TGIF: Blue-White Weekend Events for April 21-23
Happy Blue-White Weekend!
The Blue-White Game and its surrounding activities will draw many to town, but there is much more on tap as well, including live music, performing arts, sports, and Earth Day events.
We've compiled some of the weekend's highlights below.
Of course this isn't all that's happening. There is plenty more around the area for you to enjoy and you can find it all on our calendar page. Explore the weekend's events and add your own if it isn't listed. Or see our Bar Tour and Movies pages for more options this weekend or anytime.
Penn State Softball
The Penn State softball team opens a three-game series against Rutgers at 6 p.m. at Nittany Lion Softball Park. The series continues at 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday
Penn State Baseball
The Nittany Lions welcome Northwestern for a three game series starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and will include post-game fireworks. On Saturday, former Penn State football tight end and current Pittsburgh Steeler Jesse James will throw out the first pitch prior to the 6 p.m. game and will sign autographs. Sunday's 1 p.m. game will be Salute to Service Day for all veterans and first responders.
“Truth Moves,” a concert of contemporary dance showcasing the work of the Penn State Dance Program, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the Playhouse Theatre.
Lady Grey's Late Night Cabaret
Lady Grey Productions presents “Twisted Fairytales”, a quirky and twisted night of adult-oriented entertainment with many of the storybook heroes and villains you know and love. The fifth late night cabaret promise an evening of music, dance and audience participation. Shows are at 8 and 10 p.m. at The State Theatre. Must be 18 or older to purchase a ticket.
Blue-White Game Events
- 10 a.m. Mini Carnival and Fan Festival open on Curtin Road
- 11 a.m. My Hero Zero performs at Fan Festival (Curtin Road)
- 11:30 a.m. Team Bus Arrival (Curtin and Porter Roads)
- 12:15-1:05 p.m. Player autographs (Stadium Gate Entries)
- 1:30 p.m. Gates open
Earth Day Events
- ClearWater Conservancy Watershed Cleanup Day - Volunteers will descend on sites throughout Centre County's watersheds to clean up trash and litter from 8 a.m. to noon and then celebrate together at a volunteer picnic at Tussey Mountain Pond in Boalsburg. Online registration is closed, but contact ClearWater if you are still interested in participating.
- Family Celebration of Earth Day - Bring the family out for a morning of fun activities indoors and outdoors, with art, science, sign language songs, seed planting, loose parts play and more from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Calvary Church and Kid Care, 150 Harvest Fields Drive, Boalsburg. Hosted at Calvary Kid Care in Boalsburg and sponsored by Penn State Early Childhood Education and the Nittany Kiwanis.
- Intergenerational Earth Day Celebration - Enjoy a gathering of friends and families participating in singing, dancing, poetry, painting, and all-around celebration of Mother Earth from 10 a.m. to noon at State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive, and co-hosted by residents of Foxdale Village.
- Earth Day at Discovery Space - Drop in and celebrate Earth Day at Discovery Space from 10 a.m. to noon. Investigate clouds, explore shadows and learn about our solar system as we discover more about our planet.
- Tree Hugger Trot Earth Day 5k - The event supporting the environmental program at Nittany Valley Charter School starts at 10 a.m. at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg.The day will include a silent auction, plant sale, booths and Ike the Spike.
- Earth Day Paint Out - The Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County will host its Earth Day Paint Out from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Businesses and the museum will feature “artists creating art in the spirit of caring for Mother Earth.”
Centre Hall Gun Show
The Centre Hall Gun Show is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Grange Fairgrounds. The show features ammo, guns, knives, reloading, shooting & hunting supplies, collectibles and military surplus in two buildings. $5 admission (kids under 16 get in free with an adult). Parking is free and food will be available.
Apple Blossom Festival
Way's Fruit Farm, 2355 Halfmoon Valley Road, Port Matilda, hosts its annual Apple Blossom Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (and again on April 29). Free wagon rides, live local music, children's storytime, kettle corn and roasted nut vendors, new selections of local flowering baskets and more will be part of the day. See the schedule and details here.
Blue-White Science Expo
From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center, the expo offers the community a chance to show their support for research while learning about the newest work from 17 of Penn State’s research faculty. Free ticket registration and a complete schedule are here.
Model Railroad Open House
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 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in 10 Pinchot Hall, University Park. Visitors should park in the East Parking Deck.
Rec Hall will host the EIVA Championship match at 7 p.m., featuring the winners of Thursday night's semifinals (Penn State vs. Princeton; Saint Francis vs. Sacred Heart)
Blue & White Film Festival
The Blue & White Film Festival is an annual event featuring the best Penn State student-produced work created during the academic year. Films get started at 7 p.m. at The State Theatre, and a reception will follow in The Attic.
Glee Club Blue and White Concert
The Penn State Glee Club presents its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium. The choir's program features 19th-century German repertoire by Robert Schumann and Franz Schubert, arrangements of well-known spirituals, and "Benedicamus Domino" by renowned 20th-century Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. The concert will also include selections from the Hi-Los, a small ensemble of Glee Club members. Tickets are $12 for the public and $4 for students.
Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run
The annual Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run will once again raise money to benefit the Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA). Day of check-in and registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the run begins at 11 a.m., with the walk starting 10 minutes later
ASL Open House
Interested in learning American Sign Language? Stop into Discovery Space from noon to 2p.m. and learn American Sign Language while interacting with the science exhibits. This event is free.
Eco Action, Penn State’s oldest environmental club, will host EcoPalooza, in celebration of Earth Day, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the HUB Lawn. The day will include live music a free yoga class, games, activities, music, face painting and food, as well as booths featuring sustainability education and activities and a recycled crafts art display by Nittany Valley Charter School and Centre Learning Community Charter School students.
HouseWalk, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County's community 5k walk/run, will take place at 1 p.m. at Tudek Memorial Park, 400 Herman Drive. Participants will be able to enjoy the family (and dog) friendly amenities that the park offers, while creating more public awareness for HFHGCC and the region’s housing issues. [Registration]
Race Relations Showcase
The showcase, part of the Truth and Reconciliation series at Penn State, is a performance by the Theater 497 class that will involve spoken word, short film, documentary theatre, painting, installation, spirituals, and fellowship at 2 p.m. in the Palmer Museum Auditorium, University Park.
Join Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Council at 2 p.m. on Old Main Lawn for the annual Spring Carnival, with games, blowup activities, and lots of food. No registration is required.
Basket Party for Relay for Life
From 2 to 4 p.m. at Bald Eagle Area High School, enjoy an afternoon of fun and friendship to help support a good cause, featuring baskets filled with different items. The event will have local vendors showcasing their products, concession stand, and raffle tickets benefiting Bellefonte Relay for Life.
Pixie Dust Wishes Vendor Market
The first vendor market fundraiser for Pixie Dust Wishes, a new local nonprofit established to grant wishes of Disney Magic to special needs families throughout Pennsylvania, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy in Boalsburg. The market will include more than 20 local vendors and a basket raffle with free admission.
The Penn State School of Music Oriana Singers present their annual spring concert at 2 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall, University Park. The program includes works for treble voices by Johann Sebastian Bach, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Copland, and contemporary American composer Jackson Berkey. Discantus, a chamber choir comprised of Oriana Singers members, will also perform. Ticket sales begin at 1:15 p.m. at the door.
Riversongs Music Festival
The Penns Valley Conservation Association hosts its seventh annual music festival fundraiser from 3 to 6 p.m. at Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks, 100 W. Main St., Millheim. The event will include a diverse lineup of live music, craft beers and fine foods available from the Café menu. A suggested $10 donation at the door goes to support the work of the PVCA
Ice Skating Show -Tales from the Emerald City
Skaters of all ages and skating levels will perform to songs from The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, and Wicked at 4 p.m. at Pegula Ice Arena. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Pegula Ice Arena (Gate C)- $5 for ages 3 and up (2 years and under are free).
Nittany Valley Symphony
NVS continues its 50th anniversary season with Slavic Celebration at 4 p.m. at Mount Nittany Middle School, featuring music from Russia and Bohemia.
Penn State Concert Choir
The Penn State Concert Choir performs its final concert of the 2016-17 season at 4 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall, University Park. The program will include works by Edvard Grieg, Johannes Brahms, and Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Samuel Barber. Ticket sales begin at 3:15 p.m. at the door.
Penn State Lacrosse
The Nittany Lion men's lacrosse team hosts the final home contest of the regular season when Penn State takes on Rutgers at 7 p.m. at Lacrosse Field. Penn State looks to finish a successful regular season strong while honoring its senior class on Senior Day.