Summer Art Festivals in Lancaster County

Just about mid-summer in Lancaster County, when the heat index is in triple digets and even the swimming pools start loosing their refreshing qualities, I remember that one of my favorite collection of events is right around the corner.  I imagine myself as a person in the desert who sees an oasis in the distance… “I can make it!” I convince myself, “in just a couple weeks, the late-summer art festivals will begin”!!  In no time at all, I’ll be basquing in a sea of unique, special, charming handcrafted goodies that everyone on my Christmas list has grown to love!

Lititz Rotary Craft Show

The Historic Smithton Inn’s location in Northern Lancaster County is perfectly situated for maximum art-festival-shopping too, with my favorites located in Lititz, Mt. Gretna, Lancaster and Ephrata! Each of these festivals is unique, but one thing is certain… art and arts & crafts lovers (aka: Shopaholics!) will find a variety of treasures you can’t resist while enjoying the charm of Lancaster County.

Here’s the run-down of the shows coming up between mid-August and mid-September:

Lititz Rotary Craft Show: Saturday, August 13, 2011. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Location: Lititz Springs Park, 18 N Broad St. Lititz PA 17543. http://www.lititzrotary.com/craft.htm
One of the biggest and most popular craft shows on the east coast, the Lititz Rotary Club’s Craft Show brings downtown Lititz to a halt. Over 700 crafters line Lititz Springs Park as well as Broad and Main Streets with booths of interesting crafts and artwork. Parking is well orchestrated and trolleys run often.

Night Lights by local artist, Bruce Garrabrandt

Mount Gretna Art Show: August 20 – 21, 2011. 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday, Rain or Shine. The show is presented under the oaks of the Chautauqua section of Mount Gretna between Route 117 and Pennsylvania Avenue. http://www.mtgretnaarts.com/
Every year, during the third weekend of August, this community of some 700 homes and cottages suddenly springs to life, welcoming 285 artists chosen through juried competition and 20,000 visitors who—by their presence—acknowledge the role that art plays in their homes, hearts, and lives.

The Weathervane Art Show: August 27, 2011 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. website 
The Landis Valley Museum Store is hosting this special day for local artists and craftspeople to demonstrate and sell their work. Food will also be available for purchase. Location: 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601. www.landisvalleymuseum.org
A number of local artists and craftspeople demonstrate and sell their work at this event. Browse through gazebos filled with artwork, handmade baskets, woodwork, redware pottery, shaker boxes, jewelry, clothing and accessories, brooms, gourmet foods and much more. Food will be available for purchase.

Live music provided by the Ragtime Willie Band, a local four piece funky folk band originally formed in 1977. Their style is Americana, folk-based popular music

One of my acquisitions!


The Longs Park Arts & Crafts Festival
: Labor Day Weekend Friday through Monday, September 2-5, 2011, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. The festival is in Long’s Park, a lovely, 80-acre park on the northwest edge of Lancaster City. It is conveniently situated at 1441 Harrisburg Pike, off the Route 30 bypass at the Park City Center exit. http://www.longspark.org/art.html
Experience one of America’s leading fine art and craft shows. The four-day long Long’s Park Art & Craft Festival takes place each Labor Day weekend in a beautiful city park on the edge of Downtown Lancaster. Showcasing 200 top artists and craftspeople from across the United States, Canada and beyond, the show juries applications from more than 1,000 annually. All proceeds benefit the free Long’s Park Summer Music Series.

37th Annual Art & Craft Festival & Restaurant Fair: September 10, 2011 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Downtown Square, Ephrata.
This festival offers more than 200 artisans displaying arts and crafts plus local restaurants offering favorite foods. Exhibits will include all types of handmade art and craft work. All work must be original, not produced commercially or from kits, and must be for sale (unless displayed in the Commercial Vendor area.) Arts and crafts displays will be placed on the East and West Main Streets and South State Streets in Ephrata. Commercial vendor displays will be placed on North State Street.