What To Do This Weekend If You’re Not In The BJC

THON is without a doubt one of the biggest events on almost every Penn Stater’s calendar. Thousands of students flood the Bryce Jordan Center to aid in the fight against childhood cancer every year, but with limited capacity and a student body of more than 40,000, not everyone can get into the BJC exactly when they want.

We’ve compiled a list of other things going on this weekend here in Happy Valley — just in case you can’t get into the BJC.

Oscar-Nominated Short Films

The State Theatre will show Oscar-nominated short films over the course of the weekend. Starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, the theater play animated shorts followed by live action short films at 7 p.m. Saturday and documentaries at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Michael’s Second Wind — Wisecrackers Comedy Club Benefit

Comedians will perform for the comedy club benefit starting at 9 p.m. on Friday at Celebration Hall. Tickets are only $20 and include an appetizer buffet.

American Idiot

Penn State Centre Stage’s production of “American Idiot” opens Friday at 7:30 p.m at the Playhouse Theatre. Performances continue Saturday with a matinee show at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m.


FUSE Productions will put on the classic musical “Cabaret” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in Schwab Auditorium.


On Saturday, men’s lacrosse will take on Cornell at noon, followed by a women’s lacrosse game against Lehigh at 3 p.m. Men’s volleyball also hosts Sacred Heart at 7 p.m. and men’s hockey faces off against Minnesota at 8 p.m.


If you’re stuck outside of the BJC this weekend (or you just don’t THON), never fear — we’ve got your back. Of course, you can always tune in with us on our live blog for updates on what’s happening inside the BJC.

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Emma Dieter

Emma is a senior from the ever-popular "right-outside" Philly area studying labor employment relations and PR. She's also the Student Life editor for Onward State. She has been a Penn Stater from cradle and will continue to bleed blue and white, 'til grave. She loves trashy romance novels, watching Netflix, and crying over cute videos of dogs. If you ever want to talk more with her about how great she is, or simply have other inquiries, feel free to email her at [email protected]

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