Preparations underway for Mount Gretna Art Show; Annual festival from August 20th to 21st


Summer in Mount Gretna means sundaes at the Jigger Shop, talks at Chautauqua, concerts at the Playhouse and—of course—the Mount Gretna Art Show.

Organizers are hard at work planning the 48th annual Mount Gretna Art Show, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21. August, to take place. The show starts at 9 a.m. both days and ends at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The art exhibition takes place rain or shine.

Despite the rain, attendees roamed the Pennsylvania Chautauqua grounds during last year’s Mount Gretna Art Show. (Emily Bixler)

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More than 200 exhibitors will display (and sell) their wares at the show, including a number of emerging artists.

Admission to the art exhibition is $12 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Parking is included and is available at Soldiers Field on Timber Road or at WellSpan Philhaven where a shuttle service to the show is available.

For disabled visitors, the Mount Gretna Volunteer Fire Company will provide transportation from the sites to the show.

As usual, traffic patterns will be different during the show; Route 117 is closed during show times.

“A highlight of the summer offering, the Outdoor Art Show brings together award-winning visual arts and crafts from a nationwide pool of artists,” said Art Show Director Kerry Royer in a press release.

“We offer gourmet food, music and entertainment under the trees of Old Chautauqua.”

Vendors at this year’s Food Court include Urban Olive, Hershey Bistro, Gosia’s Pierogies, The Oasis, What If… Hershey and the Hershey Pantry. Mount Gretna Craft Brewery serves craft beer and wine in the Hall of Philosophy.

The Mount Gretna Craft Brewery was established in the Hall of Philosophy at the 2019 art fair, although beer sales hadn’t started yet.

Additionally, local restaurants will be open throughout the show including the Jigger Shop, Porch & Pantry, Mount Gretna Pizzeria, Mount Gretna Hide-A-Way and Timbers Dinner Theater.

The Kids Art Show takes place at the Chautauqua Playground from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days of the show and is sponsored by Mount Gretna United Methodist Church. Activities include make-and-take art projects, a scavenger hunt, spin art and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult to participate.

entertainment program

The performances take place on the stage at the food court.


11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Ken Gehret and his friends
The renowned violinist and guitarist plays New Orleans-style bluegrass and jazz.

1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Paul Colombo Group
Jazz/rock guitar.


11am to 1pm – New World Parade
Original music and jazz.

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Third stream

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