State College offers a wide variety of entertainment options, from 18 bars and clubs in the downtown area to a number of music and performance venues, including the Bryce Jordan Center and The State Theatre. Happy Valley has hosted such performing greats as Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Cirque du Soleil and Lewis Black. Student groups like SOMA and SPA also provide both national acts and student art and entertainment on campus and the community is home to an up-and-coming local music scene.

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Brandon Stanton, a photographer known for his "Humans of New York" project, will be speaking at Eisenhower Auditorium on October 2 as part of SPA's distinguished speaker series.
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Movin' On 2012
Movin' On released its first student survey for its 2015 concert yesterday, including major acts from a handful of genres.
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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. Here are some of our highlights of the early fall entertainment in Penn State and State College:
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Hunter Hayes, the popular, young country star, will be coming back to State College to perform at the Bryce Jordan Center on October 30 per their Twitter account. Hayes previously visited Penn State as an opener for Carrie Underwood's appearance back in 2012, but is now worthy of top-billing.
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Thompson Square, the popular country duo known for their hit song "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not", will hit the stage for a free show in front of the HUB at 5:30 on August 29, courtesy of SPA.
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Levels announced today via Twitter the expected arrival of the Pretty Lights Music Tour, set to take the stage at the downtown nightclub and bar on Tuesday, September 30.
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Country crooner Brantley Gilbert of "Bottoms Up" fame will stop at the Bryce Jordan Center on Sept. 26 as part of his "Let It Ride" tour.
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Cirque Du Soleil at the BJC
If you’re into fantastical, if not slightly disturbing performances, then you’re in luck. Cirque Du Soleil is coming to the Bryce Jordan Center to perform their signature production, Dralion, for six performances this October 8-12.
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Amazing news on this 4th of July: Rock legends The Beach Boys are playing at the Bryce Jordan Center at 8 p.m. Oct. 29.

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In wonderfully random news, Alfonso Ribeiro of "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" fame will conduct a meet-and-greet at tonight's State College Spikes game.