PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Part-Time Pedestrian Mall With Entertainment, Special Lighting To Open On Calder Way

Calder Way in State College will become a part-time pedestrian mall this summer, complete with entertainment, activities, art, and a “lighting experience,” the Downtown State College Improvement District announced Wednesday.

Starting July 15, the road will be closed to vehicle traffic between Fraser and Pugh streets from 6 to 11 p.m. every Thursday through Saturday.

The initiative, dubbed “Calder WalkWay,” will create “an engaging, creative, and interactive outdoor space that the entire community and visitors alike will enjoy,” Downtown State College Improvement District Executive Director Lee Anne Jeffries said in a release.

Calder WalkWay will feature a “dynamic lighting attraction,” along with additional outdoor seating, outdoor movies, community engagement activities, and public art.

A “dynamic lighting attraction” will be part of the Calder WalkWay part-time pedestrian mall. Photo provided | Downtown State College Improvement District.

DSCID also will invite local artists to participate in a “backdoor art competition,” with the community selecting the winner. Interested artists should contact DSCID at (814) 238-7004.

“Calder WalkWay will provide an opportunity for the public to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience in Downtown State College,” Jeffries said.

More event details will be available at

Calder WalkWay is supported and co-sponsored by the borough.

The event is one of several DSCID has organized this summer to bring community members and visitors downtown.

“Live After 5,” a concert series featuring top local bands at 5:15 p.m. every Thursday on the stage at the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza on South Fraser Street, debuted last week and continues through September 9.

First Friday, the monthly celebration of the downtown’s art, music, food, and shopping, also returned last week and will be held again starting at 5 p.m. on August 6.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Geoff Rushton (

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.


State College Links
Other posts by Geoff

Penn State Settles Lawsuit With Man Injured During Police Response To 2018 Tailgate

Penn State will pay $25,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a New York man who says he sustained long-lasting injuries during the police response to a chaotic Beaver Stadium tailgate party.

PrimoHoagies To Open First State College Location

CATA Suspending Routes, Reducing Frequencies Amid ‘Severe Staffing Shortages’

Staff Predictions: No. 6 Penn State vs. Villanova

Take Penn State against the spread, folks.

Staff Predictions: No. 6 Penn State vs. Villanova

Take Penn State against the spread, folks.

Penn State’s Herbarium Houses Centuries Of Dead Plants & History

Penn State’s own herbarium hosts specimens dating back to the days of Evan Pugh.

Penn State History Lesson: The Time Joe Paterno Tried To Leave For USC

JoePa was once “furious” about not being able to leave Penn State for sunny California.

Send this to a friend