Community Council for the Arts
Promoting the Arts:  Calendar of Events

Fixed events are listed under specific months. For revolving or special events, please see the MORE icon at the bottom right of the page. Any link buttons not active are either due to a past event, or information is not currently available for a future event. Please contact the Arts Center for more information -- 252-527-2517 .
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  1. JAN
    20, 2018
    Stars Dance for the Arts
    7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
    Our annual Stars Dance For The Arts features "stars" in our community dancing to raise funds for the Community Council for the Arts. Each couple performs an exciting and expertly choreographed dance in the hopes of becoming the champions of Stars Dance for the Arts Mirror Ball Trophy!
  2. FEB
    37th Annual CCA-NCE
    This national competition and show is open to any US citizen, 18 years and older. Awards include: Best in Show, 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and five (5) additional non-cash merit awards. Juried entries will be displayed in the Hampton Gallery. All other entries will be displayed in the Minges, Rayner and Children’s Galleries.
  3. JAN
    28, 2018
    Soup & A Bowl
    11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    This event is held annual event is held at the Arts Center and is a fundraiser benefiting the Community Council for the Arts. Admission includes salad, beverage, dessert, unlimited soup and a hand-crafted pottery bowl. Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 ages five to 12, and free admission for children under five (no bowl).
  4. FEB
    Model Train Show
    This event features operating model train layouts from New Bern, Greenville, Havelock, Kinston and K.A.R.M.A. Admission is free and the event is sponsored by K.A.R.M.A. (Kinston Area Railroad Modelers Association), an umbrella organization of the Community Council for the Arts. Free and open to the public.
  5. MAY
    2-5, 2018
    BBQ Festival on the Neuse
    The Largest BBQ Festival in North Carolina -- in Downtown Kinston!
  6. AUG
    Anchor Splash
    6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    An Art Show and Sale at the beach! The evening features summertime fun with live entertainment, cookout, beverages & assorted wines. Tickets $35 – Casual Dress (sales tax included) All Proceeds Benefit Community Council for the Arts
  7. 2018
    Summer Camps
    Mark you calendar for Summer Camps at the Arts Center. We look forward to your participation! Here is some general information about our camps.
  8. OCT
    Annual Fall Gala
    7:00 p.m.
    A themed evening featuring a live auction, silent auction, heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar & entertainment. Black tie is optional.
  9. OCT
    Art, Wine & Beer Stroll
    An event in Downtown Kinston for the community to explore the arts. Participating partners include: And the Arts Council's Satellite Galleries:
  10. NOV
    Salute! Tribute to Veterans
    2017 activities include: NOVEMBER 7 - November11 — Artwork on display in Hampton Gallery NOVEMBER 3 — 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. — Reception at the Arts Center, 400 N. Queen Street, with concert. This event is Free and Open to the Public.
  11. NOV
    Business After Hours
    5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    This social, net-working event is associated with the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce. This event features an introduction of the dancers participating in Stars Dance for the Arts 2018. The evening includes a reception honoring Lenoir County Artist League members and local artists in our galleries in November. Entertainment is provided by T.A.P.S. Jazz Ensemble. This event is free and open to the public.
  12. NOV
    16 & 17
    Holly Jolly Holiday Show
    This annual seasonal event is held at the Woodmen Community Center 2602 W. Vernon Avenue in Kinston. Friday and Saturday holiday shopping. Visit the Holly Jolly website:
  13. DEC
    Gingerbread House Workshop
    11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Bring the family and decorate a gingerbread house of your very own. (Children under eight-years-old must be accompanied by an adult.) $20 per gingerbread house; reservations required. Contact us at 252-527-2517 for details and to reserve your space.
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Soup & A Bowl
37th Annual
CCA NCE 2018 Information
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2018 Winners


 Link to Summer Camp 2017 Page
Summer Camp 2018

'Que the Arts
May 2
Plein Air Paint Out -- May 2-5
Official 2018 BBQ Festival Poster
Summer Camp 2018 Flyer with Registration Form
Arts Market -- May 4 & 5
Summer Camp Volunteer Registration Form
ArtsFest -- May 5
2018 INFO
About the Event

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Anchor Splash 2018 Page
Anchor Splash Tickets
Fall Gala Tickets

The O'Neil

Queen Street Deli

2018 INFO
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Holly Jolly

Flyer for Event
Holly Jolly WEBSITE
2018 INFO
For details about these Events  and other Artist Opportunities , follow the links provided:

  • April 12-June 23  -- Gallery Exhibition
  • June 4 -- 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. -- Artwork Presentation Workshop with artist Chris Wagner
  • June 28-September 1 -- Gallery Exhibition -- Brushstrokes
  • September 6-November 10 -- Gallery Exhibition -- "Streets of Kinston", Choci Gray
  • November 13-TBA, 2019 -- Exibition Lenoir County Artist League's LOCALS ONLY, ART105 & Skinner Senior Center
  • June 1, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. --  Passing on the Legacy Reception
  • June 28, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. -- Gallery Reception
  • August 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. -- Gallery Reception
  • September 6, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. -- Gallery Reception
  • November 13, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. -- Reception & Concert

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