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Aside from Penn State home football games, no other single event brings as much excitement and energy to the State College area as the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. The Arts Festival returns July 10-14 (Children and Youth Day July 10) and, like always, promises great art and entertainment, a variety of good food, and plenty of fun. Not only do locals look forward to the Arts Festival, but artists and visitors from around the world come to celebrate the arts in Happy Valley.

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Arts Festival Saturday Events

Happy Valley Improv
Happy Valley Improv is State College’s premier longform improv company, bringing the art of improvisation to the Centre County through performances, classes, workshops, and community outreach.
July 13th 2019 at 10:00 pm

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Eric Ian Farmer
Born in State College, but reared in North Carolina, Eric Ian Farmer shares songs about relationships, social awareness, and finding one’s path in life while keeping alive classics by artists like M...
July 13th 2019 at 10:00 pm

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Bonne Finken
Bonne Finken was born to sing.
July 13th 2019 at 9:30 pm

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My Hero Zero
My Hero Zero has honed its captivating blend of showmanship, talent, and pop-savvy to become State College’s most popular band, seen by well over a thousand Penn Staters on a weekly basis.
July 13th 2019 at 9:30 pm

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Happy Valley Improv
Happy Valley Improv is State College’s premier longform improv company, bringing the art of improvisation to the Centre County through performances, classes, workshops, and community outreach.
July 13th 2019 at 8:00 pm

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Ryanhood
The acoustic-duo Ryanhood got its first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market.
July 13th 2019 at 8:00 pm

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Velveeta
Velveeta the cheese food is a staple in the dairy case at fine supermarkets across the country.
July 13th 2019 at 8:00 pm

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Miss Melanie & the Valley Rats
Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats have appeared with B.B. King, Jay Leno, Johnny Winter, James Cotton, and a host of others in the seven years of being together. Miss Melanie can flat out sing.
July 13th 2019 at 7:30 pm

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Scott & Jack Mangene
Scott Mangene is a veteran performer in the State College music scene. He’s all about versatility—he’ll play at a bar on Saturday and church on Sunday.
July 13th 2019 at 7:00 pm

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RPR
RPR is a band of contrasts, subtleties, humor, and the agility to go from full rampage to whisper in a heartbeat.
July 13th 2019 at 7:00 pm

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Jameson Kidder
Singer-songwriter Jameson Martin Kidder, son of Glenn Kidder (founding member of Cartoon and Hughes, Kidder & Rounds) makes his Festival debut as a solo performer, offering his arrangements of some of...
July 13th 2019 at 6:00 pm

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John Emil
John Emil, an accomplished singer/songwriter, guitarist, and a master of slide guitar, has delivered show stopping performances at major music festivals like the Telluride Blues and Brews Fest, The Fl...
July 13th 2019 at 5:30 pm

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JT & the Denicats
Throughout the year, JT Thompson stays busy playing piano bars, special events, and with several popular bands.
July 13th 2019 at 4:30 pm

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Penn State Taiko Drums
Taiko is an ancient Japanese form of percussion using large drums. The drums range in size from roughly a snare drum, to drums as large as a car.
July 13th 2019 at 3:30 pm

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Chris Rattie & the New Rebels
Chris Rattie is one of today’s most riveting and astute storytellers, harking back to country’s aching roots, but with a keen eye on the future.
July 13th 2019 at 3:30 pm

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Doug Irwin & Brian Cleary
Singer-songwriter Doug Irwin hails from Bellefonte and fronts the itinerant band Blind Horse Wagon.
July 13th 2019 at 2:30 pm

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Ramalama
Doo-wop is a genre of music that was developed in urban African-American communities in the 1940s, achieving mainstream popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s.
July 13th 2019 at 2:30 pm

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Three Names
Three Names is pleased to be back in Central Pennsylvania presenting a riveting performance with dynamic feats of athleticism and profound artistic expression.
July 13th 2019 at 2:00 pm

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Acoustic Artifacts
Acoustic Artifacts is a duo of seasoned musicians performing acoustic classic rock from the 60’s to today.
July 13th 2019 at 1:30 pm

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Zak Sobel
Zak Sobel is a New York City-based singer/songwriter and composer. Zak’s original music blends elements of folk and blues with his clever and relatable lyrics.
July 13th 2019 at 1:30 pm

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State College Municipal Band
The band was formed in 1976 with a group of approximately 80 amateur and semi-professional band members to perform at the Arts Festival.
July 13th 2019 at 12:30 pm

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Revamped
Described as daring and innovative, this vivacious husband and wife violin duo fuses pop, jazz, classical, rock, folk, and even hip hop styles in a way entirely their own.
July 13th 2019 at 11:30 am

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