Consistently ranked as one of the top outdoor fine art and fine craft shows in the nation, the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition brings artists and craftspeople from across the nation to State College. Each year more than three hundred exhibitors offer a wide variety of objects for sale including baskets, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, painting, photography, and wearable art. There is something to suit everyone’s taste and pocketbook.
The Festival take’s place during the Penn State Alumni Association’s “Arts Festival Alumni Weekend” a family-friendly program that brings Penn Staters back to “Happy Valley” to enjoy the sights and sounds of the “Arts Fest”–a quintessential part of the Penn State expereince. Penn State has the largest dues paying alumni association in the United States and alums sporting large blue pins indicating the year of their graduation are often an artist’s best customer in the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition.
The Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, which takes place on the streets of downtown State College and the immediately adjacent University Park Campus of Penn State, consistanly ranks highly on the list of 100 Best Fine Art and Design Shows in America published by Sunshine Artist magazine.