But there are some new tweaks to the festival this year as well, organizer Mary Yeaple explained.
One of those changes is food at the festival. While the food court will return, some of the vendors have been spread out among the grounds, which include the Colonial Complex and two blocks of the York County Heritage Rail Trail toward Pershing Avenue. The line-up of artists is always changing, Yeaple said.
"Every year, we have a core group that returns," explaining that about 60 percent of the artists are returnees. "We only accept 100 artists each year."
Another tradition that returns this year is a Saturday concert at the Strand. This year's performance will start at 6 p.m. with Eric Marner and Brave New World. He'll be followed by Local act The Chuck Long Quartet will follow at 7:30 p.m.
"It's a free concert, so you can go to YorkFest all day and it's a nice way to cap off the week," Yeaple said.
Yeaple also talked about how the festival tries to be enjoyable for children, too.
"It is a fine arts show, so a majority of the things are for adults," she said. "But ... New Freedom Art will be having a 'Meet the Masters' series."
The series' purpose is to introduce children to the works of artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and Pierre Aguste Renoir. The festival will also include the Children's Art and Literacy Awards on Saturday.
"We try to encourage artists of all ages," Yeaple said."We try to encourage our budding artists."
- PATRICK ABDALLA,
If you go
What: YorkFest Fine Arts Festival
When: Juried art opening reception and adult literacy awards ceremony 6 to 8 p.m. Friday; festival 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Downtown York, near the Colonial Complex and the York County Heritage Rail Trail
All day Saturday and Sunday
11:30 p.m.: Ni Riain School of Irish Dance, near Market Streetand Pershing Avenue