Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival

Event Details

Saturday, August 26, 2017: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 27, 2017: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Yorkfest also includes:
Opening Reception: Friday, August 25, 2017
Evening Jazz Concert: Saturday, August 26, 2017

All events are free and open to the public. Pets are prohibited.



“Wishful Thinking” (fiber) by Polly Stetler

Yorkfest is York’s premier summer fine arts festival weekend featuring 100 select fine artists from all around the country, free family-friendly entertainment and hands-on arts activities, food, and an evening community jazz concert.

Yorkfest is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

This year, we are excited to partner with York artist Polly Stetler as our 2017 Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival featured artist. We will be using Polly’s fiber creation entitled “Wishful Thinking” as the event image in our print advertisements, postcards, billboards, and festival merchandise this year. Yorkfest committee member Marion Stephenson stated:  “Polly was chosen for her unique art work.  She has taken a traditional craft and made it into a wonderful creative art form by making her own cloth and then designing and sewing fabulous works of art.  Polly could easily compete with any contemporary artist of our time.  We are lucky to have such a talented artist in York.

  • Yorkfest Juried Art Exhibition

    The Yorkfest Juried Art Exhibition, sponsored by Glatfelter Insurance Group, will be displayed at the Creative York gallery, 10 North Beaver Street. Creative York is located just a block away from the Yorkfest Festival Marketplace grounds. The public is invited to a reception for art and literary award winners at the gallery on Friday, August 25 (6 to 8 p.m.).  Entry deadline is June 1.

    Please click here for information on Yorkfest Juried Exhibition at Creative York, sponsored by Glatfelter Insurance Group.

    Please note entry deadline for the Creative York Exhibition is June 1, 2017.

  • Yorkfest Festival Marketplace

    One hundred fine artists from around the country will be chosen to participate in the Yorkfest Festival Marketplace, sponsored by Glatfelter, on Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Deadline for applications is May 12.

  • Yorkfest Youth Art and Literary Exhibits

    The Yorkfest Youth Art and Literary Exhibits will be displayed at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum, 217 West Princess Street. Youth literary entries are due May 18 and youth art entries are due July 20. Entries may be dropped off at Creative York during gallery hours on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday.

  • Yorkfest Adult Literary Competition

    The Yorkfest Adult Literary Competition will take place again this year. Deadline for entries is July 7.

  • Performance Areas

    Multiple performance areas will offer live music and entertainment throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. The entertainment schedule can be found in the program book (scroll down below to download)

  • Creative York Family Pavilion

    Creative York will again present the Creative York Family Pavilion with a variety of interactive community art projects. This area will be located in the Gates & Plough Tavern Courtyard.

    Activities include:

    • Growing Community Art Gallery (all day Saturday and Sunday)
    • Community Tree Sculpture (all day Saturday and Sunday)
    • Face Painting (all day Saturday and Sunday)
    • Photo Fun with Mona Lisa and Starry Night — Put yourself in a masterpiece! (all day Saturday and Sunday)
    • Musical Petting Zoo (Saturday only)
    • Community Songwriting (all day Saturday and Sunday) — Contribute lines to a community song. Write an inspirational line about Yorkfest. The song will be performed by Soji on Sunday at 3:30pm.
    • Finding Inspiration Poetry Workshop (an all-ages Treasure Hunt) with Crystal Newcomer (Sunday only) — Challenge yourself and your family to find inspiring pearls of creativity throughout Yorkfest’s bounty of beauty!  Pick up your list of “clues” at the Creative York Family Art Pavilion to discover gems of genius.  Then, once your quest is complete, return at the designated times to unlock the ultimate treasure: the poetry of how YOU uniquely observe the world.  This is sure to be a fun and rewarding quest for all seekers.
  • ChalkWalk

    ChalkWalk will feature colorful chalk murals being created before your eyes along Market Street between Pershing and Beaver Streets on Saturday, August 26.

  • Activities In & Around York County History Center

    In addition to hosting our youth exhibitions again this year, the York County History Center is planning several activities in and around the Colonial Court House Complex for both days, including its gift shop and walking tours of the Murals of York and the Colonial Court House, plus talks and demonstrations.

  • NEW for 2017: Spin Art Bicycles

    NEW for 2017Spin Art Bicycles are coming to Yorkfest. Festival attendees are invited to create a masterpiece while also getting a little exercise.

    This activity is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

    We also thank Gung Ho Bikes for providing the bikes.

  • Food & Beverage

    We’re continuing to expand the culinary offerings at Yorkfest, sponsored by WellSpan, and will have additional diverse food and beverage options available at several locations throughout the festival. Scroll down below to download a map showing the various food and beverage locations and menu offerings.

  • Poetry Tent "Silken Literary Tent"

    This year, the poetry tent has been renamed the Silken Literary Tent, which gets its name from Robert Frost’s The Silken Tent, a poem about our interconnectedness to everything in the world, and especially our relationship to one other, the way that we are “loosely bound by countless silken ties of love and thought to everything on earth…” and it is the perfect name for a venue that features all expressions of the literary arts. Come sit beneath the sounds of dynamic writers, poets, storytellers, and playwrights who will be giving performances and readings in an open-air tent at the corner of Pershing Avenue and Market Street. From page poetry to dramatic monologues, spoken word to storytelling, local and regional artists will fill the streets of York with their extraordinary voices in this two-day celebration of the literary arts. Performances and readings will take place in 15- to 20-minute segments, all day, both days; passers-by are welcome to jump in and perform.

  • Historic Codorus Creek Boat Parade

    The Historic Codorus Creek Boat Parade by the Stewards of the Lower Susquehanna will launch at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 26, from Bantz Park.

  • FREE Community Jazz Concert

    The City of York will again offer a FREE community jazz concert in the Capitol Theatre on Saturday night, August 26, beginning at 6 p.m. We thank the Appell Center for the Performing Arts (formerly Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center) for their generous assistance with this event. Performers include The Jost Project and Extremity. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and no tickets are required.


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Yorkfest is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

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