History

First held in 2003 as the Lansdowne Arts Festival, the event offers a platform for performing and visual artists to share their talent with a broad audience from throughout the region. The festival, recognized as the premier cultural event in the Borough, relies on cooperative community and volunteer support to produce the event. It is operated by the Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Lansdowne.

This year, the name has been changed to reflect a new venue and a new setting. The Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue Festival will now be held in downtown Lansdowne. The festival is moving from the 20th Century Club to Lansdowne Avenue in the heart of the central business district. Lansdowne Avenue will be closed to traffic, from Baltimore Avenue to E. LaCrosse Street, for this pedestrian-friendly event. Festival attendees can stroll “the Avenue” to enjoy the show and take in Lansdowne Theater’s beautifully restored marquee. Local merchants and restaurateurs will open their doors to both residents and visitors alike.

If you have yet to attend a festival, make this the year to go. Take a look at our photo gallery from festivals past to see what you’ve been missing!