State College Arts Fest opens music performances to an in-person audience during a mostly virtual festival


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

Eleven musical performances will take place 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 were excited to perform in front of people again.

“That’s what they do. They get their energy from the audience. So we’re excited to have them back and you know they’re all getting a paycheck,” said Bryant. “So we’re really heading back to normal, and people applaud and stamp their feet. ”

A $ 10 bracelet, available at the door, will cover admission to all shows, although seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to 250 people.

Bryant encourages people to participate in both the in-person and virtual portions of the event.

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

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

The Festival Sidewalk Sale will be online at


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