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Military Appreciation First Friday

November 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In partnership with Penn State University and Military Appreciation Week, November’s First Friday will celebrate the contributions of our service members, veterans and their families. The November 2nd event will take place in Downtown State College from 5-8 pm, culminating on the 100 block of South Fraser Street with military vehicles and organizations, live performances and military discounts at participating businesses!  Downtown State College will provide free parking validations for the Fraser Street Garage to all military service members and veterans. This event helps support the Penn State University Military Student Fund, offering financial assistance to military-affiliated students as a needs-based scholarship.  


Enjoy First Friday discounts and specials with your Military ID! Available at these downtown businesses:





Sergeant Bob Timney on the Fraser Street MLK Plaza Stage

5-6 pm


Bob grew up in western PA and is a self-taught guitarist and composer.  While attending Penn State University, Bob began performing professionally within 6 months of picking up a guitar.  Bob has spent fifteen years in the Army, Reserve, and National Guard and has been stationed in Alabama, Indiana, New Jersey and Georgia.  His last assignment, in Moon Township PA, was as a photojournalist. When his children were growing up, Bob began singing the national anthem at their sporting events.  As this hobby took off, he began receiving invitations to perform in larger venues.  Bob has performed the anthem for Penn State, the Altoona Curve baseball team and State College Spikes as well as the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins, and Steelers.


Wild Blue Yonders on the Fraser Street MLK Plaza Stage

6-6:30 pm

Initiated in 1987, the Wild Blue Yonders began as an all-male cadet choir at Penn State Air Force ROTC Detachment 720. The ensemble soon grew to include both male and female cadets singing in a variety of vocal styles. Today, Wild Blues specializes in A Capella singing, a style which no instrumental accompaniment is used and members provide the accompaniment, or rhythm with their voices. Wild Blues preforms at a variety of military, sporting and community events throughout the year.


The Nittany Knights A Capella Barbershop Chorus at the MLK Plaza Stage

6:30-7:30 pm

The Nittany Knights are a thirty-person auditioned men’s A Capella chorus in the Central Pennsylvania area presenting barbershop, four-part harmony for over fifty years.


Live performances on MLK Plaza Stage will be broadcast from “The Bus” 93.7

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Other November First Friday Events throughout Town:

First Friday State College

 Live music playing at Saint’s Cafe

5-7 pm

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Featuring artists John Cunsolo, Ryan Vaughan and Christine Bratton.

R. Thomas Berner Photography Exhibit at The Expect More Store

5:30 – 7:30 pm


The Expect More Store presents the work of local photographer R. Thomas Berner during First Friday! Stop by to view his photographs from around the world and enjoy cheeses, wine, and beer. Berner is a freelance writer, photographer, and professor emeritus of journalism and American studies at Penn State.

First Friday at Appalachian Outdoors

5 – 8 pm

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Come check out some equipment and clothing at Appalachian Ski and Outdoors during First Friday. We will have multiple vendors, including Redwing pop-up shop, New Trail Brewing Company, NitaNee Kombucha, and KidTech!

Holiday Gift Gallery Grand Opening at the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown


The Gift Gallery will feature unique gift items for the holiday season by Pennsylvania artists and artisans. Stop in the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown for beautiful 3D and 2D artwork, ceramics, jewelry and more, all great gifts for that special someone in your life.

The Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop Presents Scottish Highland Dance Class

6 -7 pm


The Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop is celebrating St. Andrew’s Day, the patron Saint of Scotland, with a Scottish Highland Dance Class! Beginners & all ages are welcome to participate in this First Friday event. The class will be held on Friday, November 2 from 6:00-7:00 PM at the Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop, 101 S Fraser St, State College (right across from Dunkin Donuts).

$15 Admission,  $10 for Students, $8 for CPDW Students

Socks, bare feet, or ballet slippers. No street shoes please.

Andy Tolins performing at McLanahan’s Downtown Market

4:30-6:30 pm

Triple A Blues Band

 Enjoy wine sampling and beer features!


Custom Stamped Ornaments at The Makery

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Create a personalized hand-stamped ornament at The Makery! You have a choice between a 2 1/4″ aluminum tree or a 3″ copper circle. We will have a variety of letter, number and design stamps along with a selection of smaller metal pieces to hang from the ornament. All ages are welcome to create! Space is limited, make sure to preregister here! 


 Live Music at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe

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Three bands playing a full night of original music for all ages at Webster’s @7pm!
Our local favorites are colorful, funky and skilled. While they’re not shaping the local live music scene or starting their own businesses, they’re writing new grooves. Check out their releases here. 

Zach Wade & The Good Grief
Our brothers from Altoona that play every show like it’s their last one. Live videos!

Idle Kyle
Our friends in this Philly based rock group return to the town where it all began. BTW- they’re dropping a new single on October 19th.


Woskob Family Gallery

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November First Friday will be in collaboration with future art educators from Penn State’s highly regarded Art Education program. Visitors of all ages can explore a variety of art making strategies and techniques, including screen printing, drawing, vinyl decal-making, and more. Come join us and celebrate art-making in unique and interesting ways, along with light refreshments for the first Friday of November!


Duck Donuts

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Come by Duck Donuts for hot apple cider and 2 cinnamon sugar donuts for just $5!


Harpers welcomes The Extra Miles

6:30-7:30 pm


Enjoy the smooth harmonies of The Extra Miles!

This acoustic duo plays originals with some finely selected classic covers!