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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for June 7-9

by on June 07, 2019 4:30 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

It's shaping up to be a great early June weekend, so let's get outside. Celebrate First Friday in downtown State College, check out movies under the stars or look to the skies for stargazing. Enjoy free outdoor concerts in Lemont, State College and Bellefonte. And visit athletic venues on the Penn State campus to cheer on the athletes at the 50th annual Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games.

Try some tasty treats and fun activities at Lemont's 38th Annual Strawberry Festival, head to Bellefonte for an Outdoor Adventure Expo, and explore Rhoneymeade with Centred Outdoors.

All this plus grand openings, dance, the Rivet's Summer Bash, a celebration at Burkholder's Market, an arts and crafts bazaar and a special look at the work of State College Community Land Trust.

We've compiled the 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.


Special Olympics Summer Games
Special Olympics Pennsylvania is celebrating its 50th annual Summer Games through Saturday on Penn State's campus. The largest competition event of the year includes 2,000 athletes and 750 coaches. Come out to support and cheer on the competitors at some of the eight venues. See the schedule of events here

Centre Dance Recital
Centre Dance presents its 27th annual Spring Recital on Friday and Saturday at the State Theatre. Dancers age 2 through  will perform ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and acrobatics. Act 1 begins at 6 p.m. and Act 2 at 8 p.m. each night. 


Giant Grand Opening
The Centre Region's newest supermarket, Giant at Hills Plaza, 2121 S. Atherton St. opens its 68,000 square foot store with a ribbon cutting event at 7:40 a.m. and opening at 8 a.m. The store will have entertainment and giveaways throughout the weekend.

The Patio Grand Opening
The View restaurant at Wyndham Garden Hotel, 310 Elks Club Road, hosts a grand opening for its outdoor bar, The Patio, at 4 p.m., featuring summery drinks, giveaways, Big Springs Spirits samples, and tunes by Dj Cashous.

First Friday
Downtown State College's monthly celebration returns with live music, art exhibit openings, creative workshops, a sneak peak of the new arts space 3 Dots Downtown, snacks, specials and more from 5-8 p.m. Check out the full lineup here

Concert on the Village Green
Lemont Village Association's summer Friday night concert series kicks off with Steve Van Hook and Jim Colbert performing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the new band shelter on the Village Green. Brazilian Munchies food truck will be on hand and picnicking is welcome. Bring chairs or blankets. If heavy rain is in the forecast, the concert will be held in the Granary

Community Bike-In Movie Night
Bring a blanket, pack a picnic, and enjoy a free family movie night with a screening of "A Wrinkle in Time" (PG) at 8:30 p.m. in Sidney Friedman Park. Popcorn available for a donation. Presented by Centre Region Parks and Rec partnership with the State College Borough, CentreBike, the Downtown Improvement District, and the State College Community Diversity Group.

Movie on the Mountain
Enjoy a movie under the stars as the weekly summer Movies on the Mountain at Tussey Mountain kicks off for the summer with "The Lego Movie 2." Admission is free. Gates open at 7:30 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.

Join the Central PA Observers Club for an evening of stargazing, 8-10 p.m. at Tudek Park. All equipment is provided by club members, but if you have your own telescope, bring it along. Meet at the large pavilion next to the restroom facility. Stargazing starts at dark.


Spring Bazaar
Undine Fire Co. will host its second annual second annual arts and crafts bazaar, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Lambert Hall, 303 Forge Road in Bellefonte. Featuring local craftspeople, artisans and vendors from across the state, this year's event also will include a small petting zoo for families and children to learn more about farm animals and agriculture in Centre County.

"Flip the Switch" at Burkholder's
Burkholder's Market, 107 Market Drive in Spring Mills, will host a "Flip the Switch" celebration for its new solar carport and electric vehicle charging stations, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Along with local solar energy service Sun Directed, the market will offer free barbecue chicken, hot dogs and drinks and there will be gifts for lucky winners.

The Cakery Grand Opening
The Cakery, 135 W. High St. in Bellefonte celebrates its start as a full-time business with a grand opening at 10 a.m., including raffles for a cake and a gift a basket, the debut of two winning cupcake flavors chosen by Instagram fans and more

Tour a Land Trust Home
State College Community Land Trust will offer a chance to tour a land trust home, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 129 Sunrise Terrace. See how a land trust works, hear about SCCLT's new Energy+ Initiative, and check out the rehab plans for this property. Whether you're curious about applying, volunteering or rehabbing your own home, get your questions answered and take a self-guided tour of energy performance and design upgrades being considered in this home. Parking ls limited and walking and biking are encouraged. Access to the home is via stairs.

Strawberry Festival
The 38th Annual Lemont Strawberry Festival, 3-7 p.m. on the Lemont Village Green, features fresh strawberries, homemade cakes by Lemont residents, ice cream from Meyer Dairy, lemonade, strawberry shakes and much more. Enjoy live music, pony rides (5-6:30 p.m.), 'speeder' rides ($2 per ride) and children's activities as well. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children 5-12. 

Summer Bash
The Rivet — the new community workshop and makerspace opening this summer — is holding its inaugural Summer Bash from 6 to 8 p.m. at Discovery Space, 1224 N. Atherton St. For $25, get your head 3D scanned and watch as experts turn your likeness into a bobble head to take home. Robin Hood Brewing Company will offer free beer and Brazilian Munchies food truck will have with free churros filled with dulce de leche. You'll also be able to check out maker stations including wood burning, acrylic pour art, glass painting (BYO), drone flying, custom T- shirt making (BYO), 3D printing, culinary tasting and smelling stations, and a frying pan flipping station (BYO). Glasses and T-shirts will be available for purchase.




Outdoor Adventure Expo
Downtown Bellefonte Inc. presents an expo from noon to 5 p.m. in Talleyrand Park Annex to highlight Bellefonte’s easily accessible natural assets, while showcasing regional vendors, nonprofits and businesses that specialize in outdoors and recreation-related products. Open to outdoor lovers of all ages, admission is free but donations are welcome. Workshops may have an additional charge. The expo will include exhibitors representing activities including fishing, camping, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and more. Food trucks will be in attendance with food and beverage available for purchase.

Centred Outdoors
This week's Centred Outdoors heads to Rhoneymeade, the historic homestead of Grange Fair founder Leonard Rhone, from 2-5 p.m. An invigorating 2-mile hike around the 150-acre working farm at 177 Rimmey Road in Centre Hall will also include a new public hiking trail through the wooded Labyrinth Loop. Centred Outdoors returns to Rhoneymeade at 5 p.m. on Wednesday for a hike that will include a walking tour of the 6-acre public gardens.

The Suitcase Junket
The Suitcase Junket — gifted New England multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Matt Lorenz — brings his unique lo-fi blend of folk blues and psych rock to Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks, 100 W. Main St. in Millheim for a 5 p.m. show. The Suitcase Junket's latest album, "Mean Dog, Trampoline," was produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and released in April.

South Hills Music Picnic
The summer concert series at South Hills School of Business and Technology, 480 Waupelani Drive, continues with Callanish performing lively jigs and reels, haunting airs and rollicking songs from the British Isles 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. 

Summer Sounds from the Gazebo
A seasonal staple in Bellefonte, Summer Sounds from the Gazebo in Talleyrand Park returns with the with the barbershop chorus stylings of the Nittany Knights to kick things off 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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