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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.

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