The 16th biennial National Black Theatre Festival rolls out the purple carpet, transforming North Carolina's city of arts and innovation into a mega-performing arts center with over 100 performances in a number of the city’s venues. Theatre workshops, films, seminars, a teen poetry slam and a star-studded celebrity gala make this one of the best theatre festivals in the country. Visitors will see performances by celebrities as well as up-and-coming amateurs to the big stage including 2019’s celebrity co-chairs, actress Margaret "Shug" Avery (The Color Purple) and Broadway sensation Chester Gregory. More than a dozen hotels are offering special “marvtastic” rates and shuttles to theatre venues and will run from designated festival hotels. Ticket prices may vary, check the website for more details.