Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival

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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.) sponsored by Glatfelter Insurance Group
Silent Disco in Cherry Lane:  Friday, August 24, 2018 (8 to 11 p.m.) sponsored by Appleby Systems
Evening Jazz Concert: Saturday, August 25, 2018 (6 to 8 p.m.) sponsored by York College

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

 

Please check back throughout the month of August for updates. We are in the process of finalizing the program book and will post that soon.

 

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.

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.

 

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 24 (6 to 8 p.m.).

    The following artists have been selected to participate:

    Shane Lewis Bahn (York, PA) — Photography
    Tina Berrier (Enola PA) — Acrylic on canvas
    Taylor Bielecki (Royersford, PA) — Oil & enamel on canvas
    Rosa Luz Catterall (York, PA) — Acrylic on canvas
    ZeeLinda Dissinger (Carlisle, PA) — Mixed media assemblage
    Steph Holmes (Marietta, PA) — Acrylic & mixed media
    Michael Hower (Enola, PA) — Photography
    Carla B. Long (Hanover, PA) — Photography
    Christine Mercer-Vernon (York, PA) — Oil on canvas
    Carol Oldenburg (York, PA) — Oil on canvas
    Kara Oldenburg-Gonzales (York, PA) — Charcoal
    Alyssa Waller (Lewisberry, PA) — Mixed media

     

  • 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 11.

    Click here for a list of participating Festival Marketplace artists

  • 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 26.

  • Yorkfest Adult Literary Competition

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

    Call for entries is available at https://creativeyork.org/yorkfest-fine-arts-festival-2018/

    Submission deadline is 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 30.

  • Performance Areas

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

    Click here for the schedule of events

  • 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 include:

    • Reach for the Stars Community Art Mural to be revealed on October’s First Friday Photo Backdrop on Beaver Street
    • Hands-on Paper Art Projects
    • Face Painting
    • Photo Fun with Mona Lisa and Starry Night — Put yourself in a masterpiece!

    Also happening in this area:

    Music Around The World
    SATURDAY: Enjoy a Musical Petting Zoo featuring an exploration of the exciting world of music, song, rhythm, and dance led by music instructor Laura Gibson.
    Create Polynesian instruments and learn about their traditions and legends (while supplies last).
    SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Participate in a Community Music Composition Collaboration led by Soji. Yorkfest attendees will be encouraged to submit thoughts about Yorkfest art that has inspired them; the comments will be collected on Saturday and turned into a song with a unifying theme to be performed at three different times at Yorkfest on Sunday.
    Thank you to the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for making this possible.

     

  • ChalkWalk

    ChalkWalk will feature colorful chalk murals being created before your eyes along Market Street between Pershing and Beaver Streets on Saturday, August 25.

    For more information, please visit https://creativeyork.org/yorkfest-fine-arts-festival-2018/

  • 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.

    SATURDAY: Enjoy a Musical Petting Zoo featuring an exploration of the exciting world of music, song, rhythm, and dance led by music instructor Laura Gibson.
    Create Polynesian instruments and learn about their traditions and legends (while supplies last).

    SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Participate in a Community Music Composition Collaboration led by Soji. Yorkfest attendees will be encouraged to submit thoughts about Yorkfest art that has inspired them; the comments will be collected on Saturday and turned into a song with a unifying theme to be performed at three different times at Yorkfest on Sunday.

     

  • 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.

    A map and menu for 2018 will be posted soon.

     

  • 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 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 the  William Penn High School Auditorium, 101 West College Avenue, a block away from the Agricultural and Industrial Museum and the southern edge of Festival Marketplace. 

    Thank you to York College for sponsoring this year’s evening concert.

     

     

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

          

 

 

      

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Please email events@yorkcity.org for information.

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