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First Friday

October 4, 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.

Opening Reception for Jan Riggio

5:00- 8:00 pm

On Friday, the Downtown Improvement District will be holding an opening reception for artist Jan Riggio.

Riggio is a native of Pennsylvania and an art teacher in the Bald Eagle Area School District. She spent many of her career years living in South Florida having taught in Palm Beach County. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Penn State University and a Master of Education from Florida Atlantic University.

For the past twenty years Riggio would describe her teaching and art career as a journey of observation. She believes that one is absorbed into the environment in which they are found. Riggio’s discovery took the form of observing shadows and painting with the earth. These discoveries became integrated in her teaching curriculum. There have been many opportunities for her to impart this information to not only her art followers but her students.

The artwork will remain in the Downtown Improvement District for viewing for both October and November.

Woskob Family Gallery Debuts Yearly Wall Piece

5:00- 8:00 pm

The Woskob Family Gallery will debut its yearly wall commission— Syzygy by Rachel Hayes, a textile artist based in Tulsa, Oklahoma—on October 4, 2019.

The title, Syzygy, means a fusion of two parts, systematically existing in a predisposed arrangement. Viewers can expect one of Hayes’s signature large-scale, colorful, fabric works, made from translucent and opaque fabrics. Visible from the street, the work will stretch from the front window to the wall on the opposite side of the space.

The work will remain on view through fall 2020. The gallery will host a reception and First Friday celebration from 5:00–8:00 PM on October 4.

Cape Escape Grand Opening


Come and visit our brand new store on E Calder! Featuring customized superhero capes and accessories, the vast majority of our store is handmade products. We also have a variety of toys, T-shirt’s, tutus, handmade soaps and more. 244 E Calder Way

Ballet Crisis CD Release Party @ Webster’s

7:00- 9:30 pmImage may contain: 1 person, text

Eclectic acoustic duo Ballet Crisis will be performing its bossa nova-influenced originals as well as genre-defying covers of familiar and less familiar tunes by artists as diverse as New Order, Willie Nelson, Buzzcocks, The BeeGees, Pixies, They Might be Giants, and more! Featuring Jean-Pierre Mulley and Jeff Edmunds.

They always have fun and interesting events in the Cafe side, and awesome deals going on in our used book and vinyl department!

State College Photo Club Exhibit @ The Expect More Store

5:30- 7:30 pm

The Expect More Store presents the work of the State College Photo Club during First Friday! Stop by to view the club’s photographs and enjoy cheeses, wine, and beer.

The State College Photo Club (formerly the State College Color Slide Club) was formed in 1947 and has been meeting monthly ever since. The club is comprised of photography enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels who are looking to learn from each other, improve their photography and processing skills, compete, and enjoy photography.

Learn more at http://www.statecollegephotoclub.org

First Friday Extravaganza @ 3 Dots Downtown

5:00- 8:00 pm
Open Photo by Dylan John Western

3 Dots Downtown presents Eric Ian Farmer as he performs music throughout the night inside of the gallery among the other fun activities that will occurring.

Eric Ian Farmer, born in State College but raised in North Carolina, returned to his birthplace to share his music. He began his musical journey with the help of church members from his church during his childhood and keeps alive classics by artists like Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Bob Marley, and and others that inspired him. He also plays the guitar which is inspired by percussive styling of rock legend Bo Diddley. Eric also uses music with high school students to facilitate both songwriting and conversation related to identity and social issues.

3 Dots will also team up with the Comic Swap, Inc. community and local gaming groups to have a wide range of games from super complicated board games to quicker and lighter party games. Depending on your style, you may end up joining one of their tournament tables, or just stopping to learn a new game for a few minutes.

Duck Donuts will be bringing a LOT of donuts to fill people up between rounds of games, and they will also have coffee and tea provided by one of the local coffee shops!

Form & Fire Ceramic Show @ The Art Alliance Gallery Downtown

5:00- 8:00 pm

Visit the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown during First Friday for their Form & Fire Ceramic Show, with work by Central Pennsylvania Artists!

L. Moyer Designs at Lions Pride

4:00 – 9:00pm

Make Lions-Pride.com a stop on your First Friday…they will be hosting L. Moyer Designs! Stop by and see Lori and her beautiful Penn State jewelry between 4pm and 9pm at Lions Pride. Don’t forget to stock up on lots of Penn State gear for this weekend’s Homecoming festivities while you’re at it!

Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop in the MLK Plaza

6:15 pm & 7:15 pm

Dancers from the Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop will perform a selection of folk dances from Italy, Ireland, Germany, Spain, France, and Scotland in conjunction with their performance at Boalsburg’s Olde World Festival. A mix of children and adults will present 2 performances in the MLK Plaza at 6:15 and 7:15 during First Friday on October 4.

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 5-8 pm!

First Friday at Hotel State College

5:00- 8:00 pm

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Enjoy 15% off of food…just mention FIRST FRIDAY from 5-8pm on October 4th at Spats at the GrillThe Corner RoomBill Pickle’s Tap Room and Chumley’s!


October 4, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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