RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN ANDERSON
APRIL 28-29, 2023!
All Visual, Performing, and Culinary applications have CLOSED for Soiree 2023. These applications will reopen in June 2023 for Soiree 2024.
Soiree Code of Conduct
No BYOB or coolers
No animals or pets, except service animals, are allowed in the festival area
No political solicitation
Children must always have responsible adult supervision
No tobacco products - E-cigarettes, vaping
Skateboards, bicycles, and rollerblades are prohibited
Do not leave bags unattended
No unmanned aircrafts or drones
No concealable weapons
Soiree Alcohol Policy
Anyone 21+ consuming alcohol outside during the Soiree must be within the festival site and must first purchase a wristband from a City of Anderson Wristband Tent (located on North Main St. near Growler Haus, the Courthouse Square, Carolina Wren Park, and Church Street Heritage Plaza).
No BYOB or coolers
Persons must be twenty-one (21) years of age to purchase/consume alcohol in accordance with state law
Beer and/or wine can be purchased and taken outside in the defined festival area (signs will denote where alcohol cannot go past)
No glass containers or bottles outside. Venues will provide you with plastic cups
Beer/wine in open containers can be possessed in the defined Soiree area Friday, April 29, 2022 from 4pm-8pm and Saturday, April 30, 2022 from 10am-8pm.
No liquor outside. You are responsible for what is in your cup.
To consume and possess beer/wine outside, patrons must purchase wristband. The wristband price is $5/1 day. The wristbands are good for 1 day only. Everyone obtaining a wristband must be present with a valid ID. Please note that even if you are in possession of a wristband, you are still subject to be identified with a valid ID when purchasing beer/wine.
Wristband tent locations: On N. Main St. near Growler Haus, Courthouse Square at Promotions tent, Carolina Wren Park, and Church Street Heritage Plaza.
The Soiree will return in 2023 – a signature arts festival that electrified the streets of downtown Anderson from 1985 – 2009. During that time, the Soirée distinguished itself as one of the first, and finest, arts festivals in our region. The 2022 Soirée continued the same standard of excellence with a focus on visual, culinary, and performing arts.
This community-led festival, hosted by the City of Anderson, will provide an entertaining two-day cultural experience attracting visitors from near and far. Visitors will enjoy live performances with multiple stages, visual artists selling original handcrafted works and delicious food prepared by some of Anderson's finest chefs. It is fun for the whole family with creative activities planned especially for children and the young at heart!
The Soirée is coordinated by the City of Anderson with support from community volunteers.
Time: April 28-29, 2023
Friday 4pm - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 8pm
Location: Downtown Anderson, South Carolina
Price: Free admission*
*Some children's activities will require tickets, which can be purchased at the event.
The Soiree Committee
Chair: Caroline Gaddis
Vice Chair: Lauren Lindsay
Visual Arts: Addy Smith & Grace Neel
Performing Arts: Van James
Performing Arts Co Chair: Sincere Hatten
Culinary Arts: Nick Taaffe
Kids Kingdom: Kelly Boerner
Promotions: Britton Rodgers
Volunteer Coordinator: Liz Brock
Site Logistics: Donnie Whelchel
Secretary: Sara Wright
City Liaison: Brittney Gamble
District 5 Liaison: Brooke Cole
County Liaison: Seth Riddley