Thank you for joining us at the 2022 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.  We hope to see you at 2023 First Night State College on December 31, 2022. 

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2022 Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition

Our Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition is the perfect place for shopping while you support independent artist-entrepreneurs across the country. Who needs a big box store or website named after a river when you have so much cool stuff at your fingertips?  Whether you’re looking for a work of art, piece of jewelry, housewares, or all of the above, our artists have something for you. You’ll find some of the country’s most talented artists in a wide variety of media from ceramics to wood.  Are you trying to find one an artist you bought something from–but whose name you’re forgotten? Reach out to us, we’re usually able to identify look at the work and connect you to the artist.

The Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition is open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 14 through Saturday, July 16, and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 17. 

That’s Entertainment!

We present a wide variety of performances on both outdoor and indoor stages. Is there anything better than spending a lazy July evening on Old Main Lawn or in Sidney Friedman Park listening to some great music? Or do you prefer the high energy of the Allen Street Stage? Indoors, you can you can enjoy great acts ranging from one of America’s most famous drag acts, The Kinsey Sicks, to an internationally known bell choir, The Raleigh Ringers, to our very own Happy Valley Improv. From bluegrass to rock to jazz to gospel, there’s a show you’ll like at this summer’s Festival.

Performances start at 11:30 a.m. and continue through 11:00 p.m. Thursday, July 14, through Saturday, July 16. Our final show starts on Sunday, July 17 at 3:00 p.m. 

Images 2022

Images 2022 is our gallery exhibition—a great venue for both emerging and established artists. The show is open to Pennsylvania artists working in the following categories: drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, hand-pulled prints, watercolor, fiber, paper, and digital art. Digital images of original work produced within the last three years may be submitted. Adults and enrolled students from ages 16 through 26 are encouraged to apply. This year’s exhibition will hang in Schlow Centre Region Library. The Images 2022 jurors are Steve Getz and Carol Ann Simon Cillo. Both jurors are working artists and are involved with the Clinton County Arts Council and The Station Gallery.

Image: From Smilko to Smock, Diane Paroda, State College, PA, from Images 2021

Diane Paroda, From Smilko to Smock

Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale

The Children and Youth Sidewalk sale is a great way to open the Festival. It’s a chance for boys and girls to develop both their artistic and entrepreneurial potential by giving them the opportunity to sell original work that they have made. Artists aged 8 through 18 who live in, or have relatives in the following counties – Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon, Mifflin and Union – are eligible to participate. A full listing of rules is found in the application.

The Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale is Wednesday, July 13 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The deadline to apply was Friday, June 24, 2022. 

2022 Banner Competition

The banner Exhibition and Competition is one of the signature events of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. In fact, banners were a part of the very first Festival in 1967! During the Festival, banners hang over South Allen Street, bringing color and movement to the already joyous atmosphere. In the off season, we hang banners in public buildings like the State College Municipal Building and Schlow Centre Region Library. Banners can be made by individuals or groups. Making a banner is a great way to celebrate a milestone of a community organization.

The deadline to submit a banner was Friday, June 24, 2022. 

Buy a Festival Wristband!

Festival wristbands are required for certain indoor performances. They are $15 each (plus shipping if ordered online) and are good for the entire Festival.

Visit the Festival Store!

Get a Festival poster and buy Festival wristbands, t-shirts and other merchandise at the corner of College and Allen – or visit our online store.

Major Sponsors

AccuWeather logo
East Highlands Neighborhood Trash Crew logo and logo
Downtown State College Improvement District logo
First National Bank logo
Penn State Alumni Association logo

We’re grateful to all the individuals, businesses, and organizations who support the Arts Festival each year.

More sponsors, as well as individual and other donors are always welcome. We could use your support now more than ever!