This year’s festival on September 8-9 will include 32 live performances on 5 stages by local, regional, and nationally recognized bands
DOYLESTOWN, PA – On September 8 and 9, the 27th annual Doylestown Arts Festival will bring together musicians from across the region to celebrate this charming Pennsylvania town’s year-round commitment to arts and culture. For two days, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Doylestown’s quaint, historical downtown streets—converted to lively pedestrian-only avenues during the event—will transform into a lively music venue, featuring 32 performances across five stages.
“I’m often asked why music is so important to the festival,” says Doylestown Arts Festival director Paul Boger. “It’s simple, really: music is art. Music unifies people from all walks of life, it builds community. It builds excitement and draws in a crowd. From my perspective I can’t image a Doylestown Arts Festival that doesn’t celebrate the diversity and quality of music that we’re so lucky to have in and around Bucks County.”
This year’s lineup features artists from all across Bucks County, the greater Philadelphia region, and beyond. Local featured bands include Doylestown natives Adam Travis and The Soul, Alex and the Kaleidoscope, Andrea Carlson and the Love Police, Larry Tamanini Duo, The Mysteries, Panic Moon, Dirk Quinn, and Tubey Frank, as well as Bucks County talents, Tim Farrell, Levee Drivers, Randy Lippincott, Lolly and Yo Yo, StringSongs, and the Bucks County Folk Song Society. The festival will also highlight the talents of Philadelphia’s own Elle Gyandoh and the John Doe Band, and Hot Club of Philadelphia, as well as other regional performers, including Diversity, Vin Downes, Essie & The Big Chill, Hillibillies of Cohesion, Ryan Killough, Kitty City, Mike Lorenz and Friendz, Minas, Pepperwine, and Pete Hill & The Mountains. For a full schedule of planned performances, visit dtownartsfestival.com/schedule/music.
“The styles presented at the festival range from music for kids of all ages, bluegrass to blues, classic rock to alternative rock, folk to Americana, fingerstyle guitar to jazz guitar, jam bands to R&B,” says Festival music director Tim Farrell. “It is a wonderful feature of the Festival that we present a mix of local talent and national talent. Many attendees come to see performers who they have enjoyed at previous festivals and also to seek out acts that they may enjoy and experience for the very first time.”
In addition to the musical performances, the 2018 Doylestown Arts Festival will highlight the work of 160 juried artists, a variety of activities and demonstrations, live art, and a food court. This highly celebrated festival is expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors.
Home to 8,000 residents as well as the 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 June 2017, Philadelphia magazine named Doylestown “best fun suburban town”; in 2013, Travel + Leisure magazine called Doylestown one of “America’s [top 20] favorite towns.” This year Doylestown Art Week will celebrate these “permanent installations” of art and culture across Doylestown from September 2 to 7.
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. The James A. Michener Art Museum is the official cultural partner of the Festival.
For more information about the Doylestown Arts Festival, visit dtownartsfestival.com.