ArtFest has a new location, on the Square!


The tenth annual ArtFest will take place on Saturday, the 26th of August, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in its new location on Bloomsburg's Town Square, from the fountain up Market Street.

Dedicated to bringing the arts to all communities throughout our region, The Exchange again presents Columbia County’s biggest one-day outdoor art event of the year.

ArtFest will showcase more than 30 regional artists’ original work, accompanied by live music, local food, and activities for the whole family.  A summertime art party, ArtFest draws attendees from throughout our region, and it draws artists from near and far as well.  Exhibitors will include painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, sculptors, glass artists, fabric artists, woodworkers, a bonsai grower, and more.

Activities for families at the event will include The Exchange's Art Cart, using simple materials – many of them recycled – to help bring out the beauty inside every person.  Well-known and well-loved Bluegrass and Gospel band Raven Creek will lead off the music, with the Clickard Consortium, the Bloomsburg Early Music Ensemble, and a saxophone quartet also performing, among others. Attendees will also enjoy great food from four local food trucks including SAC Lunches, Nannycakes, Mike’s Food Truck, and Sugarloaf Tea.

This year, ArtFest takes place on the same day as AGAPEpalooza at Town Park, another family-friendly festival, with free shuttle buses among the downtown, the 'Palooza, and free parking at Bloomsburg High School.

The Exchange thanks the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau and Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc., for their sponsorship of ArtFest; the event also receives support from 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.



Each artist pays an $80 booth fee for a 10×10 space.  (Two artists, each juried in, may share a single booth for $100.)  Food vendors pay $100.  The fee covers the cost of ads in local and regional print and radio outlets, and the printing of posters and flyers.  We also encourage vendors to promote the event themselves, using a postcard mailing and/or social media.


If you would like to show and sell at ArtFest, please e-mail 3-5 jpeg images of your work (each no larger than 1 MB at 72 dpi, no larger than 1920 pixels on the longer side, with the artist’s last name as part of each file name; food vendors do not need to provide images but may for our promotional purposes) to and mail a signed copy of the application to 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg PA 17815, no later than Friday, June 2nd, 2017.  After receiving an acceptance notification from ArtFest via e-mail or phone (no later than Friday, June 16th, 2017), participating artists MUST submit the booth fee by Friday, July 7, 2017.  We will accept no late fees and will reassign any unpaid space(s).




Please get in touch with Oren B. Helbok at or 570-317-2596 if you have any questions about ArtFest.


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24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg PA  17815       570-317-2596

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