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What is it?
A monthly event designed to showcase and stimulate the cultural, intellectual, and entertainment talent in the Centre Region and to provide a venue for seminars, exhibits, performances, debate, and camaraderie year round.
Where is it?
First Thursday will take place at institutions throughout town and campus including the Palmer Museum, Pattee and Paterno Libraries, the Downtown Theater, and Schlow Centre Region Library; and at art galleries including the Artisan Connection, Creative Oasis, Douglas Albert Galleries, and Old Main Frame Shop. It is hoped that ultimately other venues, including coffee shops, restaurants, and other businesses, will join in the effort to make downtown State College THE place to be on the first Thursday of each month.
When is it?
Beginning February 1, 2007, First Thursday will be held on the first Thursday of each month year-round. Activities may begin as early as noon and last until 9 p.m.
Why Thursday?
Many businesses are open for extended hours on Thursday and parking is free at all municipal street meters and municipal parking lots, including the McAllister Parking Deck.
Where is Parking Free on Thursday Evenings?
On Street Parking Meters
Parking Lots - Located on Fraser Street, Beaver Avenue and Allen Street (across from Municipal Building)
McAllister Deck
Parking is NOT FREE in the Fraser, Beaver and Pugh Street Garages.
What is the cost of admission?
Most First Thursday events and exhibits will be free to the public.
How do I find out about upcoming First Thursday events?
The First Thursday web site ( will contain upcoming information. In addition, information will be available in local media. Sandwich board signs will be placed outside participating venues on the day of the events.
Are children welcome?
Yes, although not all events will appeal to all ages. As the event grows, special age-appropriate activities may be designed specifically for children.
Who is the sponsor of First Thursday?
A collaboration of many groups including the Friends of Schlow, the Palmer Museum, the Penn State Libraries, the Downtown Theater, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, the Downtown Improvement District, the Nittany Valley Symphony, and several independent galleries. Other interested organizations, businesses, and individuals are welcome to participate.
Who should I contact if my business or organization would like to participate?
Katie O'Toole
Friends of Schlow
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