Located in Centre County, Pennsylvania, State College is a college town heavily influenced by the campus life of Penn State University and have gained the nickname “Happy Valley” for its resilience during the Great Depression. Downtown State College provide the public with essential resource, accommodation, and entertainment that stretch along College Ave and Beaver Ave. In 2010, CQ Press ranked State College as the third-safest metropolitan area in the country. They say there’s something magical about the Nittany Valley, where time just seems to stand still. Updates on the downtown area’s current affairs and additions can be located on this topic page.
Downtown News and Blogs
Only a few more days until the start of the fall semester…and as it turns out, only a few more days until we finally get to taste our coach’s legacy in beer form. According to Jay Paterno, Paterno Legacy Beer will be coming to a tap at the State College Champs this weekend.
The vacancy on South Allen street left by Chili’s will be the future home of Champs Sports Grill. A liquor license is currently pending approval by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and if all goes according to plan the restaurant will be open by October.
The Penn State Cycling Club will host the first ever Nittany Stage Race on August 1 and 2. The two-day event will feature three different types of bike races, including the state championship Pennsylvania Elite Women’s Road Race.
The Metropolitan building, located on the corner of West College Avenue and South Atherton Street, will be one of the first buildings in State College that offers amenities to both Penn State students and the State College residents.
Coming off the release of their latest album, popular indie rock band Built to Spill will play The State Theatre in September.
In the 2015 rankings from Niche, State College topped the state list for “best towns” and came in at 14th in the nation.
The ninth Summer’s Best Music Fest lineup features a slew of talented acts, including country singer Jo Dee Messina.
If you’re in State College and need an excuse to justify the heaping scoops of deliciousness, head to the Creamery knowing you’re about to enjoy some of the best ice cream in the country.
On any given day, you can see a near innumerable amount of strange things on campus, from students unicycling to class, to a guy in a red sweatshirt screaming at you about your sins, and even a girl putting a hat on a squirrel. Recently, however, some students may have seen something even stranger: a human-sized blue bear walking around campus.
A group of brothers in Pi Kappa Phi decided to put up a fight against their own house, which resulted in summary charges for criminal mischief.
State College Borough announced the inaugural LION Bash which will be held Thursday Aug. 27th from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will feature, live music, food, games with giveaways, a photo booth, and more.
For Penn State student leaders, the safety of their constituents is of the utmost importance. That’s why a group of representatives from student government and Greek life stopped by Monday’s borough council meeting.
A State College Police Officer has been placed on leave after being identified as a suspect for thefts from the State College Police Department’s evidence room after police discovered evidence of theft on April 22.
Fair Trade Penn State is proud to announce State College’s official designation as a Fair Trade Town. Fair Trade Penn State is a student-lead organization at Penn State University who work to widely increase the awareness, availability and use of Fair Trade products throughout the Penn State University Park campus and State College area, and is part of a nation-wide organizing effort called Fair Trade Towns USA.