Fun Beyond the Festival

Sure, the Festival is the best thing ever. But State College and Central Pennsylvania have even more to offer!  After checking out the Festival, make time to visit the People’s Choice Festival at its new location in Centre Hall, or Heritage Days in Philipsburg. There are exhibitions at the Palmer Museum and the HUB-Robeson Center to see, in addition to a show at the Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall. 

By all means, make plans to come back at another time of year to enjoy outdoor recreation, heritage and sporting events, wineries or distilleries, or just to see friends and family.  The Festival is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fun in central Pennsylvania. 

People’s Choice Festival

The People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts was founded in 1993 by two energetic local artists, George and Nancy Marion who realized that here were more local artists than could be accommodated by the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. In 2022 the festival moves to a new location: Centre Hall’s Grange Park. While the location is changing, festival organizers are committed to continuing to build upon the rich tradition of central Pennsylvania’s only festival devoted exclusively to the Pennsylvania artists and craftspeople. In addition to artists, the festival features live entertainment, educational activities for children, and many food options.

Philipsburg Heritage Days

Philipsburg Heritage Days was founded in 1998 by former Philipsburg Bicentennial Committee members. The organizers’ aim was to create an annual event that would showcase the rich historic assets of the Philipsburg community. Each year, the committee selects a theme that highlights a specific historical event or recognizes one of the area’s civic groups. Many class reunions, family reunions, homecomings, and weddings are planned around the Heritage Days celebration. The event concludes with a fireworks display on Saturday, July 16.

Other Arts Options 

Other Art Options

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Corner of West Foster Avenue and Fraser Street
Stained Glass Windows Tour, Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16; 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Facing Memorial Field, this church building, in the English Norman style was consecrated in 1928. St. Andrew’s is well known for its stained glass windows designed, produced, and installed by the famous Willet Studios of Philadelphia.

Visit the church’s website to learn more. 

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
Corner of West Foster Avenue and Fraser Street
Saturday, July 16; 1:00 p.m.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church will host a free poetry reading and panel discussion featuring the winners of their 2022 Poetry Contest, Caring for Creation. The poetry reading will be hosted by poet Marjorie Maddox. A panel discussion will follow at 2:30 p.m. 

Visit the church’s website to learn more. 

113 Carnegie Building
Penn State Campus
July 14-16, 7:00 p.m.

No Refund Theatre presents Marilyn/God, an exploration of the multi-levels of complexity of cult goddess Marilyn Monroe, her vulnerability, anger, and how Americans’ worship of beauty and fame fueled her rise to stardom. Directed by Joey Reihart

Visit No Refund Theatre’s Facebook page to learn more.

On Golden Pond
State College Community Theatre
July 15-17

For tickets and to learn more click here.

Aias Project: Healing Trauma through Tragedy and Music
Main staircase, HUB-Robeson Center
July 15, 2:00 p.m.

Presented by The Aias Team from Valencia College, Orlando, FL


Jersey Boys
Millbrook Playhouse
258 Country Club Lane
Mill Hall, PA 17751
July 8-23

Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the Four Seasons—the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation.

Visit Millbrook Playhouse’s Website to learn more.

HUB-Robeson Center
Pollock Road
Penn State Campus
Open Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

HUB Gallery: Happy Valley Animation Festival

May 10 – July 17

An exhibition of animation reels from the second annual Happy Valley Animation Festival (HVAF 2022), a juried, international animation competition that seeks to promote the art of animation and showcase works by students, early career and practicing professional artists, designers, and filmmakers in three primary categories: Animated Films, Experimental Animated Works, and Animated Motion Graphics & Design.

HVAF is a collaboration between organizers, volunteers, and academic partners. 2022 events are hosted by the Digital Arts and Media Design (DART) Program in the School of Visual Arts at Penn State.

Learn more here.

Art Alley: Scatter Terrain

March 25 – July 17

The term “scatter terrain,” borrowed from role-playing and war games, refers to miniature fragments of architecture, natural features, or small props that provide a visual aid for players. This exhibition presents pockets of “terrain” – peculiar landscapes, architectural gestures, intimate domestic corners – as a metaphorical means of escape from the pandemic and connection to those who are far away. What started as a call for disparate glimpses into distant lives and locations is now shifting toward a realization that our communal sense of place is still marked by a reckoning with an ailing world and an urgent need for new perspectives. Scatter Terrain was co-curated by Anthony Cervino and Shannon Egan, features 25 artists, and first premiered at Ejecta Projects.

Palmer Museum of Art
Curtin Road
Penn State Campus
Hours vary, closed Mondays

Those Who Taught: Selected Works by Former Faculty

May 20 – August 14

Those Who Taught is presented in conjunction with HOME/STUDIO: 2022 Penn State School of Visual Arts Faculty Show. This companion exhibition highlights a selection of watercolors, drawings, and prints by former Penn State faculty members. In the years before the founding of the Museum of Art in 1972, these artists laid the groundwork for the University’s support of the arts that began in the early 1960s. While some of the faculty artists represented in the exhibition spent only a few years in State College, many ultimately made their homes here and spent decades working with students and contributing to campus life.

Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art as part of its 50th anniversary celebration.

Linda Plotkin (American, b. 1938), Morning Light, 1977, Aquatint, mezzotint, and engraving, 26 x 29-1/8 inches. Gift of John and Dorothy O’Connor, 2004.42

HOME/STUDIO: 2022 Penn State School of Visual Arts Faculty Show

May 28 – August 28

The exhibition HOME/STUDIO features recent work by twenty-five current faculty members in Penn State’s School of Visual Arts. Exhibitions of work by visual art and art education professors have been a fixture of campus life for years. Since the museum’s founding in 1972, more than twenty faculty-based exhibitions have been organized by the Palmer Museum of Art. 

What sets this faculty show apart from those that came before it is the unprecedented period during which the works were produced; that is, amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the social and political upheavals that marked 2020 and 2021. The works on view were shaped by the disruption to daily life and work routines, the overriding sense of uncertainty that permeated lived experience, and the physical and psychological barriers created by the confinement of sheltering in place.

The exhibition is organized by the Palmer Museum of Art and curated by Museum Director Erin M. Coe.  

Staff Picks: A Selection of Palmer Favorites

June 3 – September 4

Every museum contains objects that, for one reason or another, become highlights of the collection in the eyes of its visitors. Similarly, the people who spend their professional lives in the museum also form attachments to the objects in their care. In this exhibition, the staff members of the Palmer Museum of Art share works of art from the museum’s permanent collection that have become special to them. They also share the stories behind their selections, inviting the public to consider objects that might in turn become a few of their favorite things.

Organized by the Palmer Museum of Art as part of its 50th anniversary celebration.

Martin Lewis (American, 1881–1962), Little Penthouse, 1931, drypoint, 13½ x 10½ inches. Museum purchase, 2000.55

Woskob Family Gallery
146 S. Allen Street
State College

Renewable Energy Art and Design

July 14-17

Mihyun Kang, Phil Choo, Bruce Logan, Anjana Padmakumar Renuka, and Paulo Soares

The goal of this exhibition is to demonstrate the benefits of solar-based electricity generation through art and design. Featuring projects developed by an interdisciplinary research team, the exhibition enables us to visualize the sustainability and energy system in a meaningful and artistic way. In addition, interactive educational activities — organized in collaboration with the Sustainability Institute — enhance the energy literacy of participants and empower their renewable energy adaptation. The project is funded by the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment Seed Grant Program with additional support from the Penn State student chapter of the American Solar Energy Society.

Visit the gallery’s website to learn more. 

Earth Archives: Stories of Human Impact
Eberly Family Special Collections Library’s Exhibition Gallery, 104 Paterno Library
Penn State Campus
Click here for exhibition hours.

This exhibition explores the intersection of the environment, human activity, climate change, and the documentary record. Highlights of the exhibition include print, manuscript and art works such as a first edition of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring; an album of seaweeds collected by women off the English coast around 1850; and documents and publications related to the 1948 “killer smog” in Donora, Pennsylvania, one of the worst air pollution disasters in U.S. history.

Iconic Modern Chair Collection
111 Stuckeman Family Building
Penn State Campus
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library’s Iconic Modern Chair Collection was a gift from Penn State faculty member Dr. Craig Zabel. It’s an “interactive” (meaning you can sit on them) collection of seven chairs designed by well known Modernist designers such as Gerrit Rietveld, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles and Ray Eames.

Robin Road Architecture Walking Tour

Download the tour here.

Enjoy a brief architecture walk on Robin Road with a tour you can download to your phone.

Though this State College neighborhood was first laid out in the 1930s, the majority of homes on Robin Road were designed at mid-century by A. William Hajjar, a Penn State architecture faculty member in the 1950s and 1960s. The self-guided tour was devised by employees of Penn State University Libraries’ Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library and Donald W. Hamer Center for Maps and Geospatial Information and is based on the University Libraries special collection of Hajjar’s work.

Read the library’s press release here.

Art Alliance Members Show
Kish Bank Expect More Store
114 South Allen Street
State College

The opening reception for the second half of the Members Show is 5:30–7:30 at KISH Bank Expect More Store on S. Allen St. Snacks and drinks are generously provided by KISH Bank.

The Members Show offers the opportunity for all Art Alliance members, regardless of their level of expertise, to show their work. We look forward to this double annual show featuring the work of our many talented members. The 2022 show was split between June and July and held at KISH Bank Expect More Store on S. Allen St in State College.

A Popular Vote with a $100 cash prize is awarded to the artist whose work receives the most votes in each half of the show. Votes were cast in-person by visitors to the show.

All works are original and have not won awards in previous Art Alliance shows. Works may not be reproduced in any manner without explicit permission from the artist. 

Out of Nowhere
The State Theatre
130 West College Avenue
State College

Art Alliance member Charlie O’Neill will exhibit her work, Out of Nowhere, in the lobby of The State Theatre July–August.

Constantly Aspiring to the Condition
Downtown State College Improvement District office
127 South Fraser Street
State College

Art Alliance member, Tim Reeder, will exhibit his work at the Downtown Improvement District Office July and August. His exhibition, “Constantly Aspiring to the Condition,” includes more than 30 works of art in various paint mediums. 

Ice Show in July
University Wine Company
540 Misty Hill Drive
State College

Art Alliance member, Deena Ultman, will exhibit her work throughout July at the University Wine Company. This collection, titled “Ice Show in July,” was influenced by the beauty of monotone in an ice storm this past winter. 

The 2022 Golden Basket 
3 Dots Downtown
137 E Beaver Ave
State College

July 15, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, while supplies last

The 2022 Golden Basket, presented by Arize Federal Credit Union and benefiting central Pennsylvania’s food hub, Appalachian Food Works, will have chefs prepare a dish created with locally sourced ingredients for $3 per taste.

ALL HANDS ON DECK –  a community created mural
Fraser Street Parking Deck in Kelly Alley
State College

Thursday – Saturday, July 14 – 16 
noon – 6pm

Lend your hand in the creation of a permanent art mural on the Fraser Street Parking Deck in Kelly Alley. Dip your hand in paint and put it on the wall to signify the power of a community that pledges to Live United. A donation of $20 donation per hand or $50 per family of up to six members is appreciated.

Extend Your Visit and Explore!

In addition to Arts Festival, there are lots of other great things to see and do in State College, the region, and the Commonwealth. Here are a few links in case you’d like to extend your visit and explore more of Pennsylvania.

From fine dining in downtown State College, to arts and sporting events on Penn State’s University Park campus, to hiking or hunting in the wilds of our mountains, Central Pennsylvania has something for everyone.

Come to Pennsylvania!

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Whoever you are, no matter what you love to do, know that happiness is Pennsylvania’s keystone. It always has been. It lives in our historic treasures. Our dynamic urban spaces. Our greater-than-great outdoors.

Mix it up. Make it yours. Visit soon and build your own personal adventure from every corner of our warm and welcoming state.

You’ll be so happy you did.

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Buy a Festival Wristband!

Festival wristbands are required for certain indoor performances. They are $15 each (plus shipping if ordered online) and are good for the entire Festival.

Visit the Festival Store!

Get a Festival poster and buy Festival wristbands, t-shirts and other merchandise at the corner of College and Allen – or visit our online store.