We’re sorry you we couldn’t celebrate First Night in 2020 but hope you enjoyed A December to Remember.

We hope we’ll once again be able to celebrate the passing of the old year together in downtown State College on December 31, 2021.In the meantime, join us for our annual Arts Festival July 8-11.Follow the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates!




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See a Show!

First Night State College means great family-friendly entertainment! We present music, comedy, variety, and dance in downtown churches, theatres, and public buildings. Our musical acts cover the range from classical to rock ‘n’ roll and from Celtic to ukulele. If you want to say good bye to 2019 with a few laughs we’ll do our best to make you chuckle with two variety acts plus an improv troupe. If you like dance, you can shake a leg in a belly dance workshop! You’re sure to find something you like at First Night!


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Join the Fun!

At First Night, you needn’t just watch other people having fun; you can join in! Get a little exercise skating at Pegula Arena, or put on your running gear for our 5K resolution run. Carry a puppet or drum in our grand procession—it’s not just for children! Flex your creative muscles in our art, craft, music, and dance workshops for children and adults. Or just check out our ice sculptures, make a resolution, and enjoy the evening with someone you love. At First Night State College there are lots of ways to join in the fun!


Plan Your Visit!

A First Night button is your key to a great evening. A $10 button provides admission to all of our shows on a first-come, first-seated basis. Buttons are available online (through December 20), at selected downtown merchants, and at our performance venues. Plan on eating while you’re here; we have great food options, both sweet and savory. There’s no need to drive home late at night–area hotels are offering special package rates. Make First Night State College part of your holiday celebrations!


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We’re grateful to all the individuals, businesses, and organizations who support First Night each year. You can see the complete list of sponsors here, and a list of other community supporters here.

More sponsors, as well as other donors and volunteers, are always welcome!


Join Us for Arts Festival 2021 (virtual)!

Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition – July 8-11Musical & Other Performances – July 8-11BookFest – July 10

Learn more here.




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About First Night State College

First Night State College promotes the performing and visual arts as catalysts for unifying citizens on New Year’s Eve through imagination, creativity, and community participation. Learn more here.

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