We look forward to welcoming everyone for the 52nd Festival of the Arts July 12-15, 2018. Children and Youth Day will be July 11. Save the date(s)!

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Friendliest Crowds Around

Sidewalk Sale 2011I know a lot of people who don’t care for crowds. Are you one of them?

I used to be until I experienced Arts Festival crowds. They make crowds seem small. It’s lovely.

And there has been no shortage of crowds the last few days. Every performance I’ve attended – and there have been lots, let me tell you – has had a nice, friendly group.… Read the rest


Sights and Sounds of “Locals’ Day”

Dumping Buckets 2Thursday is unofficially locals’ day at the Festival – so many of the wonderful Centre Countians who have helped make this event special and unique take the day of work to enjoy the first day of the Sidewalk Sale.

Today is no different.

It’s sunny and gorgeous – with a lovely breeze – this morning and it’s wonderful to see familiar faces and welcome first-timers this Festival Thursday.… Read the rest


Visit Images 2011 During the Festival

Thursday means the kick-off of the 2011 Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition and the beginning of the jurying for our Festival.

But the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts already awarded the prize winners in Images 2011, the Festival’s annual indoor exhibition of fine art and fine craft.

To see all the accepted entries for this year’s Images exhibit, visit the Robeson Gallery through July 17, 2011. … Read the rest


The Fun Begins!

Children and Youth Day ProcessionWell, we’ve kicked off the Arts Festival with Children & Youth Day.

We’re not going to lie – it started a little shaky – cloudy with some spitting rain – but it has picked up nicely!

Lovely sunshine has broken through the clouds and muffled laughter has turned into unbridled screams of sheer delight!… Read the rest


Saturday Festival Wrap-Up

Saturday was a whirlwind for me. I like to say it was Festival from A-to-V. Awards-to-Velveeta. What about you?

Over the course of my 14-hour day, I saw thirteen bands, six BookFest speakers, and one karate exhibit. Whew.

Fueling my day: a gyro, some lemonade, a sno-cone, lots of water, and a Tootsie Roll or two from the Artist Embassy (thanks, Lori & Duane!).… Read the rest


Friday Festival Wrap-Up

Italian Street Painting

Festival fan looks at the quilt of street masterpieces at Italian Street Painting on Hiester St.

Well, the heat finally broke with the coming of a storm on Friday evening that caused a little bit of a disruption in our finely tuned Festival schedule.

The storm – which loomed before hitting hard around 6:30 p.m.… Read the rest


Thursday Wrap Up – with Video

The hot weather didn’t deter folks from heading to the opening day of the Sidewalk Sale. Festival fans were out early shopping the booths, catching up with neighbors (it is locals’ day, you know!), and finding creative ways to beat the heat (loved the pink parasol, Kristen).

The Arts Fest Trash Crew

The Arts Festival Trash Crew cleans up the streets…in style.

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A Perfect Festival Day: Sunday

Sunday may be the shortest day of the Festival but it’s not short on activities and fun!

If you have the energy – and a good pair of running shoes – head to Medler Field at Lubrano Park (home of the State College Spikes, across Porter Road from Beaver Stadium) for The Sue Crowe Memorial 35th Annual Arts Festival Races.… Read the rest


Children & Youth Day Wrap Up

Shaver's Creek shares animals with people

A little Festival-goer is wowed by an owl from Shaver’s Creek.

A busy – and steamy – day at Arts Festival but with so much to see and do, thousands braved the heat to experience Children and Youth Day.

Throngs of people shopped the Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale (sponsored by Penn State Federal Credit Union) and were impressed by the level of creativity and craftsmanship they saw from these young entrepreneurs.… Read the rest


A Perfect Festival Day: Saturday

Allen Street Stage 2010I like to start Saturday by attending the Festival awards presentation. Well, first I grab a tea (or coffee, if that’s your thing) at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe to get me going – it was a late night last night, wasn’t it? The awards start at 9 a.m. (Allen Street Stage) and the eerie calm of Allen Street is lovely – the splash of the water, the chirping of the birds…

You have some time before the performances start so why not follow your favorite award-winner back to his/her booth to check out his full body of work and talk about artistic inspirations.… Read the rest


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