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

You can shop the cool artists in the virtual Sidewalk Sale, live stream great music, do an art project with your kids, and shop for artisanal foods and more! Tune in and join the fun.

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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 and Exhibition 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 coming 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.  Mark your calendars now!

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 performances streaming on both Facebook Live and You Tube Live and via on-demand formats, too. Celtic fiddling superstar Alasdair Fraser and old favorite Trout Fishing in America will livestream shows. It wouldn’t be a festival without local favorites like Velveeta and Triple A Blues Band. If you can’t catch a live show, we’ll have a variety of on-demand performances too.  You can also take a yoga, tap, or bellydance class!

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 a chicken-on-a-stick or a frozen strawberry smoothie 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, to small batch goodness of the Village Eatinghouse dressings, to Penn Staters’ favorite baked good, the grilled sticky. (All of which make great housegifts, btw). We’re delighted to welcome a new vendor, University Wine Company, which can ship wine right to your door. Yay!

Visit the Festival Store!

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

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!

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