Two-day Summer Art Market coming to York City

Sean Philip Cotter
  • The event will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31
  • It will feature food, music and vendors in Royal Square

A two-day arts-and-crafts market around the Royal Square area of York City will cap off the month of July.

The Parliament Arts Organization will hold what it hopes to be the first of many Summer Art Market fairs on Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31.

The free event will run from noon until 8 p.m. that Saturday and noon until 6 p.m. the next day, according to Stacy McClain, the Parliament's programming director. The event will wrap around two sides of Royal Square, closing down the entire 100 blocks of both East King and South Duke streets, she said.

Summer Art Market

It'll fill the area with arts and crafts vendors, food trucks and musical acts.

"Basically we just wanted to do something to bring together different arts and vendors," she said.

McClain said one of the main focuses of the event will be music, most of it with "kind of an indie feel to it," she said. She said it's hard to choose which of the bands she's most excited about, a list that includes national acts Big Thief, Boogarins and Quilt, but she recommends people definitely swing by for Strand of Oaks, the Saturday headliner.

"He's been getting a lot of attention lately," she said of the Philadelphia-based act.

The event's website says there will be food from Royal Square establishments 56, Glazin' and Johnny's Burgers & Malts, as well as Collusion Tapworks, which aims to open at 105 S. Howard St. in the square shortly before the event. McClain said there also will be some food trucks that'll be announced later.

The vendors will have mostly "local handmade kinds of stuff," as they did at a similar market in the Bond building in Royal Square last holiday season, McClain said. She said The Parliament is still looking for vendors for the market. It costs $10 to apply and about $165 to have a booth for both days. Anyone interested may apply online; applications are due by June 20.

The Parliament is located at 116 E. King St., on a block that also features galleries The Hive Artspace and King's Courtyard Artists' Collective and The Bond events building. McClain said she's been with The Parliament for a little more than a year, over which time she has seen it expand and transform.

"It was just someone’s house they had turned into a gallery," she said. "Now it has a complete gallery feel."

The Parliament's current exhibit features photos posted to Instagram with the hashtag #exploreogram. The gallery encouraged people to post pictures relating to the theme "explore."

Anyone looking for more information on the vendors and performers should visit

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