Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival
2018 Marks our 44th Year.
Join us from July 5 to July 8, as 2018 marks the 44th year of the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival! The Festival is proud to be tradition in the region and invites everyone to celebrate summer in their own unique way. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring everyone you know and spend the day dancing to live music, eating tons of great ethnic foods, and shopping your time away at the fabulous Artist Market. Whatever it is you want to do, or whoever you want to bring, Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival welcomes one and all to take part in this four day celebration at Twin Lakes Park. It’s fun for everyone!
Westmoreland Art Nationals
Each year the Festival is host to the Westmoreland Art Nationals Juried Fine Art and Photography Exhibition. This unique exhibition features local, regional, and national artists working in all genres. The Westmoreland Art Nationals is comprised of two exhibitions, one taking place at the Westmoreland County Community College and the second following at Twin Lakes Park during the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival. The Festival is committed to bringing high quality artists from all around the world to the Southwestern Pennsylvania region. The Westmoreland Art Nationals is an established contemporary exhibition and represents 39 years of excellence in representing the arts. For further information or for an entry form, click HERE.
The Artist Market
The largest portion of the Festival and definitely a favorite, the Artist Market, is host to over 200 professional craftspeople and artisans from all over the country. Patrons love to browse the selections of fine woodwork, jewelry, metal work, stained glass, leather goods, pottery, contemporary art, handmade soaps and oils, and much more. Click HERE for an application.
Entertainment & Presentations
The Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival presents live, non-stop contemporary, traditional, classical, and folk music on four stages. Visitors enjoy poetry and short story readings, performance artists, theater, dance, polka, concert bands, oldies, bluegrass, country and rock & roll. Click HERE for an application or a schedule of events.
Dynamic programming designed for small children, youth, and the young at heart features artists on stage and strolling through the park, interactive hands-on workshops, juried art exhibits for students, poetry and short story competitions and readings, and demonstrations and displays that encourage audiences to discover the magic of learning and the artists within themselves. Click HERE for an application.
There’s something for everyone at the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival. Our food vendors offer a wide variety of excellent foods ranging from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds including Italian, Polish, Greek, Vietnamese, and Lebanese. Whether you’re looking for a sweat treat or a full meal, our food vendors won’t disappoint. Click HERE for an application.
Westmoreland Poetry and Short Story Contest
Entrants from around the country enter our juried poetry and short story contest. We offer the Westmoreland Award for Poetry, the Westmoreland Award for Short Story, as well as three Juried Poetry Awards and three Juried Short Story Awards. Click HERE for more information or for an entry form.
Twin Lakes Park is part of the Westmoreland County parks system. Twin Lakes Park has received national recognition for its programs and barrier free facilities.
Paved walkways encircle both the lower and an upper lake over a distance of 2.5 miles, providing one of the most pleasant walking and exercise paths in Westmoreland County and one that is handicapped accessible. Waterfowl can be seen at almost any time of year.
Fishing enthusiasts visit Twin Lakes Park year round, and there are even handicapped accessible fishing decks. The PA Fish Commission stocks both lakes with game fish, including a winter stocking that attracts ice fishing enthusiasts to the frozen lakes in the dead of winter. Live bait is available year round at the Boathouse.
Twin Lakes Park serves as the host location for the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival. There is no more appropriate place to enjoy this extraordinary festival than at beautiful Twin Lakes Park.