We are planning an in-person Festival for 2022. It will be July 14-17 with Children and Youth Day July 13.

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2021 Holiday Market

We’ve heard time and time again how people like to buy holiday gifts at the Festival.  We’re making that even easier for you this year with our 2021 Holiday Market. When you shop at our 2021 Holiday Market, you’ll avoid the uncertainties of “supply chain issues” and those dreaded words “some assembly required”. We have over 100 talented artists selling work in a variety of media, from ceramics to jewelry to wood—something for every taste and budget. Many artists are offering free shipping too! You’ll be shopping local and supporting individual artist-entrepreneurs at the same time. How cool is that? Check it out!

First Night State College

The Festival’s sister event, First Night State College, is a great family-friendly way to celebrate the passing of the old year and the coming of the new. Now more than twenty five years old, First Night brings you one of Pennsylvania’s largest displays of ice sculpture, and music and comedy performances in downtown churches and theatres, and more. Make a resolution or two at our resolution sculptures, don a costume for our 5K resolution run, or grab a giant puppet and be a part of our grand procession. Or, just come downtown to enjoy the alcohol-free fun! Make plans to join us on December 31 today!

Puttin’ on the Glitz

As fall nights lengthen into winter, let us celebrate how we decorate the exteriors of our homes. From the simple-yet-elegant electric candle in a window to the over-the-top extravaganza of the Griswold family in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, our decorations are a way we share holiday joy with friends, neighbors, and people we’ve never even met. Homes and groups of homes anywhere in Centre County are eligible to participate in our second annual holiday decorations contest.

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.

Festival Store

Our online store is a great place to pick up some cool stuff and support the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts while you’re at it! Our Festival poster jigsaw puzzle makes a great gift…and not just because it’s in a box that’s easy to wrap!  We’ve got a great selection of Festival posters. They’re perfect for Penn State grads and art lovers alike, and are guaranteed to brighten any room suffering from the blahs. We’ve also added some clearance items too. We’ve found some First Night 5K Resolution Run 100% cotton, long sleeved t-shirts in our storage facility and they’re priced to move! 

Visit the Festival Store!

Visit our online store to buy Festival t-shirts, posters, friendship bracelets and our special jigsaw puzzle.

Major Sponsors

East Highlands Neighborhood Trash Crew logo
Blake & Linda Gall logo
PA Council on the Arts 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!