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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Oct. 6-8

by on October 06, 2017 5:30 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

Autumn has arrived and the weekend features plenty of fall festivals around the area.

It's the first Friday of the month, which means it's time for First Friday, the monthly celebration in downtown State College, with music, art, activities and more.

The Traveling Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, is at Innovation Park through Sunday.

And The State Theatre has a full lineup, including comedian Rob Schneider.

Throughout the weekend enjoy music, theater, outdoor activities, sports and more across Centre County.

We've compiled some of the weekend's 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.


The Traveling Wall
The Traveling Wall — an 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall — continues its installation at Innovation Park through Sunday afternoon, with special events planned each day. [Schedule]

First Friday
Experience what downtown State College has to offer at the monthly First Friday celebration from 5-9 p.m. Join KidTech at Appalachian Outdoors to build and fly your very own Straw Rocket. Stop by Old State Clothing for a book signing by Denise Kaminsky, author of the Nittany Lion Books, with Kevin Reilly, the artist behind “Impressions of Happy Valley” also in store. Create works of wax art at The Makery. Join a GIF-making workshop at Woskob Family Gallery. And enjoy music from John White, Leah Mueller and Her Rhythm, Troubadork and Urban Fusion and dance performances  by Central PA Dance Workshop. Check out these and much more on the full event schedule.

Penn State Flute Day
Hosted by Professor Naomi Seidman and the Penn State Flute Studio, Penn State Flute Day celebrates and showcases the flute on Friday and Saturday with masterclasses, seminars, recitals, and competitions. Flute Day is appropriate for players and teachers of all ages and levels. [Schedule]

Casting Crowns
Multi-platinum selling and Grammy-winning group Casting Crowns and special guest Zach Williams make a stop at the Bryce Jordan Center for a 7 p.m. show.

Penn State Women's Soccer
The No. 14 Nittany Lion women's soccer team returns to Jeffrey Field for a 7 p.m. match with Michigan.

Sweet Charity
Penn State Centre Stage presents the musical Sweet Charity at 7:30 p.m. at the Playhouse Theatre, University Park. Shows continue Saturday and Sunday. [Tickets]

Jazz in the Attic
Nancy and Spencer Reed bring their unique brand of vocal and instrumental styling that's been enjoyed by audiences for more than 30 years to The State Theatre as part of the Jazz in the Attic series at 8 p.m.




Cyber Charter School Panel & Discussion
AAUW State College Branch will hold a panel discussion on the background and issues connected with cyber charter schools at 9 a.m. at the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800 E. Park Ave. The panel will be discussing both the benefits of and concerns about cyber charters, as well as other aspects such as fiscal, social and accountability measures. 

Wheatfield Nursey Harvest Days 
Join Wheatfield Nursery, 1948 General Potter Highway, for a day of family fun beginning at 9 a.m., with a pumpkin decorating competition featuring area elementary students' work, hayrides, face painting and decoration workshops. Paint your pumpkin or send it sailing into the fields with a pumpkin launcher. Harvest Days continues on Oct. 14.

Super Fair
The Super Fair of Centre County Resources will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nittany Mall. The fair provides local organizations with a no-cost opportunity to highlight all that Centre County has to offer its residents. Celebrating its fifth year, this one-of-a-kind event allows human service agencies and other exhibitors a chance to promote their products and services, and to get the word out about available volunteer opportunities.

Aaronsburg Dutch Fall Festival
Now in its 42nd year the Aaronsburg Dutch Fall Festival is a two-day event celebrating the heritage of the Pennsylvania Dutch culture that shaped much of the history of Penns Valley and rural central Pennsylvania. The festival, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, features homemade traditional foods, local entertainment and educational and historical demonstrations. [Entertainment lineup]

Krislund Fall Festival
Krislund Camp, 189 Krislund Drive in Madisonburg, celebrates its annual fall festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will be given a ticket for one free ride on either the zip line or giant swing. The day will be full of other activities for the entire family, including carnival games, a hay bale playground, cookie and pumpkin decorating, scarecrow building and wagon rides. Food and snacks will also be available.

Wasson Farm Fest
Wasson Farm Market, 2545 Shingletown Road, hosts a fall fest from 10:30 a.m. to 4 Saturday and Sunday. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch are $6, including the pumpkin. The day also featured corn maze, animals and games. Homemade apple butter, baked goods and soups will be for sale.

Black Moshannon Monster Hunt Race
An adventure scavenger race, the Black Moshannon Monster Hunt will be held at Black Moshannon State Park with check-in beginning at 11 a.m.. Go to a station, complete an activity, and get a clue to continue to the next station. 5k run or hike, with awards for top finishers and best costumes. The 6th annual race will benefit benefit  Violet Lucas, 1-year old who was diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome.

Metropolitan Opera HD Presents 'Norma'
The State Theatre hosts the season-opening broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera HD Series at 12:55 p.m.. The season opens with a new production of Bellini’s bel canto tragedy Norma, starring Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role, which she has sung to acclaim at the Met in 2013.s

Penn State Men's Soccer
The Nittany Lion men's soccer team takes on perennial Big Ten power Indiana under the lights at Jeffrey Field starting at 7 p.m.

Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra
The Penn State Philharmonic presents its first concert of the 2017-18 year at 7:30 p.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium, featuring music by George Gershwin and Antonin Dvoƙák. Highlighting the program is a performance of Franz Liszt's first piano concerto.

Rob Schneider
Comedian Rob Schneider, who rose to fame on Saturday Night Live and in a long list of comedic films, performs at The State Theatre for the first time at 8 p.m.

Lady Grey's Steampunk Freak Show
Lady Grey and Her Lovelies continue a new season of late-night cabarets continues at 8 and 10 p.m. in the Attic at the State Theatre.




Fall Fest at Harvest Fields
Calvary Harvest Fields in Boalsburg hosts an afternoon of fun from noon to 4 p.m. with giant inflatables, children's activities, live music and free hot dog, chips and a drink for attendees.

Olde Europe Festival
Celebrate fall in central Pennsylvania at the Olde Europe Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Boal Mansion Museum in Boalsburg with delicious foods, jugglers, crafts, an artisan village, music from the Olde World and more. From the Renaissance to the Modern, Italian food to Celtic music, the festival focuses on food, music, dance, and customs of the six European countries that the Boals were descended from.

Arboretum Pumpkin Giveaway
The Arboretum at Penn State invites the public to enter its annual jack-o'-lantern contest as part of the Pumpkin Festival. More than 1,000 pumpkins will be given away from 1 to 3 p.m., or while supplies last, on Sunday. Arrive early for the best selection! (You may also provide your own pumpkin for the contest.) Registration of contest entries will occur from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Oct. 13. Pumpkins will be judged the night of Oct. 13 and on display to the public through Oct. 14.

Penn State Women's Soccer
The Nittany Lion women's soccer team wraps up a weekend at home with a 1 p.m. match against Michigan State at Jeffrey Field.

Essence of Joy
Penn State's Essence of Joy will present its first concert of the season in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center's Worship Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8. The concert features two contrasting arrangements of the spiritual "Ride the Chariot," as well as two arrangements of "America the Beautiful."

Next Stage Theatre Presents: 'Two Can Play'
The Next Stage Theatre Company resumes its Readers' Theatre at 3 p.m. in The State Theatre with John Hruschka’s Two Can Play, an adaptation of Hannah Cowley’s witty and lively 1780’s play Belles’ Stratagem.

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