VOTED BEST WEST VIRGINIA FESTIVAL in WV Living magazine 2013, 2014
FestivALL directly produces some events, co-produces some events and presents some events that are produced by other individuals and organizations. It includes visual arts, music, theater, dance and film as well as other cultural and entertainment events. It mixes fine arts and pop arts in venues and locations all over Charleston and includes a wide variety of styles and genres. Main Events are: The Mayor’s Concert, Festiv-ALT concert, The Capitol Street Art Fair/Children's Art Fair/Library Street Fair, productions by the Charleston Light Opera Guild, Mountain Stage, Smoke on the Water Chili Cook-Off, Dance Gala, Blues, Brews & BBQ, Wine & All That Jazz, riverboat rides, major theatre productions and international talent.
FestivALL began in early 2004 when several citizens met with Charleston mayor Danny Jones to ask about creating a comprehensive arts and entertainment festival. Mayor Jones then spoke with Mountain Stage producer/host Larry Groce who suggested a combination of originally produced events with productions already being mounted by local arts groups. That idea led to the template of mixing local, regional, national and international talent and productions.
Since its inception it has had the support of the Mayor and City Council. Support and production help has also come from the Kanawha County Commission, Charleston Newspapers, Fund for the Arts, Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Charleston Area Alliance and many business, civic and arts organizations. It also receives financial support from the State of West Virginia, the Central WV CVB, Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and other foundations, corporate and business sponsorships, individual contributions and ticket revenue.
At the initial three-day FestivALL in 2005, there were 120 performances and exhibits. In 2006 there were just as many events and performances but more attendees and, in 2007, the number of days increased to four and events and attendees also increased. In 2008 FestivALL became ten days with attendance of over 40,000. In 2009, 2010 and 2011 around 50,000 people enjoyed FestivALL. In 2012 attendance was 53,569, with134 events and over 370 performances, exhibitions and presentations and that figure has held steady for the past two years.