How To Get By This Football Bye Week

A quick look at the schedule and it hits you: No football in Happy Valley this weekend and no Penn State Football on TV. We are without a game to watch for the first time in six weeks.

Where do we turn? What do we do? Luckily for you we compiled some ideas on how to fill the football void.

Check out some other Penn State sports this weekend 

Penn State women’s hockey takes on Boston University at Pegula Ice Arena this Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.

If hockey isn’t your sport, head out to Jeffrey Field to catch Penn State men’s soccer take on Michigan State Saturday at 7 p.m. and women’s soccer vs Purdue on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The fifth-ranked Penn State field hockey team will host Maryland in a Big Ten Matchup on Sunday at 4 p.m., and the game will also feature a White Out at the Penn State field hockey complex.

Do some fall activities

It’s a beautiful time of year, and there’s so much to take advantage of in State College.

You could head to the Arboretum this weekend to check out its Pumpkin Festival. The event will take place Friday night at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. and will feature a Jack-O-Latern display as well as food vendors, music, and fun fall activities. It’s the perfect event to get you in that fall mood.

Want to take in the fall foliage? It’s a perfect weekend to hike Mount Nittany, take in the nature, and see the leaves changing colors before it gets too cold.

Hate the outdoors but love beer? Go on a pumpkin beer bar tour through State College.

Check out parents and family weekend events:

Whether your parents and family are coming or not, you can still check out the events this weekend on campus. Some cool ones include:

Office Of The President Open House: You can tour Old Main and check out President Barron’s Office as well as the Bell Tower on Friday from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Breazeale Nuclear Reactor Tour: Check out the only research reactor in the state of Pennsylvania, which is sure to be a cool tour on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Adults must bring ID.

Virtual Reality and Geospatial Sciences Open House: Ever wanted to walk around Penn State’s campus in 1922? Well now is your chance this Saturday in 225 Walker Building from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

A full list of Penn State Parents Weekend events can be found HERE.

Other Events around campus

THON 5k: Lace up those running shoes FTK for the 16th Annual THON 5k. It will take place this Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center. Registration is $15 for the Fun Run or $18 for the Competitive Run and can be completed at

Ice skating at Pegula Ice Arena: Public ice skating will take place at Pegula Ice Arena this weekend — and is only $6 for students. You can lace up the skates and pretend you’re Andrew Sturtz Friday 8-10 p.m. and Saturday 1-3 p.m.

So even though there’s no football, there are still plenty of fun ways to enjoy your weekend around campus. Branch out and take advantage of this weekend because next weekend will be here before you know it.

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Joe Pickard

Joe is a Senior from Broomall, PA meaning he is from "Delco" or "right outside Philly". He is majoring in Information Science and Technology, and is a life long Penn State fan. On the weekends you can probably catch him at the Gaff trying not to think about graduation. You can email him at [email protected] or if you like lame tweets, follow him on Twitter: @joepick29.


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