Make a Weekend of the ALABAMA Concert

Fifty has always been an important number in our society, one we often choose to celebrate with as much pomp and circumstance as we can. Fifty years of life, 50th anniversary for marriage, staying in business for 50 years— we’ve all been invited to the parties and seen the banners with the big five-O.

Well, now it’s time to celebrate country legends, ALABAMA, and their 50th Anniversary Tour. ALABAMA will be touring with the Charlie Daniels Band and both will take the stage 7 p.m., April 27, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Here is how to spend the weekend here in Happy Valley while coming out to see the talented bands perform!

1. This is My Brave

So, you’ve come up for the weekend and now have a free Friday night! Mark your calendar for “This is My Brave,” a show of the downtown State Theatre that starts at 7 p.m. on April 26. The title is the name of a national nonprofit storytelling organization that provides an open space for local people to share their stories of living with or being a caretaker of those subject to mental illness or addiction. It is so important to be aware and open minded of the struggles our communities face. This evening is here to offer you a chance to see creative expressions through music, poetry, essay—anything that moves your heart and expands your empathy for the world. Defeat the stigma of mental illness and come out and support!

2. Bars, Pubs and Breweries

A major key to why Happy Valley is so happy is the wonderful bars, pubs and breweries! Whether you’re up for the weekend with your family or significant other, indulge in top-quality destinations! Take Otto’s Pub and Brewery, a bar and restaurant with quality, hand-crafted beer and cuisine made with ingredients from local farms, wineries and bakeries, or P.J. Harrigan’s Bar & Grill, a State College destination full of sports memorabilia, dozens of beers on tap, as well as a range of wines and martinis. Phyrst, Federal Taphouse, or Bar Bleu, whatever it is you want to celebrate, State College’s many bars and pubs and breweries got your back…and your drink!

3. The Arboretum at Penn State

It’s Saturday and your concert tickets don’t let you in until 6 p.m.! With all this free time, be sure to stop by the beautiful Arboretum at Penn State. Now that it’s the end of April and the sun has made its way through the winter storms and strong winds of the State College winter, the flowers

will be blooming much brighter! Take a relaxing stroll through a nature sight where flowers, plants, ponds, butterflies, trees, bamboo and tranquil seating areas are bountiful. There is nothing like taking in the marvelous glory of the arboretum and being one with the peace it has to offer.

4. The Nittany Lion Shrine

You’ve seen the arboretum, but have you said “Hi” to the Nittany Lion Shrine? If no, then what are you waiting for? There is no question that the Lion Shrine is the ultimate photo destination at Penn State University— and for good reason! The beautifully sculpted lion is made of Indiana limestone and represents the pride, love and Nittany spirit of the valley. Stop by!

5. Towards the Future

There’s one more day to the weekend left and Sunday is welcoming you with “Towards the Future.” The event will take place at 7 p.m. on April 28 at the downtown State Theatre and is a central Pennsylvania dance workshop. Come out and see the students of the workshop showcase various dance styles and thematic choices involving butterflies and autumn leaves, as well as aliens and dystopias like Big Brother and “A Handmaid’s Tale.” Fun fact? ALABAMA will not be the only 50th anniversary this weekend— the workshop is celebrating their 50th season as well! So, ultimately, this weekend is written in the stars!

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