The 2015 installment of the annual York Fine Arts Festival is happening this weekend in downtown York, PA. The event, which features more than 100 select fine vendors from around the country, will start Friday evening, Aug. 28 and run through Sunday, Aug. 29.
The action starts at 6 p.m. on Friday with a juried art opening reception. Due to renovations at YorkArts, such events at this year’s festival will be taking place at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum. Adult Literary Awards and Literary Award Winner Readings will take place at 7 p.m. All events for Friday evening close at 8 p.m.
Saturday’s events begin, at 10 a.m. with ongoing family-friendly entertainment and activities throughout the day. Ongoing events throughout that day include the displays of juried art exhibits, ChalkWalk on the sidewalk, youth and literary awards, walking tours of York, tours and demonstrations at the Colonial Court House Complex, poetry, children’s art exhibits, culinary arts offerings, murals, and endless options for entertainment. Also be sure to check out the overall festival marketplace setup surrounding the Colonial Court House Complex, which includes portions of the York Heritage Rail Trail (Philadelphia and Princess Streets), Market Street, between Codorous Creek, Beaver Street, and the first block of North Pershing Avenue.
In addition to ongoing events, like all the aforementioned, some events and activities will take place at specified times during the festival. These events and activities include some of the listed tours that will conclude at 4 p.m. on festival day. There will also be a York Art display at the Barnet Bobb Log Cabin, open until 4 p.m., as well as Music Around the World Musical Petting Zoo with Laura Gibson, taking place at Gates & Plough Tavern Garden. Don’t miss the fabulous spectacle of York’s Historic Codorous Creek Boat Parade, launching at 2 p.m. from Bantz Park.
Enjoy great music and dance throughout the day. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. enjoy Celtic beats with Jamie O’Brien and soft rock/country/harmonies hits with Sweet Life. At 1:30 p.m. Jefrey Woodall will perform acoustic folk hits. There will even be a free community jazz concert at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. Sponsored by York College, the concert will feature Jeff Stabley and Friends, followed by Eric Marner &Brave New World. Doors open at 5 p.m. No tickets are required.
Ongoing events will continue on through Sunday. Musical performers on that day will include Don Carn & Kris Kostoff playing jazz and Sahron Knowles on the harp between the 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. slot. From 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. you can enjoy acoustic soul music from Soji and classical/folk hits from Muzette. For a complete listing of all events taking place during the festival, please chick here.