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Downtown State College Fall Festival to Offer a Day of Autumn Fun

Downtown State College Improvement District (DSCID) will hold its 22nd annual Downtown Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the 200 block of South Allen Street.

Fall Fest is free and open to the community. It will feature a range of nonprofits and will include a variety of family-friendly activities. DSCID Executive Director Lee Anne Jeffries encourages the community to come downtown to enjoy the free activities.

“It is our hope that families will kick off the fall season with us and make a day of downtown!” she said.

A wide variety of food vendors will be on site, including Juana’s Venezuelan Cuisine, Auntie Anne’s, Bonnie Blues BBQ, Rosie’s Pierogies, Classic Cones and Moody Culture Kombuca. Fall Fest will also feature live music performances from DJ Elbow Knee Knee and Adam & Armadillos.

Activities at Fall Fest will include pony rides, a fun house, a photo station and more, along with balloon animals from Nittany Balloons and drawings by Monster D. Free pumpkins from Martin’s Garden Center also will be given away to children, and Growing Tree Toys will sponsor a pumpkin decorating activity.

Schlow Centre Region Library will be open with special activities for children, teens and adults. The Children’s Department will be hosting a scarecrow puppet making activity, while adults can make spooky jar luminaries.

Fall Fest is part of a busy Saturday of activities in downtown State College.

Pop Up Ave, an outdoor maker and vintage market, will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the 100 block of South Fraser Street.

Admission is free. The market will host approximately 40 vendors from across Pennsylvania featuring a variety of products such as vintage clothing, ceramics, stationery, candles and much more. 

Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks will host a beer garden, food will be available from Inside Out Cookie and Super Duper Café and there will be live music and DJs throughout the day.

The Multicultural Unity Fair, hosted by the Community Diversity Group and State College Borough, also will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the State College Municipal Building, 243 S. Allen St.

The educational opportunity will allow the public to experience and celebrate various cultures within the local community through performances, information booths, food, games and children’s activities.

Performances will include Rhythms of West Africa, Powwow Dancing, Dance 4 Joy, belly dancing by Shannon Bishop, Irish dance by Tir Na Nog, Indian classical dance by Nrita PSU, Penn State Fanaa  South Asian a cappella group, Afrique Fusion dance, Eric Ian Farmer and Ady Martinez. 

Free popcorn and cupcakes will be provided by Laura Dreese.

Spaces are still available for volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering can register here.