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.

2021 Southport Plein Air Festival

June 18-19, 2021

Up Your Arts and the City of Southport are very eager to welcome artists back to our beautiful town for the 2021 Southport Plein Air Festival.

Southport is Back in Business! We've received the official word that Plein Air will be back in Southport this summer and the 2021 Southport Plein Air Festival is a GO!

With the latest statewide orders reducing pandemic-related restrictions, we are ready to host painters, residents, and visitors at this wonderful event June 18-19, 2021 -- two full days this time, rain or shine!

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