The weather forecast is cool and partly cloudy for today, warmer and more sun Sunday: Things are shaping up for a perfect Allentown Art Festival weekend.
It didn’t take long after its founding in 1958 for the festival to become a signature summer event for the city’s funkiest artistic neighborhood, bringing in tens of thousands of people each year to wander through and buy artwork from close to 400 exhibitors from around the country and Canada.
Artists compete for cash prizes totaling $18,475, including $1,000 each for best of show and the purchase award.
The festival, consistently ranked among the 100 best fine-arts shows in the country, according to its organizers, sets up along Delaware Avenue from Trinity Place to North Street, branching off along Allen Street between Elmwood and Franklin.
Along with hundreds of paintings, photos, drawings and sculptures, shoppers will find handmade jewelry, pottery, T-shirts and – of course – food.
Fried bologna and fried dough, roast beef and chicken fingers, hot dogs and carrot dogs, strawberry shortcake, pizza and lobster sandwiches all will be available along the length of the fest.
Also, at the north end of the festival, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site on Delaware at North will have lemonade and cookies on the lawn and will be offering half-price tours this weekend, according to its Facebook page.
There is no admission charge to walk the festival, and on-street parking is free in Buffalo on Sundays – where legally allowed. Festivalgoers are encouraged to leave dogs at home.
The Allen/Hospital Station is the closest Metro stop.
The festival is presented by the Allentown Village Society.
Official hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Sunday.