Annual festival turns Allentown into art lover’s paradise

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –  It’s a rite of spring for residents, local artists and visitors from all over the country. By Friday evening, white tends will line parts of Delaware Avenue, Franklin, Allen, and Virginia Place for the annual Allentown Art Festival. Many of the local and visiting artists work and create right inside those tents all weekend.

The festival is now in it’s 58 year, but it is ever changing. One thing that’s really getting attention this year is the poster art. An artist from out of town submitted the design of a painting Buffalo with a crazy look in its eyes to the Allentown Village Society’s annual contest.

“I think there’s been a big change in the city, and our festival is evolving too,” Allentown Village Society President Rita Harrington Lippman told News 4. “This year our poster is kind of exciting. Some people love it, some people don’t. I think it’s a great poster, and I think it really shows the excitement of the city and of the festival.”

The festival opens at 10am on Saturday and runs until 7 pm. It continues Sunday from 10 to 6 pm. Make sure to visit the new mobile friendly website to help navigate throughout the festival. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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