This year's Arts Festival is July 9-12. Children and Youth Day is July 8. BookFest is July 11. We're looking forward to seeing you!

Performances and More


Musical and other artistic performances are one of the main draws of Arts Festival. We present free performances on three outdoor stages–the Allen Street Stage,  the Festival Shell, and the Sidney Friedman Park Stage–in addition to indoor performances in the State Theatre, Penn State Downtown Theatre, and select downtown churches. Performers are of international, national, and regional standing.  We offer everything from the much-loved Pat Farrell Sing-Along to jazz to bluegrass, folk to rock, concert bands to choral groups. Over time we’ve also added participatory fitness activities like yoga and Bollywood dance (no really!).

Don’t forget that some performances require a Festival button for admittance. Schedules are subject to change without prior notice.