Weekend events: A huge sports weekend in Happy Valley

UNIVERSITY PARK – Welcome to February.

There’s a lot going on the first weekend of the new month, including Groundhog Dog and the Super Bowl, but there’s a lot going on close to home as well. Let’s take a closer look at what’s happening in Happy Valley.

FRIDAY, FEB. 2

Penn State hockey vs. Notre Dame – The Penn State hockey team returns to Pegula Ice Arena for a big matchup with Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish come in with a fantastic 20-5-1 record. This will be a real test for the Nittany Lions. Face off is set for 6:30 p.m. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Penn State men’s volleyball vs. Ball State – Can’t snag a seat to the hockey game? Check out men’s volleyball as it faces Ball State at 7 p.m. at Rec Hall. Tickets are available at the gate.

The Unbanned – The Unbanned will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Attic at the State Theatre. The Unbanned is comprised three music veterans, each with vastly different styles and influences. Members of the band are: Noah Figlin (guitar and vocals), Erek Kapusta (keys, guitar and vocals) and Jon Dexter (cello). For tickets, visit www.thestatetheatre.org.

An Evening with Paula Poundstone – The irreverent comedian will take the stage at 8 p.m. at The State Theatre with her unique brand of stand-up comedy. She was selected by Comedy Central as one of America’s Top 100 Comedians. For tickets, visit www.thestatetheatre.org.

SATURDAY, FEB. 3

Rumplestiltskin – The classic fairy tale of Rumplestiltskin has been rebooted by the team of Jesse Waldinger (book) and Penn States own Bruce Trinkley (music) into a charming and very funny musical entertainment for kids. The kingdom is in bad shape with a money mad king racking up huge deficits and fighting 17 wars (mostly against his allies). King Juan’s advisor, Rumplestiltskin tries to right the ship and gets banned from the Kingdom for his efforts. Enter Rapunzel and the whole insane spinning straw into gold idea might be the solution. Performances for this family-friendly event will take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Attic at the State Theatre. For tickets, visit www.thestatetheatre.org.

Cinderella’s Ball – Whether you have glass slippers or not, everyone is invited to Cinderella’s Ball, which will be held at 3 p.m. at Schlow Centre Region Library. The ball is free and for all ages, and is a partnership with Schlow Library, the Penn State Ballroom Dance Club, and the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State. Those who attend the ball will have a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to see the Tony Award-winning musical Cinderella on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Eisenhower Auditorium. Children are invited to come “dressed in their best,” learn basic ballroom dance steps, and dance the afternoon away. Children attending must be accompanied by an adult.

Penn State hockey vs. Notre Dame – On a day that is jam-packed with sports, the men’s hockey team gets things started with a 4 p.m. tilt against Notre Dame again at Pegula Ice Arena. The game is officially a sellout, but verified re-sale tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

Penn State men’s basketball vs. Iowa – The men’s basketball team appears to have turned things around and will face a pesky Iowa Hawkeyes team beginning at 4 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center. It’s Team Ream Day at the BJC. Those in attendance will get a special “Team Ream” T-shirt. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or stop by the BJC ticket office.

Penn State wrestling vs. Ohio State – This is a big one. Two of the top teams in the Big Ten – and the country for that matter – will do battle beginning at 8 p.m. at Rec Hall. The Nittany Lions enter with a perfect 11-0 record. The match is sold out, but verified re-sale tickets are available at www.tickemaster.com.

SUNDAY, FEB. 4

Penn State women’s basketball vs. Michigan State – The Penn State Lady Lions take on Big Ten foe Michigan State at 2 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Lady Lions have won 9 of 11 at home and are desperately trying to make a push for the NCAA Tournament. Get tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.

Super Bowl LII – OK, so this isn’t in Happy Valley (or anywhere close, for that matter). However, everyone watches the Super Bowl … don’t they? If you are headed out to watch the game at a local watering hole, we have some suggestions. Here’s a list of just some of the places to get some great food and enjoy the big game with some fellow football fans? Read more:

 

 

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