Plan Your Visit

Participating in First Night State College is easy. A little advance knowledge and preparation makes it even more enjoyable!

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Know Before You Go

Town & Gown’s First Night State College Official Program Guide is our official program guide. It is available in many locations in the Centre Region during the month of December. It will be available at all First Night performance venues and our Warm-Up and Information Station. We strive to provide information and guidance that will make First Night State College more enjoyable and safe. Learn more here.

First Night State College 2019
Buy a First Night Button

A First Night State College button provides general admission to workshops, indoor performances, and the Pegula Ice Arena on a first-come, first-served basis in addition to supporting the funding of other First Night events. Children 5 and under are admitted free with an adult. Learn more here.

Nittany Knights
See a Show

First Night State College means great family-friendly entertainment! We present music, comedy, variety, and dance in downtown churches, theatres, and public buildings. First Night brings you stand-up comedy from New York City, a graduate of the Chinese National Circus School, and a skinny, German, juggling, lederhosen-wearing clown. Our musical acts cover the range from classical to rock ‘n’ roll and from bluegrass to bagpipes. You’re sure to find something you like at First Night! Learn more here.

Join the Fun!

At First Night, you needn’t just watch other people having fun; you can join in! Get a little exercise ice skating at Pegula Arena, or put on your running gear for our 5K Resolution Run. Carry a puppet or drum in our Grand Procession—it’s not just for children! Flex your creative muscles in our art, craft, music, and dance workshops for children and adults. Or just check out our ice sculptures, make a resolution, and enjoy the evening with someone you love. There are lots of ways to join in the fun!. Learn more here.

Strudel at First Night
Stay the Night!

There are lots of great food options during First Night.  Two churches are serving soups, salads, and desserts in their social halls. For a bite to eat on the street, we’ve got strudel on S. Allen St., kettle korn, and a food truck in Sidney Friedman Park.  And if you’re still hungry after trying all of those out, there are lots of great downtown restaurants too! Learn more here.

Atherton Hotel
Stay the Night!

First Night State College participants make the experience even better by staying overnight at one of our sponsoring hotel. A number of area hotels offer special overnight packages for December 31 to make a visit to First Night and Happy Valley a New Year’s Eve to remember. There’s something for every taste and budget! Learn more here.

Buy a Button!

A First Night button gets you into all performances and some activities – for just $10!

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