We are excited to present our 54th Festival as a virtual event!  You can join us online wherever you are, July 9-12, 2020.

Learn more here.

Children and Youth Day Procession Italian Street Painting Festival

To apply to our virtual gallery exhibition, Images 2020 click here.

Make plans to join us for the 2021 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, July 7-11, 2021. Children and Youth Day will be Wednesday, July 7. The Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition will open July 8 and continue through July 12.

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Support the Festival!

Your financial support brings the summer streets of State College and the Penn State campus alive with incredible art, talented artists, fabulous musicians and entertainers, and delicious food. The magical transformation is now a grand tradition in State College, supported by a community and donors like you.

Art Everywhere!

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 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 2020, or our banners hanging high in the air over South Allen Street!

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 musical theatre, dance, and comedy in the State Theatre 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 and take time to visit other festivals and events, or a wide variety of arts, sports, and outdoor recreation options. We have all the info you need to have a great visit to Happy Valley. 

Buy a Button!

For just $10, you get access to select indoor performances. Proudly wear your support of the Festival!

Major Sponsors

AccuWeather logo
East Highlands Neighborhood Trash Crew logo
Paycheck Protection Program
Downtown State College Improvement District logo
First National Bank logo
Penn State Health
Penn State Alumni Association logo
Blake & Linda Gall logo
McQuaide Blasko logo
Kristen Coombs Financial Advisors logo

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

More sponsors, as well as other donors and volunteers, are always welcome!

Visit the Festival Store!

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

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