July 5, 6, 7 & 8

2017 Festival

Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival

2017 Marks our 43rd Year.

Join us from June 29 to July 2, as 2017 marks the 43rd 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 38 years of excellence in representing the arts.

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.

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.

Children’s Activities

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.

Food Vendors

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.

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.

Our Venue

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.

WESTMORELAND ARTS & HERITAGE FESTIVAL AWARDS

  • 2017 – Ranked #60 by Sunshine Artist Magazine of “The 100 Best Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows”
  • 2016 – Ranked #49 by Sunshine Artist Magazine of “The 100 Best Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows”
  • 2015 – Ranked #75 by Sunshine Artist Magazine of “The 100 Best Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows”
  • 2014 – Listed as the “Top 20” events in Pennsylvania by Top Events USA
  • 2008 – Listed as a “Top Ten” destination within driving distance of Philadelphia in The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • 2004 – Pennsylvania State Senate Citation in recognition of 30 years (sponsored by Senator Allen Kukovich)
    Sunshine Artist “200 Best Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows” (Sunshine Artist Magazine)
  • 2003 – Sunshine Artist “200 Best Traditional Craft Shows” (Sunshine Artist Magazine)
  • 2002 – Voted #1 Festival in the “Quest for the Best” Reader’s Poll (Tribune Review)
    Sunshine Artist “200 Best Traditional Craft Shows” (Sunshine Artist Magazine)
  • 2001 – Voted #1 Festival in the “Quest for the Best” Reader’s Poll (Tribune Review)
    Sunshine Artist “200 Best Traditional Craft Shows” (Sunshine Artist Magazine)
    “Metro Must See” Event (Greater Pittsburgh Region Metro Guide)
  • 1999 – “Metro Must See” Event (Greater Pittsburgh Region Metro Guide)
  • 1998 – “Metro Must See” Event (Greater Pittsburgh Region Metro Guide)
  • 1997 – One of the Top 100 Events in North America (The American Bus Association)
  • 1989 – Dorothy K. Mullen Award for the Best Arts & Humanities Celebration in the Middle Atlantic Region (National Association of Recreations and Parks)
  • 1986 – Achievement Award (National Association of County Commissioners)
  • 1985 – Best Friend’s Award – Friendliest Festival in Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Travel Council)
  • 1983 – One of the Top Three Festivals in Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Council on the Arts)

Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival • WAHF • 252 Twin Lakes Road • Latrobe PA 15650 • 724-834-7474 • FAX 724-850-7474 • Info@ArtsandHeritage.com

Annual summer festival takes place at Twin Lakes Park in Greensburg in July
Westmoreland Art Nationals Art Show • Artists Market • Entertainment • Food • Poetry and Short Story Contest