With 50 live performances across seven stages and seven unique art exhibitions, as well as Fest Fringe events and an Art Market & Bazaar, the 7th Annual Gettysburg Fest is gearing up for its greatest year yet. Slated for June 11-15, the Fest’s home is now the Gettysburg College campus and Fest organizers are eager to carry out the vision of “Arts & Culture, Here & Now” by highlighting emerging talent not only from the local and regional community, but also noteworthy up-and-coming national acts.
Music headliners for the five-day cultural festival include Country chart-topper Eric Paslay on Thursday night; Brooklyn-based acoustic-alternative rock Americana trio The Lone Bellow on Friday night; and the ever-popular Blues BBQ on Saturday evening. The closing event on Sunday afternoon will be the Tony-nominated, one-man performance, “Beyond Glory,” performed by award-winning actor Stephan Lang. Many of Gettysburg Fest’s events are free. Ticketed events are reasonably priced and tickets for those will go on sale on April 12.
Thursday evening will again feature the History Meets The Arts Edible Art Tour, partnering with Lord Nelson’s Gallery for their 17th annual event. Another event, the Brass Band Festival, will be on Saturday afternoon, while the United States Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus returns this year as well with a free performance at the Gettysburg Area High School auditorium on Friday.
A notable highlight for this year is the “Boys Are Back In Town” package on Friday night, featuring Gettysburg natives Joel Streeter, Preston Hull and Trevor Jones for a one-night-only concert. Other local artists/bands include: Lindsey Erin, Honeyspine, Blackhand, Schizophonic, Cledus Snow Mother Truckers, Shane Speal’s Snake Oil Band and many more.
The 11th Annual Adams County Arts Council Juried Art Exhibition will hold its opening reception on the Friday evening of the Fest in the Schmucker Art Gallery on campus. Artists will again participate in the Plein Air Paint Out, stationing themselves in locations around campus and the battlefield. The 8th Annual Barn Art Show and Sale will have its opening reception on Wednesday evening and the Quick Draw Contest and Exhibition will be held Thursday afternoon.
New for this year is the Artist Trading Cards event which invites artists of all ages to create a set of 10-12 original baseball-sized artworks on cardstock or heavier paper to bring to a trading event with fellow artists in the early afternoon on Saturday, June 14. Also, the “Looking Toward Abstration” 1st Annual Youth Art Show and Sale, which is open to ages 3 to 13, will be going on in the Musselman Library, with an opening reception Friday evening. There will also be a Youth Barn Art Show and Sale.
ACNB will be sponsoring the Gettysburg Fest Fringe and Fitzgerald Auto Malls will underwrite the Main Stage. Troegs Brewing Company will be hosting its own stage, featuring all local bands, many of which are Troegs employees.