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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 9-12 (Children and Youth Day July 8) 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

'A Piece of My Home:' People's Choice Fest Offers Unique Art of All Kinds 'A Piece of My Home:' People's Choice Fest Offers Unique Art of All Kinds
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Michael Martin Garrett
“This is a historic craft dating back to the 1600s in Germany,” Good says. “Many people when they come in say they’ve never seen anything like this before. I’m helping promote this craft and keep it alive.” [Read More]
State College Music Legends Reunite to Carry On Arts Fest Tradition State College Music Legends Reunite to Carry On Arts Fest Tradition
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Michael Martin Garrett
Once upon a time in the 1980s, there was a band of merry minstrels in State College who were renowned for their angelic voices and soulful brand of rock and roll. Known as Cartoon, their songs eventually passed into legend, never to be heard live again. Until now. [Read More]
Unique Artisans Show Off Goods at Arts Fest Sidewalk Sale Unique Artisans Show Off Goods at Arts Fest Sidewalk Sale
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Zach Berger
"I wish I could buy one," Penn State alumna Claire Morgan says. "That's one of the cooler things I've seen here today, or ever at the festival for that matter." [Read More]
Grand Procession Opens Arts Fest In Grand Style Grand Procession Opens Arts Fest In Grand Style
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Michael Martin Garrett
A time honored tradition returns as the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts gets underway. The Grand Procession of the Arts Fest children's day drew a colorful collection of whimsical characters, happy families, music and dance. You can see it all in our video report. [Read More]
Wild Kingdom Draws Crowd at Arts Fest Wild Kingdom Draws Crowd at Arts Fest
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Abhar Shah
“My son loves snakes so he really wanted to visit this tent,” says Green. “We found snakes in our driveway one time and it’s neat to learn about the types of snake around our area.” [Read More]
Arts Fest Helps Young Artists Discover Self-Confidence Arts Fest Helps Young Artists Discover Self-Confidence
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Michael Martin Garrett
“I think people are responding very positively to my work, but that comes as kind of a surprise to me,” Zhang says. “I like the attention, but I also feel the need to be humble. It’s a fine line that I’m still trying to figure out.” [Read More]
Arts Fest Kicks Off With A Day Dedicated To Kids Arts Fest Kicks Off With A Day Dedicated To Kids
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Abhar Shah
The Children and Youth Day Sidewalk Sale is one of the biggest attractions of the entire day. "There are 175 booths that are going to be set up during the sale," says Bryant. "Kids get a chance to show off their artistic side by displaying some of their original artwork." [Read More]
Arts Fest is a 'Christmas in July' for Area Businesses Arts Fest is a 'Christmas in July' for Area Businesses
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Michael Martin Garrett
The Arts Fest was envisioned as a way to bring more money into the local economy during the summer. So did the original festival organizers succeed in their ambitious mission? “Today, it’s estimated that economic impact of the festival is in excess of $13 million per year,” Bryant says. [Read More]
The Image Maker: Meet the Designer Behind Those Iconic Arts Fest Posters The Image Maker: Meet the Designer Behind Those Iconic Arts Fest Posters
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Steve Bauer
Thousands and thousands of posters have been given away over the years. One turned up at a cocktail party in Jacksonville. “Right behind the commode there’s a poster from the Arts Festival,” he says. “And I thought, ‘At last, success!’” [Read More]
Arts Fest to Transform State College into a Living Museum Arts Fest to Transform State College into a Living Museum
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Michael Martin Garrett
“We’re going to have 300 artists here who all make and sell their own work,” says Arts Fest executive director Rick Bryant. “Call me old fashioned, but I’d rather drink out of a mug made with care with a story behind it instead of something that came from a factory somewhere.” [Read More]
Arts Fest: Itself a Work of Art Arts Fest: Itself a Work of Art
5 weeks ago - Town and gown
In the slower summer months in Happy Valley, Arts Fest looms large on the calendar. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has been a special time of year for many decades, since its earliest days as a student-initiated celebration on up through the singular tradition it has become [Read More]
Penn State Alumni Can Stay In The Dorms During Arts Fest Penn State Alumni Can Stay In The Dorms During Arts Fest
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Onward State Staff, Caitlin Gailey
To make your stay in the dorms as realistic as possible, there is no air conditioning in West Halls and only a limited number of fans available for rent. The Alumni Association strongly suggests you bring your own. [Read More]
Borough Council Talks Capital Improvement, Upcoming ArtsFest Borough Council Talks Capital Improvement, Upcoming ArtsFest
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Zach Berger
It was a rare turn of events at Monday night's State College Borough Council meeting, as the evening adjourned in less than two hours. The short meeting wasn't due to a lack of business, however, as council covered a number of noteworthy topics. [Read More]
Arts Festival releases poster Arts Festival releases poster
10 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
STATE COLLEGE — The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has released its 2015 collectible poster. The 24-by-36-inch poster features the festival’s jester floating Mary Poppins-style against a blue sky. As he travels over a landscape of Central Pennsylvania mountains, he leaves a [Read More]
It Just Isn't Arts Fest Without Weapons It Just Isn't Arts Fest Without Weapons
27 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Michele Marchetti
When I asked my daughter why she enjoys playing with swords, she replied, "It's cool that you can use a sword when you're only 6-years-old." Just like it's cool to use a pretend stethoscope or a plastic Swiss army knife. [Read More]
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