The Festival is virtual again this year, with some live performances in the State College Presbyterian Church.

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Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition

Our Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition is the perfect place for shopping while you support independent artist-entrepreneurs across the country. Who needs a big box store or website named after a river when you have so much cool stuff at your fingertips?  Whether you’re looking for a work of art, piece of jewelry, housewares, or all of the above, our artists have something for you. You’ll find some of the country’s most talented artists in a wide variety of media from ceramics to wood.  Are you trying to find one an artist you bought something from–but whose name you’re forgotten? Reach out to us, we’re usually able to identify look at the work and connect you to the artist.


Yes, it’s true. We will be hosting live performances on July 8, 9, and 10 this year, in addition to streaming those shows on Facebook Live and YouTube Live with the help of our friends at State College Live. We’ll have three days of shows at the State College Presbyterian Church with capacity limited at 250 per event. Admission will be by $10 wristband–good for all three days–which we’ll sell at the door.  We have rock, folk, jazz, country, and more! Our streamed shows will remain on our YouTube page, so if you’re not able to tune in the first time around, you’ll be able to have your own Festival moments, on your schedule.

It’s happening both in State College and wherever you are!

Images 2021 Juried Exhibition

Images 2021 is our gallery exhibition–a great venue for both emerging and established artists! The show is open to Pennsylvania artists working in the following categories: drawings, painting, mixed media, photography, hand-pulled prints, watercolor, fiber, paper, and digital art. The show’s juror is Betsey Batchelor, an artist and faculty member at Arcadia University where she heads the area of Painting and Drawing. Instead of hanging in its traditional home of Schlow Centre Region Library, this year’s Images exhibition will be online due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Image: A Forgery, Jim Connor, St. Davids, PA, from Images 2020

Banner Exhibition and 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! We are proud to display past and present banners annually. Our banners normally hang over the Festival route, adding color and movement to the festive atmosphere. In 2020, since the Festival was a virtual event, we were not able to hang our banners over South Allen Street. If we produce a virtual event again in 2021, we will seek out an alternate location in which to hang our banners.

2021  Festival Poster

This year’s Festival may be virtual, but our poster is definitely real. For the fourth year, our poster has been designed by the father-daughter team of Lanny and Saige Sommese. Lanny is the former head of Penn State’s Graphic Design program, and Saige, an alum of the program, has her own graphic design practice. In this year’s poster, a bit of which is shown at right, ink and watercolor doodles representing elements of an “in person” Festival are arranged randomly on a white field, along with a subtle reference to the Festival’s virtual status: a laptop computer from which arises a treble clef. The poster exudes simple joy and optimism for better days ahead. Rather than referring to “Downtown State College and the Penn State campus” the poster’s text says “Happening Wherever You Are.”

Festival Store

Our online store is a great place to pick up some cool stuff and support the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts while you’re at it! Our Festival poster jigsaw puzzle makes a great gift…and not just because it’s in a box that’s easy to wrap!  We’ve got a great selection of Festival posters. They’re perfect for Penn State grads and art lovers alike, and are guaranteed to brighten any room suffering from the blahs. We’ve also added some clearance items too. We’ve found some First Night 5K Resolution Run 100% cotton, long sleeved t-shirts in our storage facility and they’re priced to move! 

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
Blake & Linda Gall logo
PA Council on the Arts 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!