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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for March 9-11

by on March 09, 2018 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

Start looking forward to spring with the three-day, 34th annual Central PA Home and Garden Show at the Bryce Jordan Center, or a Saturday workshop on designing your landscape at the Patton Township Municipal Building.

Check out Charter Day weekend at the Pennsylvania Military Museum, and enjoy the opening of the Art Alliance's Figure-ative Show. In the mood for music? You'll find concerts in Lemont and Millheim, or ballroom dance in State College. And at the State Theatre, you can see an HD broadcast of "Semiramide" from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, featuring State College's own Sarah Shafer

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.


Home and Garden Show
The region's largest home improvement and product showcase, the annual Central PA Home and Garden Show returns to the Bryce Jordan Center for three days featuring more than 100 exhibitors and 30 hands-on demonstrations. General admission is $6 but free for veterans, active-duty military and kids 12 and under. Hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Now in its 34th year, the Home and Garden Show is produced by the Builders Association of Central PA.

The Figure-ative Show
Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania hosts this exhibition -- formerly called "The Go Figure Show" -- with a two-decade history of showcasing artworks of the human figure by central Pennsylvania artists. An opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the Art Alliance Art Center, 818 Pike Street in Lemont, and a poetry reading will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The show is open through March 18.


Landscape Design Workshop
Shake off the winter doldrums and learn how to put your landscape aspirations down on paper. Join Pennsylvania Native Plant Society member and landscape designer Justin Wheeler for a hands-on workshop in landscape design basics from 10 a.m. to noon at the Patton Township Municipal Building. Registration ($10) and details are here.

Film Fest at the Military Museum
As part of Charter Day weekend, the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg hosts a screening of Frank Capra's World War II series "Why We Fight" from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Metropolitan Opera, Featuring a State College Native
The State Theatre continues the Metropolitan Opera in HD series with a broadcast of Rossini’s "Semiramide," beginning at 12:55 p.m. The opera, being performed at the Met for the first time in 25 years, features State College native Sarah Shafer in the role of Azema.

Parents Night Out
Enjoy a night out while your children swim, play games in the gym and eat pizza at the Bellefonte YMCA from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Steve at

Ballroom Dance
The Central PA Ballroom Dance Association hosts a dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive, with music by The Headliners. The public is welcome and cost for non-members is $20. Non-alcoholic drinks are provided

Acoustic Brew Concert
Borrowing from blues, rock, country and R&B, Michael Jerling will display his first-rate lyrical sense and impressive musicianship in an Acoustic Brew concert starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Well-Being, 123 Mount Nittany Road, Lemont. Tickets are $18.

Mountain Ride
A Pennsylvania bluegrass band on the edge of progressive and traditional music, Mountain Ride heads to Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks in Millheim for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $10 in advance


Charter Day at the Military Museum
In March 1681, King Charles II granted a charter to William Penn establishing Penn's Woods. To commemorate the founding of what would become Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg will offer free admission from noon to 5 p.m.

Tal National
After more than a decade touring and becoming the most popular band in their native Niger, Tal National reached international acclaim with 2013's "Kaani." They'll bring their high-energy, West African rock and roll to Elk Creek Cafe & Ale Works in Millheim for a 5 p.m. showTickets are $19 in advance.

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