The People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts is a homegrown event celebrating the work of Pennsylvania artists.
The First Festival, held in 1993, was organized to run at the same time as the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and to showcase the creativity and workmanship of artisans living in Pennsylvania. The first festival featured 50 artists, a few food booths, and limited all volunteer groups.
It is estimated that more than 105,000 people visited the festival in 2013, and the festival featured 190 artisans performances taking place in two entertainment locations, 22 festival food vendors, a much expanded Specialty Foods and local wines area with 16 unique specialty concession booths and 5 local wineries. All day long and into the night there is delicious treats to eat and new music and performances to enjoy.
Every day is kids day at the Peoples Choice Festival! We have a unique and joyous young artisan sales area so that kids can get in on the fun of making and selling arts and crafts. And many activties to keep the young people busy and beaming, including our Science Museum, the famous Little Smilin’ Choo Choo, bounce houses, a petting zoo, a real riding arena, face painting and more. There is something for everyone, and your children will be busy and safe.
The People’s Choice Festival is held in historic and picturesque Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. Festival tents, booths, stages, and other features are set around the Pennsylvania Military Museum grounds, three miles east of Penn State and State College.
Arts&Artisan booths and displays circle the field, offering amazing gifts and treasures. And among the arts and crafts displays are unique food booths, kitchens, and trucks, filling the air with delicious smells and offering tasty treats from all over the state, including our feature Specialty Foods that the People’s Choice Festival were the first to bring to this area.
Inside that circle are located two grand entertainment tents seating approximately 400 people each, an activity tent, an emergency medical personnel tent, large dining area tents, four drink booths, and four rest areas.
Children can play on the expansive lawn encircled by the tents, and there is plenty of shade for resting. Free shuttle golf carts are available to assist patrons in getting around the festival grounds. We take great pride in caring for everyone who comes to spend a few hours enjoying the best of local Pennsylvania!
The People’s Choice Festival is a nonprofit organization. The Festival rents the property from the Friends of the Pennsylvania Military Museum. Parking is provided by the Friends of the Military Museum.