Festival of the Arts Represents the Best of Summertime, Art

Every year, the apex of our summer is celebrated with art in remarkable shape and form: sidewalk sales, Italian street art, sand sculptures, and performances.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts runs July 13-16 as more than 125,000 people flock to downtown State College and University Park campus to celebrate the arts. You can shop at the nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, and take in performers of international, national, and regional stature on outdoor and indoor stages. Don't miss the giant sand sculpture, the Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival, or BookFest. Enjoy a full day of children’s activities on July 12, a gallery exhibition, and more! 

The Sidewalk Sale:

It keeps getting ranked as one of the top outdoor fine art and fine craft shows in the nation, and we all agree. The Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition brings artists and craftspeople from across the nation to State College. Each year more than three hundred exhibitors offer a wide variety of objects for sale including baskets, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, painting, photography, and wearable art. There is something to suit everyone’s taste and pocketbook. Check it out Thursday, July 13 – Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 16 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Performances:

Musical and artist performances are one of the things that make the Arts Festival so special. With free performances at three outdoor stages – Allen Street Stage, Festival Shell and Sidney Friedman Park Stage – and indoor performances at State Theatre, Penn State Downtown Theatre, Schwab Auditorium and select downtown churches, there is sure to be something for everyone. There are performances in nearly every musical genre, with offerings for children and adults alike. Not to be missed this year are silent film accompanist Ben Model, The Raleigh Ringers, David Myles and April Verch. With genres ranging from comedy, caberet, '80s and music theatre, these performances encapsulate what makes the Arts Festival a summertime staple.

You can enjoy all special performances with the purchase of a Festival Button for $10. Purchase one and show your active support of the arts in our community and our nationally renowned annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts extravaganza! For more information, go to www.happyvalley.com or www.arts-festival.com.


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