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New Arts And Music Festivals This Weekend Hope To Fill The Void For Canceled, Virtual Events

There will be no Sidewalk Sale at this year's Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, but fans can attend 11 in-person musical performances.
Emily Reddy

After many arts and music events were canceled this summer due to the pandemic, some Central Pennsylvania community leaders and residents stepped up to create new events in their own towns. 

The borough of Millheim will host its first ever “Millheim Walkfest of Arts and Music,” from Friday through Sunday. Organizers designed the event to be spread out across the town and walkable for attendees. Borough President Robert Zeigler said he hopes people will slow down and enjoy dozens of local bands, art vendors and family events being featured. 

“We need some positivity in this world, and I’d like to add some good pages to the book of people's lives. So, that's what I hope this event does,” Zeigler said. 

In Port Matilda, Way Fruit Farm will host “Art in the Orchard.” It will run from Thursday to Saturday. During the three-day event, organizers say attendees can stroll through the orchard while enjoying live music, food trucks and artwork. 

One of the goals of the event is to support more than 50 regional artists in attendance, including painters, photographers and woodworkers. 

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will take place both virtually and in-person this weekend. Live concerts will take place at the State College Presbyterian Church on Beaver Avenue. They will also be streamed on Facebook and YouTube. The Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition will not fill the streets of State College, but will instead be on the Arts Fest website

The People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts in Boalsburg is canceled this year.