CARLISLE, PA – Produced by the Downtown Carlisle Association, the 38th Annual M&T Bank Harvest of the Arts will grow this year with over 100 juried artists, a European sports & luxury car show, beer garden with live music, and an expanded UPMC Pinnacle Kids Alley.

Opening Saturday, September 28 from 10 am to 5 pm on West High Street from Hanover to College Streets, the festival has drawn close to 20,000 people downtown with perfect weather.

Glenn White, the executive director of the Downtown Carlisle Association, said they have had great success working with other regional guilds, art associations and events to bring in added attractions and better quality artists.  The DCA had teamed with the PA Guild of Craftsmen, Hershey Artfest, and Dickinson College to research and attract fine artists and craftsmen locally, and from around the mid-Atlantic states.  “While the show has gained a good reputation among artists, having these partners adds another layer of credibility.” Stated Mr. White. 

Located on the corner of North Pitt Street and Louther Street, the UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle Kid’s Alley is also growing and will include a large inflatables play area, a petting zoo and balloon twisting, craft and activity booths, a 20-foot by 40-foot sidewalk chalk area with thousands of pieces of chalk for children to use, and so much more.  Always a popular destination, Kid’s Alley will also host Color Carlisle, the downtown muralists who will be helping with a Kid Friendly art mural.  “Always on of the busiest spots, the Kids Alley is defiantly something to bring your child to.” Griffith continued.

Harvest of the Arts has grown in Carlisle. “It’s really become a flagship event in Carlisle,” Glenn White, Director of the Downtown Carlisle Association, and organizer of the event.  “It has really changed the last few years, this show was going up to about West Street, and just over the years we’ve been able to increase the quality and the quantity of the artists. And this year, we’re actually maxing out our space.”

White said he hopes the M&T Bank Harvest of the Arts will encourage residents to re-explore the downtown. He said it’s a great day for everyone to enjoy a little bit of everything Carlisle has to offer.

Harvest of the Arts has drawn tens of thousand of people during its existence “The biggest reason we do these events is to expose residents who have forgotten about how wonderful downtown is and the region (to Carlisle),” White said. “We’re very lucky to live in this town with all of the great stores and restaurants that we do have. We really want to ensure that people get here and that they really walk up through the arts festival and the other area.”

July 27, 2019


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