A Townie’s Guide To Spring Break In State College

After eight long weeks of hard work, the chance to blow off some steam over spring break is more than welcome. For those students who aren’t heading home or traveling to tropical destinations like Puerto Vallarta or Panama City Beach, we compiled a list of fun things to do in State College this coming week.

Take In A Sporting Event Or Two

The men’s volleyball team hosts a pair of West Coast programs this weekend in Cal State Northridge and No. 1 Long Beach State Friday and Saturday night, respectively. First serve for both matches is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., so come out to Rec Hall and cheer Mark Pavlik’s sixth-ranked Nittany Lions on to an upset.

Pat Chambers and the men’s basketball team returns to the BJC this Sunday for a noon tilt with Illinois that will also be the last home game ever for the senior Nittany Lions. Stop by and congratulate Brandon Taylor, Jordan Dickerson, Devin Foster, and Donovon Jack for everything they’ve done for the program during their careers.

Catch A Movie At Premiere

Believe it or not, the beloved State College Chipotle used to be a movie theater, but since its transition to a delicious burrito establishment a few years back, downtown has lacked a spot to chow down on popcorn and enjoy a new flick. For those students who don’t have a car, the CATA M Route runs through downtown before making stops at the Nittany Mall and UEC Theatre’s Premiere 12. Newly-minted Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant is still playing, as is Ryan Reynold’s wildly popular action-comedy Deadpool. If neither of those films pique your fancy, give Tina Fey and Margot Robbie’s brand new war-comedy Whiskey Tango Foxtrot a try.

Enjoy The Outdoors At Tussey Mountain

The 60-degree temperatures on deck for this coming week will be a much-needed treat for those sick of the cold weather, however, nearby Tussey Mountain is still open for a few more weeks of skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. Come out and get some fun spring slush turns in before it’s too late. Plus, you can get $2 off any full-price ticket when you bring your student ID along.

Stop By Rita’s For Opening Weekend

The long-awaited return of Rita’s Italian Ice — a seasonal State College favorite — is finally upon us, as the store will finally open for business this Saturday, March 12. With a rainbow array of flavors to choose from, you can’t beat Rita’s mouth-watering menu.

While downtown will undoubtedly be quieter over spring break with the majority of the student body scattered throughout the state, country, and even globe, there are still a few neat events going on in and around State College next week to pass the time. At least there will be parking spots aplenty.

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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]

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