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From Broadway shows to community theatre our region has the talent and venue you’re looking for. We literally have comfy theaters for 100 people all the way to the crowd roaring 107,000 Beaver Stadium. Whether you want to rock out with large touring bands or be in a more intimate venue with a community theatre group we have entertainment that will match your taste and wallet. Request a visitor’s guide to help make the most of your trip! If you need overnight lodging whether before or after taking in a performance make sure to check out our lodging properties.
Some of our popular local groups include the Nittany Valley Symphony, Music at Penn’s Woods, Penn State Centre Stage, Tempest Productions, State College Community Theatre, Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra and State College Choral Society. These groups are extremely active in the community playing a variety of venues both large and small.
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State
Also on the Penn State campus is the Center for the Performing Arts. The center showcases many renowned artists and international programs, including contemporary dance, classical ensembles, touring Broadway productions, family-friendly performances, and world and jazz music. Most of the performances are held in Eisenhower Auditorium, which opened its doors in 1974, as well as Schwab Auditorium.
Normally the home of the Penn State Football team, the stadium held its first concert, Happy Valley Jam, in July 2017 when Blake Shelton and a lineup of supporting acts made history by playing in front of 24,000+ visitors.
Bryce Jordan Center
The Bryce Jordan Center, hosts large touring acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Sesame Street Live and a variety of others. The venue has a capacity of over 15,000 breaking ground in 1993 and opening in early 1996. The arena is a multipurpose location also hosting trade shows and athletic events.
(Photo Credit: Center for the Performing Arts)
Also on the Penn State campus is Eisenhower Auditorium which showcases many performing arts groups, speakers and Broadway performances. The building is named after former Penn State University President Milton S. Eisenhower.
(Photo Credit: Tussey Mountain All Seasons)
Tussey Mountain All Seasons
Normally a ski resort during the cold weather months, Tussey Mountain becomes one of the area’s favorite locations for live music in the summer months. Known more for events such as Tussey Mountain Wingfest, the beautiful mountainside venue also hosts several musical performers throughout the summer months.
(Photo Credit: Dick Knupp)
The State Theatre
This very popular theatre located in downtown State College is a more intimate spot, but hosts all kinds of events including concerts, theater performances, musicals, comedians, movies and much more. The venue is a community-owned non-profit organization.
This 900 seat Schwab Auditorium was the gift of Bethlehem Steel Corporation founder Charles M. Schwab. The building was completed in 1903 and still remains as one of the most beloved places to watch the arts on the Penn State campus.
Nittany Threatre at the Barn
One of the region’s most unique places for theater, the Nittany Theatre at the Barn, is located on the grounds of the Boal Mansion & Columbus Chapel Museum. The Nittany Theatre opened in the 1950’s and is Pennsylvania’s oldest arena barn theater and seats around 100 visitors.
The summertime barn style theater is open June-August and is located in Mill Hall towards the northern part of the county. It has been open since 1963 and used as a professional summer stock theatre by various theatrical companies while entertaining about 1,000 people per week.
To See What Shows Are Coming Check Out Our Calendar of Events!