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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Nov. 10-12

by on November 10, 2017 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

And happy Penn State Homecoming. The parade marches through campus and town on Friday night, followed by a special, festival-like Guard the Lion Shrine. Saturday brings the Homecoming and Military Appreciation game against Rutgers.

With Veterans Day on Saturday, events this weekend will honor those who have served the nation.

Plus, Keller Williams makes a stop at The State Theatre, and there are craft -- and craft beverage -- festivals throughout the weekend. In sports, Penn State basketball, wrestling and volleyball are at home, and the Nittany Lion women's soccer team opens the NCAA Tournament at Jeffrey Field.

We've compiled a few of the highlights from each day.

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.


Ten Thousand Villages Craft Festival
Ten Thousand Villages of Central PA continues its large craft and rug festival 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at University Mennonite Church, 1606 Norma Street. The event features a wide variety of fairly traded handicrafts, housewares, jewelry, scarves, purses and accessories, kitchenware, bath products and more. New this year is a large collection of hand knotted fair trade rugs.

Veterans Day Ceremony
The Penn State Student Veterans Organization will host a Veterans Day Ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon on the front steps of Old Main. Speakers will include Retired Navy Vice Admiral James Houck, Penn State’s Veterans Fraternity President George Oliver, and Penn State’s Military Law Caucus President Chuck Deibel. The ceremony will conclude with a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps.

Penn State Basketball
Nittany Lion basketball is back in action at the Bryce Jordan Center, with the men's team facing Campbell at 4 p.m. and the Lady Lions taking on Siena at 7 p.m.

Penn State Homecoming Parade
The annual Penn State Homecoming Parade unites students, alumni, faculty and staff members across the Penn State community through a procession down the University Park Campus and downtown State College area. The parade will officially step off in front of the IM Building at 6 p.m. and Roads will close at 5:30 p.m. [Parade route and road closures]

NCAA Women's Soccer
The Penn State women's soccer team opens NCAA Tournament play against Stony Brook at 7:30 p.m. at Jeffrey Field.

An Evening with Keller Williams
Musician Keller Williams brings his eclectic sound and legendary live chops to The State Theatre for an 8 p.m. show.

Guard the Lion Shrine
The annual tradition of guarding the Lion Shrine the night before Penn State's Homecoming game will take on a new twist this year. From 9 p.m. to midnight the area around the shrine will have a festival atmosphere, with free admission, festival-style food, a two-hour concert by Go Go Gadjet, and appearances from Sue Paterno and other special guests.


Fall Craft Show
Pleasant Gap Area Lioness Club will hold a fall craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CPI, 540 N. Harrison Rd., Pleasant Gap. In addition to 45 vendors, the day will include a raffle, 50/50, bake sale and lunch available for purchase.

Veterans Day at the PA Military Museum
The Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will offer free admission to U.S. military veterans and their families.

Pop-Up Shop Benefiting CCWRC
The Hush Room, 110 Hetzel Street, will host a pop-up shop benefitting the Centre County Women’s Resource Center from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The pop-up shop will offer hand-selected clothing of all styles ranging from streetwear to vintage.

Finding Centre
State College Framing Company and Gallery, 160 Rolling Ridge Drive, hosts an opening reception from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. for "Finding Centre," an exhibit of original paintings of Centre County by national award-winning area artists Sarah Pollock and Alice Kelsey. Visitors are welcome, and artwork is available for purchase. A portion of proceeds during the opening reception benefits Clearwater Conservancy. 

Penn State Women's Volleyball
Winners of 14 consecutive matches, the top-ranked Nittany Lion women's volleyball team returns to Rec Hall to face Maryland at 7 p.m.

Lady Grey's Heroes & Villains
Dress in your most spectacular cosplay garb and join Lady Grey's Late Night Cabaret for games, contests, and spectacular performances as your favorite superheroes battle the most heinous villains in history. A hilariously interactive night with plenty of opportunities to participate alongside the cast. Shows are at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. in The Attic at The State Theatre. Patrons must be 18 or older.




PYP Patriotic Pedlathon
PYP studio will host its annual “PYP Patriotic Pedalthon – Ride for Pride,” with proceeds benefiting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.  The format involves a revolving team-style ride lead by PYP instructors. Teams must raise a minimum of $250 per team/$75 per rider to enter the event. Prizes will be awarded in several categories including most money raised. The event will kick off with sign-in and set-up at 7:30 a.m.with flights at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 am. Registration is available at The public is welcome to attend. 

Holiday Craft Fair
Ferguson Township Elementary, 215 W. Pine Grove Rd., will hold a holiday craft fair from 1 to 5 p.m., with affordable, locally-made gifts, a bake sale, door prizes, gift wrapping and more.

Holiday Craft Beverage Showcase
Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail presents its first Holiday Craft Beverage Showcase from 1 to 5 p.m. at Toftrees Golf Resort, with sips, samples, seminars and shopping focused on the holiday season. [Tickets and info]

Penn State Basketball Military Appreciation Games
Both Nittany Lion hoops teams are back in action at the Jordan Center and both squads will be playing in their Military Appreciation Games. The Lady Lions tip off at 1 p.m. against Drexel and the men's team plays Farleigh Dickinson at 5 p.m.

Central PA Crossword Competition
The 7th annual Fall Puzzler, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Schlow Centre Region Library benefits the education programs at Mid-State Literacy Council. Advanced and intermediate groups compete for prizes. Puzzles are timed at 20 minutes and scored for accuracy. Register at, or call 814-238-1809. Free refreshments.

Nittany Lion Wrestling
The defending national champs host their second dual of the season, taking on Bucknell at 2 p.m. Limited standing-room only tickets available.

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