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artsfest

The 56th annual Artsfest will feature juried artisans and craftsmen from across the country on May 27-29 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, miscellaneous, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood. The festival also features live entertainment, Jazzfest, free kids activities, HBGFest powered by the HBG Flea, 20+ 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 28 & 29. On May 27, street parking in the Downtown area is free after 5pm and you can get 4 hours of free street parking in the Downtown 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 and Park Harrisburg

VOLUNTEERS: Those interested in volunteering at the festival information tent for 2 or more hours during the event can contact [email protected]

The artisans listed are from the 2022 event. A list of the 2023 artisans will be available in April.

ARTISANS

Over 150 artisans will be on-site selling their handcrafted wares in 14 categories. Click the images below to view a list of participating artisans in each category. Some artisans have included links to their online stores as well.

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

                      

            

COMMUNITY GLASS MURAL PROJECT

community mural

At Artsfest 2022, event attendees had the opportunity to be part of a community glass mural project during the event. Over 1,000 attendees stopped by the tile making tent with local glass artist, Linda Billet to make their own unique design on glass tiles. These tiles were then used to create a larger mosaic that is now displayed at Harrisburg High School-John Harris Campus.

The circles shown in the beautiful mural are to represent the diversity of Harrisburg all being interconnected. It is to show the unity of Harrisburg. 

This opportunity was made possible through the Capital Area Intermediate Unit Arts in Education and Summer Camps programs, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and City of Harrisburg Special Events Department.

*photo shown on the left is the final design 

CAIU                PA Council on the Arts 

 

KIDSFEST

The Kidsfest will provide fun for the whole family! Enjoy free activities such as face painting, balloon animals, entertainers on the kids stage and a variety of art-centric kids activities by local non-profits and more. New to the 2022 Artsfest was a circus activity station featuring demonstrations of tightwire walking and trapeze aerial gymnastics along with interactive juggling, mini tight wire, plate spinning and close up magic provided by American Tightwire.

The 2023 Kidsfest schedule will be avilable in April.

 

Face Painting

LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

Live Music

ENTERTAINMENT STAGE

20 entertainment groups, including live bands, dance groups, school and community groups and more will perform throughout the event each day at the stage near State Street.

 

JAZZFEST STAGE

A variety of local high school Jazz groups and Jazz musicians will perform throughout the event.

 

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

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 at the Civic Club of Harrisburg.

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.

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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

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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!

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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

Open Stage

Theatre Harrisburg

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: HARRISBURG DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

PARKING Sponsor: PARK HARRISBURG

Parking Sponsor - Park Harrisburg

VENDORS

The 55th annual Artsfest will feature juried artisans and craftsmen from across the United States on May 27-29 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 February 3, 2023.  The PDF application can be found here.

2023 FOOD VENDOR APPLICATION IS NOT AVAILABLE YET.

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.

2023 SPECIALTY FOOD VENDOR APPLICATION IS NOT AVAILABLE YET.

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

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