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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for June 14-16

by on June 14, 2019 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

Whether you're celebrating Father's Day or just looking to get out and do something, there's a lot to enjoy around the area this weekend.

The annual Bellefonte Cruise hits the streets of the county seat, CelticFest returns to Tussey Mountain, and Spring Mills hosts its community festival. Live outdoor music can be found in Lemont, State College and on the beach at Whipple Dam, and Beatlemania plays a free show in Talleyrand Park, right after the Summer Craft Beverage Expo.

Head out to the ballpark for the State College Spikes home opener, check out a new musical co-written by Mike Reid, take the kids to the Touch-a-Truck Expo, or stroll hand-in-hand with a special someone under the moonlight at Millbrook Marsh.

All this and much more is going on this weekend. We've picked out some of the weekends 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.


Bellefonte Cruise
The Bellefonte summer tradition returns for its 31st year. A car show and much, much more, the Bellefonte Cruise gets underway Friday with an open cruise at 6 p.m. a sock hop on the diamond at 7:30 p.m.. Saturday is the car, truck and motorcycle show with live music, a car giveaway and awards ceremony. Check out the marketplace near the courthouse and Kids Zone near the YMCA Friday night and Saturday. Sunday will feature a soap box derby. Check out the lineup here.

The Last Day
Penn State Centre Stage features students perform the first-ever production of the new musical "The Last Day," co-written by Sarah Schlesinger and Mike Reid, the Nittany Lion football great turned award-winning songwriter and composer. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Downtown Theatre, with additional performances June 19-22. Tickets. 


Honoring Anna Keichline / Flag Day Celebration
The Bellefonte Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will honor Bellefonte native Anna Wagner Keichline, a 2019 inductee for the NSDAR Women in American History Award, with an event at 4:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg. Nancy Perkins, Keichline's great niece, will give a visual presentation on her research into the life of the first woman to be registered as an architect in Pennsylvania, an inventor granted seven patents, a suffragist, and a special agent in the Military Intelligence Division of the U.S. Army during World War I. 

At 6 p.m., the State College Elks and local veteran’s organizations host a joint Flag Day and flag retirement ceremony on the grounds of the 28th Infantry Division Shrine at the museum. 

A celebration of Celtic music, games, food and drink returns to Tussey Mountain with the 6th Annual CelticFest, 5:30-10 p.m. $5 admission or $10 to also receive a 16-ounce glass and four food tickets. Admission is free for children 12 and under with a paying adult. Food and drink are purchased with tickets, and unused tickets from past Tussey events may be used. Live bands, authentic food, Irish and Scottish beers and Highland games are among the highlights.

Concert on the Village Green
Lemont Village Association's summer Friday night concert series continues with singer/songwriter guitarist Mitch Angle and drummer Chris Walter performing covers and originals at the new band shelter on the Village Green from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Brazilian Munchies food truck will be on hand as well. Bring blankets or chairs.


Spring Mills Community Festival
The streets from the Old Gregg School to the YMCA in Spring Mills will be transformed into an outdoor bazaar for the Spring Mills Community Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, with artisan vendors, information and activity booths at Community Fest; children’s activities, cornhole tournament, the annual YMCA 3v3 Basketball Tournament, volleyball tournament and food trucks.

Penn's Woods Music 4 Kids
The Allegria Trio musicians of the Penn's Woods Music Festival orchestra performs classical music for the next generation at 11 a.m. in Schlow Centre Region Library. A program of classical music will feature oboe, violin, and cello. The selections will be themed around musical stories and will include instrument demonstrations and audience participation.

Touch-a-Truck Expo
Bring out the kids for an exciting afternoon of big trucks, dumps trucks, fire trucks, and many more, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Mount Nittany Middle School Climb, touch and investigate at this hands-on experience for the entire family, hosted by Centre Region Parks and Rec and sponsored by Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. The first hour will be sensory-friendly with no horn honking. Come hungry and enjoy some food by Brazilian Munchies and Happy Dishes.

Heritage Day and Music on the Beach at Whipple Dam
Explore history at Whipple Dam State Park with Heritage Day programs on the beach. At 2 p.m., learn about the park's origins and history from the 19th century to today. At 3 p.m., learn about the Owl’s Gap Civilian Conservation Corps, which was located a few miles away and did much of the work on the park in the 1930s. Those interested can carpool to the campsite for a walk around after the program.

At 7 p.m. Erin Condo and Her Hoofties will play on the beach as part of the Whipple Dam Summer Concert Series. $5 donation is suggested.

The Music of Woodstock Concert
Seven local bands will perform songs from the landmark 1969 music festival at "ACRES of Music: The Music of Woodstock," a benefit show at 7 p.m. in the State Theatre to support the ACRES Project and its work to enriching the lives of individuals with autism. Concertgoers can purchase a reserved seating ticket, or a VIP package, which includes a concert ticket and admission to a pre-concert reception at 3 Dots Downtown.

Spikes Opener
The State College Spikes open the 2019 home schedule with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch against Williamsport at Medlar Field. It will be Josiah Viera Night, paying tribute to the Spikes' inspiring young bench coach, who passed away in December. His No. 10 will be the first number to be retired in team history; his grandfather, Dave Bohner, will throw out the first pitch; and a moment of silence and moment of celebration will be held. The night also will feature schedule T-shirt and magnet giveaways, pregame Opening Night Happy Hour from 5 to 6 p.m., and post-game fireworks.

Movie in the Park
The Bellefonte Woman's Club sponsors free family movie nights in Talleyrand Park on Saturday nights this summer, this week featuring "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse." Admission begins at 7:30 p.m. and the film starts at dusk. Popcorn and water are free while supplies last. Bring chairs, blankets, snacks, and flashlights. In case of inclement weather, movies will be held indoors at the YMCA, 125 W. High St.

Romantic Moonlight Walk
Wrap-up your special evening with the one you love from 9 to 10:30 p.m. at Millbrook Marsh Nature Center. Stroll hand-in-hand on the candlelit boardwalk, stop under the kissing tree, make a wish at the wishing well, and dance in the barn. Couples are greeted by staff and enjoy the walk at their own pace. This event is not appropriate for children and will be canceled in inclement weather, including high winds. No registration is required. Suggested donation of $10 per couple.


Ready Jet Go!
As part of its PBS KIDS Summer of Fun Screenings, WPSU presents the new "Ready Jet Go!" hourlong special "One Small Step," at 2 p.m. in The State Theatre. Free, but registration is required.

Winnie the Pooh in World War I
At 1:30 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Military Museum, this presentation and movie tells the story of the real bear at the London Zoo, previously adopted by a Canadian Regimental veterinarian before being shipped to England for service in World War I, that inspired the author A.A. Milne. Donations encouraged for admission. 

Up, Up and Away
Join the Centre County Historical Society at 2 p.m. in Centre Furnace Mansion, 1001 E. College Ave., for a reception and short program to celebrate the opening of the new exhibit "Up, Up and Away: Sherm Lutz and the State College Air Depot," which chronicles the career of the fascinating local aviation pioneer as well as his air depot that set the stage for commercial air travel in the Centre Region.

Centred Outdoors
This week's Centred Outdoors heads to Greenwood Furnace State Park, 15795 Greenwood Road, Huntingdon. Learn about learn about the early days of the Pennsylvania iron industry on this guided hike, and see the restored collier wagon and charcoal demonstration before or after. Hike times are 2 and 3:30 p.m. The program will be held again on Wednesday with hikes at 5 and 6:30 p.m. RSVP and more info.

Summer Craft Beverage Expo
Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail presents the third annual Summer Craft Beverage Expo from 3 to 6 p.m. at Bellefonte's Talleyrand Park. A dozen local craft beverage producers will offer samples and sell bottles of their beer, cider, wine and spirits. They'll be joined by local food vendors, producers of coffee and kombucha and more. A VIP hour for Tasting Trail passport holders only will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Acoustic rock duo Hops & Vines will play from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the gate and include a souvenir tasting glass and tasting at each trail member tent. 

South Hills Music Picnic
South Hills School of Business and Technology, 480 Waupelani Drive, continues its summer concert series with the Jay Vonada quarter performing an evening of bluesy, jazzy, swing  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.

The Cast of Beatlemania brings the long-running tribute act recreating songs from across the Fab Four's career to Bellefonte's Talleyrand Park for a free concert starting at 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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