Things to Do During the Upcoming Non-Football Saturday

As we near our first Saturday of the year void of a football game, I’m expecting to see many students aimlessly wandering around campus or opting to study in their dorms. Without the buzz of Beaver Stadium, campus feels very empty, quiet, and boring on regular Saturdays. But because this Saturday is supposed to be 61 degrees and sunny, you might just want to do something to take advantage of the nice fall weather. Here are a few ideas, in case you decide to emerge from your home on Saturday:

Celebrate Life 5K

Rather than sleep the day away, get an early start at 9 a.m. this Saturday by participating in a 5K Walk or 10 mile bike ride. The annual event will begin at the Stepping Stones Church in State College, and the proceeds will benefit the continual efforts of the Pregnancy Resource Clinic of State College.

Downtown Fall Festival

Despite the fact that it isn’t game day, downtown State College will still be bustling with the 15th Annual Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cheap food (every college student’s dream) will be plentiful, including a Taste of the Town Restaurant Tour, where you can sample foods at seven different State College restaurants for only $4. There will also be a Happy Valley Dessert Contest, in which $1 will buy you the opportunity to try out all of the homemade entries.

State College Community Resource Fair

As a part of the Downtown Festival, the State College community is giving students a way to engage in the resources that are available to them in Centre County. In the past few years, over 25 organizations participatedincluding the American Red Cross, the Penn State and State College Police Departments, and the Alpha Fire Company. An uneventful Saturday might be the perfect chance to learn about the organizations that you may need assistance from on a more exciting Saturday.

Mt. Nittany Vineyard & Winery Harvest Fest

If you’re over 21, the Mt. Nittany Vineyard & Winery is offering you the chance to stay classy on Saturday at their Harvest Fest. The event is free and includes wine and food tastings, as well as winery tours. The website encourages people to “meander through the vineyards and enjoy the serenity of the mountainside setting” from noon to 5 p.m. This romantic event could be a refreshing yet still alcohol-inclusive change from the usual tailgating madness.

North Atherton Farmer’s Market

Although many students are familiar with the Downtown Farmer’s Market, the lesser-known North Atherton Farmer’s Market will be open this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The friendly chime of Mothersbaugh’s Market Bell signifies the opening of the market and adds authenticity to the scene located in the Home Depot parking lot. Students can find items that are in season for October, including apples, assorted greens, carrots, celery, and peppers. The market also carries fresh bakery items, cheese, eggs, honey, meat, and homemade potato chips. For students with kitchens, spending the day cooking with fresh ingredients will make roommates happy and parents proud.

Tussey Mountain OktoberFest

The Tussey Mountain OktoberFest celebration will be making its return to State College this Saturday. With a $10 general admission ticket, you’ll get an experience that’s as close to Germany’s infamous event as you can get in central PA. All ages are welcome at the event, though you must be 21 to drink the assortment of beers that are offered. Tussey’s OktoberFest includes authentic Bavarian clothing and music, and food such as roasted pork, knockwurst, and rindergulasch. In order to find out what those are, you’ll have to attend the event from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Transportation is available for students via CATA.

Yard Sales

What better way to spend a boring Saturday than by exploring for the hidden treasures among the junk for sale by State College residents? Radio Park Elementary is having a Rummage Sale from 9 a.m. 2 p.m., and there is also a community garage sale in Park Forest Village all weekend long. Both sales have an assortment of items, so who knows what you’ll be able to find! You might even see some of the rare Penn State items we found on eBay last week.

Penn State Men’s Soccer vs. Rutgers

Watching Penn State dominate Rutgers is never a bad way to begin your Saturday night. The Nittany Lions have an overall record of 9-0-1, crushing Rutgers’ mere four wins this season. The 7 p.m. kick-off is at Jeffrey Field and is a great opportunity to cheer on Penn State, even in the absence of football.

Spook Haven Haunted House

This trip requires someone with a car, due to Mill Hall being located over 40 minutes away from State College — but I really want someone to go because after reading the description, I’m left with many unanswered questions. Take a look:

“Spook Haven is central PA’s Premier Haunted Attraction. Our zoo became infected with what is believed to be Ebola this year. All the animals have died except a few monkeys have remained. But we have spotted many infected customers and spotted zombies roaming around. The Center for Disease control has stopped all access to this section of town. Come at your own risk and hope you don’t catch the infections disease or you may not make it out alive…”

How are these people incorporating Ebola into a haunted house theme? I’m not sure, but I’m dying (no pun intended) to find out.

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Alex Calderaro

Alex Calderaro is a junior majoring in Supply Chain Management from Central Jersey. As a first generation Penn Stater, she has found a home here in several places, including her sorority, and, of course, Onward State. You can contact her at [email protected] or follow her on twitter @alexcalderaro.

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