TGIF: State College Weekend Events for Aug. 23-25
Happy Friday, Happy Valley!
It's a weekend for end-of-summer fun around the area. Enjoy the final days of Grange Fair, celebrate the end of the season with Centre Region Parks and Rec's So Long Summer Shindig, and get out to the ballpark for Spikes baseball.
You'll also find theatrical performances from Nittany Theatre and Singing Onstage, and lots of concerts, from Grange Fair Grandstand headliners to jazz at The State Theatre to free shows around the region to Owl & Crow at Elk Creek.
We've picked out some of the weekend's highlights below.
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 Centre County Grange Fair continues through Saturday and is packed with music, food, games, rides, vendors, exhibitions, competitions and more. We've featured some highlights for below and you can see the complete daily schedules here. Daily admission is $7 and daily parking is $6.
Penn State Soccer
The Penn State varsity sports season officially begins at 7 p.m. Friday when the women's soccer team opens the season with a big match against No. 3 Stanford at Jeffrey Field, followed by a 2:30 p.m. tilt with Hofstra on Sunday. The men's team welcomes Syracuse for an exhibition match at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The final show of the season for Nittany Theatre at the Barn, "Boeing, Boeing" is a Tony Award-winning comedy set in the 1960s, when Bernard is juggling relationships with three airline stewardesses and his timid friend Robert gets caught in the middle of his lies. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Barn in Boalsburg and continue next week, Wednesday through Friday. Tickets.
Ice Cream Social for Dogs
Every Friday in August, from 6-8 p.m., Wiscoy for Animals, 424 W. Aaron Dr., will be serving up dog friendly ice cream as well as the human version of the cold dessert. Meet other dog lovers, make new friends and enjoy Wiscoy's 24th annual customer appreciation event.
East Coast Pulling Event
The first of a two-night spectacular, the Lucas Oil East Coast National Pulling Event gets under way at the Grange Fair Competition Track at 7 p.m. Free with admission to the fair.
Jazz in the Attic
The Eddie Severn Group, a quartet of accomplished instrumentalists, play a variety of original compositions and modern jazz standards as part of the Jazz in the Attic series at 7:30 p.m. in The State Theatre.
Concert on the Village Green
Lemont Village Association's summer Friday night concert series continues with Acoustic Artifacts performing acoustic folk rock on the Village Green from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Brazilian Munchies will be on hand. Bring blankets or chairs. Concerts are moved into the Granary building in case of thunderstorms.
Movie on the Mountain
Enjoy a movie under the stars as the summer Movies on the Mountain at Tussey Mountain presents the Disney classic "Lady and the Tramp." Admission is free. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk. Popcorn and candy will be available, as well as hot dogs, and other great food you won't find at regular movie theaters. Soda, beer, and other beverages also are offered. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Fleetwood Mac Tribute
Tusk, The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, pays homage to the group that dominated the charts through the 1970s and 1980s and continued their success into the new millennium. Billed as the world's No. 1 tribute to Fleetwood Mac, Tusk takes the Grange Fair Grandstand Stage at 8 p.m. Free with admission to the fair.
So Long Summer Shindig
Join Centre Region Parks and Recreation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Tudek Park for one last summer celebration before heading back to school.An inflatable bounce house and slide, soccer shenanigans, discovery tours of the butterfly garden, carnival games, morning face painting, crafts, giant games, mini warrior obstacle course, little rides on Centre LifeLink ambulances and more will be part of the fun. Activities are free. Brazilian Munchies, Happy Dishes and Kona Ice will have food and drinks for purchase.
"Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman" opens at Penn State's Palmer Museum of Art. Featuring nearly fifty works of art, including sculptures, paintings, and works on paper, this major exhibition examines the work and legacy of Harlem Renaissance sculptor Augusta Savage. Hours on Saturday are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the exhibit will be on display until Dec. 8.
East Coast Pulling Event
The second of a two-night spectacular, the Lucas Oil East Coast National Pulling Event, feature pro stock tractors and two-wheel drive trucks, takes place at the Grange Fair Competition Track at 7 p.m. Free with admission to the fair.
Disney’s Frozen Jr.
Singing Onstage's advanced musical theater students present the area premiere of Disney's "Frozen Jr." at 7:30 p.m. in The State Theatre. Based on the 2018 Broadway musical, the show brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage with all of the memorable songs from the animated film, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production. Tickets available online or day of the show.
With soaring harmonies on creative mash-ups, reinventions of pop hits and Christian hymns, the foursome of Anthem Lights has propelled to the top of the charts with a No. 1 single and become an Internet sensation with more than 150 million YouTube views. They'll close out the Grange Fair with a Grandstand Stage performance at 8 p.m. Free with admission to the fair.
Boogersburg School Open House
Celebrate going back to school 19th century style with this special open house from 1 to 4 p.m. at the historic Boogersburg One Room School, 1021 Fox Hill Road, hosted by the Centre County Historical Society. Teachers in period dress will instruct “students” and visitors may follow the trail from the schoolhouse to the adjacent field for some recess games as well (weather permitting). The school was built in 1877 for Patton Township children by Centre Furnace iron master and farmer Moses Thompson and operated until 1952.
Saxophone Studio Concert
From 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Trinity Church, 128 W. Howard St. in Bellefonte, enjoy high-energy, joyful performance by members of the Penn State Saxophone Studio and their director, David Stambler, a long-time professional soloist in the US and internationally, recording artist and member of the Capitol Saxophone Quartet. Free admission.
Owl & Crow
Cousins J.P. and Pappy Biondo, who helped found the acclaimed folk/grass band Cabinet, returned to their roots as a duo to form Owl & Crow. They'll bring their acoustic tunes and soothing harmonies to Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks, 100 W. Main St. in Millheim, for a 5 p.m. show.
South Hills Music Picnic
South Hills School of Business and Technology, 480 Waupelani Drive, concludes its summer concert series with the Nittany Knights singing traditional and modern arrangements in the barbershop style from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Grounds open at 5 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic, blankets and chairs. Refreshments and light picnic fare also will be available for purchase.
Spikes vs. Black Bears
The State College Spikes return home to Medlar Field for a 6:05 p.m. first pitch against the West Virginia Black Bears. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Trace McSorley bobblehead, honoring Penn State's all-time leading passer and current Baltimore Ravens QB. Sundays are Kids Day and all fans will enjoy a pre-game catch on the field (5-5:30 p.m.), and post-game kids run the bases, while the first 250 kids 12 and under receive a voucher good for a free hot dog, chips and small soda. After the game, enjoy another spectacular fireworks show.