Light Up State College

Light Up State College

February 3, 2017 – Two thousand, six hundred fifty two.  That’s the number of ice luminaries required to break the Guinness World Record for the largest ice lantern display, and State College has that number in its sights.  On Saturday, February 4th, the town will attempt to set a new world record by illuminating the […]

Say Farewell to the Old Year, Welcome the New Year at First Night State College!


December 28, 2016 First Night State College will once again provide central Pennsylvania with a great way to mark the passing of the old year and the ringing in of the New Year. This alcohol-free community celebration of the visual and performing arts will take place in downtown State College and on the University Park […]

Lighting Up the Downtown

Holiday Lights along Beaver Avenue in Downtown State College, PA

State College, PA December 16, 2016 – It’s always fun to get dressed up for the holidays, and each year we delight in beautifying Downtown and preparing for the holiday season.  The holiday banners, new wreathes, and sparkling lights on the trees give Downtown a special ambiance that adds to the magic of the season. […]

Downtown Businesses Featured Prominently in State College Magazine’s “Best of State College 2016”


Every year the November issue of State College Magazine highlights “The Best of State College,” and every year we are thrilled to see so many Downtown State College businesses taking honors.  2016 is no different as 55 Downtown businesses appeared in 60 different categories with 27 gold, 30 silver, and 23 bronze finishes.  Congratulations to […]

Exciting Times are Afoot in Downtown State College


State College, PA  October 7, 2016 –  It’s an exciting time in Downtown State College as new businesses are popping up all over the place. We’re thrilled to celebrate each of these new establishments and look forward to seeing how each will make its mark on Downtown State College. The Melt Shack (218 E. Calder […]


Downtown Feature Image

STATE COLLEGE, PA   March 15, 2016 – Today the Summer’s Best Music Fest unveiled a lineup that’s bigger and better than ever, with headliners Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds and Doyle Bramhall II on top of the two-day, five-stage schedule. For the first time, the festival will feature a beer garden. “This is our […]

The College Town Film Festival is Back

College Town Film Festival feature

The College Town Film Festival returns to Happy Valley this week! This traveling film festival finds extraordinary movies, and with the cooperation of top notch film, media, and acting programs at major universities, rolls into town with one purpose: to rally around independent film. The festival runs from Wednesday, March 16th to Saturday, March 19th. […]

Read up on the Book Benches of Centre County!

Thought in Progress Bench

If you stroll down Fraser or South Allen Street, you will notice the hand-painted benches in the shape of open books decorating the sidewalks. These artistic additions over the last few months have been made through the Centre Foundation and the Book Benches project. The Book Benches of Centre County is a project that gained […]