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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for July 19-21

by on July 19, 2019 10:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

This weekend will be a hot one, but you'll find plenty to enjoy around the area both indoors and outside. Concerts, theater, free movies, special Spikes promotions, Black Moshannon's Summer Festival, an Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebration and much more are on tap.

We've picked out some of the weekend's highlights below

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.


State College musical theatre training program Singing on Stage performs the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" starring advanced middle and high school students, at 7:30 p.m. at The State Theatre. Directed by Richard Biever and choreographed by Madeline Beaver.

Penn State Centre Stage presents "Albatross," at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Penn State Downtown Theatre, 146 S. Allen St. A captivating play based on "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," "Albatross" is a theatrical experience directed by Rick Lombardo and starring Benjamin Evett, who co-wrote with Matthew Spangler.

Concert on the Village Green
Lemont Village Association's summer Friday night concert series continues with acoustic rock duo Hops & Vines — joined by special guests Eric Ian Farmer Josh Troup, Denise Strayer and James Miller, at the band shelter on the Village Green from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Brazilian Munchies food truck will be here. Bring blankets or chairs. 

Movie on the Mountain
Enjoy a movie under the stars as the summer Movies on the Mountain at Tussey Mountain presentes "How to Train Your Dragon 3." Admission is free. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk. Popcorn and candy will be available, as well as hot dogs, and other great food you won't find at regular movie theaters. Soda, beer, and other beverages also are offered. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.


Vietnam Revisited: Living History Combat Bivouac
Living historians encamp on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg on Saturday and Sunday, portraying the combat soldier of the Vietnam era in Southeast Asia. Daily programs include accompanying squads on recon patrols and a tactical ambush demonstration at 1:30 p.m. Opens at 10 a.m. Saturday and closes at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Children's Fair
Progress Grange will hold its third annual Children’s Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Grange Hall, 217 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Centre Hall.

Black Moshannon Summer Festival
The 34th annual Friends of Black Moshannon Summer Festival kicks off at 10:30 a.m. and continues into the night. Lumber Day events will feature log cross-cut, log rolling, pine cone toss, seed spit, ax throw, scat drop, and horseshoes. Visit Exotic Edventures in the Environmental Learning Center to see live animals, such as reptiles and a few mammals. Stop by George Franchock's table in the craft area to learn how to use primitive woodworking tools. And head to the beach between 8 and 10 p.m. to enjoy music by a DJ from Tor Michaels Entertainment. Hot dogs will be available to cook over the campfire on the beach.

Backpack Giveaway
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wireless Made Simple, 2615 E. College Ave., will host a loaded backpack giveaway and family event. Backpacks stuffed with supplies for kids will be available while supplies last, and there will be a bounce house, face painting , free food, prizes and more

Free Admission Day at Discovery Space
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing, Discovery Space, 1224 N. Atherton St. will have free admission on Saturday to explore the exhibit floor between noon and 5 p.m. 

Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Film Event
Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon 50 years ago Saturday and Penn State will celebrate the anniversary with a free public event at The State Theatre. The event begins at 6:15 p.m. with informational and interactive displays set up inside the theater. Former NASA astronaut James Pawelczyk, a Penn State professor, will speak at 7 p.m. before introducing the 2019 documentary “Apollo 11.” The film uses primarily archival footage of the Apollo 11 mission, some previously unreleased to the public.

Music on the Beach
Singer-guitarist Eric Ian Farmer will perform on the beach at Whipple Dam State Park, 3746 Laurel Run Road in Petersburg, from 7 to 9 p.m. as part of the park's summer concert series. $5 donation suggested.

State College Spikes
The Spikes return home to Medlar Field to take on Williamsport at 7:05 p.m., with a number of promotions and special events throughout the night. It's Area 51 night, with 51 cent hot dogs and $5.10 outfield bleacher seats. It's also Astronomy Night and Senior (55+) Prom Night featuring "A Night Under the Stars" Post-Game Senior Dance. Kids can also run the bases after the game


Centred Outdoors
This week's Centred Outdoors heads to Scotia Barrens and the largest collection of pitch pine and scrub oak habitat in Pennsylvania. With hikes at 2 and 3:30 p.m., learn about this unique habitat and the work currently going on to protect this young forest. Guests will also have an opportunity to learn about respectful and safe co-use with all types of users on the game lands. The hikes will be held again at 5 and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Directions and more info.

Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra Festival
Spend the afternoon relaxing at Seven Mountains Wine Cellars, 324 Decker Valley Road in Spring Mills, enjoying live music and supporting the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra starting at 2 p.m. Each $35 ticket include one glass of wine (or alternate beverage) hors d’oeuvres, and a performance by the Allegheny Winds. A silent auction also will be held to benefit PCO. Seating is limited and tickets are available by calling 814-234-8313 or online.

Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers
Hailing from the mountain towns of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Maryland, The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers draw freely from old-time, bluegrass, rockabilly and swing music to create their own brand of high-energy Appalachian bluegrass. They'll perform at 5 p.m. at Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks, 100 W. Main St. in Millheim.

South Hills Music Picnic
South Hills School of Business and Technology, 480 Waupelani Drive, continues its summer concert series with Keystone Society of Swing, an 18-piece swing band recreating the sounds of the Big Bands of the past, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Grounds open at 5 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic, blankets and chairs. Refreshments and light picnic fare also will be available for purchase.

50s Freeze
Fairbrook United Methodist Church, 4201 W. Whitehall Rd., hosts '50s Freeze with shakes, splits, sundaes and a rock and roll DJ from 6 to 8 p.m.

State College Spikes
The Spikes host Williamsport with a 6:05 p.m. first pitch. Sundays at Medlar Field are Kids Days with a pre-game catch on the field, post-game kids run the bases, free Kids Zone, and the first 250 kids 12 and under receive a voucher good for a free hot dog, chips and small soda. It's also Paint the Park Purple Night to promote awareness of Alzheimer's disease and the fight for a cure. And cap the whole night off by enjoying a spectacular fireworks show.

Summer Sounds from the Gazebo
A seasonal staple in Bellefonte, Summer Sounds from the Gazebo in Talleyrand Park continues with Kristi Jean & Her Ne'er-Do-Wells at 7 p.m. Lawn chairs or blankets are suggested.

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