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 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 2022 Holiday Market. Plus, when you shop at our 2022 Holiday Market, you’ll avoid the uncertainties of “supply chain issues” and those dreaded words “some assembly required”. We have almost 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!

Puttin’ on the Glitz

As fall nights lengthen into winter, many Americans heed an inner voice that says “Go forth and decorate!” With that in mind, let us celebrate how we decorate the exteriors of our homes for the holidays. From a single 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 to not only express ourselves, but also to 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 third annual holiday decorations contest.

2023 Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition

The application for the 2023 Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition is now open. Consistently ranked as one of the top outdoor fine art and fine craft shows in the nation, the juried Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition brings artists and craftspeople from across the nation to State College. More than three hundred exhibitors will offer a wide variety of objects for sale including baskets, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, painting, photography, and wearable art. The application deadline is January 20, 2023.

The 2023 Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition will take place from Thursday, July 13 through Sunday, July 16, 2023.

2023 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 is Friday, June 23, 2023. 

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
StateCollege.com and OnwardState.com 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!