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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for April 13-15

by on April 13, 2018 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

It's another busy spring weekend around the area. The Penn State Powwow celebrates American Indian tradition, soap box derby returns to Bellefonte, and Penn State Philharmonic joins with five choirs for a special concert performance.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival stops at The State Theatre, students at two local high schools perform a pair of classic musical comedies, and the PA Military Museum has two days of events remembering the last year of World War I.

All this plus community and family events, dance, sports and more.

We've compiled some of the weekend highlights below.

This isn't all that's happening, either. 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.


E-Fest East
The annual event held by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), comes to Penn State and will provide a venue for engineering students to showcase their innovation, invention and creativity, with centerpiece events including a student design competition Human Powered Vehicle Challenge. Events are held Friday through Sunday at various locations on the University Park campus. More info here.

Just Kids Resale
The semiannual children's and maternity consignment sale features more than 30,000 items, including clothing, shoes, toys, books, baby gear, electronics, outdoor equipment and more. Just Kids Resale continues Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Lambert Hall, 303 Forge Road in Bellefonte.

Penn State Sports
The Nittany Lion men's tennis team takes on Northwestern at 4 p.m. at Sarni Tennis Center; softball hosts Michigan State at 6 p.m. at Beard Field; baseball faces Ohio State at 6:30 p.m. at Medlar Field; and men's volleyball welcomes Princeton for a 7 p.m. first serve at Rec Hall.

Banff Mountain Film Festival
From explorations of wild landscapes and remote mountain cultures to action sports and more, the festival's world tour brings two nights of films to The State Theatre, presented by the Sierra Club Moshannon Group. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with community groups offering displays and info in the lobby, along with drawings for prizes. Films start at 7 p.m. both nights.

Anything Goes
The Bellefonte Area High School Drama Club presents Cole Porter's musical about the antics aboard an ocean liner, with performances at 7 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday in the high school theater. Tickets are available in advance online here or at the door.

Once Upon a Mattress
State College Area High School Thespians will present this classic, musical comedy adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale The "Princess and the Pea," through Sunday at Penn State's Playhouse Theatre. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Seating is limited, so purchase tickets in advance online here or arrive at least 30 minutes in advance.


Soap Box Derby
Top youth competitors will take to the street this weekend as they look to reach top speed and earn finishing points toward national rankings in the second annual Bellefonte Soap Box Derby Rally. Races on North Allegheny Street between Linn and Howard Streets start at 8:30 a.m. and end around 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and concessions will be available for purchase.

The Great War Remembered
This year marks the 100th anniversary of American combat troops fighting in France and the end of the First World War. The Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg remembers that time on Saturday and Sunday with lectures, a film, and a living history encampment that demonstrates life on the Western Front. Check the schedule here.

Penn State Powwow
Marking its 14th year, the Penn State Powwow returns to Mount Nittany Middle School this weekend with American Indian drum groups and dancers from reservations and communities across North America, as well as American Indian foods and dancers. The powwow is set for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The event is free and open to the public and a free shuttle from the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus to the powwow will run continuously beginning at 11 a.m. both days.

Pop-Up Shop
The Hush Room, 110 Hetzel Street, will host a pop-up shop in collaboration with The Do Nothing Club, a creative project by artists from New York and the United Kingdom, from 11 a.m. to midnight. Vintage and original pieces from The Do Nothing Club and clothing brands Flux and The Cycle will be available at the pop-up shop. Ten percent of the proceeds from their donated pieces will benefit the Centre County Women’s Resource Center.

Metropolitan Opera
The State Theatre hosts the Metropolitan Opera's HD broadcast of "Luisa Miller," Verdi’s tragedy about a young woman who sacrifices her own happiness in an attempt to save her father’s life, starting at 12:30 p.m.

Spring Carnival
Penn State IFC and Panhellenic Council will host their annual spring carnival from 1 to 5 p.m. The carnival will feature bounce houses, carnival games, and food and is free for all ages. Attendees will be required to sign a safety waiver to participate in the day’s events, and anyone under the age of 18 will need a parent’s signature.

PSU/High School Baseball Doubleheader
UPDATE: Penn State baseball will play a doubleheader against Ohio State starting at 2 p.m. at Medlar Field after Sunday's game was moved to Saturday due to forecasted weather. The BEA-Penns Valley high school game scheduled for 6 p.m. at Medlar Field has been moved to 3 p.m. at BEA

Penn State Sports
In addition to baseball, men's golf hosts the Rutherford Intercollegiate; men's lacrosse hosts Johns Hopkins at 2 p.m. at Panzer Stadium; softball faces Michigan State at 3 p.m. at Beard Field; women's lacrosse battles Northwestern for first place in the Big Ten at 6 p.m. at Panzer Stadium; and men's volleyball plays its regular season home finale at 7 p.m. against NJIT in Rec Hall. 

King of the Valley Ice Show
Figure skaters of all ages from local organizations, along with two special guests, will perform a Nittany Lion version of "The Lion King" at the "King of the Valley" Ice Show, 6 p.m. at Pegula Ice Arena. Tickets are $5 and are available in advance or at Gate C.

Ballroom Dance
The Central Pennsylvania Ballroom Dancers Association hosts a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. at State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive, with music by Zupe. $20 for non-members.

The Centre LGBTQA Support Network's annual fundraiser is a fun, inclusive, come-as-you wish bash open to all over 21, at 7 p.m. at The Lodge at Tussey Mountain. 

Acoustic Brew Concert
Father-son duo Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddles to the boundaries of the old-time tradition into uncharted territory. Along with bassist Alex Lacquement, they'll perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Centre for Well-Being, 123 Mount Nittany Road in Lemont as part of the Acoustic Brew Concerts.

Choirs and Orchestra Perform Brahms
The Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra and Penn State massed choir (Concert Choir, Essence of Joy, Glee Club, and Oriana Singers) will join forces to perform Johannes Brahms’ "A German Requiem, "a contemplation of hope and consolation for the living and the dead. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium.


If You Give a Moose a Muffin
Celebrate Laura Numeroff's popular picture book with the students of the Penn State SPSEA, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Schlow Library Children's Department, with cookie decorating, crafts featuring Numeroff's lovable characters, and word searches and mazes.

Penn State Sports
Nittany Lion men's golf hosts the Rutherford Intercollegiate; men's tennis finishes the season's home schedule at noon against Illinois at Sarni; and softball closes out its series against Michigan State at 1 p.m. at Beard Field.

Bolshoi Ballet
The State Theatre presents a screening of the Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema production of "The Flames of Paris," at 3 p.m.

Adam Swartz Puppets' Sunday Afternoon Live
The variety show series features Adam Swartz puppets and people from the community coming together once a month or so, for an afternoon of family entertainment and education. This week's show, at 3 p.m. in The Attic at The State Theatre, features Happy Valley Improv and the Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania.

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