Carlisle prepares to celebrate its 40th annual Harvest Festival of the Arts this weekend |  Carlisle

Carlisle prepares to celebrate its 40th annual Harvest Festival of the Arts this weekend | Carlisle

With the onset of autumn, Carlisle is ready for the harvest season – harvest artsThis is it.

The Central Carlisle Association (DCA) The 40th annual festival will occupy downtown Saturday from 10am-5pm with over 100 artists and craftspeople, showcasing European sports cars, kids activities, live entertainment and more.

As the largest one-day event in downtown Carlisle, DCA officials said, Harvest of the Arts attracts thousands of participants to explore the historic downtown.

Harvest of the Arts is sponsored by M&T Bank and will be located along West High Street from Hanover Street to College Street. Carlisle Borough lists the street closures during the event as follows:

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Stacy Gold, director of DCA Main Street, said the festival will represent all forms of art and media, including “painting, photography, plants, pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, soap, candles, clothing, fiber flower arrangements, and carpentry.”

As it was nearly 10 years ago, the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters, a group of outdoor painters will capture the downtown scene during the festival, according to DCA. The Susquehanna Valley Vintage Sports Car Club Vintage sports cars will also be on display at the Umbrella Meeting / Artistry on Wheels exhibition.

Aside from the various exhibitors, Saturday’s event will also feature live music by local artists in the town square next to the Veteran Courtyard and under the marquee at the Carlisle Theater on West High Street. Activities for kids, including face painting, cartooning and craft projects, will also be available at Kid’s Alley along North Pitt Street.

Of course, the Harvest Arts Festival wouldn’t be a true festival without food; The event will feature a variety of options, including cupcakes, French fries, funnel cakes, baked goods and fresh items from various vendors in Farmers-on-the-Square each week, DCA said.

Anyone interested in volunteering for this event can contact Gould at stacey@lovecarlisle.com.

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