Pennsylvania's Alternative Arts Festival: Allentown Arts Fest
Fri 09/12/2014 - Sun 09/14/2014
Allentown ArtsFest is aimed at celebrating the diverse culture and arts that the Lehigh Valley has to offer, while inviting the public to be a part of it. The festvial strives to deliver what people expect from a festival while also taking a progressive approach.
The event celebrates many art forms that are often not included in such a festival, and hopes to help people working in these fields gain new exposure and opportunity for growth. The event was created in 2014 and will take place every September in Allentown, PA.
ArtsFest will feature over 100 artists, vendors, local organizations, small businesses and non-profits. There will be a strong focus on visual art, but will also cover a diverse range of fields including; music, film, sculpture, large installations throughout the festival, classes & demos, comedy, technology, upcylcing and much more.
There will be a large street art section featuring live breakdancing competitions, DJs, and visual arts. Graffiti artists from the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, NYC & other East Coast cities will be creating live on custom-built walls. These panels will then be installed all around the city of Allentown following the festival.
Also present will be over 30 food trucks and vendors. While also bringing the staple foods of the festival, this event will strongly focus on unique and world cuisine. Featuring such eateries as the Taza Truck, Baby Got Que, Batuque and more.
A children’s section called the “Alternative Clubhouse,” will feature classes, games & activities for children, as well as the chance to create their own works of art. The Allentown Police will be on hand with their Cops N Kids and Ident-A-Kid programs. Kit Rex will be in full dinosaur costume, with small tabletop models.
Since music is also a very important form of art, there will be a large stage with bands playing throughout the entire festival. The bands feature local musicians, traveling and touring acts. A very wide range of genres will be heard including Blues, Hard Rock, Salsa, Avant-Garde, Folk, Metal, Jazz and more. Some of the bands include This Way to the Egress, Keg, and Silent Animals, with many more to be announced.
Allentown ArtsFest takes place September 12th-14th at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown.
The event is FREE and open to the public!
The hours of the festival are:
Friday September 12th: 12 PM - 8 PM
Saturday September 13th: 12 PM - 8 PM
Sunday September 14th: 11 AM - 5 PM