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State College Arts Fest Opens Music Shows To In-Person Audience During Mostly Virtual Festival

There will be no Sidewalk Sale at this year's Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, but fans can attend 11 in-person musical performances.
Emily Reddy

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has announced that it will host an audience for live musical performances at next weekend’s mostly virtual festival. 

Eleven musical performances will take place from next Thursday through Saturday at the State College Presbyterian Church at 132 West Beaver Avenue downtown. 

Bands include Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, Callanish, Natascha and the Spy Boys, and AAA Blues Band.

Arts Fest director Rick Bryant said the musicians are excited to perform in front of people again.

“This is what they do. They get their energy from the audience. So we’re delighted to have them back and you know they all get a paycheck,” Bryant said. “So we’re really trending towards normal, and having people clap and stomp their feet.”

A $10 wristband, available at the door, will cover admission to all the shows, though seating is first come, first served and limited to 250 people. 

Bryant encourages people to take part in both the in-person and virtual parts of the event. 

“So the best thing for you to do would be to buy a wristband. Go to our shows at the Presbyterian Church and during intermission open your phone, shop at the sidewalk sale artists online.”

The shows will also be live streamed on Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

The Festival’s Sidewalk Art Sale will be online at

Emily Reddy is the news director at WPSU-FM, the NPR-affiliate public radio station for central and northern Pennsylvania.
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