Visitor Information

The official program guide published and distributed by Town & Gown magazine for the 50th Annual Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is available free at the Information Booths and many local businesses.


To enhance your Arts Festival experience, please refrain from bringing pets and animals into the Festival zone.  Also, due to obvious hazards presented by rollerblades, skateboards, and bicycles in the Festival zone, we discourage their use.

Information Booths

Daily updates of Festival information are available at Information Booths located at the center and farthest points on each loop of the route. The locations and hours are listed below.

Please inquire at the Information Booths regarding lost children, lost parents, or lost personal items. Medical, fire, and police emergencies may be reported at the same locations. General information is also available from officials wearing green and white Festival badges.

College/Allen Booth

  • Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Thurs-Sat, 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Pollock/Burrowes Booth

  • Wednesday, none
  • Thurs-Sat, 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fairmount/Fraser Booth

  • Wednesday, none
  • Thurs-Sat, 9:45 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.


The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts encourages persons with disabilities to attend its presentations. All visual arts exhibitions are accessible to people using wheelchairs.

In cooperation with the Festival, the Sight-Loss Support Group of Central PA, Inc. presents The Festival Eyes Sighted Guide Program to help visitors with impaired vision enjoy the Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition, Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival, sand sculpture, banner exhibition, as well as indoor exhibits. Please call the Sight-Loss Support Group at (814) 238-0132 to arrange for a guide, or look for Festival Eyes guides wearing yellow sashes at the Festival.

Anyone interested in training to become a guide may contact the Sight-Loss Support Group.

Official Festival Smartphone App

Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and the Center for Human-Computer Interaction have again partnered with the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts to develop a smartphone app. This app is available to iOS/Apple devices through the App Store under “Arts Festival State College”, and provides a number of unique services. Features include a full schedule of events, social media integration, and a listing of each artist booth, complete with a map. Additionally this year, festival-goers may use the app to see live updates from both attending artists and the #ArtsFest Twitter feed.

The app has been created as part of an ongoing research study conducted by the College of IST.

To download the app, search for “Arts Festival State College” in your app store or come to the IST booth and phone charging station near Willard Building during Sidewalk Sale hours. The staff there will be delighted to answer all your questions about the app.

Note: If you don’t have a smartphone and/or you don’t want to download an app, you can use our mobile-optimized website to access information and make plans before and during the Festival.

Official Festival Merchandise Booths

You can buy Festival merchandise at the corner of College and Allen, in the center of the Festival route. The Merchandise Booth hours are:

  • Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Nostalgia Merchandise Booth, sponsored by Nestlerode & Loy
Located at the corner of Fraser Street & Nittany Avenue

  • Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Arts Festival Store

Key Festival Information

Click on the tabs below to access other important Festival information.

Medical, fire, and police emergencies:  Dial 911 on the nearest phone or report to information booth/welcome booth personnel or to an Arts Festival official wearing a green and white badge.

For non-emergency assistance:
Campus  814.863.1111
Borough  814.234.7150

Emergency medical services are available during festival hours in 108 Sackett Building on the campus mall close to College Avenue.

State-certified emergency medical technicians and paramedics are on duty to provide assistance.  Medical-team personnel wear white uniform shirts with the EMS insignia.

  • On campus: Sackett Building, Electrical Engineering East, and Willard Building
  • Downtown: Pugh Street Garage, Fraser Street Parking Plaza, Schlow Centre Region Library, Allenway Building and Fairmount Avenue School
  • Other: Portable rest room facilities are on Foster Avenue at Sidney Friedman Park

Cold spring water is available along the Festival route at the Information Booths (Pollock/Burrowes, Fairmount/Fraser and College/Allen).

The water is provided by Roaring Spring Premium Spring Water of Roaring Spring, PA, and sold by the CPFA for $1.00 per bottle.

The Arts Festival is pleased to have a trash recycling program. Please deposit aluminum and glass containers, plastic bottles, lemonade cups and food compost in designated cans. Thank you for helping the Festival and the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority in this important ecological effort.  The Green Crew t-shirts are sponsored by Karch Auto.

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