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. PLEASE, NO PETS.

All Festival Marketplace artist spaces and food vendor spaces have been filled.

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 for the future.


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


Yorkfest is York’s premier summer fine arts festival weekend featuring nearly 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.
  • King Street will be closed between Newberry and Pershing Streets during festival hours except for rabbittransit bus traffic.
  • 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.).

    We are pleased to announce the following artists will have works in the 2019 Juried Exhibition:

    Pamela J. Black (Dillsburg, PA) – Acrylic on canvas
    Ashley Moog Bowlsbey (Windsor, PA) – Photography
    Lauren Delk (Mechanicsburg, PA) – Mixed media
    Ellen Engdahl Ehlenbeck (York, PA) – Acrylic
    Paul Gallo (Middletown, PA) – Oil / Plein Air
    Judeth Pekala Hawkins (Airville, PA) – Oil on canvas
    Christine Mercer-Vernon (York, PA) – Oil
    Mary Moores (Abbottstown, PA) – Pastel
    Carol Oldenburg (York, PA) – Oil
    Cynthia R. Owens (York, PA) – Mixed media
    Troy Patterson (York, PA) – Letterpress / Collage
    Elaina Posey (Lancaster, PA) – Oil on canvas
    Doug Puller (Red Lion, PA) – Mixed media on wood
    Suzanne Rende (York, PA) – Acrylic on canvas
    Julie Riker (Camp Hill, PA) – Oil
    Clifton Santiago (York, PA) – Sculpture
    Patricia Tomes (Dover, PA) – Oil on panel
    Gerald S. Van Scyoc (Steubenville, OH) – Oil on board
    Autumn Wright (Hellam, PA) – Monotype

    This year’s juror is Lauren Nye, Director of Exhibitions at the Susquehanna Art Museum (SAM) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Prior, she served as Art Program Director at Gallery360 and as Gallery Manager at Isadore Gallery, both in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Nye graduated from Millersville University with concentrations in art history and sculpture, with experience in bronze foundry metalworking. She was selected as artist-in-residence for the Millersville sculpture studio and the Nyholm Foundation in Denmark. She has curated exhibitions at a variety of venues for nine years and assisted in sculpture installations both nationally and internationally. Additionally, she served as a juror and/or judge for exhibitions at regional arts organizations such as the York Art Association, Berks Art Council, Whitaker Center, and Millersville University where she was honored to be the first alumni juror in exhibition history.

    Her interest in public art sparked the beginning of the SAM mural project, and she successfully coordinated the installation of an ambitious 1,400 sq. ft. outdoor mural in the Midtown district of Harrisburg. Nye’s speaking engagements include the PA Museums Conference at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Impact Arts Conference panel on the challenges of opening a successful art space, and PechaKucha Harrisburg on the role of arts in urban beautification.

    Click here for more information.


  • Yorkfest Festival Marketplace

    Nearly 100 fine artists from around the country will be chosen to participate in the Yorkfest Festival Marketplace, on Saturday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

    Click here to download the 2019 Yorkfest Festival Marketplace artists (formatted for 2 sheets of paper)

    Be sure to stop by the Yorkfest Information Booth before heading home and vote for your favorite Festival Marketplace artist (before 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 25). Two lucky individuals who return a ballot to the Information Booth will win a $25 gift card to Central Family Restaurant.



  • 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.

    Entry deadline was July 30.

    Kayla Krebs is the youth visual art juror. Kayla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Kutztown University. Since graduating, she has substitute taught in several school districts throughout York County. She led art camps at Creative York and Lancaster Museum of Art. Kayla has worked as juror for several art competitions including the Yorkfest Youth Art Competition, Chalk Walk, and most recently, the Lancaster County Young Artists/Scholastics Art Awards. She has been working at Creative York for ten years now and loves seeing children’s excitement as they create and discover new things.

    Carol Clark Williams is the youth literary juror. Carol Clark Williams is poet laureate emeritus of York, Pennsylvania and a rostered artist for the Arts in Education StART Something. She teaches poetry workshops in high schools, libraries, prisons, support groups, and halfway houses. She has recently received the Above and Beyond award from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies for her work with young people. Carol’s poems have been published in print and online journals including Mad Poets Review, Margie, Byline, Passager, The Pedestal, and Bent Pin Quarterly. She has authored two poetry books: Escaped Without Injury and Stories of the Tribe.


    Click here to download youth literary entry form

    Click here to download youth art entry form

  • Yorkfest Adult Literary Competition

    The Yorkfest Adult Literary Competition will take place again this year. The awards ceremony will take place Friday, August 23, at 7 p.m. in the Creative York classroom on the second floor of 10 North Beaver Street.

    Congratulations to the following 2019 winners.

    Adult Short Poetry
    1st Place:  Christine Lincoln — “The Day Mary Oliver Died”
    2nd Place:  Carol Clark Williams — “Post-Modern Mockingbird”
    3rd Place:  Dustin Nispel — “These Seeds”

    Adult Long Poetry
    1st Place:  Betsey Cullen — “Bereft”
    2nd Place:  Kara Young — “Revolution”
    3rd Place:  Betsey Cullen — “For My Sister”

    Adult Fiction Prose
    1st Place:  Pam Zerba — “Buddy”
    2nd Place:  Ann Cwiklinski — “Dragonfly”
    3rd Place:  Jay Yeaple — “How to Increase Your Property Value”

    Adult Non-Fiction Prose
    1st Place:  Asahel Church — “Resolution”
    2nd Place:  Thaddeus Cwiklinski — “Yahoos”
    3rd Place:  Christine Lincoln — “And Here You Stand”

    Adult Literary Competition Juror: Vito Grippi
    Vito Grippi is a creative writing and literature instructor at York College of Pennsylvania and Cofounder of Story Supply Co., a brand devoted to helping others share their stories. He has worked as a literary magazine editor and freelance writer and has taught youth writing workshops throughout York County. Vito writes poetry, fiction, and personal essays and especially enjoys exploring how the lines between those forms blur. He currently serves as Poet Laureate of York, Pennsylvania.

    Click here for more information.


  • Performance Areas
  • 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.

    • Giant Spirograph Mural
    • Cyanotype Sun Prints
    • Face Painting
    • Photo Fun with Mona Lisa and Starry Night — Put yourself in a masterpiece!

    Creative York (formally YorkArts) continues to nurture imagination, creativity, and innovation in our community. Their educational outreach programs and first-class facilities in historic downtown York draw their success from the arts’ unique ability to stimulate, challenge, illuminate, and inspire.

  • ChalkWalk

    ChalkWalk will feature colorful chalk murals being created before your eyes along Market Street between Pershing and Beaver Streets on Saturday, August 24. Entry deadline has been extended to August 17. 

    Click here for more information.

  • Activities In & Around York County History Center

    In addition to hosting our youth exhibitions again this year at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum (AIM), 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:  Mini art lessons on Saturday, August 24

    12-12:30 – Pablo Picasso, Cubism

    1-1:30 – Andy Warhol, Pop Artist

    2-2:30 – Eric Carle, author & illustrator

    Free, fun, art activities! All lessons will start with a short story and information about the artist, then participants get to create their own art based on that specific artist’s style. Lessons are geared towards elementary-aged children but all ages are welcome.

    Other activities on Saturday, August 24:

    • Colonial Courthouse open 10:00-4:00 (free)
    • 10 minutes tours of the General Gates House and Golden Plough Tavern 10:00-4:00 (suggested donation of $1 for ages 6 and older)
    • AIM open 9:00-5:00 (free)
    • York Murals tours departing from the Gift Shop behind the Colonial Courthouse at 11:00 and 1:00 (free)
    • York County History Center Gift Shop open 10:00-5:00

    Activities on Sunday, August 25:

    • Colonial Courthouse open 10:00-3:00
    • AIM open 10:00-4:00
    • York Murals tours departing from the Gift Shop behind the Colonial Courthouse at 11:00 and 1:00 (free)
    • York County History Center Gift Shop open 10:00-4:00
  • 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.

    This activity will take place in the Gates and Plough Tavern Courtyard and all are welcome to participate.


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


    We rely on dozens of volunteers to help out in various capacities during Yorkfest weekend.

    If you would like to help with this event, please click here.

    Thanks in advance for your time and assistance.



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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.

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