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First Friday

June 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

First Friday State College



Relax. Play. Shop. Stay.

Experience the cool vibe of downtown State College during our monthly First Friday events.  A casual atmosphere features art, people-watching, mingling with friends, shopping, and dining at the diverse and delectable State College restaurants.  First Friday goers will experience after-hours access to galleries and shops, free bites and beverages, live music and entertainment, retail and restaurant specials, and more. And there’s free parking in the Pugh, Fraser and Beaver garages with validations from participating merchants.  Visit FirstFridayStateCollege.com for all the details.

Caryn Dixon Performs on Allen Street

5:00 – 8:00 pm

Caryn Dixon is a spunky, Indie, singer/songwriter from Central, PA. Her set includes classic pop songs from several decades that she has reinvented into an Indie-Folk-Pop sound, reminiscent of artists like Mazzy Star, Joni Mitchell, First Aide Kit, and Natalie Merchant. Caryn, is also a notable songwriter, and often includes her original material in her performances.


 Barbara Metzner’s Art Exhibit Opening Reception at the Downtown State College Improvement District

5:00-8:00 pm

The Downtown State College Improvement District will host an opening reception to introduce the abstract work of Barbara Metzner’s!  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree here at Penn State. She was also awarded the “William D. Davis” prize for best drawing in the “Images” show at Arts Fest, held at Penn State University. Metzner has traveled all over the world sharing her techniques in abstract art. Art is a part of who she is. She lets the brush take the lead and explores different techniques. Please join us along the artist to view her work and enjoy light refreshments from 5-8 pm on June 7th at 127 S Fraser Street.


Indian Block Painting at The Makery

6:00-8:00 pm

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Try out the traditional technique of Indian Block prints. These wood blocks have beautiful intricate designs. I will have a large variety of wooden blocks available. You have the choice of designing your own tea towel or wristlet. All materials and Parking validation included.  $15


Annie Matsick Art Exhibit at The Expect More Store

5:30-7:30 pm

The Expect More Store presents the work of local artist Anni Matsick during First Friday! Stop by to view her original watercolors and enjoy cheeses, wine, and beer.

Matsick, a freelance illustrator, specializes in the children’s market and has had her work featured in picture books, magazines, readers, posters, and other printed materials for thirty years.


Eric Ian Farmer with special guests Michele Dunleavy and Mary Anne Cleary

The Tavern Walkway

5:00 – 8:00 pm

Make sure to stop by The Tavern walkway to enjoy the sounds of Eric Ian Farmer from 5-8pm! Eric’s special guests will include percussionist Michele Dunleavy and Mary Anne Cleary on vocals and ukelele!


Creative photography fun at the Woskob Family Gallery

5:00 – 8:00 pm

Visit the Woskob Family Gallery June 7th, from 5:00-8:00 PM, for a photography inspired First Friday Event! Grab your camera or phone and join us for an evening of creative photography fun. Try painting with light or capture a one of a kind selfie in front of our artist photo booth. Bring your family and friends for an engaging evening of art, live music, light refreshments, and more. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


Appalachian Outdoors

5:00 – 8:00 pm

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It’s always a good time at Appalachian Outdoors during First Friday, and the June event is no exception!

Vendors that will be involved:
Mount NitaNee Kombucha
Skydive Happy Valley
ABC Chiropractic
BeWell Associates
Kid Tech

Stop in for light refreshments and check out what’s new for your spring outdoor adventures!


Jack & his Dad at McLanahan’s Downtown Market and A’s Pub

6:00 – 8:00 pm


Join McLanahan’s Downtown Market and A’s Pub during First Friday…enjoy live Entertainment from Jack & his dad from 6pm – 8pm! Plus, 20 Half Price Draft Beers from 5pm – 9pm including several new craft beers…and FREE pizza!


Art of the Body Opening Reception at The Art Alliance Downtown Gallery

5:00-8:00 pm

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A visual exploration of the uniquely human desire to adorn and decorate ourselves.

Humans have expressed their identity, social status, and sexual desirability through self-adornment for thousands of years. Through tattoos, piercings, scarification, make up and hair styling we continue to express our individuality.

The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania is using this show at its’ Downtown Gallery to showcase several local tattoo and piercing artists and by doing so, actively encourage the community to become involved in diverse art experiences and expand the boundaries of what is traditionally thought of as art.

Art of the Body runs from June 7th-30th. The First Friday opening reception is on the 7th from 5-8 pm. We invite the community to come and meet the artists and join us on the Martin Luther King Plaza for entertainment from local dance groups.


3 Dots Sneak Peak and Volunteer Appreciation Event

6:00 – 8:00 pm

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Want to check out the new space that is 3 Dots Downtown? This is the perfect opportunity…stop by the Sneak Preview Event during June First Friday starting at 6 pm! Enjoy entertainment, a collaborative activity, food provided by Webster’s, beverages by Big Springs Spirits, and a real chance to explore the space!


Community Bike-in Movie Night

Movie starts at 8:30 pm



We can’t think of a better way to end a First Friday than enjoying an outdoor movie with the family! Centre Region Parks & Recreation will be showing A Wrinkle in Time at Sidney Friedman Park starting at 8:30 pm!  Bring a blanket, pack a picnic, and enjoy a family movie. Popcorn available for a donation. In partnership with the State College Borough, CentreBike, the Downtown Improvement District, and the State College Community Diversity Group. Registration not required.



June 7, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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State College, PA 16801 United States + Google Map