The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts brings over 125,000 people to downtown State College and the University Park campus of Penn State each July to celebrate the arts! Come shop at our nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, and take in performers of international, national, and regional stature on outdoor and indoor stages. You won’t want to miss the giant sand sculpture, our famous “dumping buckets” water feature, the Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival, or BookFest. We have a full day of children’s activities, a gallery exhibition, great stuff to eat, and more!
This video, which couples some archival footage from 1986 with new video shot at our 2016 Festival, gives a good sense of our activities and events and what you can expect when you visit the Festival in July.