(Hershey, PA) - The Hershey Derry Township Historical Society (HTDHS) announced the UPMC PINNACLE HERSHEY ARTFEST,  Hershey’s largest premiere juried art show, is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, from 10 am to 5 pm in downtown Hershey.   With over 150 hand-picked artists, fine craftsmen, live music, kids’ area and food trucks, the event is expected to draw 15,000 to fill the parks and parking lots at the corner of Chocolate and Cocoa Avenues.

Working with local art and photography clubs, PA State Guild of Craftsmen members and other festivals and publications, the committee expects to see wonderful artists in Hershey for the day.  Previous shows have showcased local and regional photographers, painters, metal works, mixed media, glass and fiber artists.  Along with the artists will be a variety of food and drinks to enjoy as you browse.

“The UPMC Pinnacle HERSHEY ARTFEST is a great way for the historical society to reach beyond the walls of the museum and with an event that exposes us to the larger community, and exposes how great downtown Hershey is to the region” stated Executive Director, Nicole Soliday.   "Being Mother's Day Weekend, we offer a great opportunity to do something with that special mom in your life.  Enjoy great art, music, food, and then shop downtown Hershey and explore!" Soliday continued.

The event will feature over 150 unique artists and craftspeople all making and selling items that are handmade, artisan crafts and original artwork.  Hand-picked food courts with 15 food trucks and other vendors will offer delicious food, drinks and snacks, and a kid’s area will be on hand to entertain our littlest guests.

Live music will fill the air with national touring artist Shine Delphi (New Orleans Jazz Rock Fusion) from 10 am -11:30 am, International Peace Artist Emmanuel Nsingani (African Jazz) from 12 pm – 1:30 pm, and Meghan Cary (Folk/Rock)  from 2 pm – 3:30 pm.  All performances happen at the stage in Chocolatetown Square.

The Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society began their arts festival over 10 years ago on their museum grounds with the Festival of Local Artists, Authors & Artisans.  The festival grew, and relocated to the Cocoa Beanery, and grew again into the UPMC Pinnacle HERSHEY ARTFEST in downtown Hershey.  “As community historians we are excited to see this new revitalization chapter in downtown Hershey.  It is alive and growing and we are honored to be a part of this community and offer these community events,” stated Ray Cameron, President of the HDTHS.

All events need sponsorship dollars to succeed and this year UMPC Pinnacle is the presenting sponsor of the event.  “UPMC Pinnacle is proud to be a part of the Hershey Artfest, which offers us the opportunity to bring our community together and support the creative talent of our local artisans and add to our quality of life,” stated Philip Guarneschelli, president and CEO, UPMC Pinnacle. In addition to UPMC Pinnacle, other sponsors and partners include, Centric Bank, Penn-Live, Kegerreis Outdoor, WINK 104, Derry Township, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Hershey Chocolate Company, Hershey Volunteer Fire Company, Hershey United Methodist Church, The Hershey Story, Tillet Inc.

“This can’t happen without the great group of active leaders and volunteers who enjoy hosting this spring arts celebration for the community,” stated Nicole Soliday, executive director of the Historical Society, “we look forward to a bringing this event back to downtown Hershey annually and are eager to present this fun-filled event to the locals and guests alike.”

Cocoa Avenue will be closed from Chocolate to Caracas on Saturday, May 12th, from 6 am to 7 pm.  Various detours will be posted throughout the downtown Hershey village.

More information for interested artists, vendors and guests will be posted on the events website page at and Facebook page.