Watch this space for news of our virtual winter event, A December to Remember 2020.

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The official Festival may have ended, but you can still check out the virtual Sidewalk Sale, enjoy performances on demand, do an art project with your kids, shop for artisanal foods and more!

We have more exciting things planned for the rest of 2020!
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Art at Your Fingertips!

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is an art lover’s dream! Whether shopping for a unique gift or looking for something for yourself, our Virtual Sidewalk Sale is the place to be. You’ll find over 150 of the country’s best artists representing over 35 states selling a wide variety of fine art and fine craft: paintings, watercolor, sculpture, jewelry, housewares, wearable art, and more. You’ll meet veteran exhibitors and artists who were planning to come to State College for the first time this summer. Many artists are offering free shipping of work and other special deals on purchases made from July 9-12. 

In addition to the Sidewalk Sale, we’ll be hosting virtual banners and street painting exhibitions. And Images, our fine art exhibition open to artists from across Pennsylvania, will be online too!  

That’s Entertainment!

This year, we’re presenting a variety of live performances on Facebook Live and You Tube Live. Celtic fiddling superstar Alasdair Fraser and old favorite Trout Fishing in America will live stream shows. And of course it wouldn’t be a Festival without local favorites like Velveeta and Triple A Blues Band. If you can’t catch a live show, no worries – we have a variety of on-demand performances too. 

We also have a nice variety of artist demonstrations and studio tours. You can also take a yoga, tap, or belly dance class. 🙂

It’s all happening wherever you are!


Lisa Scottoline, #1 bestselling author of more than 30 novels, returns to the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts as a featured guest during BookFest, which will be held virtually for the first time. Scottoline, who participated in the inaugural BookFest in 2009, will be joined by her daughter, Francesca Serritella, herself an award-winning author and columnist, for a closing event moderated by Katie O’Toole, lecturer in the Penn State Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications.  BookFest 2020 still includes its traditional mix of local children’s authors, adult authors and graphic artists. Taking place in three days instead of one, all events will be held virtually via Schlow Library Zoom spaces, and registration is required for each event.

Artisanal Food!

Alas, we can’t serve up chicken-on-a-stick, funnel cakes, or frozen strawberry smoothies online, but we can treat you to other tastes of the Festival. Our virtual artisanal food court lets you take home a taste of Central Pennsylvania. We’ve got searing hot sauces from the Torchbearer guys, the small batch goodness of the Village Eatinghouse dressings, and Penn Staters’ favorite baked good – the grilled sticky. We’re also delighted to welcome a new vendor, University Wine Company, which can ship Arts Festival White or Arts Festival Rosé right to your door. Yay!

All these goodies are terrific treats for yourself and make great gifts too!

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
Paycheck Protection Program
Downtown State College Improvement District logo
Penn State Health
McQuaide Blasko logo
Kristen Coombs Financial Advisors logo
Bill Jaffe logo
Foxdale Village logo
Blake & Linda Gall logo
State of the Art logo
Mimi Barash Coppersmith in memory of Barbara Palmer

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!