First Friday April
April 7 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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.
April is National Poetry Month, so we are kicking it off this First Friday! Collect poems from the downtown businesses your own poetry book. You can pick up your “poetry passport” folder with a list of all participating locations. Check out the list below, and stay tuned for more locations! If you are a business owner and would like to handout a poem, please contact the DSCID at email@example.com.
- Schlow Library
- Appalachian Outdoors
- Anthym Running
- The State Theatre
- Old State Clothing Company
- Harper’s Shop for Men (new location: 224 E. College Ave., entrance on Centennial Way)
Wine, Cheese and Pop-Up Shop…OH MY!
Come celebrate with Harper’s as they’re moving into their new location. While not setup quite yet, they will be having a pop-up shop with their products in their new location: 224 E. College Ave. For the pop-up shop you can enter through Centennial Way, directly across from the Tavern. Stop in between 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Pop-Up Pottery Sale
Woskob Family Gallery is moving out of their space for this First Friday, and is hosting Penn State’s Pottery Club in a pop-up pottery shop in the downtown in front of the Allen Street Gates from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. See all the unique pottery for purchase!
The Branch and The Vine will have some tasty treats in addition to their usual sampling of olive oil and balsamic. Definitely checkout their newest addition: a wine bar!
Create a Poem, Create a Tree!
Get over to Old State Clothing Co. and grab some light refreshments while creating a leaf poem to add to the Poet-tree!
Penn State Downtown Theatre
Plan on buying tickets to the opening night of the exhilarating musical, The Light in The Piazza! The musical starts at 7:30 p.m. but doors will be open at 6:00 p.m. at the Penn State Downtown Theatre
Art Alliance Gallery Downtown
Stop by the Art Alliance Gallery Downtown for the opening reception of In a Place Called Home: Scenes from Central PA from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. “In A Place Called Home: Scenes from Central PA, eight Centre Country artists dedicate their practice to capturing the effervescent spirit of this magnificent landscape. Through varying processes and with unique perspectives, they share with us the essence of what it means to call Centre County ‘home.'”
Jam out with Good Vibes Jazz Quartet in front of the First National Bank on South Allen Street from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. They will be performing a variety of music genres from country, to Latin, to Dixieland! There’s something for everyone.
Eric Ian Farmer
Enjoy singer, songwriter Eric Ian Farmer in the Tavern Walkway from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. He’ll be performing originals along with some covers!
Intermission Improv will be performing at the Barranquero Cafe between 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Stop by to hear their alternative Indie jam.
Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania
PASCP will be performing sections from their Cinderella showcase at the Schlow Library . In addition, some of the dancers’ Cinderella-themed poetry will be on display. Stop by between 5 p.m.-8 p.m. to witness the magic!
Urban Fusion will be bringing their smooth jazz in front of the Student Bookstore from 5 p.m.-9 p.m.