Put simply, the Anthracite Festival of the Arts is just a gold ole time. Showcasing dozens of vendors from around the area along with a plethora of community-centered activities, there is no shortage of things to do at this festival. Family-friendly activities abound while the whole town floods the streets to catch some of that nice small town feel. At Festival of the Arts, it is hard not to become immersed in the warmth of the Shamokin and its impressive gem of a festival.
The arts are a plenty at the Anthracite Festival of the Arts and frankly the whole festival is alive with creativity. Caricature booths are set up on street corners and children’s art hang like banners along the street. Homemade chimes whistle and clank in the wind and amongst the artisan crafts are local – sometimes by children – homemade goods. Of course, the whole town is alive with the festive excitement. To fill in the anthracite portion of this equation, enter the Shamokin Heritage Museum and Fireman’s Museum. Both are open during the festival. Also open to the public is the Local Arts Studio, which exhibits paintings and photography by local artists
There are tons of activities at Festival of the Arts. On Friday night there is a parade through the town in which local clubs, bands, and organizations march down the street. On Saturday morning: a 5K race. Talent shows, street and stage music, mimes, clowns and men on giant bicycles, round out the rest of the fun. For children there is face painting, balloon artists, and pony rides. The train rides are very popular and there are trolley and carriage tours which run all weekend long. This is the type of festival where the food is like the quilts: homemade. Baked goods such as pies and jellies are sold at various booths while local clubs like the Lions and Boy Scouts have bake sells of their own. Potato pancakes, perogies, and pork roasts are just some of the things on hand!
Admission is free, but many events have a moderate cost. Parking is limited.