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Arts Fest Offering Both In-Person & Virtual Events For Hybrid Festival

This year’s Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, better known simply as Arts Fest, will offer both in-person and virtual events from Thursday, July 8, through Sunday, July 11.

Musical performances in front of live audiences will take place at the State College Presbyterian Church at 132 W. Beaver Avenue. You can gain admission by purchasing a $10 wristband that’s good for the whole festival, but a wristband will not guarantee a seat.

All performances will also be live-streamed on the Arts Fest’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. 

Here’s a look at the lineup:

Thursday, July 8

  • Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, noon to 1 p.m.
  • Below Centre, 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Kristi Jean and Her Ne’er Do Wells, 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Callanish, 9 to 10 p.m.

Friday, July 9

  • Ramalama, noon to 1 p.m.
  • JT and the Denicats, 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Natascha and the Spy Boys, 7 to 8 p.m.
  • The River Drivers, 9 to 10 p.m. (live stream only)

Saturday, July 10

  • The Jay Vonada Quarter, noon to 1 p.m.
  • AAA Blues Band, 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Poetry Reading: Poetry in a Time of Pandemic, 4 to 5:30 p.m. (St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church)
  • Jon Rounds, 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet, 9 to 10 p.m.

Additionally, the festival’s “famous” Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition will still take place virtually. Festival director Rick Bryant says supporting local artists is the best way to keep Arts Fest around for years to come.

“When people ask me how they can help the Festival, I tell them to shop at our Sidewalk Sale artists,” Bryant said. “Each participating artist is a small business person trying to navigate the end of the pandemic that had a devastating effect on their livelihoods. If we want to see artists in State College in the summer of 2022, support them now.”

Images 2021, Arts Fest’s online gallery of drawings, paintings, photography, and more, will also remain online. You can access the entire exhibition here. Plus, on July 8, the show’s juror, Betsey Batchelor, will award $1,800 in prize money to winning artists.

The festival’s merchandise booth, as well as its official t-shirt, are up for sale on Arts Fest’s online store.

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