Art Week, a new event that celebrates Doylestown’s year-round commitment to art and culture, will precede the Festival
DOYLESTOWN, PA – Recognized for its picturesque setting and rich year-round arts and culture offerings, the small town of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, will once again host the Doylestown Arts Festival, a two-day celebration that is expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors from the mid-Atlantic region. The festival will be held on Doylestown’s quaint, historical downtown streets—converted to lively pedestrian-only avenues during the event—from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9. This year, for the first time, the Festival will be preceded by Art Week, a new event that is intended to celebrate Doylestown as a year-round center for arts and culture. Planned for September 2 through 7, Art Week will showcase both permanent and temporary installations in local museums, galleries, storefronts, restaurants, and other venues.
Founded in 1991, the Doylestown Arts Festival is now in its 27th year. Designed to illuminate the town’s ongoing commitment to arts, crafts, culture, and tourism, the 2018 festival will feature 160 juried artists, live music on five stages, local food vendors, art-making and interactive demonstrations. On Sunday, The Thompson Bucks County Classic will roll into town with six bike races involving professionals, amateurs, children, and historical high wheel bicycles.
Home to 8,000 residents as well as the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Mercer Museum, Fonthill Castle, the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works museum, the County Theater, and the Bucks County Civil War Library and Museum as well as a robust array of galleries, restaurants, and locally owned shops and boutiques, Doylestown is nationally recognized as a “destination” town. In 2017, Philadelphia magazine named Doylestown “best fun suburban town,” while Good Housekeeping listed Doylestown as the “most underrated attraction” in Pennsylvania. In 2013, Travel + Leisure magazine called Doylestown one of “America’s [top 20] favorite towns.”
While Doylestown Arts Festival director Paul Boger is expecting large crowds, he emphasizes that the organizers plan very carefully to ensure there is plenty of parking, access, space, and amenities so that attendees feel welcomed and comfortable. “Our mission is to communicate to festival visitors the ever-present hospitality and warmth of Doylestown, while at the same time celebrating the region’s artists and artistic heritage,” he said. “We encourage everyone from near and far who has any interest in the arts, music, community, or sightseeing to attend this remarkable festival, and to experience the energizing ambiance of Doylestown.”
Christine Hensel Triantos, director of marketing and communications at the James A. Michener Art Museum, the cultural partner of the Doylestown Arts Festival, said the annual event amplifies the regional commitment to arts and culture, and brings new audiences to the Michener, a leading American art museum housed in a dramatically transformed prison in Doylestown. “We are always delighted to welcome new visitors, and embrace this chance to introduce new audiences to our museum as well as to the rich cultural and artistic fabric of our small but very special town.”
The Doylestown Arts Festival is made possible by a small volunteer committee of Discover Doylestown and is presented by the Thompson Organization. Major sponsors of the Doylestown Arts Festival include Steaz, Berkshire Hathaway, and Penn Community Bank.
For more information about the Doylestown Arts Festival and ArtsFest, visit dtownartsfestival.com.
For more information about the Michener Arts Museum, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org.