The 3rd Annual Exeter Arts & Music Fest returns to downtown Exeter on Saturday, May 18 from 10am-4pm, with live music, artist vendors, local food and kids activities. The vendors and activities will be taking place in Swasey Parkway, with additional live music throughout the day and early evening on the bandstand located in the center of town. The fest is free and open to the public, but TEAM is asking for a suggested $10 donation per person and $20 per family to help support their community offerings. The festival has grown each year and features over thirty-five artists from all age brackets and genres, ten different food vendors, and over fifteen original music acts, providing a little something for everyone with a focus on local and regional talent. Lori Martone, a potter with a studio in Exeter, has been a vendor at each of the fests and appreciates the artist-friendly vibe and and the attention TEAM has brought to the small town, ‘’Making Exeter its own destination by banding together arts and music has been T.E.A.M’s ambitious goal over the last few years, and they are succeeding through all of the events and shows they orchestrate. The downtown area is really starting to come alive.’’
“We’re really hitting our stride with music on the bandstand in the center of town for First Fridays, and many groups and businesses working together on a handful of different annual festivals. Exeter’s first LitFest was a big success in early April, and we’re hoping to continue that momentum into May. We’re also excited about collaborating with Bright & Lyon on a Saturday night finale concert at Town Hall featuring Boston-based act Darlingside. Our mission has always been to expand the local and regional scope to connect homegrown talent to artists and musicians from larger markets, and with these guys having direct Exeter connections, they were the logical choice to produce a show featuring a national band.” said Scott Ruffner, Executive Director of TEAM, a non-profit organization dedicated to community building through the arts and the cultivation of homegrown culture and talent.
The festivities in the park on Saturday will feature an expanded lineup of culinary choices, including the Lexie’s Burger Bus, Ohana, Enna Chocolate, Vernon Family Farm, Cakes By Elizabeth, Boogalow Island BBQ, Memories Ice Cream, and Laney & Lu. There will also be interactive kids activities, face painting, balloon art, and an opportunity to create your own custom lantern for an upcoming luminary parade in Exeter. Live music will of course be a huge part of the day, with top regional acts on the main stage in Swasey Parkway, featuring Qwill, Bitter Pill and Red Tail Hawk. Headlining the afternoon will be Cold Engines, led by Exeter’s own David Drouin, who will be celebrating the release of their brand new album “Kiss My Heart”. The Engine’s are recent Spotlight, Boston, and New England Music Award nominees, and have been touring the region in support of multiple full-length releases over the last four years. Each of the bands on the main stage in the park will be playing a custom drum kit made by Jeff Beck of Exeter Drum Works, a testament to just how local a homegrown arts scene can be.
For more information on the festival and a complete lineup visit www.TeamExeter.org
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