

“The Fashion Show gets bigger and better every year, and it’s the perfect way to introduce the renewed energy behind the Arts Festival,” says Kylie Sullivan, Executive Director of Salem Main Streets (SMS), the community non-profit organization which oversees the Festival. “The need for financial support is critical for the success of the festival, which annually welcomes over 5,000 attendees to downtown Salem over the first weekend in June.  We are committed to keeping the festival free and open to the public, but that means we need to raise some substantial funds.”

The Fashion Show, hosted by local comedian and Salem Comedy & Spirits Festival founder Mark Scalia, highlights a growing number of local boutiques – including Modern Millie Vintage & Consignments, The Boutique, Ocean Chic Boutique & Waterbar, TBT Post, Avalanche, RJ Coins & Jewelry, Lifebridge’s Second Chance Thrift Shop, and more! Make up will be provided by the fabulous artists at Laura Lanes Skin Care and Rouge Cosmetics. DJ Noel Snow and a number of other local performers will be on hand to set the scene and get you on the dance floor. Local food, drink, and a great raffle make the evening complete!

Tickets are $25 per person with a cash bar, with $40 VIP tickets available for an assigned seat on the catwalk and a free drink. Purchase tickets over the phone at 978-744-0004 x15, in person at 265 Essex Street (Salem Main Streets), or online at

Proceeds directly benefit the Salem Arts Festival. Last year, this event sold out – so get your tickets early and get ready to dance!