Members: Events and Children’s Programming

Member organizations listed on this page present a variety of activities and events. Some members hold arts festivals that include vendors, music, food and more, often with a specific theme. Other members offer children’s activities and special events.

Aliquippa Arts and Music Festival Aliquippa Arts and Music Festival

About

The festival is the only event of its kind in Beaver County that is solely dedicated to celebrating the arts. Activities during the three-day event include a parade, an art reception and art exhibit, a literary presentation, and outdoor musical entertainment. Vendors offer a variety of food, drink, information, and wares to those in attendance and children enjoy activities including a giant bounce house and slide, face painting and storytelling. Local, regional and national visual, literary, and performing artists are also showcased.

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Altoona Summer Sounds Concert Series Altoona Summer Sounds Concert Series

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The Summer Sounds Concert Series is sponsored by the Greater Altoona Economic Development Corporation and takes place in Heritage Plaza in downtown Altoona on Friday evenings throughout the summer. The concerts feature many genres of music including jazz, big band, folk and country.

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Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts

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The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts (CPFA) brings over 100,000 people to downtown State College and the University Park campus of Penn State each July to celebrate the arts! Come shop at our nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, and take in performers of international, national, and regional stature on outdoor and indoor stages. You won’t want to miss our giant sand sculpture, the Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival, or BookFestPA. We have a full day of children’s activities, a gallery exhibition, and more!

CPFA also produces First Night State College, an arts-centric, family friendly celebration of the new year.

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Coal Country Hangout Youth Center Coal Country Hangout Youth Center

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The Coal Country Hang-Out Youth Center (CCHYC) is a 501 (c) (3) organization that began in 2001 as a response to the social and human service needs in Northern Cambria County. The Coal Country Hang-Out Youth Center is designed to offer programs needed to counteract the devastation experienced by families in a geographically isolated and economically deprived area. CCHYC’s goal is to continue and to expand a holistic approach to educational, cultural, and spiritual devastation experienced by families as the result of the collapse of its primary industry, coal mining. These young people are increasingly at risk in an emerging global economy with its attendant language and cultural diversities.

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Friends of Ohiopyle State Park Friends of Ohiopyle State Park

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Friends of Ohiopyle (FOO) was formed in November of 2005 to provide the already extremely active volunteers of Ohiopyle State Park additional opportunities to contribute to the conservation and preservations of the lands and waters within the park. Several festivals and activities are held yearly.

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Greensburg Hempfield Area Library Greensburg Hempfield Area Library

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The Greensburg-Hempfield Area Library is a vital part of the community. In addition to providing library services, they host programs called “Experience the Arts” for students in grades 3 through 5. These programs include displays of artwork by collaborating artists and arts experiences where the students create and display their own works.

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Labor United Celebration Labor United Celebration

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Celebrating the proud tradition of labor in Western Pennsylvania, this two day extravaganza is held each year at Northmoreland Park over Labor Day weekend. The event runs from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM each day, with both admission and parking free of charge to the public!

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Learning Lamp Children’s Book Festival Learning Lamp Children’s Book Festival

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The Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, presented by The Learning Lamp, is a FREE, three-day festival for families of children in preschool through grade 6. Designed to bring books alive in an impactful and lasting way, the annual even held in late March/early April features performances by nationally-known, award-winning authors, illustrators and storytellers. The festival also includes lots of arts and crafts, live musical and theatrical performances, and new and used children’s books that people can purchase to build home libraries of their own.

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Ligonier Highland Games Ligonier Highland Games

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Idlewild Park in Ligonier PA is the place to be for the Ligonier Highland Games and the annual gathering of the Clans. Hear the skirl of bagpipes on the field for individual and massed pipe bands, watch piping and drumming competitions and traditional Scottish heavy athletic events such as caber toss and hammer throw. Shop for Celtic wares, enjoy Scottish food, and learn about Scottish history and traditions and much more at this annual event. The 57th Annual Ligonier Highland Games will take place on Saturday September 26, 2015.

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Ligonier Valley Historical Society at Compass Inn Ligonier Valley Historical Society at Compass Inn

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Ligonier Valley Historical Society’s mission is to discover, collect, preserve and disseminate any material which will help to establish or illustrate the exploration, settlement, development and general history of the Ligonier Valley area and to demonstrate a living history of life during the 18th and 19th century through the operation of the Compass Inn Museum for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. The LVHS is housed in the Compass Inn located on Route 30 in Laughlintown PA.
The LVHS plans a number of events throughout the year including Living History Weekends and Children’s Living History Weekends.
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