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First Friday

September 6 @ 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.

First Friday: Jack Mernin Art Exhibit


The Expect More Store presents the work of local artist Jack Mernin during First Friday! Stop by to view his original paintings and enjoy cheeses, wine, and beer.

Born in State College, Mernin grew up in Belleville, PA and and holds a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. He currently divides his time between Belleville and Manila, the Philippines. Through the process of painting, Mernin desires to invent an ineffable image that escapes any singular verbal articulation.

 Thankathon & Launch of the Mothership at 3 Dots Downtown


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Join us on First Friday for a celebration of gratitude. Part Thankathon, part Funk dance party, we’ll be featuring an exciting installation community art piece inspired by the Mothership.

Happy Valley’s first Thankathon has a mission to ensure that the kindness, caring actions, and bravery that happens in our community does not go unnoticed. Do you have a great neighbor that helped you when you crashed your bike, a teacher that made a positive difference, a co-worker that always has helpful advice – participate in the Thankathon and let them know! At the Thankathon, there will be free thank you cards, a ton of art supplies to use to craft your own, and a PostSecret-style wall of thanks. Come by to brighten people’s day with thank you cards, help us meet our goal of 1,000 thank you’s in our community, and learn about who and what is making a positive difference in our community from the Gratitude Wall.

The original Mothership was an elaborate performance prop used by Dr. Funkenstein (George Clinton) during his many tours in the late 1970s, early 1980s, and 1990s. A replica is currently held in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, but we’ll be building our own version as an act of appreciation and gratitude to the power of Funk culture and Black representation.

Plus, we will have an epic Funk dance party!

Fourth Anniversary Party at The Makery


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Join The Makery to celebrate FOUR years of creative classes, parties & events in downtown State College!

At this FREE community event, the will have maker stations from each of their 12 Makery Instructors, music, refreshments and lots of fun surprises. We hope you’ll pop in for the party!

Woskob Family Gallery Opening New Exhibition


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Woskob Family Gallery will debut its fall exhibition during First Friday! Enjoy an ambitious new wall drawing exploring the local landscape and a reception from 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

Called Folded Section, the work will be created over a period of two weeks by Assistant Teaching Professor of Landscape Architecture Alec Spangler and will be on view through January 10, 2020.


Folded Section is a site-specific wall drawing that re-imagines the local ridge and valley landscape. It will explore relationships between the bodily experience of long distances and representations of space in art and design.

First Friday at Appalachian Outdoors

5:00-8:00 pm

Appalachian Outdoors always has a fun First Friday event with food, drinks and a variety of vendors! Make your way to your favorite outdoor store during First Friday from 5-8pm!

First Friday at Hotel State College


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Enjoy 15% off of food…just mention FIRST FRIDAY from 5-8pm on September 6th at Spats at the GrillThe Corner RoomBill Pickle’s Tap Room and Chumley’s!



September 6
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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