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artsfest

The 56th annual Artsfest will feature 150+ juried artisans and craftsmen from across the country on May 25-27, 2024 in Riverfront Park, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Hand-crafted works will be available for sale in sixteen different categories, including ceramics, digital, drawing, fiber (decorative and wearable), furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, miscellaneous, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood. The festival also features live entertainment, Jazzfest, a community ceramic mosaic project, Kidsfest, HBGFest powered by the HBG Flea, 25 food trucks and more.

PARKING: $5 parking on City Island and $10 parking at the Market Square Garage from 8am-9pm courtesy of Park Harrisburg. Street parking is free on May 26 & 27. On May 25, street parking in the Downtown area (see map here) is free after 5pm and you can get 4 hours of free Downtown street parking before that using the code LUVHBG in the Parkmobile app.  Handicapped parking spaces will be available on State Street near Front Street.

SPONSORS: Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, Explore HBG, PA Lottery, and Park Harrisburg

VOLUNTEERS: Those interested in volunteering at the festival information tent, the community art project, or as a food runner for the artisans for 1 or more hours during the event can email [email protected]

ARTISANS

Over 150 artisans will be on-site selling their handcrafted wares in 16 categories. Click the images below to view a list of the 2023 artisans in each category. Some artisans have included links to their online stores as well.

The 2024 artisans will be added once they are chosen by the jurors. We anticipate this to be sometime in March.

ARTSFEST - CERAMICS      ARTSFEST - DIGITAL     ARTSFEST - DRAWING           ARTSFEST - GLASS

                      

               SCULPTURE    

COMMUNITY ART PROJECT

mosaic

Attendees of all ages and artistic abilities are invited to participate in a community art project during the festival. Stay tuned for more details on the 2024 project!

2023 Project – Ceramic Mosaic

  • Attendees created their own clay tile under the direction of artist Jessica Gorlin Liddell/Bella Mosaic Art. Jessica fired and glazed all the tiles made during the event to create a large mosaic that is permanently installed at the new Chutes & Ladders Playground in Reservoir Park. The design features the name of the playground and several nature and play themed images in bright colors. The project was sponsored by Xfinity.

 

KIDSFEST

Face Painting

Kidsfest will provide fun for the whole family during the festival in the park near Walnut Street. Enjoy free activities such as face painting, balloon animals, a circus activity station, DIY sidewalk chalk creations, and more art-centric kids activities each day of the festival.

Check back in March for more information on the 2024 Kidsfest!

 

LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

Jazzfest Stage

Check back in April for more information on the entertainment stage schedules for 2024.

ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

20 entertainment groups, including live bands and dance groups, will perform throughout the event each day at the stage near State Street. There will also be a beer and wine garden featuring the City’s craft breweries and local vineyards.

 

JAZZFEST STAGE

A variety of Jazz groups and musicians will perform throughout the event at the stage near Walnut Street.

 

ART ASSOCIATION OF HARRISBURG

The Art Association will host a concert series presented by The Wednesday Club. This concert series will feature more than 35 musicians, including singers, instrumentalists, and ensemble performers in the Young, Collegiate, Resident Professional Concert Artist memberships, as well as guest musicians from throughout Central PA.

FOOD & DRINK

Food truck

FESTIVAL OPTIONS

25 food trucks will offer a variety of delicious bites, including stuffed waffles, dumplings, cheesesteaks, gyros, hibachi, pizza, fried chicken sandwiches, crab cakes and more. Festival favorites such as funnel cakes, sausages, and Farm Show Milkshakes will also be available.

Local breweries and vineyards will also be on-site by the stage near State Street.

COLORFUL COCKTAILS & MORE

Businesses throughout the City will offer a variety of colorful drink and dessert specials throughout the weekend.

 

CITY DINING

The City of Harrisburg is home to many fantastic dining options. Whether you are looking for a nice sit down meal, something to-go or just a quick drink, there is something for everyone. Explore all dining and drink options at https://www.explorehbg.com/restaurants-nightlife/

Also be sure to check out the Brew Barons Beer Trail and Sweet Treat Trail to explore the areas best breweries and dessert shops while earning prizes.

EXPLORE THE ARTS IN THE CITY

art gallery

ART MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Art Association of Harrisburg – rotating themed exhibits from 500+ artist members

Susquehanna Art Museum – rotating works of local, national and international artists in a variety of themes.

The Millworks – 25+ artist studios and gallery to view their work along with a full service restaurant and brewery.

ORCHESTRA

CHAMBER & CLASSICAL MUSIC

World class and emerging musicians present a variety of classical and contemporary music for all to enjoy.

Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra

Market Square Concerts

concert

CONCERTS

Harrisburg is home to several entertainment venues that attract popular bands and musicians.

Harrisburg University Summer Concert Series – Death Cab for Cutie, The Roots, LANY, KALEO, Lord Huron and The National

HMAC – Enjoy a variety of entertainment, from live bands to drag shows.

XL LIVE – This venue hosts local and national touring bands and musicians. There is an outdoor and loft viewing area in addition to the main indoor floor.

MURAL

MURALS & MORE

Art is everywhere in the City of Harrisburg and we encourage you to get out and enjoy it while visiting. Visit Hershey & Harrisburg has created two suggested trails for viewing murals and art museums that cover about 1-mile of flat, easy to navigate pathways near the festival area. Complete 14 check-ins during your self-guided tours to earn an art-centric prize.

View the routes, app info and more!

theatre

THEATRE

A wide variety of theatre options are available, including Shakespere, children’s performances, musicals and plays, improv and more. Catch a show from one of the groups below!

Gamut Theatre Group

Harrisburg Improv Theatre

Narcisse Theatre Company

Open Stage

Theatre Harrisburg

Capitol

CAPITOL TOURS

The PA State Capitol Building is filled with architectural and artistic beauty. See if for yourself by taking a free tour during the event. Tours are offered at 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm on holidays and weekends as space permits.

BOOK YOUR FREE TOUR

SPONSORS

The City of Harrisburg relies on community partners to produce Artsfest. Sponsors receive extensive media coverage, on-site promotion, promotional listings on billboards and marketing materials, guest speaker opportunities and much more. Please contact Cortney Ranck-Cameron at [email protected] or 717-255-3033 for more information.

MARKETING Sponsor: VISIT HERSHEY & HARRISBURG

sponsor

maRKETING SPONSOR: EXPLORE HBG

Marketing Sponsor - ExploreHBG

COMMUNITY Sponsor: PA LOTTERY

PA Lottery - Community Sponsor

PARKING Sponsor: PARK HARRISBURG

Parking Sponsor - Park Harrisburg

VENDORS

The 56th annual Artsfest will feature juried artisans and craftsmen from across the United States on May 27-29, 2023 in Riverfront Park. Hand-crafted works will be available for sale in sixteen different categories, including ceramics, digital, drawing, fiber (decorative and wearable), furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood. The festival also features live entertainment, food trucks, kids activities and more.

All items must be handcrafted to be considered. Buy-sell and imported items are not permitted. Complete the online or PDF application by January 19, 2024.  The PDF application can be found here.

THE 2024 APPLICATION IS NOT YET AVAILABLE. Email [email protected] if you’d like to be added to our vendor list so you are emailed the application when its ready.

A food vendor has a food truck, concessions trailer or tent set-up and/or prepares food on-site that is meant to be consumed at the festival.

THE 2024 APPLICATION IS NOT YET AVAILABLE. Email [email protected] if you’d like to be added to our vendor list so you are emailed the application when its ready.

A specialty food vendor requires little or no preparation on-site and sells pre-packaged items. Demonstrations are permitted.

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