What is the Tate Street Festival?

The Tate Street Festival is a free annual event in the business sector on Tate Street in Greensboro, North Carolina. It is a large-scale event meant to celebrate “art and music of the Piedmont,” according to the festival’s official Facebook page.

The event is put on by the Tate Street Merchants Association and the College Hill Neighborhood Association.



The festival is meant to celebrate the community in Greensboro.

Many of the festival’s attendees are UNCG students due to the proximity to the school campus. The festival also usually coincides with Parents’ Weekend at UNCG, allowing more visitors to join in on the fun. Many UNCG students and alumni perform during the festival, as well.

Local musicians, such as Rich Lerner and the Groove, play music for everyone to enjoy, as mentioned in this link. Students from Grimsley High School’s marching band have also performed here in the past.

The festival brings people of all ages and backgrounds together for a weekend of celebration and entertainment.



Many vendors take part in the festival every year with a variety of artworks to sell. According to the Tate Street Festival’s Facebook page, there were over 60 vendors in 2019 selling unique items such as:

-       Jewelry

-       Paintings

-       Sculptures and pottery

-       Organic health and beauty products

-       Handmade clothing

-       Fine crafts

-       Vintage clothing and furniture

-       Stained glass

-       And more



For decades, many festivals were held on Tate Street. In 1979, Jim Clark, the late director of the UNCG Creative Writing program, “organized one of the first such festivals to actually use ‘Tate Street’ in its name.” Since then, the name caught on and the festival has only grown in popularity. Several videos on YouTube show the festival throughout the years, from the 20th century to more recent times.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival has been on hold since 2020. There is hope that the festival will return after three years in fall 2022.


Contact Information

Address: Tate Street, Greensboro
334 Tate St.
Greensboro, NC 27403 Greensboro NC

Phone: (336)275-2754

Email: [email protected]