Happy Friday, Happy Valley!
It's the first Friday of May, and that means it's time for the monthly First Friday celebration in downtown State College. But it also means it's time to welcome back the Friday State College Farmers Market for another season.
There are plenty of other ways to enjoy some time outdoors, with a bonsai exhibit at the Arboretum, baseball at Medlar Field, an inaugural celebrity softball tournament and a demonstration at the Pennsylvania Military Museum. Or get ready to spend more time outside this spring and summer with the Central Pa. Native Plant Festival and sale.
Stop by the Barn at Lemont for its first anniversary celebration, check out CPI's auto show, and enjoy the a cappella sounds of the Nittany Knights
Much is 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.
Bonsai Exhibit and Demonstrations
The Happy Valley Bonsai Club, a community group interested in the art and science of Bonsai, will display several specimens in the Glass House in Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden at the Arboretum at Penn State. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, visitors will also be able to see club members demonstrating the art of bonsai.
Farmers Market Opening Day
The Downtown State College Friday Farmers Market opens for the season at 11:30 a.m. on Locust Lane with locally-produced fruits and vegetables, meats, dairy products, flowers, honey, specialty foods and more. Special musical guest Sylvia Feldman will perform.
The monthly celebration of all that Downtown State College has to offer, starting at 5 p.m., features art exhibits, an upcycle drive at Woskob Family Gallery, special activities at Appalachian Outdoors and Webster's Bookstore Cafe, an open house at Music Mart, book signings at Old State Clothing, sips and sweets at The Makery, live music at Saint's Cafe and more. Check out the lineup here.
Penn State Commencement
Penn State will hold spring commencement ceremonies from Friday through Sunday at Eisenhower Auditorium, Pegula Ice Arena and the Bryce Jordan Center. See the full schedule and speakers here.
The Nittany Lions open their final Big Ten home series of the year at 6:30 p.m. against Michigan State at Medlar Field. It's Dollar Dog Night and 90s Music Night and Lowjack will provide pregame music.
Celebrity Softball Tournament
The inaugural David’s Dreamers Celebrity Softball Tournament, to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association, will be held beginning at 8 a.m. at Hess Field, 1707 Shingletown Road. The 12-team double-elimination tournament will also feature a home run derby at noon. The teams will include former Penn State and NFL players as well as current Nittany Lion coaches and local television and radio personalities.
Independence Place (off Dreibelbis Road behind Sam's Club) will hold a community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Howard United Methodist Church, 144 W. Main St., Howard, hosts a yard and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A light breakfast will be available for a donation.
Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, 540 N. Harrison Rd., Pleasant Gap, will host its inaugural auto show. Admission is free, but money raised will benefit the school's automotive technology program, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Categories will include cars, trucks, classics, antiques, motorcycles and more. Students from the CPI culinary arts program will be on hand to serve food and help raise money for their trip abroad.
Battery B Drill & Recruitment Drive
The Civil War re-enactment group of the 3rd Pennsylvania Volunteers encamp on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, demonstrating the loading and firing of artillery pieces during their annual safety training and recruitment drive. Interested persons of all ages are invited to enlist. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Native Plant Festival and Sale
Celebrate the arrival of spring, the return of wildflowers, and the beginning of another gardening season with the Central Pa. Native Plant Festival and Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Boal Mansion in Boalsburg. The event will have native plants for sale, educational presentations and walks;local seasonal prepared foods and educational resource tables to have your plant and gardening questions answered. Admission is free but come prepared to support vendors through purchases of plants and food.
Join Centre County Library, 200 N. Allegheny St., Bellefonte, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Free Comic Book Day to discover New Opportunities to Value and Explore your Library at NOVEL Con. Artists and vendors, a cosplay contest, pop culture trivia, a Free Comic Books Day table and more will be part of the event.
The Barn at Lemont Anniversary Celebration
The Barn at Lemont, 201 Elmwood Street, will celebrate its first year starting at 11 a.m. with a day of free samples from Maine Bay and Berry Seafood Co.and Soggy Fleece Pork, door prizes, demos, live music from Eric Ian Farmer from 3 to 5 p.m. and more.
The Penn State baseball team hosts Michigan State at 2 p.m. at Medlar Field for the second game of a three-game series.
Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus
The 30-member a capella barbershop chorus Nittany Knights present their annual show, "It's All About the Music," at 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre. Performing contemporary arrangements of popular tunes as well as traditional barbershop favorites from different eras, the chorus will be joined by featured quarter Pratt Street Power as well as Mount Nittany Middle School's Clef Hangers choral ensemble.
Greenwood Furnace Trail Challenge
An intense and rugged, eight-trail half marathon, the Greenwood Furnace Trail Challenge starts at Greenwood Furnace State Park, traverses Rothrock State Forest to Alan Seeger Natural Area and back to the park. Registration starts at 6:30 a.m. with the race at 8 a.m. Check here for full details
Bellefonte First Sunday
This month's event in downtown Bellefonte celebrates the unique history and architecture as part of National Historic Preservation Month. A number of downtown businesses will offer special events and promotions. Bellefonte Art Museum will host its First Sunday Art Opening and Reception, including the Centre County High School Senior Show and "A Poem in Our Eyes,"a unique verbal/visual collaboration between residents of Centre Crest Nursing Home’s memory loss unit, local artists, and a teaching poet.
The Penn State baseball team wraps up its final home Big Ten series of the season at 1 p.m. against Michigan State at Medlar Field. Youth 12 and under in their Little League jerseys receive free admission, and there will be a post-game kids run the bases and autographs.
The Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania presents "Coppelia," a charming and comical ballet for all ages, at 2:30 p.m. in Schlow Centre Region Library's Downsbrough Community Room.
MLB Pitch, Hit and Run
Hosted by Centre Region Parks and Rec at Oak Hall Regional Park, the MLB Pitch, Hit and Run local competition is a free national program that offers boys and girls, ages 7 to 14, the chance to showcase their baseball and softball abilities. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and competition starts at 5 p.m.