Arts Festival Reading, presented by GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, welcomes thousands of visitors to explore our historic, post-industrial campus and immerse themselves in the arts. Now in its 8th year, Arts Festival Reading is expanding as a holiday market, and moving from its traditional October date to December 14-15, 2019.  This will mean attendees can grab handcrafted art and holiday gifts from some the country’s finest artists, artisans, and craftspeople, as well as enjoy unique holiday activities, performances, food, and fun.

Despite the expansion, Arts Festival Reading will continue to exhibit a juried roster of established and emerging artists and their work, and showcasing the processes of making through live art demonstrations and hands-on workshops. The two-day event also features live music and performances on the Sly Fox Stage, locally-sourced food and craft beverages, and much more.

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
201 Washington Street
Reading, PA 19601

Dates & Times:
Saturday, December 14 & Sunday, December 15
10am – 5pm

$8 – advanced purchase
$10 – at the door
kids 12 and under are free

To volunteer please contact:

Become a 2019 Sponsor!

Sponsoring Arts Festival Reading is a great way to reach thousands of local and regional consumers, align your brand with ours, and show your support for the transformative power arts has on a community. Help us to continue the quality and vitality of this event by becoming a sponsor today.


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Arts Festival Reading is a great place to meet local artists and buy handcrafted items — whether for yourself, your home, or you’re checking off items on your holiday gift list. In addition to our Studio Artists, artists from around the country will be represented, selling ceramics, glass, jewelry, apparel, mixed media, photography, and fine art.

Last year we welcomed:

Art Plus Gallery : West Reading, PA
Walk In Art Center : Schyulkill Haven, PA
l&m studio : Catskill, NY
Taking Turns : Denville, NJ

Renie Beidleman
Rinal Parikh
Alecia Miller
Tina Crespo
Barri Riley
Chris Rhoades
Chris Plaisted
Sharon Carlucci
Vincent Pellegrini
Jill Heir
Tessa Downs
Jay Ressler
Martha Ressler
Suzanne Bruhn
Ki Crittenden
Vincent Burke
Derek Rosenberry
Mary Burke
Lee Muslin
Sue & Ken Berkenstock
Meg Oliver
Heather Steif
Danny Polk
Phillip Guele
Robert Vielee
Melanie Ferrara
Jose Lucena
Susan Roggio
Renie Beidelman

Workshops & Demos

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Did you know GoggleWorks offers year-round workshops and classes in seven different teaching studios? Explore our campus and learn more about the making process. New this year — get your hands dirty and make something of your own!

Saturday Demonstration Schedule:

ongoing 11am-4pm | virtual reality and 3D printing
ongoing 11am-4pm | Ceramics demonstrations
ongoing 11am-4pm | Jewelry and Metalsmithing demonstrations
11am | Flameworking
12pm | Woodturning
1pm | Flameworking
2pm | Woodturning
3pm | Flameworking
4pm | Woodturning

Sunday Demonstration Schedule

ongoing 11am-4pm | virtual reality sculpting, 3D printing,
ongoing 11am-4pm | Ceramics demonstration
ongoing 11am-4pm | Jewelry and Metalsmithing demonstrations
11am | Flameworking
12pm | Woodturning
1pm | Flameworking
2pm | Woodturning
3pm | Flameworking
4pm | Woodturning

Workshops included:

Psychedelic Pretzel Painting | FREE
Try your hand a Pretzel twisting | FREE
Print-Your-Own-Tshirt | $20 (Purchase in Print Studio)
Design-Your-Own Fused Glass Housewares | $15 night light, $25 slumped dish, $30 set of 4 coasters (Purchase at Info Desk)
Glassblowing Make-Your-Own Ornament | $40 (Preregister here OR Purchase at Info Desk)

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!