Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival


Event Details

Saturday, August 25, 2018: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 2018: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Yorkfest also includes:
Opening Reception: Friday, August 24, 2018 (6 to 8 p.m.)
Silent Disco in Cherry Lane:  Friday, August 24, 2018 (8 to 11 p.m.)
Evening Jazz Concert: Saturday, August 25, 2018 (6 to 8 p.m.)

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

Please scroll to bottom of the page for the 2018 Zapplication link or to download a Call for Entries.



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’s featured artist is Robert Oughton of Hellam. His pen-and-ink drawing entitled “Lite Aire” will be used on our promotional materials and merchandise this year.



  • 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 24 (6 to 8 p.m.).  Please check back for the Call for Entries for the gallery show.


  • 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 11.

  • 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. Scroll down below to download the 2018 Youth Call for Entries forms.

  • Yorkfest Adult Literary Competition

    The Yorkfest Adult Literary Competition will take place again this year. Please check back for details to be posted soon.

  • Performance Areas

    Multiple performance areas will offer live music and entertainment throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. The 2018 entertainment schedule will be posted in the spring.

  • Creative York Family Pavilion

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

    Activities in 2017 included:

    • 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 25. The application will be posted in the spring.

  • 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 2018: Music Around the World

    NEW for 2018:  Music Around the World.

    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.


  • Food & Beverage

    We’re continuing to expand the culinary offerings at Yorkfest 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 that were offered in 2017.

  • Poetry Tent "Silken Literary Tent"

    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…” 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 25, from Bantz Park.

  • FREE Community Jazz Concert

    The City of York will again offer a FREE community jazz concert on Saturday night, August 25, beginning at 6 p.m., with music by EXTREMITY.

    Please note: The Appell Center for the Performing Arts has announced that the Capitol Theatre will be closed for renovations from May through October. The location for this year’s Yorkfest Jazz Concert is TBA.



If you’re on Facebook, be sure to Like the York City Special Events page, or follow @YorkCityEvents on Twitter, to receive regular updates on Yorkfest happenings.

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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Please email events@yorkcity.org for information.

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