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Aside from Penn State home football games, no other single event brings as much excitement and energy to the State College area as the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. The Arts Festival returns July 14-17 (Children and Youth Day July 13) and, like always, promises great art and entertainment, a variety of good food, and plenty of fun. Not only do locals look forward to the Arts Festival, but artists and visitors from around the world come to celebrate the arts in Happy Valley.




Arts Festival News Articles

Arts Festival Under Way for 50th Year Arts Festival Under Way for 50th Year
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
A brief rainstorm in the morning gave way to sunny skies and warm temperatures as the 50th Annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts got under way for its first full day on Thursday. [Read More]
Street Painting a Shared Experience at Arts Festival Street Painting a Shared Experience at Arts Festival
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Dana Ray, Town&Gown
On Heister Street, since 2000, the making is not hidden away in a studio. Instead, the artists are in public and demonstrate their process from beginning to end. The community also can participate. [Read More]
Arts Fest Kicks Off with Children and Youth Day Arts Fest Kicks Off with Children and Youth Day
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
The 50th Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts gets started Wednesday with the annual Children and Youth Day. [Read More]
Beyond the Festival: Diverse Arts Scene Has Grown Beyond the Festival: Diverse Arts Scene Has Grown
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Rebekka Coakley, Town&Gown
Even within those days in July, the impact of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is felt beyond downtown State College and the Penn State campus. [Read More]
A Changing Tradition A Changing Tradition
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Jodi Morelli, Town&Gown
The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has come to mean many things to the many people who have experienced it. It means music, food, and getting together with old friends. It means lounging on the lawn of Old Main and listening to a favorite local performer. It means checking out the creativ [Read More]
Celebrating the 50th Festival Celebrating the 50th Festival
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Tracey M. Dooms, Town&Gown
The first Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts was big news. Governor Raymond Shafer flew in by helicopter to open the festival, landing on Old Main lawn. Banners flew, artists in action showed their skills, and crowds enjoyed theater performances, films, and local bands. And yet, the festival [Read More]
Lift for Life Returns Arts Fest Weekend Lift for Life Returns Arts Fest Weekend
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
Lift for Life, the annual fundraiser for the Penn State Uplifting Athletes chapter will return for a 14th year in July. [Read More]
Special Collections exhibit honors Arts Festival history Special Collections exhibit honors Arts Festival history
11 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
A recently opened Penn State University Libraries exhibit at the home of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts’ official archives reflects back through a half century of artifacts from the annual arts celebration. [Read More]
Arts Fest Reveals Poster for 50th Year Arts Fest Reveals Poster for 50th Year
12 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Geoff Rushton
The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will celebrate its 50th year July 13-17 in Downtown State College and on the Penn State campus. On Thursday, the festival unveiled its annual, collectible poster. [Read More]
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