The 58th Annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has officially begun the tedious task of setting the stage for Arts Festival!

– by Guest Writers

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is upon us! As the Festival staff, and the 100’s of volunteers prepare for the Festival, the excitement for this year’s festival continues to build!

Central PA Festival of the Arts Puppet Courtesy of Central PA Festival of the Arts

Downtown State College is undergoing its yearly transition. Landscaping is being installed in the 100 block of Allen Street, stages are going up, banners are being hoisted, the silent auction barn has arrived, and streets are being prepped for the more than 300 artists currently descending on Happy Valley!

With this transition comes a few road closures to look out for. The Festival route runs along Allen Street from Penn State Campus/ College Avenue, south to Fairmount Avenue, west to S. Fraser Street, and north to W. Foster/ Sidney Friedman Park. Please do your best to navigate around these road closure throughout the Festival. We anticipate all road to fully re-open no later than Tuesday morning, July 16th.

At this year’s festival, attendees can expect to find some familiar faces, sounds, and traditions along with a few new performers, artists, and activities!

The 58th Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts kicks off with our special Children and Youth Day on Wednesday, July 10th, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

On Thursday, July 11th, the Annual Juried Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition takes center stage. Our Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition is the perfect place for shopping while you support the more than 300 independent artist-entrepreneurs from across the country. The Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition is open from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 11 through Saturday, July 13, and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14.

Arts fest chalk art Nichole Yatta

Live performances will begin on Wednesday, July 10th, with some great family friendly entertainment, and will continue throughout the weekend closing out on Sunday, July 14th with Dave Zentner & the Nashville Music Co., performing at 3:00pm on the Festival Shell Stage on the Old Main Lawn.

Activities begin on Wednesday with the traditional children’s activities in Sidney Friedman park & Old Main Lawn. The Festival will also feature a plethora of all new events, such as the Cultural Showcase, Passport journey, world famous speed painter, Cody Sabol, and will conclude with the ever popular puppet processional. Thursday through Sunday, you can enjoy the Italian Street painting festival, Little Art Alley, dumping buckets, and performances!

Be sure to download the new Festival Mobile App to stay up to date on any schedule changes, weather concerns, festival specials, and more! You can also plan your entire visit, check out your favorite artists, and browse the expanded variety of food options. The mobile app is available on the Google Play store and Apple store by searching CPFA - Central PA Festival of the Arts!

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and additional grant support from The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau and Centre County Commissioners.

Art Fest

The festival will take place from July 10 to July 14 in downtown State College and on Penn State’s campus. Children and Youth Day is July 10 and the Festival’s well-known Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition opens on July 11.

For additional information regarding the 2024 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, please visit the Festival’s website,

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