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Explore the arts during the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Blair County Arts Festival. Look for new and exciting activities, exhibits, and performances throughout the festival!

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Located Throughout the Penn State Altoona Campus

Explore your musical tastes with 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.

You’ll discover music on the steps of a building, under a tent in the Food Court, on a portico, in a pavilion, and around every corner. A total of 36 performances will be scheduled during the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Blair County Arts Festival.

 

We lovingly dedicate the 2017 festival performance schedule to the memory of Jerry Haines – a heartfelt singer, songwriter, guitarist, and long-time festival performer.

CRAFTS VILLAGE

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

Explore 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.

FOOD COURT

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

Explore the irresistible tastes of festival food, prepared by more than 20 experienced vendors! We have all your favorites at the Blair County Arts Festival. Enjoy fresh cut fries, ethnic foods, corn dogs, funnel cakes, cheese steaks, hot sausage, fried veggies, specialty drinks – the choices are endless – and delicious!

JURIED ART EXHIBIT

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

Explore the inspiring power of the visual arts. 50 years ago, the Blair County Arts Festival began as a Juried Art Exhibition at Penn State Altoona. Once again, we celebrate the regions’ finest artists as they exhibit their paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and mixed- media pieces. Browse through three galleries of their thought-provoking, beautiful work.

STUDENT ART EXHIBIT

Located in The Slep Student Center at the end of the Reflecting Pond.

Explore the future of the arts, as you browse through the Student Art Exhibit. The students have clearly been inspired to express themselves through art. Thier work promises a bright future, not only for each individual young person, but for the next generation of a strong arts community. For decades, this exhibit has been one of the most popular attractions at the Blair County Arts Festival.

CHILDRENS VILLAGE

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

Explore your child’s creative side in the Sheetz Children’s Village. Community organizations and volunteers provide hands-on experiences and art projects to spark a child’s imagination and encourage creativity. These experiences include the Altoona Symphony Orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo.

The 50th Blair County Arts Festival’s Children’s Village is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Dennie Huber, who brought a smile to hundreds of children throughout the decades. You are missed, but never forgotten.

FESTIVAL SCAVENGER HUNT

Explore the entire Blair County Arts Festival and win a great prize basket, full of books, theatre tickets, and art supplies! Search festival exhibits and attractions for answers to the questions listed on the form. A random drawing of correctly filled-out forms will be held after the Festival on Sunday evening.

Pick up a Scavenger Hunt Form at the Rotary Welcome Tent in the Crafts Village, the Information Tent outside the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, or the Big Tent in the Children’s Village. You need not be present to win.