With the weather suddenly gaining an autumn chill, this Friday is an ideal time to take a stroll in downtown Williamsport without working up a sweat. It’s First Friday, when local shops stay open through the evening to host artisans, musicians, shows, and visitors of all kinds.

As usual, there is no shortage of things to see and do on this First Friday. To get into the Halloween spirit, Lycoming Arts will host a kid-friendly haunted house on 46 ½ West Fourth Street starting at 5 p.m.

If galleries are more your style, the Taber Museum will feature macro photography by the Susquehanna Valley Shutterbugs; the Lycoming College Art Gallery is hosting Anthony Cervino’s Haunt & Gather sculpture show; the Genetti Taphouse Gallery will display paintings from Joan Carroll; the Peter Herdic House’s walls will be graced with the works of Nella Godby Storm; and Arthaus Projects will run Mike Egan’s Tiny Death exhibition.

Related reading: Coming to Arthaus Projects in October: Tiny Death: Small works

Other events for the evening include a book signing and talk about the future of fishing by author Matthew L. Miller at Otto Bookstore, a fourteenth anniversary sale at Gustonian Gifts with guest artisans, a saxophone performance at the Community Arts Center, plays by The Community Theatre League and Lycoming College, live music and a guest candle maker at Patinaz, and much more!

For a more extensive list of events, times, guests, and locations, check out this month’s First Friday flyer.

The festivities continue Saturday at Pajama Factory’s Octofest 

The week’s celebration of the arts doesn’t end after everyone goes home on Friday night. For the third year in a row, the Pajama Factory is proud to host Octofest: a funky fall festival!

Come join the fun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to enjoy everything that makes the Pajama Factory great! The festival will feature live music, gallery exhibitions, demos, open artists’ studios, drink service from the Bullfrog Brewery and Mountain Top Distillery, food trucks, workshops, and more.

At the festival, you can stop by studio 218 to experience the healing vibrations of a group sound bath presented by Ethereal Energy Reiki and Transformational Tones. As its name suggests, the sound bath doesn’t involve getting wet; it is a meditative experience that uses a variety of instruments to create calming acoustic sounds.

The Factory Works Photo Lab will hold a Cyanotype workshop in studio 9-206. The chemicals used in this old fashioned photographic process are non toxic, so this activity is safe and family-friendly. For the youngest guests, there will be a coloring contest held in the Community Room with prizes of art supplies for each age group’s winner.

Don’t miss out: meet new people, try new things, and see new art at the Pajama Factory’s Octofest this Saturday!

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