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 Riverwalk Arts Festival is postponed!

Due to change in management and changes being made at the Council for the Arts , we have made the necessary decision to postpone this event. If you have purchased a spot as a booth or food truck vendor or registered as a plein air painter, please email us at councilfortheartsnc@gmail.com to let us know if you’d like a refund. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding!


Riverwalk Arts Festival is currently being planned and is on its way to making a grand comeback in 2025! Stay tuned!  

Riverwalk Arts Festival, formerly Art Block, celebrates creative & cultural diversity in our community through experiences in art, music, dance, theater, food and more.  

Riverwalk Arts Festival helps to broaden local art perspectives and enrich our community through diverse expressions of creativity.  It supports local artists and art groups. Riverwalk Arts Festival also     builds new relationships and a sense of community.

In addition to the festival, we host the Plein Air Paint Out competition for plein air artists throughout the region. These works are judged by a professional plein air painter with cash prizes being given to   the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

Keep scrolling to find out more!

By sponsoring the Riverwalk Arts Festival, you’ll reach and support citizens and visitors who are looking for cultural experiences in Onslow County.

Your support will be partnered with organizations like the NC Arts Council, the City of Jacksonville and your own Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts.

Beyond the event’s promotional benefits, sponsoring Riverwalk Arts Festival and supporting the Jacksonville-Onslow Council for the Arts ensures that your contribution will benefit Jacksonville and Onslow County’s creative community and art education programs all year, including Creative Forces Open Studio our military arts program.

Click or tap below to learn more about how to become a Riverwalk Arts Festival Sponsor!



The Riverwalk Arts Festival kicks off with the Plein Air Paint Out competition!

Plein air, which is French for “outdoors”, is painting that is done outside rather than in a studio setting. This traditional technique is kept alive through plein air painters who capture scenes in paint as they deftly navigate challenges like changing light, finding a steady place for their easels, and varying weather conditions.

This year we have made a few updates to the Plein Air Paint Out:

  • Paint anywhere in Onslow County
  • A full week to come in and get your blank canvases stamped
  • Judging and Award Ceremony at the Riverwalk Arts Festival Opening Ceremony
  • Those who choose to paint during the Riverwalk Arts Festival for the chance to win the Director’s Choice Award (free to enter)
  • Paint in the competition and have a booth at the Riverwalk Arts Festival. Painters get a $15 booth discount.
Important Dates:
  • Final Day to Register: Friday, April 10th
  • Stamp Blank Canvases: April 13th – 17th, 2020, 10 am – 5 pm
  • Paint Out Days: April 22-24
  • Judging and Awards Ceremony: Friday, April 24th, 6-8 pm
  • Riverwalk Arts Festival: Saturday, April 25th, 10 am – 5 pm
  • 1st: $500
  • 2nd: $300
  • 3rd: $200

Director’s Choice Award: $50



Register for the Plein Air Paint Out Today!

We have two packages for you to choose from:

+ A single Plein Air Paint Out spot for $50

+ A single Plein Air Paint Out spot and a single booth at the Riverwalk Arts Festival for $95 (a $15 booth discount)

Click below to register!


Booth vendor fee is $60 for a 10′ x 10′ space

Food Truck fee is $110.00 for a 12′ x 16′ food truck space.

Booth and Food Truck Vendors will receive an information packet in their emailed receipt once they register online. In it is a map, important dates and times.

We have available spots for 36 booth vendors and 7 food truck vendors so be sure to sign up early!

**All vendors must display your NC Certificate of Registration conspicuously and prominently at their booth(s) on the day of the event.




Volunteers are the rockstars who make events like these fun and accessible to our community!

This year we have an online sign up for the day of the event, April 25th, 2020. Most volunteer spots are broken down into 3-hour shifts. You can sign up for as many as you’d like!

We also have a Riverwalk Arts Festival Committee and anyone interested can join. The Facebook event for upcoming meetings is HERE.




826 New Bridge St. Jacksonville, NC 28540
(910) 455-9840

Open Hours

Tuesday - Friday: 10am – 4pm
Weekends & Holidays: Closed