Here are the Festival performances and activities we have scheduled for Wednesday. Click on the + for each listing to learn more. We’re still finalizing details, so check back soon for more current information.
A key for the locations is provided at the bottom of the page. Events marked with a B require a Festival Button for admittance.
10:00 a.m. | South Allen Street - Public Safety Personnel
Public safety personnel will be on hand from the Alpha Fire Department and the State College Area Police Department. It’s always a good time to take a photo with a firefighter or a police officer.
10:00 a.m. | South Allen Street - Children and Youth Day Sidewalk Sale (ends at 3:00 p.m.)
Young people are bursting with energy—both artistic and otherwise. The Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale is a fun way for boys and girls to express themselves visually and harness at least the artistic part of all that energy!
The Children and Youth Day Sidewalk Sale encourages young people to develop their artistic potential through personal expression in individually crafted, original objects. Artists ages 8 through 18, who live in or have relatives in Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon, Mifflin or Union Counties, are encouraged to participate. All work must be designed and produced by the entrant; work made from kits is not permitted.
The Children and Youth Day Sidewalk Sale is sponsored by the Penn State Federal Credit Union.
10:00 a.m. | Old Main Lawn - Children's Creative Activities (ends at 3:00 p.m.)
The Palmer Museum of Art joins other educational and civic organizations from the central Pennsylvania region in providing creative activities for young art lovers on the Old Main lawn. The museum is closed this summer, but we hope that you will join us at the Children and Youth Day to make a special print called gyotaku (gyo=fish; taku=rubbing). Choose your favorite fish model and paint color, press a sheet of paper on an inked fish, then gently pull it off to reveal your very own work of art.
Science is all around us…including on Old Main Lawn! Kids of all ages are enthusiastically invited to bring your curiosity to the many science activities being featured this year. You will join real Penn State scientists to explore hands-on science ideas that are part of our everyday world – squishy electric circuits, peculiar magnets, sun energy art and jewelry, funny liquids, and more! The traditional Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream booth will also be there to make you smile. Graduate students from the Center for Nanoscale Science, undergraduate summer researchers from the Physics, Interdisciplinary Materials, Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering Departments, and high school students from Upward Bound are excited to share their creativity and passion for science with you!
You’ll be more than just a pretty face when you have your face painted by volunteers from Kohl’s.
4 H Puppy Raisers
Seeing-eye dogs go through a rigorous training process so that they can assist the sight impaired with mobility issues that many of us take for granted. 4-H members raise puppies that will one day assist the sight impaired as seeing-eye dogs.
Unleash your creativity as you make a craft project with the staff from the Center for Arts and Crafts at Penn State! Use colorful and fun materials!
Everyone has favorite colors. Penn State Athletics favorites are blue and white.
Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center teaches about our local wild fauna.
Penn State All Sports Museum showcases the rich history of sports at Penn State.
Men and women from Bilingualism Matters at Penn State will show with special script name tags what a diverse community we live in.
Penn State Public Broadcasting hosts some of the most popular activities on the Old Main Lawn.
10:00 a.m. | Park - Children's Creative Activities (ends at 3:00 p.m.)
Staff from Centre Region Parks and Recreation will get your creative juices flowing one letter at a time with Art in the Park.
Create your own pet rocks with the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania. Children will be able to paint and embellish river stones to create a unique keepsake that fits in a pocket.
The men and women from Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union will help transform a plain piggy bank to a blue ribbon winner.
Face painting is an Arts Festival tradition. You’ll be more than just a pretty face when you have your face painted at Children and Youth Day! Face painters will be from the State College Area Education Association.
11:00 a.m. | Shell - Nittany Dreamers
The Nittany Dreamers Baton Corps was founded more than ten years ago by John Mitchell, the feature twirler of Penn State’s Blue Band. The Nittany Dreamers is made up of 32 performers, who range in age from kindergarten through high school. The group performs at parades and events throughout Centre County including the Penn State Homecoming Parade.
11:00 a.m. | Allen - State College Suzuki Program at the Music Academy
More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.
The State College Suzuki Program offers instruction in violin, viola, cello, and piano. It is the only fully dedicated Suzuki program in the area.
12:00 p.m. | Allen - Central PA Mixed Martial Arts
Central PA Mixed Martial Arts specializes in strengthening students’ self confidence, discipline, focus, leadership skills, respect for others, perseverance and integrity all while giving them an activity which will physically challenge their bodies and mentally stimulate their minds. This program drives students to work hard and set goals not only in martial arts but in all walks of life.
12:30 p.m. | Allen - Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania
The Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania has brought music and dance to thousands of students and their families in State College and surrounding areas.
1:00 p.m. | Shell - Centre Dance
Centre Dance offers ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and hip hop to students age 3 and up at its State College studio. Students perform several times a year, including spring recitals and the ever-popular traditional Christmastime The Nutcracker. Centre Dance’s director, Nicole Swope, is a member of Dance Masters of America. The Performance will also feature members of the Centre Dance competition team, Avid Dance Productions.
2:30 p.m. | Shell - Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop
Students will present a narrated demonstration of styles of dance and excerpts from their recent production, Music Icons. The styles demonstrated will include ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop. The Fraser Street Dancers will make a special appearance.
2:30 p.m. | Allen - Centre County Outstanding Young Woman
Centre County has been home to a scholarship program for young women since 1965, when the county’s first Junior Miss program was held. In 1998, the name of the organization was changed to the Outstanding Young Woman Program.
Over 1,000 women have participated in the Centre County Outstanding Young Woman Program since 1965 and they have earned more than $200,000 in scholarship money for post high school education. The Outstanding Young Woman Program is an outstanding opportunity for young women to earn scholarships, build character, strengthen values and improve self?confidence. The organization emphasizes the positive and stresses the overall development of young women by focusing on excellence and achievement in scholarship, perception, creativity, physical fitness, and character.
The OYW program awards scholarships to its overall program winner and first runner-up, in addition to winners of each individual program segments including interview, scholarship, performing arts, fitness, and presence and presentation. Program participants select the winner of the Keystone Award each year.
4:00 p.m. | Old Main Lawn - Children and Youth Day Grand Procession
Distribution of procession pieces will begin at 3:15 p.m.
Discover a well-populated menagerie of giant papier-mâché creatures made to be worn or carried in the Children and Youth Day Grand Procession. Dragons, lions, fish, carousel animals, and everything in between will be awaiting just the right person to bring them to life in a royal progress from Old Main Lawn, down Allen Street to Sidney Friedman Park.
We have something for everyone—men, women, short, tall, big, little, young, old. When it comes to puppets and the Children and Youth Day Grand Procession, one size does not fit all.
Music suitable for the occasion will be provided by musicians from State College Area High School under the baton of Paul Leskowicz. Phyllis Kipp, Puppet Master.
The Children and Youth Day Grand Procession is sponsored by the Centre Daily Times.
4:30 p.m. | Shell - Dance Academy
Students perform a variety of tap, jazz, and ballet routines for your enjoyment.
7:30 p.m. | Presby - Pat Farrell Community Sing Along (community sing)
For many years State College residents came together for a weekly “community sing” each week during the summer, under the direction of Frank Gullo, the director of Penn State’s Glee Club, and Hummel Fishburn, the director of The Blue Band. This fun tradition disappeared in the 1970’s, it now has a new life, named in memory of Pat Farrell, a former Arts Festival board president. The enduring popularity of the event is proof there are lots of people who aren’t in the church choir, or regulars at a karaoke night who enjoy singing.
Young and old, those who can sing, and especially those who can’t carry a tune in a bucket, are invited to join Russell Bloom, Erik Clayton, and Leah Mueller as the community comes together to make some joyful noise.
Russell Bloom is the director of music at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in State College, where he conducts the two choirs and coordinates a part-time staff of eight musicians. Erik Clayton was appointed as director of choirs at State College Area High School in 2015. He previously served in a similar position at Central Dauphin High School. Leah Mueller is a music teacher in the State College Area School District. She studied music education at Penn State and earned a graduate degree the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.
It will be a fun evening of traditional songs, folk melodies, camp songs, and perhaps a Broadway number or two.
The Pat Farrell Community Sing Along is sponsored by the Foxdale Village Retirement Community.
B = Button required for admittance
- Allen: Allen Street Stage
- Park: Sidney Friedman Park
- Presby: State College Presbyterian Church
- Shell: Festival Shell Stage