Southport Plein Air Festival

The Southport Plein Air Festival is a truly unique experience! An annual 2-day event jointly hosted by Up Your Arts and the City of Southport, this festival aims to bring local talent (and interested visitors!) to our scenic coastlines in celebration and in hopes of capturing the true essence and beauty of the city.


En plein air is a French term meaning
“in the open air.”

In France in the 1800s, the plein air movement gained popularity. With the ability to store paint in tubes, artists were able to go out into the open air to paint the landscapes around them in natural lighting. Today's plein air enthusiasts borrow from that movement to bring artists around the country to beautiful, inspirational places to paint and celebrate.

Since Southport is, in our totally unbiased opinion, one of the most beautiful and paintable places on earth, Up Your Arts is proud to partner with the City of Southport to present the annual Southport Plein Air Festival.

The Southport Plein Air Festival is a 2-day event that features something for everyone. Not only are there a number of opportunities for artists to make incredible art throughout the festival, we also have great food and drinks, music, guided tours, contests, classes, and more.

The event culminates in our famous Wet Paint Sale where you can buy some of the amazing artworks created during the event by our talented local artists.

Special Notice

Event Postponement

Due to the Pandemic, the 2020 Plein Air Festival was postponed. The next festival is scheduled for May 14-15, 2021. Be sure to mark your calendars so you can be a part of this unique event.

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