York City welcomes back Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch

The Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival will return to downtown York on Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26, to showcase more than 100 artists, provide live entertainment and put on a wide variety of activities for residents.

The festival will take place in and around the Colonial Complex and along the York County Heritage Rail Trail from Philadelphia to Princess streets, according to a Tuesday, Aug. 7, city news release.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The festival will feature "select fine artists from all around the country, free family-friendly entertainment and hands-on arts activities, poetry, food and an evening community jazz concert," the release states.

This year’s featured artist is Robert Oughton, a self-taught, award-winning artist from Hellam Township.

His pen-and-ink drawing titled “Lite Aire” is being used in print advertisements, postcards, billboards and festival merchandise, the release states.

Other highlights of the festival include a judged art exhibition and a silent disco.

A wide variety of food and beverage options will be available at several locations throughout the festival, the release adds.

Yorkfest is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artist Robert Oughton is shown in his studio at his home in Hellam Township, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Oughton is the featured artist for Yorkfest this year. Dawn J. Sagert

Festival organizers are partnering with several other organizations that are hosting events downtown the same weekend, including The York Fringe Festival, the 9th Annual PA Cigar Box Guitar Festival and the Turtle Derby to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters.