2016 Visitor Information
Town & Gown’s First Night State College Official Program Guide is the official program guide for 2016 First Night State College. It can be picked up in many locations in downtown State College during the month of December. On December 31st it is available at performance venues and First Night State College’s Warm-Up and Information Station at the Christian Science Reading Room and Bookstore, 218 S. Allen Street.
For On-Site Information and Help
The Warm-Up and Information Station at the Christian Science Reading Room and Bookstore, 218 S. Allen Street is open from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Please inquire there about the purchase of First Night State College buttons and for First Night information. Lost children, lost parents or lost personal items may be reported at the Warm-Up and Information Station or by calling the First Night State College office at 814-237-3682.
For non-emergency police assistance, call 814-863-1111 (Penn State) or 814-234-7150 (Borough of State College).
What to Wear
First Night State College events are held regardless of weather conditions! Wear more warm clothing than you think you’ll need.
No Alcohol, Please
First Night is an alcohol-free event. Additionally, State College’s open container ordinance prohibits public consumption of alcoholic beverages. Food or beverage consumption is not allowed at indoor performance sites.
When to Arrive
Performance sites have limited seating, and admission is first-come, first-served. If you cannot get into an event of your choice, consider other offerings. Plan your visit in advance and arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of each event.
Four parking garages, several surface lots, and on-street spaces provide a variety of parking options in downtown State College for First Night. Additional free parking is available on Penn State’s University Park campus.
CATA Bus Service
Take the bus from downtown to the Pegula Ice Arena! Free and fully accessible CATA White Loop bus service will operate during First Night. The White Loop provides continuous service between the downtown and campus sites. The stops include Beaver Avenue and Allen Street (Schlow Library/CATA office), The Palmer Museum of Art, Pattee Library, and the Pegula Ice Arena. Service starts at Schlow Library at 4:30 p.m. and operates every 10 minutes until 11:30 p.m. The last complete trip leaves Schlow Library at 11:20 p.m.
CATA’s Customer Service Center, located at 108 E. Beaver Avenue (at Schlow Library), will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Stop in for complimentary snacks, hot chocolate, or just to say “Happy New Year!” Accessible rest rooms are available.
The CATA White Loop is wheelchair accessible. Accessible sites are marked on the schedule of events grids in the First Night State College Official Program Guide.