The Right Way to Spend Your Upcoming Winter Weekends

There is nothing like venturing into downtown State College, and enjoying the exciting night life and entertainment under the twinkling lights of College Avenue. Walking out of the State Theatre after a scintillating performance and hearing the laughter and enjoyment spilling outside from The Corner Room and other venues is an experience unlike any other.

Happy Valley is not just any regular rural valley, that shuts down during the winter months. We have just the right business and social environment to make every weekend sparkle with good music, good food and most importantly, you - the good people.

So, check out the following events and restaurants to plan your upcoming winter weekends!


1. The 8th Annual Strawberry Fields Benefit Concert

If you’re looking for something to do on January 26, head on over to the State Theatre at 7 p.m. for the annual Strawberry Fields Benefit Concert. This year’s engaging theme is: Try A Little Tenderness: A Celebration of Soul Music & Social Change. Your favorite local artists and bands will be there on stage, getting your hands and feet to dance the night away. There will also be the Strawberry Fields Silent Auction that features items like nights in the historic Powhatan Resort, a Mahalo Ukele and 16 seats in the Penn State Hockey Box. Get tickets for the concert and sign up for the auction here!


2. The Field Burger & Tap

The Field is home to delicious burgers, hand-cut russet fries, mouthwatering salmon and more! So, put those keys in the ignition and drive on over to a menu where you can enjoy great finds like the Lancaster Burger, French Onion Soup, house-made crab-cakes— the works. Be sure to check out their list of desserts and milkshakes - great taste, great quality and all healthy, thanks to the Field’s farm-to-table dining!


3. Take A Trip With Hunty Lytes

Friday, Feb. 1, in the attic of the State Theatre, singer and songwriter, Hunty Lytes, will bring you an evening of unique sound and soul. With a full band of musicians accompanying him on stage, Hunty Lytes hopes to give you an experience of pure depth and heart. The show starts at 7 p.m.!


4. The Corner Room

Meet someone at the Corner before (or after) a State Theatre concert for a traditional grilled sticky — the true ingredient of what makes Happy Valley so happy. Or, if that doesn’t suit your fancy, go ahead and order a fun starter like the cheese stuffed pretzel, an entrée like their famous

Hot Turkey Dinner and finish the night with an ice cream float or dessert tray. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that!


5. Lady Grey’s Moulin Rouge

Lady Grey and her Lovelies are back and lovelier than ever! Paris’s most iconic cabaret, Moulin Rouge is known for its stunning rhinestones, feathers and Belle Epoque glamor — all of which now shall be brought to you in the attic of the State Theatre. Talented dancers and performers await your gracious entrance at 8 p.m. or 10 p.m. - your choice – on February 9. “C’est la Vie!”


6. The Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra presents: Bee is for Bach

Make Feb. 10 a Sunday Fun-day by coming out and supporting the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra at 3 p.m. in the State Theatre. This will be the orchestra’s 28th concert, and this year’s theme is “Timeless Treasures.” Concertos for violin and oboe, Mozart’s Symphony No.36 are on the bill. Enjoy the classics here in Happy Valley!


7. The Little Szechuan

It might have “little” in the title, but the food is amazing— big-time! The Little Szechuan is known for its Asian style cuisine, featuring exotic Sichuan dishes. This cozy restaurant has many hidden gems especially when it comes to seafood. From dishes focused on shrimp to scallops to spicy stir fried squid, to hot and spicy prawns, they have it all!


8. Sounds from the Attic with Shalom Dubas

If you’re craving an artist with a voice that can be defined as charismatic and witty, whose notes range from rapid-fire verse to smooth, indie vibes, then we have the concert for you! At 10 years old, Dubas decided to put pen to paper and write lyrics directly relating to her heart. At 16, she picked up a guitar and the rest was history. A self-producing musician, Dubas is constantly evolving and growing her sound and songwriting. See her at work February 15, at 8 p.m. in the State Theatre!


9. Rock the 80’s Benefit Concert

THON weekend is always a time to celebrate, so a benefit concert to aid the fight against cancer is a perfect fit. Check out the State Theatre’s annual Rock the 80’s benefit concert, starting at 7 p.m., on February 16. The benefit will showcase 10 local bands and each will help support local cancer patients through the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund. The Pre-Show Party will be held at the Makery, offering you complimentary beer, wine and appetizers, starting at 5 p.m.


These are just of a few of the exciting venues and events that Downtown State College has to offer. So warm up those cold winter nights with some exciting food and entertainment - we are waiting for you!

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