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TGIF: Blue-White Weekend Events for April 15-17

by on April 15, 2016 6:00 AM

It's Friday in Happy Valley, where we're getting ready to kick off Blue White Weekend.

The highlight of the weekend is the annual Blue White game, kicking off at 2 p.m. at Beaver Stadium. But there's plenty more going on around the stadium beforehand, including a Family Fun Zone in Holuba Hall, the Fan Festival on Curtin Road and the player autograph session.

That's not all that's happening this weekend in State College. Luke Bryan is at the BJC on Friday night; Penn State Centre Stage opens its production of an Oscar Wilde classic; the Happy Valley Flea Market returns for another season; the annual Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run goes off on Sunday to benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania; and much, much more

We've compiled the highlights from the upcoming weekend's community events in the State College area for you to enjoy.


Kick the Dust Up at the BJC
Country music superstar and CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan brings his “Kill the Lights Tour” to the Bryce Jordan Center at 7 p.m. with special guests Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. The show is sold out but check the Bryce Jordan Center website for info.

Fiddler on the Roof
The State College Area High School Thespians present “Fiddler on the Roof,” the classic story of Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters as he tries to protect them and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the State High North Building Auditorium. Ticket details.

Get Wilde
Considered to be Oscar Wilde's most brilliant tour de force, “The Importance of Being Earnest” comes to the Pavilion Theatre stage courtesy of Penn State Centre Stage. Opening night is Friday with the show at 7:30 p.m. followed by another performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and continuing next week. Check here for tickets and other show times.

Blue-White Benefit
Penn State great Michael Robinson hosts the Blue-White Benefit supporting his Team Excel program at 6:30 p.m. in Pegula Ice Arena. Event Info

Softball at Beard Field
Penn State softball opens a three-game home series against Maryland, with first pitch Friday at 6 p.m. The Lions and Terps square off again at 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

Tennis, Anyone?
The Penn State women’s tennis team is home for the weekend, taking on Northwestern on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Illinois on Sunday at 11 a.m.

See the full calendar for Friday


Blue-White Game Day
One of the most popular days on the spring calendar is here! The Blue-White game intrasquad scrimmage kicks off at 2 p.m., but take a look at everything else that’s happening around Beaver Stadium.

8 a.m. Beaver Stadium lots open
9 a.m. -1 p.m. Blue-White Family Fun Zone in Holuba Hall
9 a.m. Fan Festival opens on Curtin Road
10:30 a.m. Team buses arrive
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Player autograph session
12:30 p.m. Gates A and B open.
2 p.m. Kickoff

And be sure to check out parking and traffic info, plus catch up on everything that’s been going on with the team this spring on our Blue-White page.

Still Strong
Former Nittany Lion Devon Still, along with his daughter Leah, hosts a Blue and White Reception from 6-8 p.m. at the Nittany Lion Inn for his Still Strong Foundation benefiting pediatric cancer patients and their families. Event info. 

Military Museum Kids Day
It’s the first of four events this season at the PA Military Museum in Boalsburg where kids of all ages can try on the field gear and head gear from the education collection from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.. Visit education stations in the galleries for more fun discoveries throughout the day. Regular admission rates apply.

Model Railroads
See the sites and hear the sounds of the University Park and Eastern Railroad at the Penn State Model Railroad Club's Spring Open House, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in 10 Pinchot Hall in the East Halls residence area. Guests will have the opportunity to be the engineer, guiding a train through scenic landscapes reminiscent of central Pennsylvania.

Schlow Library’s Downsbrough Community Room will host children’s theater as the Penn State Thespians present “Olivia!” based on the feisty children’s cartoon pig. Performances are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2:30pm only on Sunday.  No registration is necessary.

Happy Valley Flea Market
Happy Valley Flea Market opens for the season once again at 7 a.m. at the site of the former Starlite Drive-in on the Benner Pike. Open every weekend through October 16. Walk-in vendors are welcome. Free admission and parking.

Opera at the State Theatre
The Metropolitan Opera HD Live season continues at the State Theatre with the broadcast of Gaetano Donizetti’s “Roberto Devereux”. The performance starts at 12:55 p.m.

See the full calendar for Saturday


Beaver Stadium Run
The Seventh Annual Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run gets under way at 7:30 a.m. The three-mile run and two-mile family fun walk benefits Special Olympics Pennsylvania. To register or for more information go to

Lions on the Links
Penn State men’s golf hosts the final round of the 40th Rutherford Intercollegiate, teeing off at 8:15 a.m. at Penn State’s Blue Course.

Earth Day Birthday
Spend the afternoon outdoors at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center’s Earth Day Birthday,  with educational fun about the Earth and how to protect it. Visit displays from local environmental organizations, enjoy kids activities and crafts, games, food, entertainment and more.

Bolshoi Ballet
The State Theatre hosts an HD broadcast of the Bolshoi Ballet’s performance of “Spartacus at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors, $10 for adults. More info.

The 14th ranked Penn State men’s lacrosse team takes on traditional power John Hopkins at 7 p.m. at Lacrosse Field.

See the full calendar for Sunday 


The Boss is back at the BJC on Monday as Bruce Springsteen brings his tour to town at 7:30 p.m., celebrating his classic album “The RIver.” Very limited tickets remain. Penn State baseball is back at Medlar Field on Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch against Bucknell. Legendary solo artist and Procol Harum guitarist Robin Trower returns to the State Theatre on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. show. On Thursday, Penn State’s Research Unplugged goes Inside the Maestro’s Studio with violinist and music professor Jim Lyon at 12:30 p.m. in Schlow Library. That night, at Eisenhower Auditorium Compagnia Finzi Pasca presents La Verità, a theatrical homage to the life and work of surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.



If all that isn't enough for you, there's more happening in State College. Check out our calendar page to explore the weekend's events, and feel free to add your own if it isn't listed.




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