Your Guide to Art Festival 2022

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, better known as Arts Fest, is scheduled to return from Wednesday, July 13th through Sunday, July 17th. After a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival is expected to return to normal for its 55th year.

As you prepare for the exciting long Be sure to check out our guide next weekend to make sure you’re prepared for the celebration.


Entry is $15 per bracelet select performances and shows. Children up to 12 years get one for free. Ribbons can be purchased at all information and sales stands, indoor performance locations and several local companies.


Performances take place on indoor and outdoor stages including Festival Shell on Old Main, Allen Street Stage and The State Theatre. Activities such as yoga classes, improv classes, theater performances and more are offered. Dozens of musicians will perform throughout the festival including OK Otter, Velveeta, My Hero Zero, Anchor&Arrow and more. A full schedule of performances and locations can be found here here.

Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition

More than 300 exhibitors offer a variety of goods for sale, including baskets, paintings, photographs and jewelry. The sales times are from 14 to 16 July from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on July 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can check this virtual card to see where your favorite providers will be located.

This year’s juried art exhibition, pictures 2022, are exhibited in the Schlow Zentrum district library. Many of the 50 pieces are for sale and the awards will be presented on Thursday 14 July at 5.30pm. The yearbook street painting and Banner Contest will come back too.

Festival Poster

Each year the festival offers a freecollectible Poster. This year’s poster is a colorful bouquet that includes elements of art and music. It also includes well-known references such as Old Main.

Over the past 40 years, distinguished Penn State Professor Emeritus Lanny Sommese has designed the poster. His daughter Saige is a co-designer. Posters can be found at the HUB, the Hintz Family Alumni Center, the Downtown State College Improvement District, and many other local businesses.

Grocery Vendor

The best thing about a festival is of course the food. There will be a food truck court in the Memorial Field parking lot featuring Bees Knees Coffee, Bonnie Blue’s Smokeys and Sweets, Brazilian Munchies, Everything about Crepes, Funnel Cake Kings and Hellenic Kouzina Mobile Kitchen.

Other vendors scattered throughout the district include Chan’s Golden Gate, Heeter’s Ice Cream Truck, Moody Culture Kombucha, and Maine Bay & Berry. among other. There will be everything from ice cream to lobster rolls, gourmet grilled cheese, egg rolls and lemonade.

Additionally, six regional retailers will be located at the corner of Foster Avenue and South Allen Street from July 13-16 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. and July 17 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Dealers include TorchBearer Sauces, Bevvy’s Gourmet and Hillbilly’s Beef Jerkey, Saint Rocco’s Treats, Scentual Aroma Inc. and Seven Barrels.

Craft drinks fair

Those of legal drinking age can visit the Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail Craft drinks fair at Martin Luther King Plaza. Visitors can sample and purchase drinks by the glass between 12:30pm and 6:30pm on July 14-16. Admission is $10 and there will be limited live entertainment.

Thursday’s exhibitors are Axemann Brewery, Big Spring Spirits, Good Intent Cider, Happy Valley Vineyard and Mount Nittany Vineyard. Exhibitors Friday include Elk Creek Cafe, Keewaydin Cider Mill, Otto’s and Seven Mountains Wine Cellars. Saturday’s exhibitors are 814 Cider Works, Big Spring Spirits, Pisano Winery, Robin Hood Brewery and University Wine Co.


Visitors are encouraged to park on the West Parking Deck on the Penn State campus. Prices are $1/hour for the first two hours and $10 for two to 10 hours. There will be a free bus to the heart of the festival on College Avenue and Allen Street. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Downtown garages will also be available but are expected to reach capacity.

Other information

As you prepare for the festival, remember to leave your pets, bikes, and skateboards at home. Bottled water is sold at all information booths for $1. A hand full toilets there will also be on campus and downtown. Any further questions can likely be answered on the official Art festival website.

Colleen is a biology major from York, Pennsylvania, and one of the Associate Editors of Onward State. She overuses the ~tilde~ and aspires to be none other than the great Guy Fieri. Colleen fills up her gas tank at Rutter’s, the ~superior~ gas station in Pennsylvania. Please direct any questions or concerns to [email protected] For the hijinks, always.

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