New Hope Arts And Crafts Festival
Saturday & Sunday September 23 & 24
NEW HOPE, PA — More than 160 juried fine artists and craftspeople will be in New Hope over the weekend for the 29th Annual New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival presented by the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce.
The event unfolds on Saturday, September 23, and Sunday, September 24, at the New Hope-Solebury High School, 180 W. Bridge Street, in New Hope.
Featured artists and craftspeople will exhibit using media such as oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, sculpture, fine and fun jewelry, ceramics, works in wood, fiber, furniture, wearable art, glass art, photography, outsider art, and more.
Festivities will also include live music all weekend long, food trucks, kids activities, hands-on demonstrations, and more. The Festival takes place at the New Hope–Solebury High School parking lot, just a few minutes walk from the center of the business district, and there is a free bus to from the Festival parking to South Main Street at the Bucks County Playhouse. Admission is a $5 donation. Hours are Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm.
"New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival has everything from those killer oil paintings you'd want in your living room to that handcrafted jewelry piece that's just so you and more," said Chamber President Michael Sklar. "And it's not just about the art you take home; it's the stories behind them, the hands that crafted them, and the friends you make here. It is one of our largest events of the year and an annual beloved New Hope and Bucks County tradition. We hope to see you there."
He added, "For nearly three decades, the New Hope Arts and Crafts Festival has been more than an event; it's a tradition. A tradition of celebrating local artists, of fostering community spirit, and of creating memories. Every year, thousands converge here, not just to buy art, but to be part of a story, a legacy."
Nestled in the heart of historic New Hope, the 29th annual Arts and Crafts Festival is set to dazzle and inspire. The event, renowned for its rich legacy, is not just a festival but a testament to the enduring spirit of creativity and community that New Hope embodies.
A Kaleidoscope of Artistry: With over 150 artisans from the region and beyond, attendees will be treated to a visual feast. From handcrafted jewelry that tells a story, ceramics that are a blend of tradition and modernity, to paintings that capture the soul, there's something for every art enthusiast.
Hands-on Artistic Adventures: Dive deep into the world of art with interactive workshops. Whether you're a seasoned artist or someone looking to explore a new hobby, our skilled artists
will guide you in a journey of creation and discovery.
Melodies and Moves: As you meander through the stalls, let the rhythms of local musicians set the mood. From soulful ballads to foot-tapping numbers, there's a tune for every moment. And don't miss the dance performances that bring stories to life with every move.
A Wonderland for Young Artists: At the Kids' Corner, the little ones aren't just spectators. They're artists in the making. With a range of fun and engaging activities, they'll discover the joy of creating.
Culinary Delights: New Hope is not just about art for the eyes but also a treat for the taste buds. Relish gourmet food from local stalls and sip on the finest local wines and beers.
Prizes will be awarded this year for Best in Show, Crafts, Fiber, Fine Art, Jewelry, Mixed Media, and Photography.
Live entertainment will include a who's who of area musicians:
Saturday, September 23
- 11 to 11:45 – Peter Sandler
- 12 to 12:45 – Chris Chadwick
- 1 to 1:45 – Kevin Hill
- 2 to 2:45 – Ryan Sab
- 3 to 3:45 – Cara Courtney
- 4 to 4:45 – John Thomas
Sunday, September 24
- 11 to 11:45 – Michael Henry Robert
- 12 to 12:45 – Jonnie and Rachel
- 1 to 1:45 – Justin Love
- 2 to 2:45 – TBA
- 3 to 3:45 – Brian Elliott
Parking is behind the High School and Upper Elementary School for a $5 donation - with parking donations supporting school activities. Enter on Bridge Street at the parking sign or at the school entrance at Hardy Bush Way at the 202 Spur-Lower York Road near the granite statue for the Upper Elementary School Lot. There is a limited number of $5 handicapped parking places.
Additional parking is available at Union Square, at the Railroad Station, and at meters and parking lots downtown, with a free shuttle to the Festival and Parking from South Main St. near the Bucks County Playhouse. You will need $5 cash for the School lots, quarters or a credit card at Union Square, and you will need 3 quarters per hour at most meters, or you can use the ParkMobile or PayByPhone App on your smartphone in many areas. Free shuttle buses run from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday to/from South Main Street Bus Stops.
This year's sponsors include Penn Community Bank (Personal and Business Banking Solutions in Bucks County), CertaPro Painters (Professional Painters, Painting Contractors), Bucks County Magazine, Renewal by Andersen (Full Service Window and Door Replacement), Friends of the Library, Green Mountain Energy, Lambertville Helping Hands, Music Mountain Theatre and more.
Admission to the entire Festival is a $5 donation. For more information and a full list of updates, events, and artists, visit https://www.visitnewhope.com/new-hope-arts-crafts/
By: Jeff Werner, Patch Staff
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