As always, the heart will be the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition filling Allen and Fraser streets, Fairmount and Nittany avenues and part of the
About 300 artists, jury-chosen from more than 1,000 applicants, will display sculpture, paintings, glass art, jewelry, photographs, furniture, clothing, textile art and other creations, transforming rows of booths into colorful magnets for crowds of art-lovers.
But the more than 100,000 visitors annually drawn to the festival do more than browse.
"Because people come here and shop," Bryant said.
It's the first time the festival has reached the magazine's top spot, Bryant said.
Another first this year is the "Seeing America:
The juried show opened
Mostly, though, the festival brings back familiar stalwarts: the giant sand sculpture in
In conjunction with the
"First Person: Seeing America," showing at 2:30 and
As musicians play a mixture of Bach, traditional music from
This year's performance lineup includes Essence of Joy; groups representing jazz, rock, blues, folk, country, bluegrass and other genres; professional dance; and, new this year, theater.
The State College Area High School Thespians will perform two shows, at 2 and
Among the many musical acts will be the folk duo
"They're pretty famous in folk-singer circles, so folks will want to check them out," Bryant said.
In addition to local favorites Velveeta, Pure Cane Sugar and My Hero Zero, the festival includes The Blind Spots, an all-female rock band from
Some performances are free, and some require a
Among the authors scheduled to appear are
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Festival organizers hope more blue will help Arts Fest become more green.
Fest Zero, a new, locally organized initiative, will place blue recycling bins throughout the festival, an attempt to reduce the volumes of trash bound for landfills. Near food vendor stands also will be composting bins for scraps.
"We're starting on the journey to making the festival 87 percent landfill waste-free by our 50th anniversary in two years," Bryant said.
The festival also has a new, mobile-friendly website, www.arts-festival.com, and a festival app available for downloading from iTunes and Android outlets.
But despite the handful of additions, visitors can expect much of the same attractions, such as the
"We try not to make too many changes," Bryant said, noting that festival-goers prefer continuity. "When we do our visitor survey and ask them why they come, they say tradition."
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