We look forward to welcoming everyone for the 52nd Festival of the Arts July 12-15, 2018. Children and Youth Day will be July 11. Save the date(s)!

Arts Festival: Bringing Us Back to Our Community

This much we know is true: Each summer, Arts Festival brings thousands of people from all over the country to celebrate art, music, books, and performances.

But what is a little less tangible than the fine art and fine crafts we see or the music we hear or the performances we watch, is the sense of community that Arts Festival embodies.

More and more groups — alumni of local high schools, former residents, Penn State alums, local band groupies and all-around lovers of the Centre Region — choose Arts Festival-time for informal reunions and events. Why? I have to believe it’s to embrace the sense of community that comes with the sites, sounds, and feelings associated with Arts Festival.

For example, the State College Area High School Class of 1975 is planning an informal event on July 10 for their 35th Reunion – right along Allen Street. Also planned that night, a “Facebook Reunion” designed for “…friends from ‘back in the day’ to come to hang out and reconnect.”

But it’s not just school friends coming together. Arts Festival is often a time for families to reconnect over great performances, for church groups to give back to the community through volunteerism, for bands to return to the place where they had their 15 minutes of fame.

No matter where you’ve gone since leaving State College – or if you’ve never left Happy Valley at all – Arts Festival is still defining your summer. And even if you can’t make it back every year, the Arts Festival community welcomes you back any time.

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