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TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Sept. 20-22

by on September 20, 2019 5:00 AM

Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

The weekend schedule is packed with concerts (Jason Aldean, Holly Bowling and Fuel, to name a few), festivals, theater, outdoor activities and much more — so let's get to it. 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.


Buskopolis Festival of Cinematic Oddities
From the ethereal to the atrocious, the Buskopolis Festival of Cinematic Oddities returns to Huntingdon's Clifton 5 Theater, 717 Washington Street, Huntingdon, 4 p.m.-midnight Friday and 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday to explore some of the square pegs of movie history, as well as the proud misfits of present-day filmdom who defy genre. In addition to curated selection of offbeat and unusual feature films as well as juried screenings of international short films, guest speakers will be on hand to introduce features and Q&A will be held with visiting filmmakers.

Here's to a Year
Ten Thousand Villages State College, 1341 S. Atherton St., celebrates its first anniversary Friday through Sunday with a weekend of events at the fair-trade store. A champagne toast and performance by Anchor & Arrow at 5 p.m. on Friday also will include refreshments by Taproot Kitchen. Saturday's events feature an alpaca petting zoo at noon, a jewelry making workshop at 1 p.m., Weaving Wisdom bracelet at 3 p.m., and the Camerata Amistad ensemble performing at 5 p.m. On Sunday, FUSE Productions and Singing Onstage will entertain visitors and shoppers at 1 p.m.

Night at the Races
The Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund hosts a Night at the Races at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 867 Gray's Woods Drive. Doors open at 6 p.m. and races start at 7 p.m. The evening includes food, drinks, a silent auction and complimentary beer and wine with commemorative glass purchase, to go along with Professionally called races, programs, and betting windows. Tickets and info. 

Contra and Old Time Country Dance
The Central Pennsylvania Country Dance Association's first Contra and Old Time Country Dance of the fall season will be held from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Boalsburg Fire Hall, 113 E. Pine Street. All dances are taught and easy to learn, with live music. No partner needed and no experience necessary. Hilton Baxter of Harrisburg will call dances to the music of Contra Intuitive. Future dances will be held on third Fridays at the State College Friends School, 1900 University Drive. For more information visit

An Evening with Holly Bowling
Classically-trained pianist Holly Bowling brings texture, nuance, and a gift for dexterous high-wire improvisation to solo piano interpretations of songs by Phish and the Grateful Dead, infusing the jam band music with her own technically advanced, emotionally rich style. Bowling, who has performed with the Dead's Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, among other luminaries, comes to The State Theatre for an 8 p.m. show.

Penn State Volleyball
It's a top-10, intrastate showdown in Rec Hall as the No. 4 Penn State women's volleyball team takes on No. 6 Pitt at 8 p.m.

Penn State's No Refund Theatre presents "Doubt: A Parable," John Patrick Shanley's 2004 play that tells the story of Father Flynn, a respected priest at St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx, who is accused by Sister Aloysius, the school principal, of sexual misconduct. Shows are at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the HUB-Robeson Center Flex Theatre. Admission is free.




Snow Shoe Fall Festival & Car Show
The annual Snow Shoe Fall Festival at Snow Shoe Park features fun, food, games, prizes, a 5k race, arts and crafts vendors, a flea market, live music and the car show, with 30 classes of vehicles. See more details here

Centre Crest Fall Festival
Centre Crest, 502 E. Howard St. in Bellefonte, hosts its fifth annual Fall Festival from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with food, kids games and activities, vendors, Big Froggy broadcasting live from 10 a.m. to noon, a performance by Western Range from 2 to 4 p.m. and more

Centre Heart Walk
The Centre County Heart Walk 5k or 1-mile run/walk starting at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park will benefit the American Heart Association. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the family-, stroller- and pet-friendly walk/run through the Penn State campus is at 9:30 a.m. The event will include water and a healthy snack, live band, kid zone, pet zone and featured speaker Dr. Jeffrey Gilbert, Geisinger cardiologist and an American Heart Association funded researcher.

Family Fun Run/Walk for the National Brain Tumor Society
Team Snap hosts a 1-mile family fun run/walk and family-friendly activities for the National Brain Tumor Society, in honor Jamie Barbarich Covol an autistic support teacher at Mount Nittany Elementary School. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Mount Nittany Elementary School and the walk/run starts at 11 a.m. $15 per person or $30 per team up to six people.

Sesame Street 50th Anniversary Celebration
The Centre Region community will have the opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street with a day full of kids and family activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the WPSU studios, 100 Innovation Boulevard. Sesame Street: 50 Years and Counting, will feature educational activities, games and crafts for children, a touch-a-truck area, selfie stations, prizes, birthday cake, cookies and more.

Millheim Oktoberfest
From noon to 6 p.m. at the Millheim Fire Company grounds, 103 North Street, Millheim Oktoberfest will feature Elk Creek Aleworks beer, authentic German food and foot-stomping entertainment by the Little German Band and Pleasant Valley Dancers. Proceeds will benefit the Millheim Fire Company

Music with the Maestro
Kids can get up close and personal with Maestro Yaniv Attar and members of Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra to learn about music, musical instruments and musicians during this free drop-in program from 2 to 3 p.m. at Discovery Space, 1224 N. Atherton St. Participants receive one free child's ticket with a paid adult for Sunday's PCO concert at the Penn State Recital Hall.

Havana Fest
Havana Fest, hosted by Your Cigar Den will bringing the tastes, sounds and smells of the Caribbean to Fraser Street and the MLK Plaza, with music, art, crafts, traditional Cuban foods, libations and cigars from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.. The ticketed event offers General ($50) and Aficionado packages ($125). Tickets and more info.

Author Spotlight: Jamie Ford
Jamie Ford will visit Schlow Centre Region at 2 p.m. as part of the Author Spotlight series to discuss his books "Love and Other Consolation Prizes" and "The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet." The latter spent two years on the New York Times Bestseller lists and is winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. A book signing and sale will follow. Register online to ensure seating.

National Museum Day Tour
For Smithsonian Magazine's National Museum Day, stop by Penn State's Palmer Museum of Art at 2 p.m. for a musically inspired tour of the galleries, featuring selected artwork and related music, hosted by a Palmer Museum docent. 

The Philosophy of Hope Concert
Musician Ken Baxter leads an all-star group of local musicians in a benefit concert for the Jana Marie Foundation starting at 7 p.m. in the State Theatre. The concert will present a story of tragedy, resilience and hope through cover songs and original music inspired by Baxter's upcoming memoir "The Philosophy of Arson," which recounts the detour his life took following his son Alex's death by suicide. In addition to local music scene heavyweights, Baxter's eldest son, musician and Grammy-winning producer Nicholai Baxter, will perform alongside his father for the first time in a decade. Tickets.

Jason Aldean
Country superstar Jason Aldean brings his "Ride All Night Tour" to the Bryce Jordan Center for a 7:30 p.m. show, with special guests Cole Swindell, Carly Pearce & Dee Jay Silver.

Fuel at ReBar
Alternative rock is back at 420 E. College Ave. as Re/Bar welcomes Fuel — best known for hits like "Shimmer" and "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" — for an 8 p.m. show, with special guest Small Town Titans.


Food Truck Fest
Join Tussey Mountain from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for delicious local food and live music at its inaugural Food Truck Fest. Admission is free, and amphitheater tickets from previous events can be used for purchases. Food trucks include Brazilian Munchies, Happy Dishes, World's Fare Catering, Rosie’s Pierogies, Rita’s Italian Ice and Taco Inc. The Crooked Line performs at 12:30 p.m. and The Perkolators take the stage at 3 p.m.

Wine n' Shine Pierogi Fest
Wine, spirits and pierogis, just like it says in the name. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Ramada Conference Center, 1450 S. Atherton St., with sessions starting at 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. See pricing and all the details here

Drive Electric Week Event
The fourth annual National Drive Electric Week car event — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Country Inn & Suites,  1357 E. College Ave. — will have local residents showing off their plug-in hybrids and all electric cars, such as Chevy Volts and Bolts; Tesla Model 3, X, and S; Ford C-MAX Energi; Solectria Force; and Toyota Prius Prime. More than three dozen car owners will be there to discuss the benefits of owning an electric vehicle, give short demonstration rides, and answer questions. This is a public outreach and education event, not a sales presentation.

Penn State Soccer
Penn State women's soccer welcomes Michigan State to Jeffrey Field for a 1 p.m. Big Ten showdown.

Orpheus Singers Concert
Under new director Nathan Glocke, town-and-gown chamber choir the Orpheus Singers will perform its first concert of the fall season at 1 p.m. in Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S. Garner St. “Love and Lamentations," will include choral works by Renaissance composers Josquin and Tallis, 18th-century American composer Williams Billings, contemporary composer Stephen Paulus and more. Admission is free but donations for the nonprofit choir are welcome at the door.

Centred Outdoors
Take a scenic walk along the Pennsylvania Mid State Trail and through the 250-foot Paddy Mountain Railroad Tunnel at Poe Paddy State Park with this week's Centred Outdoors guided adventure. Visitors will also explore and play independently as they learn basic plant and bird identification, history of the area, and discover new ways to exercise in a natural setting. Walks are at 2 and 3:30 p.m. See directions and details here.

Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra
PCO opens its 2019-20 season at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall of Penn State's Music Building I, with "Poetic Inspirations." The concert includes selections by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Joseph Haydn, featuring soprano Rachel Copeland and violinist James Lyon. Tickets and program info.

Sunday Afternoon Live
Adam Swartz Puppets is back at the State Theatre for Sunday Afternoon Live, this week featuring “What I Did On My Summer Vacation Puppet Show Spectacular” at 3 p.m. Puppets of all shapes and sizes will share their summer experiences through song, dance, jokes, magic, storytelling and more.

Paragon Ragtime Orchestra
The acclaimed Paragon Ragtime Orchestra will accompany the silent films "One Week," with Buster Keaton; "Get Out And Get Under," with Harold Lloyd; and "Easy Street," with Charlie Chaplin, starting at 8 p.m. in 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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