The best gift of all – an investment in our community!

What’s your favorite part of the holiday season?  You might be thinking about family and friends, the food, the traditions, or the decorations that make holidays a special occasion in your home. Our loved ones are central to holiday celebrations, which is why so many of us enjoy finding the perfect gift that they’ll enjoy […]

Three-Year Old Breccan Mitchell Helps Santa Light State College Tree

Attendees Sang Carols, Drank Hot Cocoa, Donated Toys and Canned Goods, and Visited with Santa State College, PA – Three-year old Breccan Mitchell was the lucky child who helped Santa light this year’s tree in downtown State College! The entire crowd counted down as Mitchell and Santa worked their holiday magic, turning on over 5,000 […]

Downtown Businesses Donated $6,778 to the Penn State Student Military Fund

Check Presented to Dr. Eric Barron at the Veteran’s Tailgate November, 13, 2017 (State College, PA) – With nearly 10,000 veterans looking on inside the Bryce Jordan Center during Saturday’s Veteran’s Tailgate, representatives from downtown businesses presented Dr. Eric Barron with a $6,778 donation to the Penn State Student Military Fund. “On behalf of the […]

Downtown Festival Celebrates Military Appreciation

Downtown Businesses, Dr. Eric Barron, and Local Groups Honor Service Members Past and Present   State College, PA – With an American flag flying high, Allen Street was in full patriotic regalia to kick-off Military Appreciation week ahead of Veteran’s Day. “Downtown businesses are donating a portion of their proceeds to the Penn State Student […]

An-All American Event for Military Appreciation

An-All American Event for Military Appreciation Music, Military Vehicles, Activities & More! Who: State College Downtown Improvement District What: First Friday – Military Appreciation When: Friday, November 3, 2017 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where: 100 block of Allen Street, State College, PA 16801 Details: On Friday, November 3rd start your weekend with an […]

Dessert Judges Awarded Blue Ribbons at Downtown Fall Festival

October 16, 2017 – After tasting and analyzing many scrumptious dessert entries, guest judges Mike the Mailman Herr, Cathi Alloway of Schlow Library, and Scott Dutt of Happy Valley Optical awarded blue ribbons to Jaylyn McCoy’s “Pumpkin on a Log” in the adult division and to William Antonio Duiker’s “Cream Cheese Pastries” in the under […]

Living in One Neighborhood (LION) Bash

Become an Informed Citizen at this Community Event STATE COLLEGE, PA – On Tuesday, August 29, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the 100 and 200 blocks of South Allen Street in downtown State College will be filled with multiple engagement stations to help attendees learn more about the community. The goal of this event […]

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 […]


All on-street meters, parking lots and garages operated by the Borough of State College will be FREE   STATE COLLEGE, PA   December 16, 2016 – Holiday shoppers have been enjoying FREE parking in the Beaver Avenue, Fraser Street and Pugh Street Garages with special 4-hour holiday validations from Downtown businesses since just after Thanksgiving, but […]