Thursday, June 30 2022

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WTAJ) – An annual New Years celebration is set to make a big comeback in downtown State College after missing last year’s event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2022 First Night State College, presented by the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, will ring in the New Year again with a community celebration on December 31. The alcohol-free event will feature many great visual and performing arts for all ages, residents and visitors, including outdoor ice sculpting exhibits, a 5km resolution run, horse-drawn carriage rides , arts and crafts workshops, shows and music.

The Blue Brick Theater along Calder Way and 3 Dots Downtown along Beaver Avenue will serve as new performance venues for this year’s celebrations. Three variety numbers are also scheduled, such as improvisation performances and song and dance workshops.

“It’s pretty exciting here, you know this is what we do, we produce events and we finally have one,” said Rick Bryant, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. “There is plenty to do all day. The events really end around 11:00 p.m., so you have time to come home and be in your pajamas to watch the ball drop.

Access to all indoor shows is granted by purchasing a “First Night” button which can be purchased at the door or at select downtown businesses. Those attending the celebration will be urged to adhere to the Borough’s mask-wearing mandate requiring all who attend performances in indoor venues to wear masks that cover their nose and mouth.

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