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Weekend of Art in Hillsborough 2022

April 29 - April 30

| Free; donations encouraged
During the last weekend of April 2022, the Hillsborough Arts Council is combining efforts between Last Fridays & the Art Walk; the Handmade Market (previously known as the “Art in the Heart” arts & crafts fair); and our beautiful, town-wide, celebration of art and creativity, the Handmade Parade, for an immersive, exciting Weekend of Art in Hillsborough, NC!

The weekend will kick off with April’s Last Fridays & the Art Walk, with a focus on storytelling, story making, and gearing up for parade day! 20+ local businesses and artists will band together to create a night of magic with live music, poetry, dancing, gallery openings, special exhibitions, and other community activities to choose from. Learn more about Last Fridays & the Art Walk here.

The 2022 Handmade Market (previously known as Art in the Heart) will be a curated vendor market of handmade, artist goods with a sprinkling of special, Mardi Gras-style vendors to prepare the community for the Handmade Parade! More information about the Handmade Market is coming soon – stay tuned.

The Handmade Parade is a biannual Hillsborough tradition and grassroots community celebration! This Mardi Gras-style street parade is fueled by the community and includes painted faces, wild costumes, puppets (small & massive), stilt-walkers, marching bands, and much more, creating a spectacle of art, creativity, public theater, and music! Due to COVID restrictions, the 2022 parade will be the first occurrence since 2018. We are so excited to be back with our biggest celebration yet!

The theme for the 2022 parade is FOUND OBJECT ART. We invite all community members, whether you come with a paper-bag puppet; a sock puppet; or a giant, recycled, Papier-mâché grasshopper, to craft your own special addition to this community show and march with us in celebration of art and creativity!

During the March and April occurrences of Last Fridays & the Art Walk, HAC will host pop-up puppet workshops to inspire visitors and neighbors to engineer and sculpt their own found object puppets. Keep an eye out for other ways to get involved with this one-of-a-kind opportunity, including links to register, and dance with your community through downtown Hillsborough.

Learn more about Handmade Parade and the full Weekend of Art experience at www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org/handmade-parade !

The Handmade Parade is supported in part by the Tourism Board of the Town of Hillsborough. HAC is grateful for the generosity of local funding agencies, sponsors, and individual donors who help fulfill our mission of enriching our community through the arts.