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First Night on South Allen Street

The information below will make your participation in First Night State College more enjoyable and safe.
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WHAT TO WEAR
NO ALCOHOL, PLEASE
WHEN TO ARRIVE
PARKING
CATA BUS SERVICE
INFORMATION AND HELP
OFFICIAL FIRST NIGHT WARM-UP STATION
PROGRAM GUIDE
WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA
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 evening in advance and arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of each event.  Limited seating in the Penn State Downtown Theatre makes arriving early for shows there especially important.

PARKING

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 Ave. & Allen St. (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., Tuesday,  December 31, and operates every 10 minutes until 11:00 p.m.  The last complete trip leaves Schlow Library at 11:00 p.m.

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.

CATA’s Customer Service Center, located at 108 E. Beaver Avenue (at Schlow Library), will be open from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. on December 31. Stop in for complimentary snacks, hot chocolate, or just to say “Happy New Year!” Accessible rest rooms are available.

INFORMATION AND HELP

Need info or help? Inquire at our Warm Up and Information Station in the Woskob Family Gallery, 146 South Allen Street for First Night information. The Warm Up and Information Station is sponsored by First Citizens Community Bank. 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 237-3682.

For non-emergency police assistance, call 863-1111 (Penn State) or 234-7150 (Borough of State College).

OFFICIAL FIRST NIGHT WARM-UP STATION

First Night State College’s Warm-Up and Information Station is in the Woskob Family Gallery, 146 S. Allen Street. This information site is open from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  The Warm Up and Information Station is sponsored by First Citizens Community Bank.

PROGRAM GUIDE

Town & Gown’s First Night State College Official Program Guide is the official program guide for 2020 First Night State College. It is available in many locations in downtown State College during the month of December and on December 31 will be available at performance venues and First Night State College’s Warm-Up and Information Station.

WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA

The First Night State College website is mobile optimized and can serve as your digital guide while you’re here. Bookmark the site now so you have it handy!

For periodic updates, be sure to follow First Night State College on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram . Use the hashtag #FNSC20 to tag us in your posts.

Support for the web site has been generously provided by Denovati Digital.

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