For many of us, spring break is a time to slip into that swimsuit and head somewhere tropical for cheap drinks and an opportunity to de-stress.
But if you find yourself stuck in State College next week, don’t rule out the opportunity for fun just yet. There’s still a lot going on in the area over the week for you to get involved in. Here’s a list of some events going on in town throughout spring break:
Friday, March 2: First Friday
First Friday offers locals the opportunity to check out downtown and experience after-hours access to galleries, free food and drinks, live entertainment, and discounts at nearby restaurants and stores. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. and goes until 8 p.m. There’s even free parking at the Pugh, Fraser, and Beaver garages with validations from participating merchants. For more information, check out the First Friday State College website.
Friday, March 2: Jazz in the Attic
On Friday night, the State Theatre will welcome Steve Rudolph and Tom Strohman to play as part of the “Jazz in the Attic” series. Rudolph and Strohman met in 1978 and have performed for the likes of Sonny and Cher, Al Martino, and Terry Gibbs. The show begins at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. Ticketing information for the event can be found here.
Friday-Sunday, March 2-4: Big Ten Hockey Tournament Quarterfinals
Penn State men’s hockey will square off with Minnesota in a three-game series to kick its Big Ten title defense. The Nittany Lions will definitely play Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. with a deciding third game if necessary set for Sunday at 7 p.m. Check out ticket information here.
Saturday, March 3: Saturday Night Dancing with Rodeo Serenade
Happy Valley Brewing Company is hosting its very own rodeo this Saturday for anyone in town. It’s a throwback dance party with rockabilly, Texas swing, and honky tonk hits from the 5os and 60s. For those interested, the Rodeo Serenade is from 9-11 p.m.. More information on the event can be found here.
Sunday, March 4: Uncovering the Iron Furnaces at Pennsylvania Furnace
The Centre Furnace Mansion will host a special event this Sunday at 2 p.m. for spectators to come and watch the museum uncover the iron furnaces at the mansion. Since 2014, historian Bob Hazelton has led a hands-on effort to rediscover the history of the ironworks and preserve what remains of the furnaces. On Sunday, Hazleton will lead a tour to discuss the historical research that has uncovered documents, photos, and maps through an illustrated presentation. For more information, check out the Centre Furnace Mansion website.
Monday, March 5: Monday Movie Series Presents “The Wizard of Oz”
The State Theatre’s Monday Movie Series is bringing the ever-classic “The Wizard of Oz” to the theater on Monday. Showtimes for the movie are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; tickets are $5.50 for adults and $3 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the State Theatre’s website.
Tuesday, March 6: Free Bluegrass and Gospel Music
Every Tuesday, the Pine Hall Lutheran Church invites anyone who is interested to come and enjoy a night of music. Anyone who wishes to perform can, and there’s usually some refreshments available for all in attendance. The event runs from 7-9 p.m. For more information, email A. Scott Krug.
Friday-Sunday, March 9-11: Central PA Home and Garden Show
As Central Pennsylvania’s largest home improvement and product showcase, the Central PA Home and Garden Show will return to the Bryce Jordan Center to show off the latest home products and services. The exhibition includes products from over 100 companies and will run from 3-8 p.m. on Friday, from 10-7 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10-3 p.m. on Sunday. More information on the event can be found here.
Saturday, March 10: CPDA Ballroom Dancing
In case you missed the opportunity to kick on your dancing shoes at Rodeo Serenade, the State College Friends School will host a ballroom dancing event for anyone interested. The dance will start at 7 p.m., and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. The fee to attend the dance is $20. You can find more information here.