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Doylestown Arts Festival brings music to the streets

The 28th annual Doylestown Arts Festival will bring together musicians from across the region, Sept. 7 and 8, to celebrate the town’s year-round commitment to arts and culture.

For two days, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Doylestown’s quaint, historical downtown streets – converted to pedestrian-only avenues during the event – will transform into a lively music venue, featuring over 32 performances across five stages.

“There continues to be a great deal of creativity and support for the arts in our area so it is vitally important to showcase the artists who live and work here. Some of our musicians make their impact locally while others see their work being enjoyed around the globe,” said music director Tim Farrell.

“It is gratifying to present a very diverse range of musical styles which directly reflects the versatility of the musicians who call our area home. These musicians create a high level of musical quality in a variety of styles, including singer-songwriter, bluegrass, jazz, bossa nova, classic rock, R&B, jam bands, acoustic instrumental and much more.”

This year’s lineup features artists from all across Bucks County, the greater Philadelphia region, and beyond. In 2019, attendees can look forward to nationally-known Minas, local favorite Seamus Kelleher, Panic Moon, Tim Farrell, Kelly Stratton Music, a variety of group and student acts, and many more. For a full schedule of planned performances, visit

“It’s so important to highlight local music because for some, it is their truest form of communication,” said assistant music director Joe Montone. “For the audience it’s important because they get to experience their town in a new way.”

In addition to the musical performances, the 2019 Doylestown Arts Festival will highlight the work of 160 juried artists, a variety of activities and demonstrations, live art, and a food court.

This highly celebrated festival is expected to draw tens of thousands of visitors.

“I’m often asked why music is so important to the festival,” said Doylestown Arts Festival Director Paul Boger. “It’s simple really: music is art. Music unifies people from all walks of life, it builds community. It builds excitement and draws in a crowd. From my perspective I can’t image a Doylestown Arts Festival that doesn’t celebrate the diversity and quality of music that we’re so lucky to have in and around Bucks County.”

The Doylestown Arts Festival is made possible by a small volunteer committee of Discover Doylestown and is presented by the Thompson Organization. Major sponsors of the Doylestown Arts Festival include Paul B. Moyer & Sons, Green Mountain Energy, Volpe Enterprises, and Terra Vida Holistic Centers. The James A. Michener Art Museum is the official cultural partner of the Festival. The Bucks County Herald is a media partner of the Doylestown Arts Festival.

For information about the Doylestown Arts Festival, visit