Homecoming Week beyond the parade

You've had your tickets, your posse and your accommodations figured out a long time ago. It's Homecoming weekend, after all. It only comes once a year. So while you're here, why not make it the best Happy Valley weekend that it can be? Because in addition to the full raft of official Homecoming fun, the area is full of festivals, giveaways, concerts … and fun.


Monday-Thursday, October 8-11

Legally Blonde The Musical takes over the Playhouse Theatre on campus from Monday through Thursday at 7:30. This award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances, this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!


Thursday, October 11

Violinist Joshua Bell, one of the most acclaimed violinists of our time, makes his first Penn State appearance in more than seven years when he performs in recital with pianist.

An exclusive Sony Classical artist, the violinist has recorded more than forty albums in his career as a soloist, a chamber musician, and a conductor. He has earned Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone, and Echo Klassik awards and is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize. Since 2011, Bell has been the music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He is the only person to hold that post since Sir Neville Marriner created the British orchestra in 1958.

Bell, who has performed for three U.S. presidents, has recorded with artists from various genres, including Chris Botti, Chick Corea, Gloria Estefan, Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo, Alison Krauss, Jeremy Denk, Steven Isserlis, and Edgar Meyer.

You can see him at Eisenhower Auditorium on October 11 at 7:30.


Saturday & Sunday, October 13-14

Fall Fest at Wasson Farm Market

Wasson Farm on Shingletown Road is celebrating autumn with their fall fest on Saturday and Sunday. For $6 per person, you can take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin. They will also homemade soups like chicken corn, ham and bean and chili, along with baked goods and apple butter. Saturday is Blue and White day, and Sunday is Pink Out to raise awareness for breast cancer.


The Arboretum at Penn State's Pumpkin Giveaway for Jack-o'-Lantern Contest

Have you ever seen the jack-o'-lanterns at The Arboretum? Google it – I'll wait. It's a breathtaking collective art exhibit made by kids and grownups alike. It's fun and beautiful, and you can be a part of it before you head back to the real world. On Sunday, more than a thousand pumpkins will be given away to contest entrants between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Come early for the best selection! (You may also provide your own pumpkin for the contest.) Registration of contest entries will occur from 8 am until 3 pm on Friday, October 19, at the Overlook Pavilion in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three entries in seven age-based categories, and to the best Penn State theme, best Arboretum theme, best pop culture theme, and best-in-show. Jack-o’-lanterns will be lighted and displayed from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20. Start planning your pumpkin’s design now!

Soccer at Penn State

In the mood for a little more #WEARE energy before hitting the road? You can catch both the men's and women's soccer teams playing on their home field on Sunday. At 12:01, Penn State Men's Soccer takes on Wisconsin, and at 3:30, the women's team will host Rutgers. For more information, go to GoPSUSports.com.



Sundays=brunch around here. Take your pick from The Nittany Lion Inn's decadent offerings that include a carving stations and omelet station to Gigi's Cajun Eggs Benedict to The Tavern's unlimited brunch buffet or The Deli's stuffed brioche french toast and stingray bloody Mary. Yes, please!


Monday, October 15

Justin Timberlake The Man Of The Woods Tour

Take one more vacation day, and catch Justin Timberlake at the BJC. His globally-acclaimed The Man Of The Woods tour will touch down in State College on Monday after Homecoming Weekend. Get your tickets now at bjc.psu.edu.



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