Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival



Event Details

Saturday, August 24, 2019: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 25, 2019: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Yorkfest also includes:
Opening Reception: Friday, August 23, 2019 (6 to 8 p.m.)

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

Please note: The deadline for Festival Marketplace artist spaces was May 3. Accepted artists will be notified by June 1.

Please note: Food Vendors are by invitation only. Please email events@yorkcity.org and include a photo of your booth or food truck and information on your menu items if you would like to be considered.


“World Spins Madly On” by Fiel Patricio, 2019 Yorkfest Featured Artist


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 more.

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.

We are pleased to announce that FIEL PATRICIO is our featured artist for 2019.

Street Closings:

  • Market Street will be closed between Newberry and Beaver Streets during festival hours.
  • The first block of North Pershing Avenue will close at 10 a.m. on Friday morning and remain closed until after the festival has ended on Sunday.
  • The first block of South Pershing Avenue will be closed during festival hours, except for rabbittransit bus traffic in and out of the transfer center.
  • 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 23 (6 to 8 p.m.).

    Deadline for entries is July 1.

    Click here for more information.


  • 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 was May 3. Selected artists will be notified by June 1.



  • 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. An awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 25.


    Deadline for youth literary submissions is June 29.

    Click here to download youth literary entry form


    Deadline for youth art submissions is July 30.

    Click here to download youth art entry form

  • Yorkfest Adult Literary Competition

    The Yorkfest Adult Literary Competition will take place again this year.

    Click here for more information.


  • Performance Areas

    Multiple performance areas will offer live music and entertainment throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.


  • Creative York Family Courtyard

    Creative York will again present the Creative York Family Courtyard with a variety of interactive community art projects, sponsored by Heritage Valley Federal Credit Union. This area will be located in the Gates & Plough Tavern Courtyard.

    Activities will announced later this year.



  • ChalkWalk

    ChalkWalk will feature colorful chalk murals being created before your eyes along Market Street between Pershing and Beaver Streets on Saturday, August 24.

    Click here for more information.

  • 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 2019: Community Mural Project

    NEW for 2019:  Community Mural Project

    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.

    Our goal is to create a public piece of art that has an impact on the diverse community of York City that helps to create it.  People of all ages will be encouraged to participate and to learn about art and the mural process and will leave with a sense of pride and belonging; a part of the greater whole that is York. York City is full of history, and its murals reflect that.  While beautiful and important to our history, many of the current murals are not relatable to our citizens.  As we are seeing an arts revolution in the City of York, it seems only right that we continue to beautify our surroundings with art that is modern, and community-oriented, not simply one artist’s view of what is beautiful, but a community coming together to create something lasting.

    Led by local artist Rita Whitney, participants will have the opportunity to learn painting techniques, and the process of creating a mural, as well as a sense of self-expression and access to local artists to share in the joy of art making and develop a sense of community.



  • 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. Thank you to WellSpan for their sponsorship support.



  • 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 stage at 2 p.m. and launch at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, from Bantz Park.




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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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