Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival

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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.)
Silent Disco in Cherry Lane:  Friday, August 23, 2019 (8 to 11 p.m.)
Evening Jazz Concert: Saturday, August 24, 2019 (6 to 8 p.m.)

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

Please scroll down below to download a Call for Entries or for the Zapplication link.

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.

 

 

About

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.

The 2019 featured artist will be announced in March.

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.).

    The Call for Entries will be posted in early 2019.

     

  • 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 3. Apply through Zapplication or complete a paper Call for Entries (to be posted in early January).

     

  • 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.

  • Yorkfest Adult Literary Competition

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

    Please check back for the call for entries.

     

  • 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 Green Mountain Energy. 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.

    Please check back for the call for entries.

  • 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 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.

    Details will be announced in March.

     

  • 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.

     

     

  • 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.

  • FREE Community Jazz Concert

    The City of York will again offer a FREE community jazz concert on Saturday night, August 24, beginning at 6 p.m.

    Details will be announced in March.

     

     

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

Thank you to our generous sponsors and partners

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

 

      

A variety of marketing and sponsorship opportunities are still available for Yorkfest.

Please email events@yorkcity.org for information.

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