TGIF: State College Weekend Events for April 27-29
April 27, 2018 5:00 AM
by Geoff Rushton
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Happy Friday, Happy Valley!

This weekend, you can get outside and enjoy Pop Up Avenue, some special 5ks and walks, Penn State sports, Centre Region Parks and Rec's first cornhole tournament and National ParkRx Day.

Or check out the Monster Truck Nationals at the Bryce Jordan Center, Happy Valley's Got Talent, theater, dance and live music.

There's a lot happening around the area and we've compiled some of the weekend's highlights below.

Of course this isn't all that's happening. 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.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Centre County Recycling and Refuse, 253 Transfer Road, will hold a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Check here for what items can be accepted, and bring a new or gently-used book for a book drive to benefit local Little Free Libraries.

Student Farm Club Plant Sale
More than 30 varieties of vegetable plants, herbs and succulents grown by Penn State's Student Farm Club will be available for purchase from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Headhouse 2, across from Berkey Creamery on Curtin Road. Cash or checks will be accepted and the number of plants available is limited. Bring your own bag to transport seedlings and plants.

Diamond Lions
Penn State baseball opens a three-game series against Northwestern at 6:30 p.m. at Medlar Field, while the Nittany Lion softball team starts its final home series of the season at 7 p.m. against Illinois at Beard Field. 

Cafe Murder
Enjoy a great meal at Toftrees Golf Resort and help State College Community Theatre figure out whodunit at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $50 per seat.

Jazz in the Attic
Saxophonist David Stambler leads a quartet featuring an all-star rhythm section of Central Pennsylvania's best -- Steve Rudolph, piano; Joshua Davis, bass; Marko Marcinko, drums -- at 8 p.m. in The Attic at The State Theatre.


CLC Charter School 5k Zoom
5k and 3k races get started at 8 a.m. in Tudek Park to support field trips for students at CLC Charter School.

Dog Jog
Pets Come First's 10th Annual Dog Jog 5k and 1.5 mile walk gets started with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Centre County Grange Fairgrounds. The 5k is at 10 a.m. and walk is at 11 a.m. Humans can run with or without a four-legged companion. For those who’d like to participate in the day’s activities but don’t want to take part in the run or walk,  local vendors, a pet fair, agility training, music, food and refreshments, a microchip clinic and a silent auction all will be part of the event.

Mayor's Breakfast Issues Forum
State College Mayor Don Hahn hosts his first breakfast gathering to discuss issues in the borough. The first topic will address  the Historic and Architectural Review Board and what comes next. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. and the program starts at 9 a.m. at Webster's Bookstore Cafe, 133 E. Beaver Ave.

Cornhole Tournament
Centre Region Parks and Recreation will hold its inaugural Cornhole Tournament at Oak Hall Regional Park. The tournament is open to singles players and doubles team, ages 21 and older. Singles play starts at 9 a.m. and doubles at 12:30 p.m. Registration and more info here.

Pop Up Ave
Urban-style flea market Pop Up Ave is back with 50 vendors of vintage and hand-crafted wares, local food purveyors, live music and beer, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the 100 block of South Fraser St.

Penn State men's lacrosse hosts Michigan at 11 a.m. and the Nittany Lion women face the Wolverines at 2 p.m. 

Baseball and Softball
Penn State baseball faces Northwestern at 2 p.m. at Medlar Field, and the Nittany Lion softball team takes on Illinois at 3 p.m. at Beard Field. 

Monster Truck Nationals
See some of the biggest names in monster trucks -- Bigfoot, Raminator, Bad News Travels Fast, Heavy Hitter and Basher -- as they roar into the Bryce Jordan Center for Monster Truck Nationals. Starting at 4:30 p.m., enjoy a free pit party to get up close with the trucks, take photos and get driver autographs. Rides will be available for an additional charge.

Happy Valley's Got Talent
The seventh annual Happy Valley's Got Talent, benefiting the Tides Program, will feature talented kids from kindergarten through high school. This year's program will have some of the area’s finest performing professionals coaching the kids "The Voice"-style to make their acts shine even brighter. The show starts at 7 p.m. in The State Theatre.

Sing Joyfully!
State College Choral Society presents "Sing Joyfully!" four choral works based on the text of Jubilate Deo, starting at 7:30p.m. with a pre-concert lecture at 6:30, at Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S. Garner St.

White Rabbit Red Rabbit
Nassim Soleimanpour unique play about contemporary Iran is performed with no rehearsal, no director, no set and a different actor reading the script cold at each performance. The final performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in room 119, Theatre Building, University Park. Free registration and more info. 

The Odd Couple
FUSE Productions will present a staged reading of Neil Simon’s classic comedy "The Odd Couple" at 7:30 p.m. in Schwab Auditorium. Jeff Brown and Richard Biever star in the roles of Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar.

Lady Grey’s Burlesque Meets Broadway
Lady Grey's Lovelies present their final cabaret of the season as they explore a menagerie of musical theatre show tunes, from "Beauty and the Beast" and "Hamilton" to "A Chorus Line" and "Sweet Charity," along with burlesque and dance numbers. Shows, restricted to patrons 18 and older, are at 8 and 10 p.m. in The Attic of The State Theatre


Out of the Darkness Walk
The Centre County Out of the Darkness Walk helps to raise awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy and support survivors of suicide loss. Registration and check-in opens at 11 a.m. in Sidney Friedman Park and the walk starts at 1 p.m.

Baseball and Softball
The Nittany Lion softball finishes the 2018 home schedule against Illinois at 12:05 p.m. at Beard Field. Penn State baseball wraps up a weekend series against Northwestern at 1 p.m. at Medlar Field, and 

ParkRx Day
Join ClearWater Conservancy and Centre Moves for National ParkRX Day from 2 to 5 p.m. at Whipple Dam State Park. As part of the national initiative. The day will include health screenings, hikes and healthy snacks. National ParkRX Day is an initiative to strengthen the connection between health care and parks and public lands to improve the physical and mental health.

Spring Scavenger Hunt
Enjoy the afternoon exploring Millbrook Marsh Nature Center and looking for signs of spring from 2-4 p.m. Free, but donations appreciated. 

Nittany Valley Symphony
Nittany Valley Symphony will perform "The End of Romanticism," featuring selections by Wagner, Mahler and Strauss at 4 p.m. at Mount Nittany Middle School. 

CPDW Presents "Channel Surfing"
Students of the Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop bring their annual all-school performance to The State Theatre at 7 p.m. "Channel Surfing" will feature a variety of ages and dance styles representing diverse thematic choices from "Sesame Street" to "Downton Abbey," "Sherlock" to QVC, "Liv & Maddie' to "Westworld."

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