Art event at Penn State ranked as 5th best summer festival

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- When the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts takes place this year from July 11 to 14, it will kick off with a new honor -- as the fifth-best summer festival in the nation, according to’s rankings.

The festival, held in the Borough of State College and on Penn State’s University Park campus, brings more than 125,000 visitors to the area each year.

In addition to nationally recognized, juried artists selling their wares, the festival also features musical performances, sand sculptures, youth artists (July 10) and a festival race. For addition information on the event’s offerings, go to

Photos of last year’s festival are available at

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Last Updated June 19, 2013