About the Festival

The Tradition
Lebanon Valley College, like other colleges and universities around the country, has had its share of campus traditions. The campus is rich with traditions, from Hot Dog Frank to Dutchmen Day, many of which live on today.

ValleyFest is one of those traditions. First started in 1971 by former LVC student, Don Frantz, as the Spring Arts Festival, this annual celebration brings together the Lebanon Valley community and fills the campus with art and cultural exhibits. Attracting visitors from around the region, the festival sponsors local arts and craft vendors, exhibits such as the Juried Arts Show, theatrical and dance productions, local and regional music acts, food vendors, and much more.

The Spring Arts Festival continued until 2002 when the name of the annual festival weekend was changed to the Cherry Blossom Festival. The theme of the festival was changed to celebrate the beauty of the campus just in time for the cherry trees to bloom.

ValleyFest Begins: Fall 2004
Seeking to rekindle the College and community interaction that seemed to be missing from the festival weekend in recent years, students came together and changed the name and mission of the annual tradition to ValleyFest: A College and Community Festival.

The festival combines a carnival-like atmosphere complete with games, inflatable activities, artisans food vendors, activities for children, and groups from the community. With the continued tradition of music, ValleyFest has brought national recording acts like Emerson Drive, Eve6, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Everclear, Tyler Hilton, and Sammy Adams to the Lebanon Valley as part of the main-stage lineup.

Held during the end of April, ValleyFest has become the time when campus and community can join together to celebrate the return of spring and an appreciation for the arts.

ValleyFest 2016: The 45th Anniversary
This year, the weekend of April 22nd and 23rd will mark the 45th anniversary of the festival.  The night time entertainment will feature DNK, as well as Aaron Carter and Jon Belion.  As the festival continues to grow, the committee and LVC hope to expand with more vendors, crafters, artisans, activities, and fun for all.  Please contact Todd Snovel at snovel@lvc.edu if you are interested in volunteering, participating, or being a part of this festival.