No home game? No problem! There's lots to do

No Penn State home game? No problem – there’s still plenty to do in Happy Valley this weekend.

There’s still plenty of sports. If sports aren’t your thing, there’s a play, a flea market and the Nittany Con. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights:

Penn State sports – Sure, the Nittany Lions are away, traveling Iowa for their first road game of the season, at Iowa.

Here in Happy Valley, there are plenty of sports on the docket. On Friday (Sept. 22), the sports weekend gets underway with the Penn State field hockey team taking on Big Ten rival Northwestern at 5 p.m. at the Field Hockey Complex. Then, at 8 p.m., the women’s volleyball squad takes on Nebraska at Rec Hall. There should be enough time for fans to from the Field Hockey Complex to Rec Hall. Now that’s a doubleheader. On Saturday (Sept. 23), the women’s volleyball team is back in action at Rec Hall, hosting Iowa. That’s a nice lead into Saturday night, when the No. 4 Nittany Lion football team faces Iowa at Kinnick Stadium in a 7:30 p.m. tilt. The game will be televised by ABC, so check out the game at your local watering hole!

“Fun Home” – If you’re a fan of the theatre, be sure to check out FUSE Productions’ “Fun Home,” which will be on stage at Schwab Auditorium at Penn State on Thursday (Sept. 21), Friday (Sept. 22) and Saturday (Sept. 23). The plot of “Fun Home” is interesting, to say the least. According to a news release from FUSE Productions, when Allison’s father died unexpectedly, the graphic novelist dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life.

Tickets range in price from $15 to $30. Get them online at

Pop Up Ave. Flea Market – The popular event is back! Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Pop Up Ave. returns. According to their website, Pop Up Ave is a curated outdoor urban flea hosting dozens of the hippest vendors from across Pennsylvania (and beyond). There will be live music, food vendors and a beer garden by Elk Creek Café and Aleworks. Pop Up Ave. will take place at the Garner Street Parking Lot, located at 150 S. Garner St. in State College. Pop Up Ave. runs until 7 p.m.

The event is free and open to all ages.

Nittany Con – The popular event is back for another year! This year, it will be held over two days, Saturday and Sunday, at the Ramada Conference Center, 1450 S. Atherton St. in State College. The event features everything from comics to video games. On Saturday, Nittany Con runs from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. On Sunday, it’s open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

There will be Cosplay Contests, a Heroic Beard Contest, Meet and Greets and Discussion Panels. Cost is $10 for a one-day pass, $15 for a two-day pass. Children 5 and under are free.


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