DADA to celebrate more than 30 years of the ARTS in downtown Winston-Salem

The 30 + Festival, to be held Sun., Sept. 27,  from noon until 10 PM, will celebrate the founding of studios on 6th and Trade Streets during the early 1980's by a handful of artists and guided by visionary artist Ron Propst and wife Tamara Propst. This pioneer effort was the seed for what has become the Winston-Salem Downtown Arts District. The Arts District has continued to grow into the vibrant and eclectic mix of galleries, studios, shops, businesses and residences, saturated in the arts and the arts life, that is found today along 6th, Trade and Liberty Streets.

The Downtown Arts District Association (DADA), Is another product of those early group efforts and is the coordinating organization for 30+.

Plans for the festival began in the fall of 2015 and will include visual, performing and literary arts by Arts District Artists - The Dance Stage to showcase various types of movement, a Literary area with readings, booking signings and more, extensive Art and Craft demos and Exhibitions by galleries and artists studios, some of which are opening especially for the festival, Food & Beverage areas by district restaurants and bars, food trucks, The 30+ Chalk Contest on Liberty St with adult & youth categories a film and image screenings by district artists and the 30+ Stage located in the intersection of 6th and Trade featuring headliner The Devon Allman Band, son of legendary bluesman, Gregg Allman. 

Current sponsors include:

*YES! Weekly, The Millennium Fund, Camel City BBQ Factory, City of W-S, NC

*Woodland Moth / The LAAC, North Trade Street Arts

*IMG, Frank L. Blum, 560 North Trade Street

*Charles M. Mull, Mast General Store, Mike Hester Building Company, Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce, The Arts Council of WS/FC

*Steel Group Architects, The B-String, George Jacobs, retro art ware, We Believed, The Ron Propst Family, Studio 7, Andrew Graphic Design

For more information on The 30+ Festival visit on line at, like us on facebook at 30plusfestival and follow on twitter @30PlusFestWS or you can email at

HASH TAGS for the festival include #30plusfestws #30plusfestivalws #WSDAD30plus

Visitors are encouraged to tag their photos so the festival coordinators can post them after the event on the 30+ Festival Web Page includes a complete page on

·      Festival SCHEDULE
·      Musicians on 30+ Stage with links to their official web sites
·      Participating LOCATIONS and schedule of demos and events
·      STREET CHALK Contest and entry forms
·      Literary Area information
·      Dance Stage information
·      Current MAP of the Festival
·      PRESS tab with the logo and other information
· 30+ STAGE LINE UP - 6th and Trade Intersection)
·      NOON - Opening Ceremonies
·      1 PM - STRUT2 - a fashion extravaganza of clothing design/hair/make up from the Arts District in a performance by models and dancers to music from the ARTS DISTRICT and friends (sponsored by retro art ware and NTSA)
·      1:45 - The B-Kin Band (in a benefit show for DADA)

·      3:00  Luxuriant Sedans followed immediately by
·      4:00 The B-String All Stars (sponsored by The B-String)

·      5:30 PM - AURA3 opening for Bobby and The Good Times (FCEA Award for Best New Band 2014)

·      Presentation of Awards, Sponsors & Dignitaries by The Downtown Arts District Association

·      7:30 - Devon Allman Band (sponsored by Woodland Moth /The LAAC & Bucked Up Productions)
· DANCE STAGE -  600 block of Trade near 7th Street (Noon until 5 PM)
· American Belly Dance
· Sky dance (Modern Dance Troupe)
· Ongoing performances from Noon - 5 PM
· The Green Space & at Yoga Gallery both on Liberty Street  - 11 AM until 6:30 PM 
· SELF GUIDED PUBLIC ART TOUR in the ARTS DISTRICT of W-S - INFO sheets available at the 30+ INFO BOOTH next to the Main Stage
· STREET CHALK Contest -Noon until 5 PM
· Judging at 5:30
· Register at INFO desk during festival OR pre-register at Kindred Spirits (500 block of Trade) North Trade Street Arts (600 Block of Trade)
· $100 to Best ADULT, $25 to Best YOUTH & People’s Choice AWARD
· $1.00 per vote at Info Booth as a fund raiser for DADA 1st Friday Gallery Hops

PICTORIAL POST MARK in honor of The 30+ Festival - United States Post Office - get your mail stamped with a special post mark !
Participating BARS offering special hours during the festival
The Garage -  Kick Off Party Saturday 26th
AND Open from 6-10 PM Sunday 27th

Single Brothers - open for festival - 600 block of Trade
Tiki Bar - open for festival - 7th and Trade
Silver Moon - open for festival - 600 block of Trade
Finnigan’s Wake - open for festival - 600 block of Trade
6th and Vine - open for festival - 6th Street

Participating Restaurants open during the festival or offering special hours
Mary’s of Course - opens 10 AM for 30 + Breakfast (700 block of Trade)
6th and Vine - open during festival (6th Street)
Rusty Bumper Ice Cream - open special hours during festival (500 block of Trade)
Finnigan’s Wake - open during festival (600 block of Trade)
Mission Pizza - open during festival (700 block of Trade)

FOOD TRUCKS - 600 Block of Liberty Street
SOFT DRINKS & Water - next to Main Stage at 6th and Trade
INFO BOOTH - next to Main Stage - BAND MERCH, 30+ and DADA INFO, Contest Registration, QR code & 30+ Web Site Info, Self Guided Tour Info, Fund Raiser Info, Street Chalk Info

For more info"

- A Press Release

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