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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for April 19-21

by on April 19, 2019 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

If you're on the hunt for Easter egg hunts, there are plenty to choose from around Centre County. You'll also find Wild About Animals, theater, community events, sports and concerts — including The Machine, Twiddle, the Arts Crawl and Quarry Fest

We've compiled some of the 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.


Aged Tea Exhibition
Penn State GongFu Cha Club hosts an aged tea exhibition Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-noon and 3-5 p.m. each day at Teaparker Tea House, 34 Ritenour Building. This free event features tastings as well as lectures on aged tea’s appeal, storage and packaging. Attendees will also learn how to brew aged tea for themselves.

Easter Egg Hunt
Centre County Library will have a Good Friday Easter egg hunt from 3:30 to 4 p.m. at the Bellefonte Community Garden, 203 N. Allegheny St.

Men on Boats
Penn State Centre Stage presents Jaclyn Backhaus' "Men on Boats," a rollicking adventure tale brought to life by a cast of diverse performers, who use carefully exaggerated theatrics to tell the story of an actual 1869 expedition led by John Wesley Powell to chart the Colorado River. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Penn State Downtown Theatre. Tickets are $8.50.

The Machine
Celebrating 30 years as America's pre-eminent Pink Floyd tribute band, The Machine will play three classic Floyd albums — Wish You Were Here, Animals, and Dark Side Of The Moon —  in their entirety, plus an encore, starting at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre.


Easter Egg Hunts

- Christ Community Church, 200 Ellis Place, will hold an indoor Easter egg hunt and activities starting at 9 a.m. in the new C3 Sports dome. The egg hunt begins at 9:30 a.m. and there also will be games, prizes, bounce houses, raffle giveaways and more.

State College Evangelical Free Church 1243 Blue Course Drive, hosts a huge Easter egg hunt with 20,000 candy-filled eggs. Activities and games start at 10 a.m. Egg hunt for children 0-2 is at 10:30 a.m. and the regular egg hunt is at 11 a.m.

- Bald Eagle Valley Community United Methodist Church111 Runville Road, Bellefonte, has an egg hunt at 11 a.m. for children preschool-aged to age 11.

- Ten Thousand Villages, 1341 S. Atherton St., will hold a Fair Trade Egg-sploration starting at 11 a.m. Families can search the store for special eggs which will be filled with a coupon and candy. While parents shop, kids can also participate in a scavenger hunt and win a prize.

Penn State's IFC and Panhellenic host their free annual Spring Egg Hunt for kids from noon to 2 p.m. on the Business Building lawn, University Park.

- Centre Region Parks and Rec's 59th annual Easter egg hunt, for children 0-9 years old, will start at 1 p.m. in Oak Hall Regional Park with pre-event activities including yard games and the Easter bunny's arrival courtesy of the Boalsburg Fire Department. The egg hunt will begin at 2 p.m. Items and cash donations for the Jared Box Project also will be welcomed on-site. For more info, check the event page.

- The Bellefonte Community Egg Hunt starts at 1 p.m. in Talleyrand Park. Children 12 and under are invited to participate and are divided into age groups for the hunt, which features more than 15,000 eggs. Golden eggs with coupons for special baskets, gift certificates, and prizes from the downtown businesses are included in the day's festivities. The day will also feature other activities like crafts, games and a bounce house, plus pictures with the Easter bunny.

- Fairbrook United Methodist Church, 4201 W. Whitehall Rd., will have an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m., followed by family activities.

- Snow Shoe Fire Company will hold its annual Easter egg hunt for children up to fifth grade at 1 p.m. in Snow Shoe Park

- Gray's Woods Church will have an Easter egg hunt for families of children up to fifth grade starting at 5 p.m. at the upper pavilions of Circleville Park, 200 Little Lion Drive, followed by a cook out. 

Dunkin' Grand Opening
The new Dunkin' Donuts at 2825 Benner Pike will hold a grand opening celebration, starting at 5 a.m. when the store will offer free coffee for a year to the first 100 customers. Beginning at 9 a.m. guests will be able to enjoy the Dunkin’ prize wheel, photo opportunities with Dunkin’ mascots Cuppy and Sprinkles, face painting, a DJ and more. At 10 a.m., franchisee May Brands will present a $1,500 donation to three Bellefonte area fire companies. 

Watershed Cleanup Day
Community volunteers can celebrate Earth Day weekend by taking part in ClearWater Conservancy's 23rd Annual Watershed Cleanup Day at sites around Centre County from 8 a.m. to noon. Following the cleanup, a volunteer picnic will be held at Circleville Park. Check here for registration and details.

Bunny Blitz 5k
The Centre County YMCA's annual Bunny Blitz 5k Trail Run/Walk is a a challenging and beautiful private course that meanders through the woods of the Spruce Creek Valley about 11 miles outside of State College. The walk begins at 8:15 a.m. and the 5k run at 9 a.m., starting from Harpster Ball Field, Marengo Road in Pennsylvania Furnace. Find registration info here.

Wild About Animals
Centre Wildlife Care and the Small and Exotic Animal Club host this animal expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Snider Ag Arena. Wild About Animals is an outreach and fundraising event for the nonprofit CWC, featuring a variety of organizations and animals such as dogs, cats, birds of prey, bats, snakes, turtles, goats, llamas, horses, rabbits and a camel. Admission is $8, free for children 5 and under. Parking is free.

Quarry Fest
Featuring 13 bands on two stages in an old rock quarry, Quarry Fest will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 143 Quarry Road in Woodward. Proceeds will benefit the HOPE Fund of Penns Valley. Local food, beer from Rusty Rail Brewing Company and other vendors will be on hand. Check out the lineup, parking and ticket info here.

Arts Crawl
Students Organizing the Multiple Arts presents Arts Crawl 2019, a free, one-day music and arts festival starting at noon on Penn State's north campus. The Arts Crawl will feature Brooklyn indie-pop band Florist and a variety of other musical acts from State College and beyond, as well as art exhibitions and performances such as comedy, taiko and more. Open to all. 


Easter Egg Hunt
Prior to 10:30 a.m. Easter worship service, St. John's United Church of Christ, 218 N. Church St. in Boalsburg, will host a community egg hunt at 9:15 a.m.

Penn State Sports
No. 1-ranked Penn State men's lacrosse hosts Johns Hopkins at noon, Panzer Stadium; men's tennis takes on Purdue in the regular season finale at noon, Sarni Tennis Center

Vermont-based rock band Twiddle stops at the State Theatre for an 8:30 p.m. show. With nearly 15 years of relentless touring under their belts — playing from Red Rocks to Bonnaroo and selling out famed venues like the 9:30 Club — Twiddle have honed their skillful improvisation, incorporating rock, jazz, bluegrass and funk into their sound. 

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