It's almost time for the 52nd annual Festival of the Arts. From July 12-15, downtown State College will transform back into the festival that features some of our favorite...
Summer Fun Preview
I know, I know. We are all counting down the weekends until those seven Saturdays this fall when the Nittany Lions fill Beaver Stadium. But between now and then, there is a terrific lineup of FUN that you don't want to miss.
Happy Valley has found a way to maximize every season and this summer is no different. Enjoy the weather and reconnect with your family and friends, all while enjoying the lineup of food festivals, music festivals, art, fireworks, baseball, golf and so, so much more!
Here's what you have to look forward to this summer!
Baseball in Happy Valley
After an historic, championship season in 2016, the State College Spikes (Short-Season A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals) will begin their New York-Penn League title defense at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Monday, June 19 at 7:05 p.m. against the Williamsport Crosscutters.
The Spikes, led by new manager Joe Kruger, have 38 home games this season between June and September. The Spikes always have a full slate of promotional events and giveaways that make for a fun, affordable night out for the whole family.
Season tickets, flex books and many different group hospitality options for the 2017 season are currently on sale by calling the Spikes at 814-272-1711 or by visiting StateCollegeSpikes.com.
You don't need to wait until June to see live baseball in State College. The Penn State Nittany Lions baseball team has a total of 16 home games in the months of April and May combined – hosting some of the best competition in all of the Big Ten right here at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Get out to the ballpark and support your Nittany Lions as they prepare to make a run in the Big Ten tournament in Bloomington, Indiana at the end of May!
Downtown State College
With crowds that rival football weekends, The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is a downtown institution. Held from July 13-16 this year, it attracts more than 125,000 people back to downtown State College. With lots of great art on display and free live music on three outdoor stages, it's is one of the best summer traditions in all of Pennsylvania. Visit arts-festival.com for a daily schedule and updated lists of performers!
It's America's Top Volunteer-Run Fireworks, and it's OUR fireworks, and it's amazing. There's no better way to celebrate America's birthday than with this all-day affair that includes a 4K, hero parade, performers on three stages and, of course... the greatest fireworks you've ever seen. Watch the schedule as it unfolds at 4thfest.org.
Happy Valley Jam
Saturday, July 8
After years of speculation and rumors about a concert taking over Beaver Stadium, country music is taking over State College for the first ever Happy Valley Jam on Saturday, July 8. Headlined by country megastar Blake Shelton, the Happy Valley Jam will also feature performances by Chris Young, Big & Rich, David Ray and Adley Stump. The music starts at 4 p.m. and, since most country songs talk about beer, it is important to note that the concert will feature beer sales at concession stands throughout Beaver Stadium, plus wine sales in premium areas. Tickets are on sale now at HappyValleyJam.com.
Known for some of the best skiing in Pennsylvania in the winter, Tussey Mountain is now a year-round destination for family fun. With Go-Karts, golfing, batting cages, a skate park and the Mountain Mini-Golf Course, Tussey Mountain has something for everyone to enjoy throughout the hot Central Pennsylvania summer.
Their popular Movies on the Mountain will be back this year, which means that you can bring your blanket, a lawn chair and enjoy a movie night under the stars while you enjoy popcorn, candy, hot dogs, soda and even beer available for purchase.
Wingfest at Tussey Mountain
Every Thursday night from July 6 through August 17
For 18 years, Wingfest has been drawing thousands of hungry Central Pennsylvania residents and restaurants offering the best wings in Happy Valley competing for the title of Tussey Mountain Wing King. Every Thursday night from July 6 through the Finals on August 17, you’ll get your chance to vote for the best wings in the area and to see if your favorite wings can take the Wing King crown from 2016 champion The Wilderness Lodge
It's not just about the wings – there is also some of the best live music with local and nationally touring acts playing each night of the competition throughout the summer. Even if you aren't crazy about hot wings, dozens of vendors from around town serving BBQ, pierogies and lots of other great food will be on site each week. Visit tusseymountain.com/wingfest for more information.
Happy Valley Music Fest
Friday, June 2 & Saturday, June 3
Downtown State College
Formerly the Summer’s Best Music Fest, the Happy Valley Music Fest has been bringing some of the best local, regional and national music acts to downtown State College every Summer since 2007. This year will be no different – with 90s rockers Spin Doctors headlining on Friday night and Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires taking the Garner Main Stage on Saturday night.
This year’s Happy Valley Music Fest will feature two outdoor beer pubs, located at Hiester Street and Locust Lane. What can be better than singing along to a 90s classic like “Two Princes” on a hot summer night with a cold beer in hand on the streets of downtown State College? Visit happyvalleymusicfest.com for a full list of bands performing at the Happy Valley Music Fest.
It's important to note that this is also Reunion Weekend, so kill two birds with one stone and come back to your favorite place to catch up with old friends, eat the food you've been craving and listen to good, good music.
Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival
Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park, Centre Hall
Less than 18 miles outside of downtown State College, Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park is worth visiting for the amazing cave tours, wildlife tours and camping. Add to that an incredible lineup of musicians like John Legend, The Roots, X Ambassadors and Maren Morris – and you’ve got perhaps the best and most eclectic music festival in all of Pennsylvania right here in Central Pennsylvania. With over 80 music acts on three stages, art exhibits, craft beer and gourmet food, the Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival is a can’t miss event this summer.
And with over 1,600 acres to explore throughout the weekend, there is no festival that offers more to do besides listen to music than the Karoondinha Festival. Advance 3-day General Admission passes and VIP camping passes are available now at karoondinha.com.
OK, back to those seven weekends...
And while no one wants to rush through the beautiful summer months after a long, cold winter, it is hard not to count down the days until Saturday, September 2 when the defending Big Ten Champion Penn State Nittany Lions begin their title defense at Beaver Stadium against the Akron Zips.
The Nittany Lions – who finished a spot away from a spot in the College Football Playoffs last season – have a total of seven home games in the 2017 season and four in September alone. It is going to be one of the most exciting years of Penn State football at Beaver Stadium, but first you get to enjoy a summer-long pregame show. WE ARE!
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