The first Art Festival in Long's Park was held July 4, 1976 and was presented by the Lancaster County Bicentennial Committee. The success of the event drew the attention of Long’s Park Amphitheater Foundation (LPAF) leadership, who were looking for a new funding source for the amphitheater.
A partnership was struck with the twin goals of creating a quality Art Festival in Lancaster, while raising funds for the foundation and its cultural initiatives like the music series. The first Labor Day show in 1979 was held in conjunction with LPAF’s annual day of music, featuring 87 artists and craftspeople.
The Art Festival now welcomes thousands of visitors each year and hosts 200 exhibitors who are chosen through a competitive jury process.
Special thanks to our sponsors!
The application process for the 2021 Art Festival is now CLOSED.
At this time, our state and the CDC have both lifted COVID capacity and distancing requirements. The CDC continues to recommend masks for those not fully vaccinated when in indoor exhibits and in outdoor crowds. This mask requirement is based solely on the honor system. The Art Festival will not ask for proof of vaccination from our artists, volunteers or guests. However, honesty is always appreciated.
Our walkways and eating areas may be crowded, and your choice to wear a mask within the festival grounds will be respected at all times.
Please note that we follow changes in local and state mandates closely and as local conditions may change, our COVID policies may also change accordingly. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.