FestivALL Fall events to include Zombie 5K, costumed pub crawl
CHARLESTON — A brand new 5K race featuring zombies, a special soulful Friday concert at Haddad Park, the return of the costume pub crawl and a new indoor art fair are among the many attractions and events to attract people to Charleston as East End Main Street's HallowEast and FestivALL Fall team up for the second year in row. The partnership between FestivALL Charleston and East End Main Street will mean five days of art, music, performances and fun before and during the last weekend of October this year.
In its fifth season, HallowEast is presented by Element Federal Credit Union, Suddenlink and Electric 102, and will include several events from Wednesday, Oct. 23 through Saturday, Oct. 26. FestivALL Fall, created last year, builds around HallowEast with special events Friday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 27.
"HallowEast continues to grow every year and now has become a destination event in addition to being East End Main Street's avenue for raising money," said East End Main Street Executive Director Ric Cavender. "I'm always impressed by ideas for new and better elements for HallowEast every year, and that creativity is just one of the reasons the partnership with FestivALL Fall has been a good fit for East End Main Street."
"HallowEast has been attracting people to Charleston now for five years, and FestivALL Fall is designed to give people even more reasons to spend the last week and weekend of October in our capital city," added FestivALL Executive Director Larry Groce. "This time of year encourages a lot of people to get creative in a lot of different ways, so we're trying to tap into that spirit with some scheduled performances that people can enjoy around Charleston while leaving the door wide open for people to become part of the artistic culture of Charleston as well."
"Just as FestivALL built around existing events in June when it was created, its expansion to the fall also builds around the very successful celebration that East End Main Street created in HallowEast," explained Charleston Mayor Danny Jones. "Combine these events with the Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop plus West Side Main Street's Oktober-West, and October will be another great month to spend in our city."
The main events planned as part of HallowEast include:
The annual Main Street Murder Mystery: "Dinner at the End of the World," featuring No Pants Players and sponsored by Cipriani & Werner, PC, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Woman's Club of Charleston;
The annual "ArtMares" horror-themed art show, featuring art by local and regional artists on display Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at Contemporary Galleries, with a grand opening at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23 and an open reception from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday evening, Oct. 25;
The season's final Saturday artist showcase at the East End Bazaar at the corner of Ruffner and Washington streets from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Oct. 26;
The annual East End Zombie Walk, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 through several East End Street and feature anyone who wants to dress as a zombie for the event for the entire evening;
The first ever "HallowEast Run Like Hell Zombie 5K Run/Walk," which builds on the success of the Zombie Walk, benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and includes an optional added competition between some runners and strategically placed zombies along the route. The event begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at UC Stadium; and The climactic HallowEast Costume Crawl, presented by Bud Light on Saturday, Oct. 26, in and around five local restaurants and bars near the intersection of Washington and Elizabeth streets and including some outdoor music by Qiet and prizes for best costumes.
In addition to promoting HallowEast events, FestivALL Fall will feature:
The FestivALL Fall Ball free concert from the Shoenbaum Stage of Haddad Riverfront Park on Friday, Oct. 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with sets from local favorites Hybrid Soul and Stratus;
A reprise of the Downtown Public Art and Architecture Walking Tour, which was very popular during FestivALL in June, starting from the Lee Street Triangle at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26;
The "Harvest Gift Boutique of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts," which is in indoor arts fair with several artisans from throughout the region at the Women's Club both Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27;
The new Carriage Trail Leaf Walk, combining short musical and dramatic performances with healthy walking on the Carriage Trail between 1 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27.
Mountain Stage, produced by West Virginia Public Radio with major underwriting from Bailey & Glasser, will present a special edition Sunday Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Culture Center Theater. It will be headlined by Vieux Farka Toure from Mali and also feature the Steep Canyon Rangers and more. This show is presented with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Several other special events produced by other organizations will also be part of FestivALL Fall. They include the West Virginia Film Festival's showing of "Blood on the Mountain," throughout the week and weekend; the Fund for the Arts "Grape Escape" fund-raiser Friday evening; The Jonas Brothers in concert at the Clay Center Friday night; an adult only show by the No Pants Players Friday night, Kanawha County Library's "Jedi Jamboree" Saturday; the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences' "Spooktacular Family Fun Day" Saturday; music outside at a Capitol Market Stage with live music both Saturday and Sunday along with a special FestivALL Fall wine tasting at Capitol Market's Wine Shop Sunday afternoon; and Charleston Community Music Association presenting the Glenn Miller Orchestra Sunday afternoon.
For more information about all these events and more, please visit the Web sites for both coordinating organizations: www.festivallcharleston.com; and www.halloweast.com.
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