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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for May 31-June 2

by on May 31, 2019 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

It's a busy weekend around the area as we head into June, with Happy Valley Music Fest, Trash to Treasure, Ice Cream Fest, the Nittany Antique Machinery Show, Ferguson Township Police Bike Rodeo, Bellefonte Children's Fair, a Family Fishing Picnic and much more music, theater, ballet and fun activities for the whole family.

We've compiled some of 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.


Nittany Antique Machinery Show
A huge flea market, entertainment, activities, food and, of course, hundreds of antique tractors, campers and parts vendors are all part of the 45th annual Nittany Antique Machinery Spring Show, opening at 9 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Penns Cave in Centre Hall. A consignment auction will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Free admission each day.

Happy Valley Music Fest
Featuring headliners 10,000 Maniacs and JJ Grey & Mofro, Happy Valley Music Fest returns to downtown State College Friday and Saturday. The festival kicks off Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and continues Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m. with both days featuring some local favorites and other regional and national acts like Rusted Root frontman Michael Glabicki, brass funk rock band Bonerama performing a Led Zeppelin set, singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell and more. It also includes a beer garden for those 21 and over and a few food trucks.

Sleeping Beauty
Nittany Ballet brings the beloved fairytale "Sleeping Beauty" to the stage at Schwab Auditorium, with performances at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Beautiful costumes, dazzling dance, and a glorious score by Tchaikovsky will awaken your senses and transport you to a magical place where a beautiful sleeping princess is awakened by a kiss and good triumphs over evil. Tickets.


Friday in the 'Fonte
The last Friday of each month, celebrate downtown Bellefonte’s shopping, dining, arts and craft beverages with Friday in the 'Fonte. This month find special discounts at the new Art a la Carte, demonstrations at Alleycat Quiltworks, kids activities and a free palm tree necklace at Co2 Boutique, live music, food and drinks at Confer's Jewelers and deals at more downtown businesses and restaurants. See the full lineup here

Gears & Grub Cruise-In
WOWY 97.1 hosts its fourth annual Gears & Grub Cruise-In from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Nittany Mall parking lot, outside the former Garfield's. Bring your classic, antique, vintage vehicle or whatever you ride in and hang out while enjoying hot dogs, the WOWY prize wheel and great music.

Over the River and Through the Woods
Catch the final performance of Nittany Theatre at the Barn's first production of the summer season, the Joe Pietro comedy "Over the River and Through the Woods," at 7:30 p.m. in Boalsburg.


Trash to Treasure
The biggest yard sale in Centre County will be held at Beaver Stadium. Early bird shoppers pay $5 to enter at 7:30 a.m. and free admission begins at 9 a.m., with the sale ending at noon. Shoppers will receive reusable tote bags they can fill for $25. Shoppers are welcome to bring their own tote bag as long as it meets the size specifications: 13″w x 10″d x 15″h. "Best Loot" items and those that don't fit in totes are $5 or as priced.

Clothes, electronics, furniture, home goods, instruments and more -- you'll find a huge array at the sale, with proceeds benefiting Centre County United Way. Trash to Treasure is made possible by Penn State student donations and the sale annually diverts more than 60 tons of items from landfills.

Summer Reading Blasts Off
Celebrate the start of the Summer Reading program at Schlow Centre Region Libray with Batman Minion, Minnie Mouse and Winnie the Pooh. Enjoy performances  by the Allegheny Winds at 10 a.m. and the Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus at 11 a.m. At 2 p.m., check out an exciting magic show with magician Ran'D Shine. Plus, stop by the Usborne Book Sale table to purchase some great summer reads - and help Schlow earn some extra books for its collection.

Intergenerational Friends Fair
State College Friends School and Penn State's Intergenerational Leadership Institute partner for the area's first community-wide Intergenerational Friends Fair, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Friends School, 1900 University Drive. The eventwill feature interactive exhibits and events planned by local organizations, with activities for participants of all ages such as art, storytelling, music, dancing, gardening and games.

Bellefonte Children's Fair
A start-of-summer tradition since 1949, the 70th Bellefonte Children's Fair will feature food, games, activities and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the intersection of Curtin and Armor streets. Proceeds support improvement of children's facilities at Bellefonte community parks.

Family Fun Day
Kish Bank hosts its free Family Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (rain or shine) at 2610 Green Tech Drive, with games, prizes, food, Home Depot Kids Workshop, bounce house, Tumblebus, face painting, basketball shoot and a fire truck and ambulance.

Bike Rodeo
Ferguson Township Police will host this bike safety event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Weis Markets parking lot, 1471 Martin Street. This annual community service event is an opportunity for children to ride alongside Ferguson Township police officers to learn safe bicycling skills, register their bicycles for free, and enjoy free food and drinks provided by local sponsors.

Ice Cream Fest
State College/Downtown Rotary celebrates its sixth annual Ice Cream Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 100 block of South Allen Street, with local ice cream from 10 vendors offering a variety of flavors. Tickets available on site and are $5 for 5 tastes or $20 for 25. Proceeds benefit Schlow Centre Region Library and Discovery Space. Special activities will include a visit from the Cat in the Hat, liquid nitrogen brownies with Discovery Space, balloon twister and pinewood derby races.

We Are Weekend Concert
As part of the Penn State Alumni Association's We Are Weekend, local rockers Velveeta and Bruce Springsteen tribute band Bruce in the USA will perform at Medlar Field. Doors and concession open at noon, Velveeta takes the stage at 12:30 p.m. and Bruce in the USA performs at 2 p.m. Free, but registration is required.

Hops & Vines & Friends
Acoustic rock duo Hops & Vines will be joined by more than a dozen fellow local musicians for their annual benefit concert, this year supporting Housing Transitions, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Big Spring Spirits, 198 Match Factory Place in Bellefonte.

Movie in Talleyrand Park
The Bellefonte Woman's Club sponsors free family movie nights in Talleyrand Park on Saturday nights this summer, starting with Moana. 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.


Family Fishing Picnic
Centred Outdoors kicks off the summer with a family picnic hosted by Trout Unlimited and ClearWater Conservancy from 2 to 6 p.m. at Tussey Mountain. Mentors will be on site to help kids of all ages learn to fish. After the picnic, join fellow Centred Outdoors friends for a hike through the Galbraith Gap Trails. Admission is free, but RSVP is requested.

South Hills Music Picnic
South Hills School of Business and Technology, 480 Waupelani Drive, starts off its summer concert series with Sweet Adelines performing favorite songs from the last 80 years done in the ringing chords of barbershop harmony 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. 

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