Gear Up for Summer Fun

By Jeff Cavanaugh


State College may be known elsewhere as a football town — but in the summer, the outdoors and baseball steal the show. There are so many fun and one-of-a-kind experiences in Central Pennsylvania to enjoy during the summer. Whether its heading out with the family to the ballpark, eating dinner outside on College Ave. or watching an outdoor movie at Tussey Mountain, there is something for everyone right here in our backyard.


Batter Up! Baseball Takes Center Stage in the Summer


State College Spikes


Summer in Happy Valley means State College Spikes baseball! Under the leadership of first-year coach Jose Leon, the Spikes are looking to capture their third New York-Penn League Championship. The Short-Season A affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals begin their home schedule on Saturday, June 15, when they take on the Williamsport Crosscutters (Philadelphia Phillies).


The Spikes are never short on creative promotions and their 2019 schedule is no different. This year, fans have the opportunity to submit photos of their dogs to be featured on the Spikes’ Bark in the Park Jerseys that will be worn four times this season. And if you want to increase your chances of your four-legged friends’ picture being featured on the jerseys, you can purchase a Bark in the Park ticket package. The Spikes are accepting dog photo submissions from all fans through Friday, April 26 by emailing or by sending a photo to the Spikes through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


For more information on the State College Spikes or to buy tickets for one of their upcoming games, call (814) 272-1711 or visit


Penn State Nittany Lions Baseball


The State College Spikes are not the only baseball team winning games at Medlar Field — the Penn State Nittany Lions baseball team started their 2019 season on fire and nearly matched last season’s win total in only the first month of this season!


While the season is already underway, there are still lots of exciting home games left on the schedule. The Nittany Lions will host the University of Maryland for a three-game series from April 26 to April 30, and they will welcome the Arizona Wildcats in the final series of the season from May 16 to May 18. The Nittany Lions also have a number of great promotions lined up this year including Wing Wednesdays and Dollar Dog nights on Fridays. Nittany Lions baseball games are fun for the whole family — bring your children in their little league jerseys or a PSU baseball t-shirt on Sundays and they get in for only $1!


For more information on the Penn State Nittany Lions baseball team, visit


There is no better way to spend the summer in Central Pennsylvania than at the ballpark!


Treasures and Tractors Star at the Nittany Antique Machinery Show


Since 1975, people from across the United States have traveled to the Penn’s Cave grounds for the Nittany Antique Machinery Shows. Only a 20-minute ride from downtown State College, this one-of-a-kind event gives everyone an opportunity to find old treasures and make them new.


The Spring Show, now in its 44th year, has a flea market with over 700 vendors; over 800 tractors on display; over 800 campers; and more than 40 parts vendors available on the grounds. This year’s Spring Show takes place June 1, 2 and 3 at Penn’s Cave in Centre Hall.


In addition to all of the fun browsing and shopping, the food is outstanding! Don’t miss out!


We Are Weekend


Penn State alums and families are always welcome back to campus, but on We Are Weekend, the Penn State Alumni Association rolls out the red carpet. This year, from May 31 through June 2, We Are Weekend gives an opportunity to return to University Park, reminisce on old times and see what is new and on the horizon at PSU.


The three-day celebration includes behind-the-scenes facility tours of Beaver Stadium and the new recital hall at the School of Music. There will also be a Dueling Lions Piano Bar featuring Howl at the Moon musicians and many other opportunities to network and have fun with fellow alums and their families.


We Are Weekend will also have a special reunion for the 50th anniversary of the 1969 graduating class. The 1969 class will also be inducted into the ranks of the Penn State Pioneers.


Tussey Mountain Offers Much More Than Skiing


Known for some of the best skiing in Pennsylvania in the winter, Tussey Mountain is now a year-round destination for family fun. With outdoor movies, picnics at the pond, go-karts, golfing and everything in between, Tussey Mountain is one of the top destinations for summer fun in all of Pennsylvania.


The Fun Centre at Tussey Mountain features go-karts, golfing, batting cages, a skate park and the Mountain Mini-Golf Course. One of the highlights of the Fun Centre is the skate park where riders of all skill levels can make use of a large variety of ramps, quarter-pipes, rails, fly boxes and half-pipe. The park is open daily to skateboarders, in-line skates, BMX bikes, and certain kinds of scooters. Go-karts open Memorial Day weekend and the other activities are all weather-dependent.


Tussey Mountain’s free Movies on the Mountain event gives families an opportunity to watch classic movies under the stars. And just like the movies, there will be popcorn, candy, hot dogs, soda and even beer available for purchase. So, bring your blanket, a lawn chair and enjoy a movie night under the stars.


Tussey Mountain has something for everyone to enjoy throughout the hot Central Pennsylvania summer! For more information, visit




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