The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts brings over 125,000 people to downtown State College and the University Park campus of Penn State to celebrate the arts with its nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, gallery exhibition, sand sculpture and music, dance and theatrical performances in a variety of traditional and non-traditional venues.
State College is the site of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, a five-day celebration that takes place in July each year. The first day of the festival is traditionally Children and Youth Day, featuring the creations of local children ages eight through eighteen and a wonderful procession through town in which children wear masks and carry their works of art. Life-size puppets also take part in the procession. Storytelling, marionette performances, concerts, and more round out this not-to-bemissed event. Organizers have made special attempts to include people with special needs, including those with visual impairments.
If you have kids, make sure you have a wagon or stroller! There's lots of walking and the town in PACKED! But the energy and fun of Arts Fest is palpable. There's something for everyone, and you won't want to miss a single thing. The whole town is jammed full of booths and artists of all kinds. Of course there's the college crowds who are going to use it as an excuse to party, but the actual festival itself is very family friendly. You'll love it.