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Events To Celebrate Autumn In State College

It’ll officially be autumn in just a few days, and State College will host a variety of events to get you in the fall spirit. Whether you’re an avid pumpkin carver or you’re simply interested in some tasty food, you’ll want to add these events to your calendar.

Here’s a list some of the events you’ll be able to check out in the coming weeks:


Tussey mountain will bring some of Munich’s most famed traditions to Centre County on Friday, September 29. If you’re looking for a good time and some unique eats, check out the annual Oktoberfest event at the Tussey Mountain Amphitheater for authentic German food, beer, and music. The gate will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will feature a performance by Smitty’s Polka band at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15, but children under 12 can attend the event for free. For more information, check out the official event page on Tussey Mountain’s website. And of course, make sure to come dressed in your best lederhosen.

Arboretum Pumpkin Giveaway

As part of the Arboretum’s annual Pumpkin Festival, members of the community can come to the Arboretum for a pumpkin giveaway. Those who wish to enter the annual carving contest will be able to take their pick out of 1,000 pumpkins free of charge. The event will take place Sunday, October 8 at 1 p.m. and guests are encouraged to come early, as pumpkins are only available until 3 p.m. or while supply lasts.

If you’re interested in volunteering at the festival, you can contact volunteer coordinator Kelly Oleynik at [email protected].

Arboretum Jack-O’-Lantern Festival

This event is a fall favorite for Penn Staters of all ages. Come to the Arboretum October 13 and 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the annual lit jack-o’-lantern display. If you want to participate in the contest, you can submit your entry at the Overlook Pavilion in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens on October 13 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. You can also attend a variety of family-friendly fall events from 4 p.m. until dusk on Saturday.

State College Annual Fall Festival

The 18th annual State College Downtown Fall Festival will take place on October 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 200 block of Allen Street. This is a great event for students with visiting families, as the event will feature a pumpkin patch, pony rides, and various games. You can also enter the Happy Valley Dessert Contest for the chance to win a $50 downtown State College gift card. To learn more about the event as well as how to enter the contest, click here.

Annual Halloween Parade

State College will host its 71st annual Halloween parade October 29 at 6:30 p.m. on North Burrowes Street. The parade will also feature a costume contest at Memorial Field, and the Lions Club will give away cash prizes to various winners. The event is free for all ages, and anyone in the Penn State community is welcome to attend. For further information, visit the Centre Region Parks and Recreation website.

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Claire Fountas

Claire Fountas is the student life editor for Onward State, as well as a junior pursuing a double major in journalism and psychology. She lives in a suburb of Chicago and strongly disagrees with anyone who hates the Cubs or the Blackhawks (so, pretty much anyone at Penn State). You can follow her @ClaireFountas or email her at [email protected]

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