Plenty of great events this spring in Happy Valley

Spring is almost here — simply take a look outside and it’s pretty clear that she’s on her way.

Happy Valley has some events and activities throughout the next few months to make the wait a bit more bearable, to make the bloom of spring all the more sweet.

Start sniffing the roses and marking down the following games, festivals, showcases and performances on your calendar. Spring right into spring!

Tait Farm Foods’ Buddha Bowls

179 Tait Rd, Centre Hall

Spring is a time of fresh foods, cool drinks, light clothes and happy, healthy smiles. On Saturday, March 17, Tait Farm Foods will be serving Buddha Bowls using winter roots, spring shoots, simple proteins both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, grains and seasonings. Seek out your dharma in a delicious spring mix of tasty bowls that are the perfect way to say hello to the upcoming season.

The Art of Poetry

The Palmer Art Museum, University Park

Gabeba Baderoon is an associate professor women’s, gender and sexuality studies as well as African Studies. Baderoon is the author of A Hundred Silences, a work that made her a finalist for the University of Johannesburg Prize and the Olive Schreiner Award. She will perform along with other Penn State poets, storytellers and literary lovers poetry rife with visual and verbal imagery at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 at the Palmer Museum of Art. Enter a world of wonder and depth, as we enter a world where finally shows a little sun.

Spring Greenhouse Opening

179 Tait Rd, Centre Hall

What’s spring without the flowers, vibrant colors and evergreen plants and trees? From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, Tait Farms is having its Spring Greenhouse opening. Pansies, primroses, hellebores, gifts and treats galore await you, hoping to fill your spring and Easter baskets. Tait Farm Foods also promises to share its new spring recipes, scents and sights of spring with all attendees!

Miranda Lambert

Bryce Jordan Center, University Park

GRAMMY Award-winner and Texas-native, Miranda Lambert, is well on her way to University Park, a stop on her “Livin’ Like Hippies” Tour. She will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 23 at the Bryce Jordan Center. The tour got its name from Lambert’s album, “The Weight of These Wings” — from a song called “Highway Vagabond.” “The Weight of These Wings” is Lambert’s sixth studio album. Time to grab those cowboy boots and mosey on down to the BJC to see Lambert liven up the season with her gift of music.


State Theatre, State College

Lunafest is a traveling film festival that has to do with celebrating women in film. This spring, come on down to the State Theatre at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 and patron the vessel through which women’s experiences and stories are expressed through short films made to represent women, by women. Some of this year’s films include Yours Sincerely, Waiting for Hassana, Last Summer, Buttercup and Girls Level Up. Each film has its own unique plotline and twists; watch them unfold before your eyes.

Drive-By Truckers

State Theatre, State College

Stop by the Drive-By Truckers performance at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 2 at the State Theatre. Drive-By Truckers is a band of outspoken musicians whose work and songs tell the American story and character. The band was founded in 1996 by Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, both of whom are singers, songwriters and guitarists. Their songs are sharp, provocative and powerful — what the State Theatre describes as “human music.”

Blue-White Game

Beaver Stadium, University Park

A Happy Valley tradition, Blue-White Weekend is a time of tailgates, family, sneak peeks into the 2018 Penn State football team and local crafts and vendors coming down to make your weekend all the more memorable. The intra-squad scrimmage will kick off at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at Beaver Stadium. Come and get a sneak peek at the 2018 Nittany Lions before the real season begins in September.

Big Spring Festival

Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, Talleyrand Park will host the Big Spring Festival. Spring just isn’t the same without heading over to a park to enjoy the warm day and bright flowers and verdant trees. This festival will include water sports, crafts, fish stocking of Spring Creek, food vendors, music shows and fundraising groups. In the afternoon, kayaking will commence, as supported by Tussey Mountain Outfitters. Spring is an awakening for all things fresh and fun; this Big Spring Festival is a great way to climb out of winter’s sleepy slumber and bloom with the colorful flowers around.







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