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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Oct. 4-6

by on October 04, 2019 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

It's finally feeling like fall and festival fun is here. This weekend you'll find OktoberFest at Tussey Mountain, events at Wasson Farm and Way Fruit Farm and the big Dutch Fall Festival in Aaronsburg.

The weekend also brings TWO food truck festivals, Penn State Homecoming, and concerts, including local acts and country great Marty Stuart

That's just a bit of what's going on. We've picked out some of the weekend's highlights below.

There is plenty more around the region 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.


Tussey Mountain is bringing some of the fun of Munich closer to home with its own OktoberFest from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday with authentic food, beer and music. The Bavarian Stompers and Polkadelphia will provide the tunes. Herwig's Austrian Bistro makes its return, joining Catering with Style's Dan Rallis to cook up delicious food, and other options like Rosie's Pierogies, Doan's Bones BBQ and more will be available. And of course there will be plenty of beer selections — Oktoberfest, domestics and locals — along with an assortment of hot and cold wine and liquor drinks. As the sun goes down and the temperature drops, you'll be able to warm up by the bonfire. $5 admission at the gate. Food and drinks can be purchased with amphitheater tickets, which are $1 each. Ages 12 and under are admitted for free. 

Wasson Farm Fall Fest
Wasson Farm, 2545 Shingletown Road, hosts its annual Fall Fest 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkin for $6 per person, any size pumpkin included. Enjoy homemade soups by steam engine and our homemade apple butter. There will be $1 barrel train rides, games, animals, and guest wineries on hand. Wear your red, white and blue for this weekend's "Salute to America" theme. On Saturday, those with military ID receive a free hayride. On Sunday, Penn State women's club volleyball will offer face painting while collecting donations for THON. The festival continues next weekend.

Dutch Fall Festival
Now in its 43rd year, thousands of people annually visit Aaronsburg for the two-day Dutch Fall Festival celebrating the heritage of the Pennsylvania Dutch culture that shaped much of the history of rural central Pennsylvania, The festival takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a large selection of vendors from the community and craft vendors from around the nation creating an eclectic display of local wares and traditional crafts. There's plenty of great food to enjoy — the legendary ham and bean soup and sticky buns always sell quickly, but there's lots more to eat as well. A pot pie supper is offered in the Community Building from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Entertainment includes live music both days and a raffle with great prize. Admission and parking are free.

Apple Cider Demonstration Day
Get into the spirit of autumn at Way Fruit Farm, 2355 Halfmoon Valley Road, Port Matilda, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Watch the cider press in action with demonstrations each half hour between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Enjoy free apple cider samples, and take a free ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your pay-by-the-pound pumpkin. Apple and pumpkin donuts will be fresh all day, and Way Café & Bakery will be open for breakfast and lunch.




Food Truck Festival
From 4 to 8 p.m. at the parking lot of Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S. Garner St., a food truck festival will benefit House of Care, the local home and hospice for those with low income, no family support and a medical need for assistance. The festival will feature Brazilian Munchies, Happy Dishes, Blazing Swine BBQ, Taco Inc., Potato Coop, sandwiches, burritos and more, as well as games like corn hole and Kan Jam. No entry fee. 

First Friday
Downtown State College's monthly celebration returns for October from 5 to 8 p.m. with art openings and exhibits at the Downtown Improvement District, Woskob Family Gallery, Expect More Store and Art Alliance Gallery Downtown; live music, games and sweet treats at 3 Dots Downtown; dance performances at the MLK Plaza; the grand opening of Cape Escape (244 E. Calder Way), which features handmade superhero capes, accessories and more; food, drinks and vendors at Appalachian Outdoors; and special deals at Hotel State College restaurants. See the full schedule here.

Homecoming Parade
Penn State is celebrating its 100th Homecoming, and the annual parade gets started at 6 p.m. near Beaver Stadium and the Bryce Jordan Center then makes its way through campus and downtown. See the route, along with parking and traffic info, here. From 8 to 11 p.m., Lion Ambassadors and ROTC partner for the annual Guard the Lion Shrine, a night of history, live music and giveaways.

CD Release Party
Crisis Ballet will have a release party for its new EP "Neverland," from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Webster's Bookstore & Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Ave. The eclectic acoustic duo will be performing its bossa nova-influenced originals as well as genre-defying covers of familiar and less familiar tunes by artists such as New Order, Willie Nelson, Buzzcocks, The Bee Gees, Pixies, They Might be Giants and more. Free admission and BYOB.




Huddle with the Faculty
Kirk French, Penn State associate teaching professor in anthropology and director and executive producer of "Land and Water Revisited," will present "The Land and Water Revisited Project," at 9 a.m. in the Nittany Lion Inn. Free admission.

Community Table
A new fundraiser for State College's St. Andrew’s Community Cafe, Community Table will be held starting at 5 p.m. at Cramer Farm in Howard. Hosted by Bruce, Diane, and Lucy Cramer of Cramer Farm, the event will feature food prepared with ingredients from the small-scale family farm in Nittany Valley prepared by Chef Zach Lorber, instructor of the culinary arts program at the State College Area High School, and his students. The dinner will feature pasture-raised pork and chicken as well as vegetarian options in a heavy hors d'oeuvres-style meal. Tickets for the event are $75 each or $140 for two and are available here.

Women's Volleyball
The Penn State women's volleyball team hosts Iowa at 7 p.m. in Rec Hall.

Penn State's No Refund Theatre presents "Seascape," the Pulitzer-winning play by Edward Albee, at 9 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center Flex Theatre. Admission is free.




Food Truck Rally in the Valley
Food trucks, entertainment, basket raffles and much more will take over the 200 block of South Allen Street from noon to 3 p.m. for the Food Truck Rally in the Valley benefiting Housing Transitions and Centre House homeless shelter programs. Hops & Vines and Fraser St. Saxes will perform. Fun family activities include carnival games, dunk tank and bounce house. And there will be plenty of good eats to choose from, with food trucks including: Bonnie Blue's Smokeys & Sweets, Brazilian Munchies, Classic Cones, Clem's BBQ, Doan's Bones Barbecue, Happy Dishes, Happy Valley Chef, Real Taste Food Truck, Rosie's Pierogies, Taco Inc. and Weiner Wagon.

Boalsburg Fire Company Open House
Stop by the Boalsburg Fire Company, 113 E. Pine St., from noon to 3 p.m. to take a tour, learn about what the company does and find out about becoming a member. The open house will feature a kids dress up area, fire apparatus displays, fire prevention information, fire engine rides and much more. 

Author Talk and Book Signing
Author Derek Sherwood will discuss and sign copies of his historical true crime book, "Nittany Nightmare: The Sex Murders of 1938-1940 and the Panic at Penn State," at 1 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 365 Benner Pike.

Walk in Penn's Woods
More than 50 sites statewide will be welcoming Pennsylvanians of all ages to walk in the woods to appreciate our forests and the importance of caring for them. Greenwood Furnace State Park in Huntingdon will have a ranger-led walk of about 1 mile, starting at 1 p.m. at the visitor center. Starting at 2 p.m., Centred Outdoors hosts a walk on the Musser Gap trail, with experts stationed along the way to discuss plants, history, and ecology. The 2-mile loop takes about two hours to walk.

Penn State Sports
The Nittany Lion men's soccer team hosts No. 8 Indiana at 1 p.m. for a Big Ten showdown at Jeffrey Field. The men's hockey team starts off what looks to be a promising season with a 1 p.m. exhibition against the University of Ottawa at Pegula Ice Arena

Essence of Joy
Essence of Joy choir will present its fall concert at 3 p.m. in the new Recital Hall of Penn State's Music Building I. Tickets ($8.50 adult/$4.50 student) are available at Eisenhower Auditorium box office, the Recital Hall box office one hour prior to curtain, or online

Nittany Valley Symphony
Nittany Valley Symphony performs its first concert of the season, "Rogues and Rascals," at 4 p.m. in Mount Nittany Middle School, 656 Brandywine Drive. Selections will take the audience through musical portrayals of some of the most notorious scoundrels. Featured works include: Copland's "Suite from Billy the Kid," Glazunov's "Concerto for Alto Saxophone, Op. 109," Milhaud's "Scaramouche, Op. 165," and R. Strauss' "Suite from Le bourgeois gentilehomme, Op. 60." Tickets.

"Civil War Barons"
Noted author and Pulitzer Prize nominee Jeffery Wert will discuss the Civil War-era northern businessmen who made significant contributions to, and money from, the war effort, at 2 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg. Free admission.

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
A Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician and a country music torchbearer, Marty Stuart shares his remarkable life through story and song as he celebrates the 20th anniversary of his iconic album "The Pilgrim," at 8 p.m. at The State Theatre.



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