Countdown to Blue White is on!
There’s no need for introduction. The Blue White Weekend is and always has been one of the biggest, most anticipated events of Happy Valley’s spring and for good reason.
Penn Staters bleed blue and white — the fever and the pride we have as Nittany Lions can never be shaken, and on days like the Blue White game, we truly do have something to roar about: a celebration for a new and upcoming season!
The weekend is rife with events, activities, foods and wonders galore, so why not dig in and find out what’s in store?
Tailgating and Parking
“Football just can’t be done right without the tailgates- so whip out those coolers and grills, get in your Doan’s Bones BBQ order, and set up your cornhole and KanJam. Better yet, have it all done for you by calling the Tailgate Guys, for a turnkey tailgate experience!”
Here’s the 411 on parking: previous season ticket holders are guaranteed free parking with the use of their pass. Anyone without this pass will be charged $20 per car for parking. If you’re a fan that’s planning to arrive with overnight recreational vehicles, you will be charged $60 with the pass and $100 without. Overnight RV parking will open at 8 a.m. the day before the game. All charges are cash only!
Along Curtin Road, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on April 13, the Fan Festival will be awaiting any fans ready for live entertainment, music, games, giveaways and more. Food vendors will be spread out among sponsor booths and activities to add to the day’s hype.
Who can pass up an opportunity to meet the faces of the new football season? Bring your favorite piece of Penn State memorabilia with you on game day and watch them gain new life as signed tokens of the Nittany Lions. From 12:15 p.m. to 1:05 p.m., members of Happy Valley’s best football team will be ready to sign their autographs. Remember, one item per person.
The Blue White Game
The Blue White football game falls on April 13, this year, with a kick-off set for 3 p.m. Local craft and food vendors will be working around the stadium, with attendance of the game itself often ranging between 60,000 to 80,000 fans. For those who aren’t aware of the history behind the game, it is the last spring practice and is known for hyping up the fall season to come. Fans will get to see the lineup and the talents of the players — a glimpse into the future. Before you kick off your festivities, don’t forget to swing by Old State Clothing Co. so you can sport your blue and white spirit!”
The All-Sports Museum
Fans pass the museum every football game and tell themselves, “One day, I’ll go in.” Have the “one day” be April 13 or 14, when the museum is right there, waiting, with all of its interactive exhibits, sports memorabilia and sports knowledge that would leave even the biggest Penn State fan scratching their head, wondering how they didn’t know. The museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Shades of Blue
Although we are all lovers of the blue and white spirit, the night of the big game, the a cappella scene here at Penn State is ridding the latter for a special performance from Shades of Blue. Hosted from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on April 13, in the Schwab Auditorium, this renowned arts group on campus is ready to make you fall in love with the core of what music is truly all about: voice. Shades of Blue will serenade the crowd with Beyoncè, Boyz II Men and songs from a variety of boy bands. Free admission and songs to celebrate the win of Penn State against Penn State — be ready to sing the night away.
Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run
It’s not just about supporting Penn State Football — the Blue White Weekend is here to also make a difference. Every year, the Paterno Family Beaver Stadium 5k and 2 Mile Family Fun Walk brings joy and hope to those involved as well as those meant to be supported by the event — the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Chapter. Join Happy Valley on April 14 to make that mark in the community. The 5k begins at 11 a.m. and at 11:10 a.m., the 2 Mile Walk. Come out and support a good cause for those lions that need your help!
While you’re in town, don’t forget to stop by the State Theatre for some exciting events like The Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Sponsored by the Sierra Club Moshannon Group, the film festival will take place both April 12 and April 13, with the event starting at 6 p.m. and films rolling at 7 p.m.The films presented consist of adrenaline-packed action sports to discovery of wild landscapes and remote mountain cultures. The spirit of seeing nature through new eyes will awaken the explorer inside every Nittany Lion.
You can’t come to Happy Valley, tailgate outside the Beaver Stadium, root for the Nittany Lions as they show us what they’re made of and then not go to the Creamery. It’s one of the university’s greatest staples — and the country’s too! Doling out around 750,000 scoops a year, Penn State’s Creamery is the largest university creamery in the nation. Whether you’re ordering a milkshake or a cup of ice cream, the flavors range from Grilled Stickies to Death By Chocolate to Alumni Swirl. Mouth-watering and perfect for a warm April Day, the Creamery’s ice cream is unlike any other. Don’t forget the ice cream rules: only blue and white sprinkles and only one flavor allowed!
Your final stop for the weekend might not be an easy one to choose, but you could never go wrong with the alumni gardens at the Hintz Family Alumni Center. Built to be a "home away from home," the pristinely white columns, gorgeous pond, quaint gazebo, and statues of children playing all come together for a beautiful aesthetic. Inside the center, there lie the La Vie yearbooks for alumni to flip through. The gardens are exactly one acre and are perfect for any students, couples, families and friends to stop by and relax among the peace and quiet of pebble paths and looming archways.