Arts Fest

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in State College.

State College's parking ordinance restricts street parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., but the borough informally waive that rule for Penn State football home games and the Arts Fest. That's expected to change this fall.
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For a long time, Penn State football fans have parked overnight in the State College borough for free during home game weekends, because the borough informally makes an exception for its parking prohibition from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

But that will change this fall.

Event organizers Howie Shultz and Shelby Caraway stand behind one of Shultz's pieces for sale at the Art with a Heart event on Saturday.
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In the midst of the Central Pennsylvania Festival for the Arts, 15 artists decided to donate a total of 360 pieces to Calvary Church’s new Art with a Heart event.

The community event took place on Saturday and raised $6,000 for five different nonprofits.

Calvary Church employee Shelby Caraway and photographer Howie Shultz organized the event as a way to give back to the community.

Creamery Celebrates Anniversary with New Flavor

Jul 17, 2015

During the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Penn State's Berkey Creamery continued its 150th anniversary celebrations by unveiling its newest flavor, birthday cake. Earlier in the summer, Creamery fans voted for the newest addition to the menu and birthday cake received more than 2,000 votes. 

Logo courtesy of Thaw Festival

There's a new festival underway in State College to bring music, film, and more to State College this weekend,  to replace the student-led State Patty's Day celebrations.  In fact, it's more than just one festival.  WPSU's Kristine Allen reports.

Thanks to WPSU intern Jake Somerville for help with this story.

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Room 304 in Hamilton Hall is transformed into a make-shift hotel room for Arts Festival. The dorm itself is sparsely furnished. But it includes every amenity one needs during a weekend getaway.

Each dorm room comes with its own bed, linens, towels, blankets, drawers, and closet. Soap and washcloths are complimentary.

Lindsay Cowen is the Assistant Director of the Penn State Alumni Association’s events team. She helped organize the weekend’s housing in Hamilton, and says the dorm’s location is perfect for Arts Fest.

Arts Fest Goes Zero Waste

Jul 7, 2014
Brad Fey with Recycling bins
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When Brad Fey volunteered on Arts Fest’s trash crew with his Rotary Club, he was dismayed by the 75 tons of garbage it produced each year.

As he filled dumpster after dumpster to the brim, Fey discovered most trash collected Arts Festival weekend could be recycled, or even composted, instead of simply deposited in a local landfill.

“Paper cups, napkins all that stuff turns into soil after you compost it,” Fey said. “Going by experience of collecting trash at arts fest, that’s a lot of what is in the trash.”