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"City Alive" by Brenda Wintermyer, 2016 Yorkfest featured artist


2016 Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival


Saturday, August 27: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, August 28: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Friday, August 26: 6 to 8 p.m.: Juried Art Exhibition, sponsored by Glatfelter Insurance Group, Opening Reception & Adult Literary Awards at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess Street, York, PA 17401

The Saturday Evening Jazz Concert, sponsored by York College, will start at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.; no tickets required) featuring Jeff Stabley and Friends followed by Extremity


Yorkfest features a weekend of 100 select fine artists from all around the country, the Creative York juried exhibition at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum, the Creative York Family Pavilion in the Gates & Plough Tavern Courtyard with free family entertainment and interactive arts activities, a free community jazz concert in the Capitol Theatre on Saturday night, ChalkWalk, youth art exhibit and awards ceremony, walking tours of the York Murals, tours and demonstrations at the Colonial Court House Complex, Art Cars, and much more!

Festival Marketplace IS FULL

Scroll down below to download maps, program book, schedule of events, etc.

 All events are free and open to the public.

The event takes place in downtown York and surrounds the Colonial Court House Complex, and includes portions of the York County Heritage Rail Trail (Philadelphia to Princess Streets), Market Street between Codorus Creek and Beaver Street, and the first block of North Pershing Avenue.  For GPS directions, use 205 West Market Street, York, PA 17401.


This year, we are excited to partner with York artist Brenda Wintermyer as our 2016 Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival featured artist. We will be using Brenda’s painting entitled “City Alive” as the event image in our print advertisements, postcards, billboards, and festival merchandise this year. For more information on Brenda, visit http://www.brendaart.net/


The Yorkfest Juried Art Exhibition, sponsored by Glatfelter Insurance Group, will be housed at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 West Princess Street, again this year. The museum is located just steps away from the south entrance to Yorkfest. The public is invited to a reception for art and literary award winners at the museum on Friday, August 26 (6 to 8 p.m.).


The Yorkfest Youth Art Exhibit will also be displayed at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum this year. Youth interested in entering may download the Call for Entries below and submit works by August 10. Entries may be dropped off at Creative York throughout the spring and summer months.


One hundred fine artists from around the country will be chosen to participate in the Festival Marketplace, Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). A link to the Call for Entries is below; most categories are filled.


Multiple performance areas will offer live music and entertainment throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. Performers include: Celtic Trio, Cello Quartet, Dearest Home, Anthony Pieruccini Trio, Sharon Knowles with Matthew Ward, Don Carn and Mark Huber, and Muzette.


NEW for 2016: Creative York will present the Creative York Family Pavilion with storytelling, balloon twisting and face painting, musical petting zoo, as well as interactive community art projects. This area will be located in the Gates & Plough Tavern Courtyard


NEW for 2016Prime Art Supply Company is assuming responsibility for this year’s ChalkWalk, which will feature colorful chalk murals being created before your eyes along Market Street between Pershing and Beaver Streets on Saturday, August 27. Registration information is available at www.primeartsupply.com/.


NEW for 2016: The Parliament Arts Organization is rescuing cars from the junkyard! Ten artists will transform the cars during the summer and you can see the Art Cars on display along Market Street at the Codorus Creek Bridge, connecting Yorkfest with the Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival which is taking place two blocks west of Yorkfest.


In addition to hosting our juried and youth exhibitions 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 2016:  Marquis de Lafayette will be visiting the Colonial Court House on Saturday along with a few displays showcasing the 40th anniversary of the building of the Colonial Court House. 


NEW for 2016: We will be offering free parking and shuttle bus from the HACC York Campus (2010 Pennsylvania Avenue, close to Route 30) to downtown. The first shuttle will leave HACC at 9:30 a.m. both days and the drop-off location downtown is 217 West Princess Street, in front of the Agricultural and Industrial Museum. The last shuttle will leave downtown at 5 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. The shuttle, along with rest stop seating areas through the festival grounds, is made possible by a grant from the Hahn Home Fund of the York County Community Foundation.


We’re continuing to expand the culinary offerings at Yorkfest, sponsored by WellSpan, and will have diverse food and beverage options available at several locations throughout the festival.


The Yorkfest Poetry Spoken Here tent will feature dynamic poets from York and surrounding areas, reading in an open tent on Pershing Avenue. Performance poetry, dramatic poetry, page poetry and spoken word play a part in this two-day presentation of all of the ways poetry can be imagined and presented. Poetry in 15-minute segments all day both days; passers-by are welcome to jump in and perform. To sign up for a time slot, please email Christine Lincoln at poetgirlpoet@yahoo.com.


The Historic Codorus Creek Boat Parade by the Stewards of the Lower Susquehanna will launch at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, from Bantz Park.


The City of York will again offer a FREE community jazz concert in the Capitol Theatre on Saturday night, August 27, beginning at 6 p.m., sponsored by York College. We thank the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center for their generous assistance with this event. Performers include Jeff Stabley and Friends followed by Extremity. Doors open at 5 p.m. Seating is general admission and no tickets are required.


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. The official hashtag:  #yorkfestPA


An updated map of the event and a listing of all the weekend’s events will be posted here this summer so that festival-goers are aware of all that is going on. Additional activities are still being confirmed at this time.




PLEASE NOTE THAT PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED AT YORKFEST (City of York ordinance). Please do not bring dogs with you to Yorkfest.


Thank you to our generous sponsors:












Street closings:

Pershing Avenue will close at 11:15 a.m. on Friday and remain closed throughout the festival weekend

Market Street will close at 8 a.m. on Saturday and reopen in the evening, and close at 9 a.m. on Sunday and reopen after the festival ends.

(On Saturday, Market Street from Penn to Beaver will be closed to  accommodate crowds at the nearby Cigar Box Guitar Festival. On Sunday, Market Street will be closed only from Newberry to Beaver.) 

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