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Easton’s Riverside Festival of the Arts

Plein Air Art Contest Exhibition! Now thru March 31, 2017 in the front parlor @ the Pomfret Club, 33 s. 4th street Easton. 11-4 Tues-Fri, Sat. 4:00+

THANK YOU to our dedicated hard-working committee and volunteers for putting together an awesome 20th festival of the Arts in 2016. We are jumping back on the horse and here is the next opportunity for artists to win the award and honors for the 2017 poster design contest.

The next Riverside Festival of the Arts is Sept 16+17, 2017. If you have feedback on how to make any elements better or have skills to help run some facet of the event let us know.

: Arts Community Easton Presents

 The 2017 festival of the Arts will again take place along the beautiful Riverside and Scott Parks, Larry Holmes Drive, Easton PA along the scenic banks of the Delaware and Lehigh Valley Rivers!
Here are the 20th annual main festival events,
in a nutshell.

Sept 16th and 17th 2017 festival will again boast many workshops and demos to inspire you at any age.

We are looking for Volunteers for the 2017 Riverside Festival of the Arts. The festival is a big all-volunteer / non-profit endeavor, and every extra hand is welcome!

We are holding a Free/Draw a name Raffle for our Volunteers this year! Theater tickets, Sweets, Dinners, Cupcakes, Museum entrees, gift cards and more at the ‘Afters Party of RFA 2017’. To honor you and your time. Three hours a day needed to enter. Volunteer Party at 3rd & Ferry! More info TBA! Lets Rock this Festival!
If you would like to help, email us at and let us know your availability.

Did someone say.MUSIC? What a blast, at the 20th annual festival. Thanks to our talented musicians lineup and our beloved master-of-ceremonies, James Supra:

Time Harakal Duo      Blue Heart’s Revelry    Public Displays Of Rejection 

IDB Greatful Dead Tribute     Acoustic Kitty Project    Heidi Ott 

Soul Folks   Sereen Green

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FuSia Dance now with our performing arts group of amazing talent on Sunday the 18th afternoon!



Hellertown Bakery is on the list for Artistic Cup Cake Award and in the finals for Cup Cake Wars!


Attention ARTISTS! One of our sponsors, Cliff Ross, has a special offer for you if you need:


The winner of the elimination round for Julys Invitational Cuisine Challenge is…. Stoke Coal Fire Pizza and Bar! No their signature entree was not pizza, although its really good! You will just have to come to the finals to see what he prepared! Nice job Chef Abe.

Have a listen to our WDIY Arts Salon Interview

The winner of the elimination round for Julys Cup Cake War is…. Wicked Sweet LLC!

Congratulations Jessica! Remember you must be part of your final presentation on Sunday the 18th September at 2 pm before the judges during the festival. Support you baker! See you in September new finalist!



Totts Gap Art Institutes amazing dancers with Angeline Wolf Gloria. Beautiful!

Angeline will be offering her trained student of over a decade to our festivals delight. Sunday 18th!

Chef Abe accepting the challenge with the Chair


Stoke Coal Fired Pizza isn’t just a pizza shop downtown Easton, PA. They are in the Cuisine Challenge for the July eliminations! Did they win?

13775623_1064044957017268_60471615308918766_nWicked Sweet LLC from Bethlehem is in eliminations for Cup Cake Wars and completed  but the rumble for the finalist for the month continues! Stay tuned!


August arrived with a flurry of artists and vendors, dancers, performers, theater etc: this is getting exciting! The FREDDIES BRIGADE Theater will be at Riversides Scott Park 1.30 pm start on Saturday the 17th! Woo hoo. The State Theater celebrating its 90th year, helps us bring theater to our 20th year amazing festival


July Cup Cake Wars elimination winner to be announced shortly and Cuisine Challenge July eliminations as well! Stay tuned!!

Congrats Jeanna Zguris, of Hopewell, NJ * you WON the #exploreEaston basket of $250.00 coolness! Thanks for stopping by the booth @njBalloonFest to say hi! Now you can really #exploreEaston right, and we hope to see you at the 20th Riverside Festival of the Arts   :o)  



Congratulations to Riverside’s June finalists:

3rd& Ferry Fish Market  Cuisine Challenge ~ Buttercups Bake Shoppe Cup Cake Wars!

See you the 18th of September at 2 pm for the finals! Support your finalists by being at the finals and cheer them on….

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Performance Dance arrives to RFA this year, main stage. See Educators page!

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Cup Cake Wars and Cuisine Challenge Invitationals continue to come in…

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Pearly Bakers Alehouse hears the requirements….Sweet Girlz are all in for Cup Cake Wars!….Jeremy from Two Rivers Brewery working his magic! The games begin end June with the first set of eliminations! Follow us on FB!


Educators keep coming on in!

We welcome Ian Summers with “Faces of Riverside” this year!

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 Tracey Mathews of Trixie Treats and Trixie Lovin Oven, Easton

….first Cup Cake Wars Invite!

Check out the Cuisine Page link above for more information!

In a nutshell: the 20th Arts Fest


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What a great night of meeting artists, educators and committee members surrounding the event! Two Rivers brought a great food selection for all to enjoy and the bar was busy. James Gloria, a visionary muralist, spoke about his workshop for the event using floor brushes to paint the large preset canvas he will be teaching from and painting on with all those interested! Ian Summers, distinguished artist, will bring is board of face to our event. He outlines in dark an idea of your face which you can purchase and then he will take time to color in the massive board which will be available for view at next years event! Come and find your face in 2017. Finding a home for the ‘Faces of Riverside Arts Festival’ will be interesting over the next year. Cathy Stoop, director and artist of The Healing Arts Institute, showed us the workings of babies and  young 4th grade students.  We were all amazed. She will use paint and plants in her educational hands on workshop at the festival.  “A terrific night” says Maryann Riker. “Very well done” says Ian Summers.

I thought, something that needs to happen is this Meet&Greet with the committee.

Communities are suppose to commune, right?

*Announcing! First Artists accepted list on the Artist Page!*


Today we have a revised logo for our special anniversary year!  We hope you enjoy it and feel the flavor of the coming festival through this graphic art from a talented volunteer, Jess!  What a great job getting it all together! Big Thank you Jess.




What a busy week we are all having. Spring has sprung and all are gearing up the arts everywhere here in Easton.  Our Food Vendors are fairly complete now but get your applications in for the final decisions! Beautiful handiwork in ceramics, soft goods, photography and fine jewelry are already rolling in and with limited spaces for each category…you best hurry! See Artist Application and Food Vendor Application in the box to your right on this blog page. Waiting to hear from all of the Fine Artists and Fine Craft Artists out there!


Confirmed for the Education Workshop on Sunday the 18th~ James Gloria!

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James Gloria Founder and Artistic Director of Totts Gap Arts Institute

This year our Educational Workshops will include the well known and distinguished artist, James Gloria. We are honored to have him offer his time and techniques to the festival this year! James  Gloria will be bringing a pre-outlined large canvas and all supplies to his workshop area on Sunday the 18th from 11 am till 4  pm. We will have an ongoing raffle of $5 per chance on the day. The winner will be announced and can take home the final painting on Sunday the 18th afternoon. Announcements will be on the main stage! All proceeds will be donated between Totts Gap Arts Institute and Riverside Festival of the Arts.  A great way to support the arts and a fabulous way to own one of  Mr. Gloria’s incredible art  during our special 20th Anniversary time!


The 20th Annual Anniversary of Easton Riverside Festival of the Arts will be a two-day outdoor event featuring Fine Artists, Fine Crafts, performance art, poets, theater, culinary cuisine, musicians, art for healing, educational ‘hands on workshops’, all day demonstrations and authors. We will have a Juried Art Tent Contest for artists and our 7th year Plein Air Contest which continues to grow every year! Apply  through forms supplied on this website. Here is our February Press Release calling all artists.

Ramping up for the September 2016 festival means working on sponsors as well as vendors. This festival is entirely non-profit and volunteer run. The sponsor funds go directly to our juried artist winners, plein air art contest winners, marketing the events and festival, and logistics for the festival. Without our amazing volunteer Committee and friends of RFA we could not bring you the joy of this festival.

Thank you all for your support!


 The Winner of the 2016 20th annual Easton

Riverside Festival of the Arts Poster Contest is:

Kristin Longo!


The P O S T E R  C O N T E S T  has concluded! Stay tuned for the winner announced mid February. View more submissions on our Facebook page: RiversideArts

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Beth Bader, Catherine Notaro, and Theresa Simiriotis – artists in order.

___________________________Welcome 2016!_________________________

P O S T E R   D E S I G N  C O N T E S T


HAPPY NEW YEAR, ARTISTS! There’s not many days  left to dream up the wonderful                                                  

 20th Annual Riverside Festival of the Arts Poster Design Contest. The winning design is awarded $200.00, media coverage including posters and our program booklet. Its given to shops, festival goers and advertisers.  Your art will be displayed in places you haven’t reached plus all the PR of social media and bragging rights!  

Please Contact ~ Danny Moyer on application, Riverside Festival of the Arts Committee 

______________________Goodbye 2015!______________________________

Information on application downloadable form here. Submit entry by Jan 31, 2016. There are past poster designs in a photo album on our facebook. See the January 4th press release for the poster contest.


WHAT AN UNBELIEVABLY GREAT WEEKEND that was, Sept 19+20, 2015! Thank you to Mother Nature, couldn’t have been better weather and to ACE Arts Community of Easton, Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Main Street Program, Brown-Daub Auto, Crayola, WDIY, The Morning Call, The Epress-Times/, and Shaughnessy Law Offices, Lehigh Valley Arts Council, and our entire Riverside Festival of the Arts volunteer committee for a truly super event!  We are sorry that our fearless leader, Carol Benner, will need to retire from Chairing for the Riverside Festival of the Arts – thank you Carol.   LVwriters-byGene                                                                             The 20th Anniversary of Riverside Festival of the Arts will be part of our two-day outdoor event featuring fine artists, crafts people, performance art, poets, culinary cuisine, musicians and authors. We will have Juried Contest for artists and our 7th year Plein Air Contest which continues to grow every year! Apply through forms supplied on this website.Ramping up for the September 2016 Festival means working on sponsors as well as vendors. This festival is entirely non-profit and volunteer run. The sponsor funds go directly to our juried artist winners, plein air art contest winners, marketing the events and festival, and logistics for the festival.                                                                                                                                                            Scrumptious food vendors will be on-site with plenty of goodies and beverages for adults and children. Food demos, craft demos, and art demonstrations from local artists!

Each year the riverside festival of the arts grows. Over 70 fine artists and fine craftsmen compete for recognition and $2000.00 in cash prizes. Regional bands and songwriters perform at Riverside and Scott Park all weekend long – check out super 2015 music lineup for an idea of our musicians._MG_4790

The ever-popular Plein Air (out door) art contest will be back again for its 7th year. $30.00 to enter – $2000 in prizes! This contest is open to all, right up to the festival. Follow our #EastonPleinAir on twitter, where we lead-up to the September 2016 event, workshops will be announced, then watch the contest art in action!!  The plein air art continues to get better and better with every year thanks to your continued support. Once again, there will be a Children’s art projects booth, featuring art activities and give-away, courtesy of one of our major sponsors: Crayola. Thanks so much to our ACE volunteers/Riverside committee members, Peggy & Bill for putting together cool kids art projects once again!

Easton resident Lily decides which cool Crayola project to embark on next!
Easton resident Lily decides which cool Crayola project to embark on next!

Calling all Volunteers, We could use some help! Especially on Sat when we help artists unload their cars and get to their spots:  Please send us your contact info if you would like to help while meeting fun people, as you help your community! Check out our website to find opportunities to exhibit – perform – make art – sponsor – volunteer – or simply come down to immerse yourself in a beautiful creative weekend along Easton’s scenic riverside.  Dont forget ~ The 2016 poster design contest is in effect! Thank you LV Chamber of Commerce, Crayola, WDIY, ACE (Arts Community Of Easton), Shaughnessy Law Offices, Express-Times, and the Morning Call and all others that gave to support this wonderful festival to date. It can’t happen without you – hope you can all come this weekend to enjoy it. Free Parking available in Governor Wolf lot across from Riverside Park, otherwise DON’T forget quarters for parking meters, on Saturday and Sunday. And our new down town parking garage on South 3rd Street within walking distance! Just a few minutes away.