This Weekend in Long's Park: The 43rd Annual Art Festival!

Melissa Frost

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This is a festival loved by the local community. Long's Park Art Festival welcomes thousands of visitors every year and hosts about 200 exhibitors, all chosen through a competitive jury process.

Success from the start

Long's Park is a beautiful public park with 80 acres of outdoor activities, including a lake, petting farm, and several playgrounds. The history of the festival in the stunning Lancaster County park goes way back. The first Art Festival in Long's Park was held July 4, 1976, and was presented by the Lancaster County Bicentennial Committee. The event was a big success and it drew the attention of Long’s Park Amphitheater Foundation leadership, who were looking for a new funding source for the amphitheater. They formed a partnership with the goals of creating a quality Art Festival in Lancaster while raising funds for the foundation and its cultural initiatives like the music series.

Local exhibitors

Among the artists featuring their work at the festival, you'll find Pennsylvania-based William Alburger, a sustainable wood eco-artist, creating art from rescued and reclaimed wood. His creations, often architectural, are signed originals. This is his first in-person show since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The local artist Joel Anderson is also going to be present at the festival. He is a photographer working in classic film and darkroom techniques. He's been a full-time photographer since 1992. Before moving to a rural Pennsylvania farm where he lives with his family and several rescued animals, he lived and photographed near Yosemite for 4 years.

Within the category functional art, you'll find the Lancaster-based artist Elizabeth Gates, working with art serving a purpose. She loves exploring the wealth of ways books are constructed and using her own papers in their execution.

​COVID-19 precautions

As the Center's for Disease Control continues to recommend masks for those not fully vaccinated when in indoor exhibits and in outdoor crowds, this is recommenced at the festival as well. However, the Art Festival will not ask for proof of vaccination from its artists, volunteers, or guests. That being said, some artists may request masks when visiting their booths, so it may be a good idea to bring a mask.

Long's Park Art Festival will follow changes in local and state mandates closely and as local conditions may change, their policies may also change accordingly.

Long's Park is located at Harrisburg Pike, US Route 30, Lancaster, PA 17601.

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