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TGIF: Memorial Day Weekend Events for May 25-28

by on May 25, 2018 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley... and welcome to the unofficial start of summer!

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and there is a packed schedule of events and observances, including the annual weekend-long celebration and commemoration in Boalsburg.

More is happening as well, including music at the State Theatre, and on the beach at Whipple Dam. Or check out some comedy -- Nittany Theatre at the Barn's summer season is under way with Neil Simon's "Rumors."

Want to get active? Welch and Park Forest pools are scheduled to open, there's a free disc golf clinic for all ages at Circleville Park, and Black Moshannon State Park hosts its annual 5k/10k benefiting YMCA of Centre County

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.


Nittany Valley Benefit Dinner
Featuring a traditional Amish home cooked wedding style meal, the Nittany Valley Benefit Dinner, supporting medical expenses for local families, will have eight time slots from noon to 8 p.m. at Walker Township Fire Company, 125 Fire House Lane, Howard

Jazz in the Attic
Fronted by accomplished violinist Carl Ector, The Rotec Group brings Latin, funk, jazz, and pop music -- with originals and unique arrangements on old-school tunes from the 1970s -- to the State Theatre Attic for an 8 p.m. show. 

Boalsburg Fire Company Carnival
The Boalsburg Fire Company Carnival will be held on the carnival grounds behind the fire station through Monday. The carnival features midway rides and games and multiple food stands with barbecue chicken, hot sausage sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and more. Sunday is Wristband Day, with unlimited rides for $15

Carnival times are 6-10 p.m. Friday; 6-10 p.m. Saturday; 2-6 p.m. Sunday; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday.

Neil Simon's Rumors
Nittany Theatre at the Barn in Boalsburg presents its first show of the season, Neil Simon's comedy "Rumors, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Performances continue through June 2.


Black Moshannon 5K & 10K
A Memorial Day weekend tradition since 1980, the 5K and 10K races at Black Moshanon State Park help raise money to support the YMCA of Centre County and the local community. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. under the pavilion at the corner of Concession Road and Black Moshannon Road. 5K starts at 8 a.m. and 10K at 9 a.m. Details and registration info.

World War II Revisited: Living History Bivouac
The Pennsylvania Military Museum hosts living historians encamped on the grounds, portraying field life in the European Theater of Operations in 1944 and 1945. A short history of the war begins at 12:45 p.m., immediately followed by a tactical demonstration against German opposition. The bivouac is open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and Joey Vincent will provide musical entertainment at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Pools Open
Welch Community Swimming Pool and Park Forest Community Swimming Pool are scheduled to open for the season, weather permitting, with general swim from noon to 8 p.m.

All Ages Disc Golf
Join Centre Region Parks and Rec at Circleville Park from noon to 3 p.m. and learn to throw like the pros. The free clinic is an opportunity to check out disc golf and learn some skills from players from the Centre County Disc Golf Association. Recommended minimum age is 8 years old.

Boalsburg Fire Company Parade
Lineup is at 3 p.m. and the parade starts at 5 p.m. The carnival will be open after the parade until 10 p.m. 

Music on the Beach
Whipple Dam State Park opens its Music on the Beach summer concert series with Stone Valley Pickers performing from 7 to 9 p.m. 


Memorial Day services
Services honoring those who lost their lives serving the nation will be held around the area on Sunday and Monday. Check here for a partial listing.

Colonial Liturgy
As part of Memorial Day weekend, Zion Lutheran Church of Boalsburg,105 Old Boalsburg Road, will host a special colonial liturgy with patriotic hymns at 10:15 a.m.

Snow Shoe Mud Race
Snow Shoe Volunteer Fire Company will host its vehicle mud track races -- with classes for modified, street, outlaw, super street, stock and backwoods beaters --  at noon at the mud track, 256 Rusnack Road in Clarence. Registration is 8 to 11:30 a.m. More info.



Boalsburg Memorial Day
Boalsburg's Memorial Day observance and events begin with the annual Memorial Day Run, followed by vendors, entertainment, historical demonstrations, carnivals and food. The Boal Mansion grounds will have a number of activities and the Boalsburg Heritage Museum will be open for tours. The day concludes with the traditional walk from the Diamond at 5:45 p.m. to the cemetery, with the memorial service starting at 6 p.m. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is the featured speaker. See the full details and schedule.

Car Show
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Military Museum grounds, the regional chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America will host its annual car show, with pre-war through modern classics on display throughout the grounds. The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday Movie
The State Theatre presents Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon's French comedy "Lost in Paris" at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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