The sidewalk along Market Street will be covered in chalk. Jazz music will play at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. The city will be teeming with artists. That can only mean one thing: It's the annual YorkFest Fine Arts Festival.

But there are some new tweaks to the festival this year as well, organizer Mary Yeaple explained.

One of those changes is food at the festival. While the food court will return, some of the vendors have been spread out among the grounds, which include the Colonial Complex and two blocks of the York County Heritage Rail Trail toward Pershing Avenue. The line-up of artists is always changing, Yeaple said.

"Every year, we have a core group that returns," explaining that about 60 percent of the artists are returnees. "We only accept 100 artists each year."

Another tradition that returns this year is a Saturday concert at the Strand. This year's performance will start at 6 p.m. with Eric Marner and Brave New World. He'll be followed by Local act The Chuck Long Quartet will follow at 7:30 p.m.

"It's a free concert, so you can go to YorkFest all day and it's a nice way to cap off the week," Yeaple said.

Yeaple also talked about how the festival tries to be enjoyable for children, too.

"It is a fine arts show, so a majority of the things are for adults," she said. "But ... New Freedom Art will be having a 'Meet the Masters' series."

The series' purpose is to introduce children to the works of artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Pierre Aguste Renoir. The festival will also include the Children's Art and Literacy Awards on Saturday.

"We try to encourage artists of all ages," Yeaple said."We try to encourage our budding artists."

Flipside Staff

If you go

What: YorkFest Fine Arts Festival

When: Juried art opening reception and adult literacy awards ceremony 6 to 8 p.m. Friday; festival 10 a.m. to

5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Downtown York, near the Colonial Complex and the York County Heritage Rail Trail



All day Saturday and Sunday

  • Juried Art Exhibition at YorkArts: 10 N. Beaver St.

  • Poetry Spoken Here Tent: Heritage Rail Trail, between Market and King streets

  • Festival Marketplace: In and around Colonal Court Hours Courtyard and Rail Trail

  • "Meet the Masters" Art Projects For Youth: Gates House and Golden Bough Tavern garden

  • Chalk Walk: on the sidewalk of Market Street between Pershing Avenue and Beaver Street


  • 10 a.m. to noon: Mel Conrad will draw caricatures along the rail trail

  • 10:30 a.m. and

    11:30 p.m.: Ni Riain School of Irish Dance, near Market Streetand Pershing Avenue

  • 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Free mural tours, departing from the gift shop in the rear of the Colonial Complex

  • 2 p.m. Children's Art and Literacy Awards, City Art Gallery, 118 W. Philadelphia St.

  • Boat parade, launching from Bantz Park

  • 6 p.m.: Free community jazz concert featuring Eric Marner and Brave New World, followed by the Chuck

  • Long Quartet at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St.


  • 10 a.m. to noon: Mel Conrad will draw caricatures along the Rail Trail

  • Noon to 4 p.m.: Colonial Courthouse open for free tours

  • 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Free mural tours, departing from the gift shop in the rear of the Colonial Courthouse Complex