State College has a lot to offer. From the popular bars and nightlife to cheap pizza and, of course, Penn State football, there’s no such thing as a dull moment in Happy Valley.
State College is no stranger to popular entertainment acts, either. Here are some of our highlights of the early fall entertainment in Penn State and State College:
Foster the People, Sept. 5, Bryce Jordan Center
Foster The People will stop by the BJC to kick off the fall. The band known mostly for its 2011 hit “Pumped up Kicks” will be touring its second studio album, “Supermodel,” which came out in March. Tickets cost only $20 with a valid student ID, and the show comes right before Penn State football kicks off its home schedule with a game against Akron.
WWE Live!, Sept. 7, BJC
For the second straight year, WWE Live! will be at the Bryce Jordan Center, coming this year on Sept. 7. If older guys play-fighting in a ring is your thing, look no further, and even if it’s not, it’s still a pretty good time.
Harry Carson, Sept. 23, Nittany Lion Inn
As part of the Forum Speaker Series, Hall of Fame NFL Linebacker Harry Carson will come to Penn State to speak on Sept. 23 at the Nittany Lion Ballroom. Carson is a strong advocate of concussion prevention, especially in the NFL where mental health of the players has risen as a big issue.
Cher, Sept. 24, BJC
The pop star/actress/author will grace the BJC on Sept. 24, bringing classic rocking and Grammy winning singer Pat Benatar with her. The “Dressed to Kill Tour” consists mostly of hits, so even if you weren’t alive when Cher’s music was new and popular, you should be able to follow along.
Central PA Health and Fitness Expo, Oct. 4-5, BJC
P90X creator Tony Horton and Instagram star Jen Selter will be on-hand at Central PA’s premier event for fitness nuts on Oct. 4-5 at the BJC. Attendees have the opportunity to purchase a VIP ticket and workout with the fitness guru, as well as check out info from various health and fitness vendors.
Dralion by Cirque Du Soleil, Oct. 8-12, BJC
Cirque Du Soleil, also known as the people who do crazy, weird acrobatic things, brings its Dralion show to the BJC from Oct. 8-12. This particular show has been running for 15 years, but will end after this tour, so if you’re like me and you think people doing weird things with their bodies is cool, this may be for you.
Mamma Mia!, Oct. 23, Eisenhower Auditorium
The highly acclaimed Broadway show-turned-movie comes to the Eisenhower Auditorium for one night only on Oct. 23, giving musical enthusiasts and ABBA junkies in the area a night of fun. Students also have the option of purchasing discounted tickets.
The Beach Boys, Oct. 29, BJC
If by this time of year the weather is starting to get you down (unfortunately, it probably will be), forget about the impending endless State College winter by spending a night in the (warm) BJC with The Beach Boys on Oct. 29. I mean, come on, they’re called The Beach Boys and are one of the best rock bands ever, so it should be a good escape from the cold for a night.
Aaron Carter, Nov. 4, Levels
What would a year in Happy Valley be without a visit from Aaron Carter? For the third time since April 2013, Aaron Carter will bring his party to State College, in the same nightclub he performed at last September: Levels. The show on Nov. 4 is guaranteed to make you feel young again (or at least younger), and according to our staff, the show is great no matter how you go!