SPARKcon, a four days of art, music, dance, film, fashion, design and more, starts Thursday in downtown Raleigh.
The idea of the event is to celebrate creativity in a variety of mediums.
Events are categorized by "spark" or interest – art, bazaar (local artists and designers selling their work), circus, dance, design, fashion, film, geek, idea, music, poetry, theater and wheel (skateboarding).
You can get a complete list of events by spark or by venue on the SPARKcon website.
With so many events happening, we decided to give you a breakdown of some of the highlights each day:
6 p.m. - musicSPARK kickoff event: Peter Lamb in the Wolves and the Lance Scott Trio at Flanders Art Gallery
8 p.m. - 7th annual fashionSPARK fashion show at Raleigh Amphitheater
9:20 p.m. - Circus fashion show at Raleigh Amphitheater
9:30 p.m. - Fire conclave with Raleigh Drum circle along Fayetteville Street
10 p.m. - 2 a.m. - After party at Lincoln Theatre. $5 cover charge.
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - FilmSPARK hosts a 25th Anniversary celebration of "The Princess Bride," complete with prizes, sword fights, a scavenger hunt and more. Just visit their tent along Fayetteville Street.
2 p.m. - FashionSPARK Clothing Swap - Trade in your clothes for new ones. The entry fee is $5 whether you bring clothes to swap or not. Happens at Architect Bar and Social House
8 p.m. - Fortune telling and sideshow acts at the corner of Fayetteville and Hargett streets.
9:30 p.m. - CircusSPARK Fire Show tribute to Michael Jackson at the corner of Fayetteville and Hargett streets.
All day - Street Painting - More than 400 people will work to transform the Warehouse district into works of art. Starting at 9 a.m. at 250 Fayetteville St.
Noon - Zumba party on the main stage at 500 Fayetteville St.
On-going events happening during SPARKcon:
- TheatreSPARK is hosting an interactive scavenger hunt in which SPARKcon patrons can play to win two tickets to one qualifying show from each participating company’s season. You must register on Fayetteville Street in order to qualify and a smartphone is required to play.
- The artSPARK photo booth will be located inside the Visual Art Exchange. It is free and open to the public to use. Just go online after and download your photo.