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Getting around the festival

The 55th Annual Allentown Art Festival features about 380 exhibitors from the United States and Canada

who work in clay, creative crafts, drawing and graphics, glass and acrylic, watercolor, jewelry and mixed media, painting, photography and sculpture. Here's what you need to know:

TIME: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

ADMISSION: Free.

LOCATION: Along Delaware Avenue between West Tupper and North streets; on Allen Street between Elmwood Avenue and Franklin Street; and on Franklin Street between Allen and Virginia streets.

PARKING: The parking ramps on Pearl Street are a good bet, planners said. Street parking is another option; pay attention to parking signs.

FESTIVAL PROGRAMS: You'll find festival programs at the entrances – Delaware Avenue at North and at West Tupper. Or pick up one at the Allentown Village Society, 435 Delaware Ave. This guide includes a listing of exhibitors, a map with their locations, and information about judges and the work of the Allentown Village Society.

CONTACT: The website is www.allentownartfestival.com; phone, 881-4269.

OTHER TIPS: Many exhibitors accept credit cards in addition to cash and sometimes checks. Come early to best avoid heat and crowds. Food concessions are located throughout the show area; restrooms are indicated on the map. Side streets such as Franklin offer shade (and more exhibitors). Crowds, heat and dehydration concerns are three good reasons not to bring your dog.

ALSO HAPPENING: The 14th annual Allen West Festival coincides with the Allentown Art Festival. It will take place along Allen Street west of Elmwood Avenue and on Wadsworth Street and features local artisans and craftspeople. It is produced and presented by the Allentown Association.

AND: The Interior Design Association of Western New York's "Trims to Treasures" sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Gilda's Club of WNY, 1140 Delaware Ave. Designers will be selling furniture, window treatments, fabrics and vases at reduced prices. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the local Gilda's Club. The design association's website is www.interiordesignwny.com.