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Don’t you feel like construction and roadwork is happening everywhere these days? It feels as though not a day goes by without passing by a construction site or crew working on the side of the road. And, as you know, Happy Valley is no exception. Whether you are driving to move your child into his or her new dorm, coming back for a football game or taking a quick vacation to the area, you want... MORE
For Veronica Swift, jazz music was both a way of life and a birthright. She didn't casually become interested in the genre, rather she was born into it thanks to her world-renowned jazz musician parents. “It wasn't a choice or a passion, but purely a lifestyle,” she explained. That lifestyle, living life on the road and meeting some of the most talented musicians the world has to... MORE
One of the staples in Happy Valley is the widespread love and support of small businesses, and recently, even more new businesses have been popping up. Here is our guide to some of your new favorite places around town. Ikonic Industries Ikonic Industries is a tattoo and piercing studio located at 111 W Beaver Ave, State College. Ikonic is all about providing a safe and sterile... MORE
The best weekend of the summer is upon us! The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is here and the State College streets have transformed into an art oasis. Vendors line the roads, music fills the air and priceless memories are made and shared. This year’s festival officially kicked off today with the Children and Youth Sidewalk Sale. Central Pennsylvania children were invited to display... MORE
Right now, Happy Valley seems to be anticipating one main event: Independence Day. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that all fun activities hit a standstill once the fireworks are over. The 2018 People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts is coming to Happy Valley, Thursday, July 12-Sunday, July 15. Head to the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg to see this... MORE
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 memories. We talked with Jennifer Shuey, Director of Development about what's new, what's back and how kids can get involved. Read on! HV: Tell us about this festival year — what's new?  Jen: This year, it... MORE
Ready your appetites, everybody. The Central PA WingFest competition is on its way! Every Thursday beginning July 5 at the Tussey Mountain Amphitheater, wing chefs compete for eligibility to the WingFest Finals. Those who make the final cut have the chance to compete for the title "Wing King" on August 16. For just $5, anyone ages 13 and up can enter the amphitheater for an opportunity... MORE
The 4th of July is one of the most popular holidays in the country. The day is packed with BBQs and parties with friends and family capped off with beautiful fireworks shows all done in celebration of the U.S. declaring independence. And there's no better place to celebrate than in Happy Valley. Each year, State College puts on one of the best fireworks shows in the nation during 4th Fest,... MORE
After posting their fifth straight 40-win season, the State College Spikes return to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park this June with a jam-packed schedule of affordable, family fun. The Spikes, the Short-Season Single-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, have won two of the last four New York-Penn League titles and are primed to once again bring the trophy back to Happy Valley. This season... MORE
Looking for something to do this summer, either during your weekends as a local or on a specific date when you’ll be in town? Luckily for you (and all of us!), Happy Valley’s calendar is chock‑full of fun festivals all summer long. There’s barely a day without something exciting to do.  Whatever your interest or age, there’s sure to be at least one festival on this list that catches your... MORE

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