About the Festival
Celebrating its sixth year, the Gettysburg Festival (a 16-time international Pinnacle Award winner) is a sought-out event, which has grown to become a yearly tradition for the entire family with both area residents and tourists alike. With an average attendance of 23,000 people from 30 states and the District of Columbia, the Festival celebrates local talent within the community through its Fringe events in the areas of visual arts, culinary arts, theater, film, music and children's events, as well as presenting world-renown experts in these categories.
Gettysburg Festival has presented more than 3,000 artists, musicians and performers in the past five years, including:
- Classical: James Earl Jones, narrating A Lincoln Portrait accompanied by full orchestra; a live taping of the popular NPR show From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley
- Popular: The a cappella sensation Straight No Chaser
- Culinary: Featuring about a dozen exquisite culinary experiences with oversight from Former White House Chef Walter Scheib; the Festival employs a farm-to-table philosophy in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and its PA Preferred program.
- Dance: The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, resident company of Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center; modern dance powerhouse Philadanco
- Jazz: Kevin Eubanks of Tonight Show fame; world-renowned guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli; the Brubeck Brothers Quartet
- Brass: The critically-acclaimed Boston Brass; River City Brass Band; Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York
With a primary goal to provide accessibility of the arts to all, the Gettysburg Festival strives to present family appropriate and affordable entertainment and activities for every taste and budget. Traditionally, more than half of the Festival’s events are free and open to the public.
Gettysburg, often referred to as a town located at the crossroads of history, is now poised at a cultural crossroads. This charming Civil War-era town, ideally situated in central Pennsylvania, is located within a day’s drive of 60% of the entire North American population. What better place than Gettysburg, an iconic stop in American history, to celebrate American arts, culture and cuisine!
The Gettysburg Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.