ArtFest and Farmers Market on Bloomsburg’s Square August 26th

The tenth annual ArtFest will take place on Saturday, the 26th of August, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Square in downtown Bloomsburg, surrounding the fountain and up Market Street, right in front of the Caldwell Consistory.Directly across the Square, surrounding the Civil War monument, the Farmers Market will open at 8 a.m. and stay open into the mid-afternoon.

Dedicated to bringing the arts to all communities throughout our region, The Exchange again presents Columbia County’s biggest one-day outdoor art event of the year. ArtFest will showcase more than 30 regional artists’ original work, accompanied by live music, local food, and activities for the whole family. A summertime art party, ArtFest draws attendees from throughout our region, and it draws artists from near and far as well. Exhibitors will include painters, photographers, potters, jewelers, sculptors, glass artists, fabric artists, woodworkers, a bonsai grower, and more.

Activities for families at the event will include The Exchange’s Art Cart, using simple materials – many of them recycled – to help bring out the beauty inside every person. Well-known and well-loved Bluegrass and Gospel band Raven Creek will lead off the music, with the Smoke and Mirrors Saxophone Quartet; Paul Loomis; Christian Tloczynski; the Bloomsburg Early Music Ensemble; the Clickard Consortium; and Negodniki also performing. Attendees can also enjoy great food from four local food trucks including SAC Lunches, Nannycakes, Mike’s Food Truck, and Sugarloaf Tea.

The Bloomsburg Farmers Market has operated on the Square for generations; this year’s Saturday vendors include Cramer’s Valley View Growers; EZ Acres Farm; Green Creek II; Heritage Acres; Ponduce Farms; and Sugar & Loaf Bakery.

This year, ArtFest takes place on the same day as another family-friendly festival, AGAPEpalooza at Town Park, with free shuttle buses among the downtown, the ’Palooza, and free parking at Bloomsburg High School.

The Exchange thanks the Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau and Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc., for their sponsorship of ArtFest; the event also receives support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information about The Exchange and ArtFest, visit ExchangeArts.org/artfest or Facebook.com/BloomsburgArtFestor call 570-317-2596.