Downtown

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.

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1AA Joe Paterno Statue
A bronze statue of Joe Paterno seated on a bench will be erected outside the Tavern Restaurant in November 2015. The statue, designed by sculptor Zenos Frudakis, is in response to Penn State's decision to remove Joe Paterno's statue from Porter Road in July 2012. At the time, President Rodney Erickson called the statue a “lightning rod of controversy.”
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Nottingham's Seven-Legged bar crawl
While some bar tours name themselves based on their student groups (sororities, fraternities, clubs, etc.) we want to find the most creative and offbeat bar tour themes.
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They say saving the best for last is the way to go, which isn’t always true, but it definitely is for dessert. Just like Happy Valley is jam packed with cheap pizza places and beer, it doesn’t fail to provide with a healthy variety of places to grab some sweets. However, these aren’t just any dessert joints – they’re THE dessert joints of State College.
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As a 10-year old kid growing up Nottingham, England, BMX rider Jamie Bestwick didn't know that his first bicycle -- a gift from his father-- would inspire him to become one of the best athletes in the history of action sports.
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The 2nd annual College Town Film Festival is well underway at the State Theater and one of the most prominent features of this year’s festival is special guest James Denton also known as Mike Delfino from Desperate Housewives. The festival features the screenings of several independent films as well as several shorts, one of which stars Denton.
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Believe it or not, there's other places in State College that sell great ice cream. Meyer Dairy is one of them.
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Herwig's Austrian Bistro is one of State College's hidden culinary gems with bacon, sausage, and more.
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For the first time, you have a chance to explore the State College pizza scene with Coach Hand at the inaugural Herb Hand Pizza Crawl on Sunday, April 27. It's $20 to sign-up, and each attendee will receive a limited edition Pizza Crawl t-shirt, a 'Hope, Courage, Strength' wristband from Bands4RAINN, and a slice of pizza at all five scheduled stops.
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Two men are recovering from stab wounds after a violent confrontation inside a State College apartment building.

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pizza heaven
So maybe it didn’t exactly come from Italy, but we all know and love it just the same. Oh yeah, I’m talking about pizza. But not just any pizza, no sir. I’m here to tell you a little bit about the top five surprisingly wonderful pizza places a townie like myself can’t live a day without.
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