Mt. Airy Arts Festival

September 9th, 2023 12-6pm
September 10th Rain Date

Allens Lane Art Center is celebrating 70 Years of bringing Mt. Airy together through the arts!  In partnership with West Mt Airy Neighbors, we will honor this important milestone by hosting our first Mt Airy Arts Festival.  This free public event on September 9th will bring together local arts organizations, artists, makers, craftspeople, performers, and young artists throughout the Northwest.  The festival will take place at Allens Lane Park and will highlight and celebrate the vibrant arts and culture scene in Northwest Philadelphia.  The day will include:

  • Art-making stations in a variety of media for youth and adults with our faculty and exciting guest artists
  • Theatrical and musical performances by local actors and musicians, including Karen Smith and Blew Kind, PJ Brown and Her Resistance, and the West Philadelphia Orchestra.
  • An art market of over 70 local artist vendors
  • Children’s Art exhibition with artwork showcasing young artists
  • Lots of fun and creative games
  • Food trucks and culinary artists vendors
  • Relaunch of the Mt Airy Arts Alliance

Festival Schedule

Artmaking Stations

Ceramics: Hand building 12:00 – 1:00pm and 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Ceramics: Wheel Throwing Demonstration  1:00 – 2:00pm, 2:30 – 3:30pm and 4:30 – 5:30pm

Ceramics Studio Tour 3:30 – 4:30pm

Nigerian Pottery  4:30 – 6:00pm

Painting with Spirit  1:00 – 2:00pm, 2:30 – 3:30pm and 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Philadelphia Collage Collective 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Small Frame Weaving 12:30 – 1:30pm and 3:30 – 4:30pm

Shibori Dyeing 2:00 – 3:00 pm and 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Woodmere: Young Artists Collage Workshops 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Screenprinting  – All Day

Collaborative Quilt – All Day

Chalk Painting  – All Day

Marble Painting  – All Day

Stage Makeup – All Day

Green Screen – All Day

Philly Art Center – All Day

Collaborative Nature Art Installation – All Day


Tom Casetta MC 12:00 – 12:30pm

Settlement Music School 12:30 – 1:00pm

Philadelphia School of Circus Arts 1:15: 2:00pm

Karen Smith & Blew Kind 2:15 pm – 3:00pm

West Philadelphia Orchestra 3:15 – 4:00pm

Quintessence Theater 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm

PJ BROWN and Her Resistance 5:15 – 6:00 pm



This event is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors!


Councilmember Cindy Bass
Kurtz Roofing
Philly Office Retail
Weavers Way
Univest Financial
Edward Jones
Electrical Wizzadry
Elfant Wissahickon Realtors
TRIAC Mechanical Services



Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Mt. Airy Arts Festival! Help us celebrate our 70th Birthday and make this day memorable for the whole community. Your sponsorship will support the artists and performers participating in the event, the Children’s Art Exhibition and awards for young artists, collaborative art projects, a variety of games, and all the impactful arts programming we provide year-round for our community.

For more information please email or give us a call at 215-248-0546




Volunteers for Mt. Airy Arts Festival 

Help us celebrate our 70th Anniversary at the Mt. Airy Arts Festival the September 9th! You can pitch in a variety of ways and greatly contribute to an awesome, free, community celebration of the arts in Mt. Airy. 

Volunteer jobs for the day of the festival vary in duration and responsibilities. You may also choose to volunteer for a few hours, or the entire day. Duties range from setup to assisting artists with their artmaking stations or face painting! 
We rely on you and your generosity to create valuable cultural experiences for our neighborhood. Thank you for your interest and your participation! 

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