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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Oct. 14-16

by on October 14, 2016 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

This weekend is loaded with ways to celebrate fall. From numerous fall festivals this weekend to events celebrating the spirit of Halloween to ways to enjoy the splendor of fall in Central Pennsylvania there are plenty of ways to enjoy the season.

Theater, live music, family activities, sports and much more are on the schedule as well throughout the weekend

We've compiled the highlights from the upcoming weekend's community events in the State College area for you to enjoy. But that's not all that's happening, so check out our calendar page to 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.

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Arboretum Pumpkin Festival
The Arboretum at Penn State hosts its annual Pumpkin Festival on Friday and Saturday. Friday's festivities include the first night of the lighted jack-o’-lantern display from 6-9 p.m., with carved pumpkins judged for competition and arranged on the Event Lawn for viewing. The festival continues Saturday with family activities from 4-6 p.m., Bluegrass Redemption performing from 5-8 p.m. and the lighted display from 6-9 p.m.

Foxdale Fall Film Festival
As part of a six-part MultiCultural America film series, Foxdale Village welcomes the  to a weekly free showing of thought-inducing films. This week it's Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" at 7 p.m. in the Foxdale Auditorium, 500 E. Marylyn Ave. Free admission and free popcorn.

Women's Hockey
The Penn State women's hockey team welcomes Boston University to Pegula Ice Arena for the Nittany Lions' first home series of the season. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Ghost Stories
The Bellefonte Art Museum's monthly "Out Loud" series featuring performances of original poetry, prose and stories gets under way at 7:30 p.m. with "Bellefonte Moth: Ghost Stories." Anne McCarthy leads an evening of stories by local residents. Free and open to the public.

The Magic of John Westford
Dynamic entertainer John Westford brings an evening of comedy and illusions to The State Theatre. Westford's humor, quick wit, award-winning partner, Susan and spellbinding illusions have made John’s act popular with audiences around the globe. The show, which benefits the Tides Program, begins at 7:30 p.m. [Tickets and info]

'Be More Chill'
Penn State Centre Stage's production of the new musical "Be More Chill," based on the science fiction novel has just three performances remaining -- 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Playhouse Theatre on the University Park campus.

Jazz in the Attic
The State Theatre continues its series featuring the region's finest jazz performers at 8 p.m. with the Eddie Severn Group. Trumpeter Eddie Severn is joined by guitarist Bob Hart and bassist Tony Marino for an evening of original compositions and modern jazz in The Attic. [Tickets and info]


Buddy Walk
The 8th Annual Centre Region Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk will take place at Medlar Field with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. The walk starts at 10 a.m., followed by lunch and more fun until 2 p.m., including an appearance by Superheroes of Penn State, a photo booth, music, games, arts and crafts, silent auction, raffle, and more. Approximately 400 people are expected to attend the event, which is one of more than 250 walks that take place across the country in October, Down Syndrome Awareness Month. [Registration and info]

Way Fruit Farm Apple Festival
Way Fruit Farm, 2355 Halfmoon Valley Road, Port Matilda, hosts its Apple Festival from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.. Enjoy a free wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick-your-own pumpkin, a craft show with a variety of local vendors, lunch items from local civic organizations including homemade apple dumplings, homemade soup and more, Kids' Bunny Barn and Garden Tractor Barrel Ride and more food and activities.

Wasson Farm Fall Fest
The annual fall festival returns to Wasson Farm, 2545 Shingletown Road, for its second and final weekend. The fest includes $6 hayrides to the pumpkin patch (pumpkin included); mums, gourds and pumpkins available at the market; soups (Chicken Corn, Ham & Bean, and Beef Vegetable) made by Steam Engine for sale along with homemade apple butter; and more. Hayrides start at 10 a.m., with the last going out at 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Downtown Fall Fest
The State College Downtown Fall Fest gets under way for its 17th year from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the 200 block of South Allen Street. The day will include a bounce house, Tumble Bus, pony rides, climbing walls, alpacas, a pumpkin patch featuring free pumpkins for kids and more fun and games for everyone. Plus you can enter (or sample) the Happy Valley Dessert Contest and check out the community resources fair at the Municipal Building.

Bellefonte Fall Festival
Bellefonte's Annual Fall Festival and Halloween Parade will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Talleyrand Park. The Halloween Parade judging and line up begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Bellefonte YMCA at 12:30pm. Parade participants will then parade down High Street to Talleyrand Park at 1:30pm for awards and treats. Enjoy free activities for children, ghost stories, music, food and more. 

Harvest Fest at the Winery
Mt. Nittany Vineyard and Winery hosts its annual Harvest Fest from noon-5 p.m. Stroll through the mountainside vineyards and enjoy complimentary wine tasting in the chalet-style tasting room. Sample and purchase food items from local food vendors and enjoy hot-off-the grill sandwiches and sides. A parking donation of $5 will benefit the State College Food Bank. 

Paranormal Investigation of the Miles-Humes House
From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., or from 9 p.m. to midnight, you can join Spring Hill Paranormal Investigators as they explore the Centre County Library Historical Museum at 203 N. Allegheny St. Visitors will be introduced to paranormal examination techniques and be part of the investigation of the 202-year-old Miles-Humes House. There is a $15 per person fee to attend the adults-only investigation. All proceeds will benefit the museum. Pre-registration is required by emailing [email protected] or calling (814) 355-1516.

Haunted Lake Loop Hike
Enjoy a good scare and some laughs at the family-friendly walk around the Lake Loop at Black Moshannon State Park. Walks start at 7 p.m. with the last group departing at 9 p.m. Candy will be available at the end of the walk for children. While waiting to go out on the walk, visitors can roast provided marshmallows on a campfire on the beach. [More details] 

Centre/Clearfield County Band Show
One night a year the marching bands of Centre and Clearfield counties take over the football field. The 2016 edition of the Centre -Clearfield County Band show will be presented at 7 p.m. at  Penns Valley Area High school in Spring Mills. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and school age students. Children 5 and under are free. Concession stands will be open to purchase refreshments.

Penn State Soccer
Coming off a 1-0 win over Pitt, the Penn State men's soccer team welcomes Michigan State to Jeffrey Field at 7 p.m.

Lady Grey's Cirque Noir
Audience members can immerse themselves in the world of Lady Grey’s Cirque Noir with two shows, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the State Theatre. Lady Grey’s features opulent glamour and vintage circus arts with a dark twist. From sad clowns to mysterious fortune tellers, tattooed ladies to sideshow freaks, Lady Grey and her cohorts offer a sophisticated adult cabaret show.


Careers on Wheels
Spring Township and CPI host "Careers on Wheels," an event where kids get to explore trucks, emergency vehicles, heavy machinery and more, with will be plenty of giveaways for children. Special Guest appearances by Elmo, Elsa, Paw Patrol and others. The event is noon-4 p.m. at Centre County Public Safety Training Center, 391 N. Harrison Rd., Bellefonte. Admission is free and canned food donations will be accepted for local food banks.

Centre LifeLink 75th Anniversary Open House
Centre LifeLink invites the community to its 75th Anniversary Celebration Open House from 1-3 p.m. at the main station, 125 Puddintown Road. The event will feature ambulance and station tours, free car seat checks, refreshments, kids activities and crafts, tactical EMS demonstrations with armored rescue vehicle, and search and rescue demos.

Greek or Treat
Penn State's Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils sponsor a family-friendly trick or treating event that's free and open to the public from 1-3 p.m. There will be food, games and candy held outside on Fraternity Row in State College. 

Fall Fest at Alumni Center
Organized by the Penn State Blue and White Society, the Fall Fest from 1-4 p.m. outside the Hintz Family Alumni Center will include food, games, a petting zoo and . The event is open and free to all.

Free to Breathe Run/Walk
Community members will gather for the State College Free to Breathe Run/Walk starting at 1 p.m. at Tom Tudek Park. The inspirational day will include a silent auction, live music, and a kids’ dash. All proceeds from the event support Free to Breathe, a nonprofit lung cancer research and advocacy organization. [Registration and Full Schedule]

Hispanic Heritage Day at Schlow
Kids can celebrate Latin culture with arts and crafts, music, special snacks, face painting, and more from 2-4 p.m. in Downsbrough Community Room for Schlow Library's Hispanic Heritage Day.

Fall Foliage Walk
Enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of fall at Millbrook Marsh as you walk the trails with a Millbrook Marsh Naturalist and learn about the changing seasons and how to track seasonal changes in your own backyard. Walks are from 2-4 p.m. and are for ages 7 and older. Free, but donations appreciations. 

Best of Broadway
Nittany Valley Symphony performs selections from musicals from Broadway's Golden Age and beyond, featuring music from My Fair Lady, The Producers, Gypsy, Wicked, Les Mis, and more. The Best of Broadway Symphonic Pops Concert begins at 4 p.m. at Mount Nittany Middle School.

Two Gentleman of Verona
The American Shakespeare Center travels from Virginia to present a special stage production of William Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of Verona." Theater-goers will be treated to a special guest actor on stage: a thespian dog on loan from PAWS. The production starts at 2 p.m. at Eisenhower Auditorium. [Details]

Dimensions in Jazz
Penn State's three jazz bands take the stage for their first concert of the 2016-17 school year. The concert features performances by Outer Dimensions (conducted by graduate student Austin Oprean), Inner Dimensions (directed by faculty member Eric Bush), and Centre Dimensions, Penn State's premier twenty-piece jazz ensemble. The performance begins at 4 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall. Tickets are $4.99 general admission and $2 for students, available at the door beginning at 3:15 p.m.

Penn State Sports
Penn State women's soccer hosts Purdue at 1 p.m. at Jeffrey Field and the Nittany Lions will honor three senior team members prior to the game. The fifth-ranked Nittany Lion field hockey team welcomes Maryland for a white-out game at 4 p.m. at the Field Hockey Complex.

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