First Night

Ring in 2019 in Downtown State College! Enjoy New Year’s Eve at a local restaurant, take in the holiday atmosphere with carved ice sculptures and festive musical and visual entertainment – it’s fun for the whole family! First Night State College will take place in downtown State College, PA and on the University Park campus of Penn […]

Tree Lighting

Kick off the holiday season on Allen Street from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. with a free evening of carols, cookies, and hot chocolate! Enjoy the sounds of the season with performances from a variety of community groups, and welcome Santa as he arrives to light the tree! Donations are collected for the State College Area […]

Fall Fest

Fall Festival has returned! The festival will take place on the 200 block of Allen Street from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come on out for free pumpkins for the kids at the Pumpkin Patch, enjoy the Bounce House, Tumble Bus, Pony Rides, and more. Fun and games for the whole family! Enjoy music throughout […]


Join us on the 100 and 200 blocks of South Allen Street in downtown State College for the Living In One Neighborhood (LION) Bash!  Learn about the State College and Penn State community with over 75 engagement stations while enjoying: Games and activities Music and entertainment FREE giveaways and food Block Party + Community Resource […]

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 […]

Sidewalk Sale and Street Bazaar

Back by popular demand, the Downtown Sidewalk Sale is returning on August 3rd. The Sidewalk Sale will kick off after August’s First Friday from 5pm-8pm. Participating downtown businesses will have an outside presence on the sidewalks in front of their stores. On Saturday, the Sidewalk Sale will go on from 9am-4pm with participating businesses moving […]

First Friday: Chuck Fong Photography Exhibit

The Expect More Store presents the work of local photographer Chuck Fong during First Friday! Stop by to view his photographs and enjoy cheeses, wine, and beer. After an honors-filled Penn State career, Fong honed his skills in New York, and then attended the Winona International School of Professional Photography and trained with nationally renowned […]

Central PA Festival of the Arts

Founded by the State College Chamber of Commerce and Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture, the Central PA Festival of the Arts attracts about 125,000 visitors each summer. Each year, Children and Youth Day kicks off the beginning of the festival. At the Central PA Festival of the Arts Children and Youth Day, artists […]

First Friday: Images 2019 Opening Reception

The Expect More Store presents an opening reception for Images 2019, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts’ juried exhibition, during First Friday! Stop by to view a variety of artwork— drawings, paintings, mixed media, photography, hand-pulled prints, watercolors, fiber, paper, and digital art—from Pennsylvania artists and enjoy cheeses, wine, and beer. The sixty works […]

The Last Day

THE LAST DAY Music by Mike Reid, Lyrics by Sarah Schlesinger Book by Mike Reid and Sarah Schlesinger Directed by John Simpkins June 12–15, 19–22 — 8:00 p.m. Penn State Downtown Theatre Parking validation available. Written by Mike Reid, Penn State football star turned Grammy Award-winning composer, and Sarah Schlesinger — this Penn State Musical […]