Harrisburg, PA – The 54th annual Artsfest, slated for May 28-30, will feature over 150 juried artisans and craftsmen from across the country selling handcrafted works in fourteen categories, including ceramics, digital, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, other, painting, photography, printmaking and wood. The HBG Flea, featuring local artisans, will also return with nearly 50 local vendors underneath a large tent along the festival route.
“This is a great opportunity to find a one-of-a-kind item to display in your home or provide as a gift” said Special Events Manager Cortney Ranck-Cameron. “All the artisans in attendance are true masters of their craft.”
There will be no shortage of entertainment, with 50 groups performing throughout the weekend. The UPMC Stage will feature 20 local bands, dance groups and more. JazzFest also returns with 15 talented groups taking the stage and the Wednesday Club will hold a concert series featuring pianists, vocalists and more at the Art Association of Harrisburg in celebration of their 140th Anniversary. The Art Association of Harrisburg’s 94th Annual International Juried Exhibition will be open to view from 10am-4pm on May 28, 12-5pm on May 29 and 10am-5pm on May 30.
Additionally, the Renewal by Andersen Kidsfest area will feature free face painting, balloon animals, performances by the Popcorn Hat Players, free canvas painting classes, live animal and insect educational presentations, puppet shows and more. There will also be a circus activity station featuring tightwire and trapeze demonstrations along with interactive plate spinning, juggling, close-up magic, a mini tightwire and more.
New this year is a community glass mural project where event attendees will be able to create a free glass tile which will later be used to create a larger mural with a colorful, abstract design. Students in grades 4-9 will be able to attend the CAIU (Capital Area Intermediate Unit) 2-week summer residency program at John Harris High School on Monday-Thursday from 8:30-11:30am on June 20-30 to assemble the final design under the instruction of local glass artisan Linda Billet. The project coordinators are happy to offer this program for free to City residents who email [email protected]. The final mural will be displayed at the school. This project was made possible by Capital Area Intermediate Unit and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. For more information on the summer residency program, visit https://caiusummercamps.org/week-of-june-20.
Attendees are also advised to come hungry because there will be 25 food trucks serving up a variety of unique bites and festival favorites. Stuffed waffle pockets, dumplings, cheesesteaks, crab cakes, hibachi and Farm Show Milkshakes are just a few of the items you will find. There will also be a beer, wine and cocktail garden hosted by the Civic Club of Harrisburg and businesses across the City will offer a wide variety of colorful drink and dessert specials to join in the celebration.
A complete event schedule, list of artisans, foodie guide and more is available at https://harrisburgpa.gov/Artsfest.
“We look forward to having thousands of attendees join us for the day or entire weekend for this celebration of the arts” said Cameron. “Harrisburg has such a vibrant arts scene including art galleries, live theatre, murals, a plethora of talented artisans and musicians, and more. We encourage you to come experience everything that the City has to offer.”
Artsfest is sponsored by Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, ExploreHBG, Green Mountain Energy, Leaf Filter, Sundance Vacations, Renewal by Anderson, UPMC, Capital Blue Cross, Hit the Angles 360 and Park Harrisburg.
For more information, contact Matt Maisel Director of Communications, at [email protected] or 717-255-7295.