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ARTfest

Bloomsburg 2019 ArtFest street scene customers

We look forward to seeing you at the 16th ArtFest on Saturday, the 24th of August, 2024!

For now, read on about 2023's event:


ADJUSTED LOCATION:
We have moved ArtFest
to the other side of Main Street --

just as lovely and shady, but with more room!

The fifteenth ArtFest will take place on Saturday, August 19th, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. surrounding the monument on the Square and down Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg, with more than sixty art and craft and fine food vendors and local non-profit partners -- more than ever before! -- with live music by local performers all day and fun activities for people of all ages.

See below for the full line-up of vendors, non-profit partners, and music.

Bloomsburg 2021 ArtFest Happybeadz customers
Bloomsburg 2018 ArtFest Art Cart participant
Bloomsburg ArtFest CCDP non-profit booth

The event provides a lively, comfortable atmosphere for the general public to see art, meet and talk with artists about their studio practices, and purchase fine artworks.  Attendance has grown by 100% since the move to the Square in 2017; in 2022, at least 3000 people attended.

2023 promotional video

Downtown Bloomsburg has plenty of parking; you need to feed the meters 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, and in addition to coins you can now also pay through the PANGO app; to sign up, go to mypango.com.

Downtown Blooomsburg, Inc. (DBI), the non-profit organization devoted to the betterment of Bloomsburg's downtown commercial district, founded ArtFest in 2009; The Exchange, a non-profit dedicated to bringing the arts to all communities throughout our region, has produced the event since 2016; and the Town of Bloomsburg has provided the venue and support services each year.  Both DBI and The Exchange look forward to other events -- both in-person and on-line -- that our fellow citizens can enjoy safely; for more information, please visit DowntownBloomsburg.org and elsewhere here at ExchangeArts.org.  For more information about the Town, please visit BloomsburgPA.org.

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Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc. founded ArtFest and provides ongoing support.

ArtFest is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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ArtFest receives promotional support from the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau and Seven Mountains Media

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2023 art and craft vendors:

Bill Kassel Fine Art -- gouache, acrylic, and oil paintings

James Grimsley -- pottery

Born Too Late Tie-Dyes -- clothing and accessories

Laurabee Studios -- recycled metal jewelry

Leslie James Studio -- leather

Laughing Fox Studio -- mixed media
Beadweaver's -- hancrafted jewelry

Donna Shaffer and Bob Drogan -- sculpture and furniture

Oakrun Earthworks -- handbuilt pottery

Fly Me Home -- handmade and upcycled accessories and decor
Windy Hill Woodturning -- hand-turned wood items

Rock Reborn -- guitar-string jewelry

Lisa's Gone Shopping -- Furoshiki fabric carryall bags

Lightsinger Images -- photography

Young Customs -- cigar-box guitars

The Children's Museum -- kids' activities

Fishing Creek Watershed Association -- container garden contest

River Poets -- hands-on poetry

The Exchange's Art Cart -- all-ages fun

Cats in Bloom -- activity for all ages

Susquehanna Greenway Partnership -- regional information

Bloomsburg Public Library -- hands-on fun

The Women's Center -- information and activity

Action Together -- voter registration

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble -- all-ages fun

Columbia County Historical Society -- information

Wesley United Methodist Church -- sidewalk chalk

Misho Fluid Art -- resin art

Bohemian Cat Designs -- handmade jewelry

Zenchaser Bonsai -- plants and related products

burkhART and Design -- watercolors and acrylics

Myriads by Melissa -- jewelry and accessories

Avery Hills Studio -- jewelry, leather, and fabric

Eternal Image -- charcoal, graphite, and markers

Chickadee Threads -- stained glass

Tower Mountain Studio -- silver and argentium jewelry

Camille Moser -- mixed-media canvases and comic books

Mindfully Made Mama -- fiber arts

The Muddy Kiwi -- one-of-a-kind pottery

Designs by Billie Jean -- handmade jewelry

Gail Fox Fine Art -- paintings and jewelry

DODO Realistic -- acrylic paintings

Sew Crafty & Co. -- everything sewn

Bad Kitty Knits -- fiber accessories

Inspired Designs by Liz -- leather, metal, and bead jewelry

Apple Creek Alpacas -- alpaca yarn and fiber

Dani Reber Art -- watercolors and prints

The Essential Apothecary -- bath/bodyaromatherapy

West Wind Jewelry -- gemstone and dried-flower jewelry

Nottingham Bonsai -- bonsai

Juliet's Balcony -- fiber art and mixed media

Mockpie Studio -- fiber art

Mandala Jewelry -- button bracelets

Garman's Woodworks -- scroll-saw-cut items

Happybeadz -- jewelry

Robin Vergari Art -- watercolor, acrylic, prints

Cheryl Bower Glassworks -- one-of-a-kind glass

Harris Woodcraft Designs -- handmade hardwood and epoxy items

​LZG Beaded Designs -- beaded jewelry and suncatchers

R. H. Brown Photography/Premier Studios -- photography

Steve Martz -- paintings, drawing, prints, and stickers

English Hill Books & Art -- children's books and framed artwork

Sara Baker Handmade Stoneware -- high-fire functional stoneware

Sara Baker Handmade Stoneware, Artfest, Bloomsburg
ArtFest, Bloomsburg, fountain, by Jimmy May
ArtFest line-up
2023 ArtFest layout
2023 ArtFest list of exhibitors with map

Download event guide here.

2023 food vendors:

Heier's Home cooking -- chicken & waffles & more

The Gingham Table -- simple ingredients, no preservatives

Project Pizza Company -- mobile pizza

Fourth Taco -- American takes on world cuisines

Dida's Incredible Edibles -- ice cream

Shpoppy Shawn's Shmoked Cheese -- big smoke flavor

Brandywine Branch Distillers -- craft spirits & ready-to-drink cocktails

ArtFest, Bloomsburg, food truck line
ArtFest, Bloomsburg, Kerry Kenny

2023 music/entertainment schedule:

Raven Creek Bluegrass, 10 a.m. and noon

Ukrainian dancers, 11 a.m. (at the Monument)

Kat Holdren, 11 a.m.

Prairie Dogma, 1-3 p.m.

Kerry Kenny Band, 3-5 p.m.

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