ATTRACTIONS

TOURISM EXPO

Located  between the Smith Building and the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Art

This year Explore Altoona will host its annual Tourism Expo at the Blair County Arts Festival. Visit the tents located between the Smith Building and the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts from noon until 6 pm both days of the festival.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Located throughout the Penn State Altoona Campus

Music is continually drifting through the air at Penn State Altoona during the Blair County Arts Festival. Enjoy a wide variety of music by the region’s best bands and performing artists. Area school bands, orchestras, and choirs are also showcased; along with students from local dance academies. A total of 36 free performances are scheduled throughout the weekend.

CRAFTS VILLAGE

Located just across the bridge near the main entrance to Penn State Altoona on Juniata Gap Road.

Take home unique works of art, hand-crafted by talented artisans. You’ll discover everything from lawn art to jewelry, from wood carvings to stained glass, from quilts to handbags, from guitars to wind chimes, from candles to caricatures – all uniquely handmade. They make great gifts! And don’t forget to treat yourself to a treasure from the crafts village.

FOOD COURT

Located in the parking lot near the main entrance to Penn State Altoona on Juniata Gap Road.

The irresistible aroma of festival food drifts through the air at the Blair County Arts Festival. This scrumptious food tastes as good as it smells! More than 20 experienced vendors offer all of your favorites – including fresh cut fries, ethnic foods, corn dogs, funnel cakes, cheese steaks, hot sausage, fried vegies, specialty drinks, crepes, roasted almonds – the choices are endless – and delicious!

JURIED ART EXHIBIT

Located in three different galleries inside the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.

Allow plenty of time to browse through the Juried Fine Art Exhibition at Penn State Altoona. The region’s finest artists have been chosen to exhibit their paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and mixed- media pieces. Their work is thought-provoking, inspirational, and impressive. And, it’s all available for purchase.

STUDENT ART EXHIBIT

Located in The newly renovated Adler Athletic Complex.

For decades, this exhibit has been one of the most popular attractions at the Blair County Arts Festival. Art students from Blair County school districts are clearly talented and well trained – just take a look at their impressive work. It promises a bright future, not only for each individual young person, but also for the next generation of a strong arts community.

CHILDRENS VILLAGE

Located between the Smith Building and the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.

Community organizations and volunteers provide hands-on experiences and art projects to spark a child’s imagination and encourage creativity. These experiences include the ever-popular Altoona Symphony Orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo, where budding young musicians can try various instruments.

Open Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 6:00 pm.