We’ve started preparing for the 2019 Festival! Please check back regularly for updates.
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 Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition is the place to be. You’ll find over 300 of the country’s best artists selling a wide variety of fine art and fine craft. If you want to see artists at work, be sure to check out our Italian Street Paintings at their new location on Foster Avenue and our giant sand sculpture in Sidney Friedman Park. Watch as our street painters and sand sculptor make magical creations–perfect backdrops for your Festival selfie. And finally, don’t miss our juried fine art gallery exhibition, Images 2019, or our banners hanging high in the air over South Allen Street!
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 musical theatre, dance, and comedy in the State Theatre, Schwab Auditorium or the State College Presbyterian Church.
From bluegrass to rock to jazz to gospel, there’s a show you’ll like at this summer’s Festival.
Still More Fun!
The Sue Crowe Memorial Arts Festival Races are the oldest races in central Pennsylvania and a great way to get a little (5K) or a lot (10K) of exercise on Sunday morning. The young ones in your family won’t want to miss Children and Youth Day at the Festival and the Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale and performances by and for young people. BookFest invites you to share in the joy of the written word with our friends at Schlow Centre Region Library, while the Festive Spirits Party is our very own Festive-ly casual chance to enjoy fine food and drink while supporting the Festival.
Plan Your Visit!
While your mobile device will put the Festival at your fingertips while you’re here, it’s still best to get the lay of the land before you go. We’ve got all the info you need on how to get here – parking, what to wear, and where to eat.
There’s a lot to do at the Festival–and beyond–so why not extend your visit? Stay at a local hotel, or perhaps take a trip back to your undergrad years with Penn State’s Arts Festival Alumni Weekend. We have all the info you need to have a great visit to Happy Valley.