Things To Do This Bye Weekend In State College

Chances are Penn State football has become your only personality trait this fall, but alas, it’s a bye weekend.

Besides sleeping in and detoxing your liver, there’s plenty to do in and around State College this weekend.

Between festivals, fall activities, and watching other sports games, there’s something for everyone. Check out some of the activities happening this weekend:

Attend A Different Penn State Athletics Game

If you can’t go one weekend without cheering on the Nittany Lions, you’re in luck. There are plenty of games Friday through Sunday here in Happy Valley to fill that football-sized hole in your heart.

Friday, October 7

  • Women’s hockey vs. Colgate at 2:30 p.m.
  • Field hockey vs. Iowa at 6 p.m.
  • Men’s hockey home opener vs. Canisius at 7 p.m.
  • Men’s soccer vs. Michigan State at 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 8

  • Women’s hockey vs. Colgate at 1 p.m.
  • Men’s hockey vs. Canisius at 6 p.m.

Sunday, October 9

  • Women’s volleyball vs. Illinois at 1 p.m.
  • Field hockey vs. Lafayette at 1:30 p.m.

First Friday

Downtown State College’s First Friday returns October 7. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. A variety of shops, including The Makery, The Nittany Quill, and the Woskob Family Gallery, are hosting all sorts of fun activities.

There will be free swing dance lessons and a dance party at the Tempest Studios from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 140 Kelly Alley, and Samuel Price will be playing at 3 Dots Downtown. Master Goblin Games will host an open game night between 5 and 10 p.m.

Happy Valley Improv Show

Head over to the Blue Brick Theatre to catch a Happy Valley improv show on Friday, October 7. This weekend’s 7 p.m. show includes three long-form improv sets with an intermission in between each. Tickets are $15, but there’s a 20% discount for students. 

Haunted Valley

Lion Ambassadors is hosting its spine-chilling “Haunted Valley” lantern tours and haunted house on Friday, October 7, at the Hintz Family Alumni Center.

From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Lion Ambassadors will lead free ghost tours through campus and share some spooky university tales.

Check out the full slate of activities here.

State Theatre Showings

Starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 7, the State Theatre will hold a free showing of “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché.” The story is about Alice, who is “a creative force, entrepreneur, leader, and mentor in a new field that she helped pioneer.”

Additionally, Serenata Llanera will play a fusion of Joropo and Latin crossover jazz in the attic. It begins at 7:30 and is $35.

School of Theatre’s ‘Metamorphoses’ Show

Check out the School of Theatre’s first mainstage show of the year, “Metamorphoses.” You can catch a show at 7:30 p.m. on Friday or Saturday. Student tickets are $12.50 and regular admission is $20.

“Metamorphosis” weaves through the legends like chapters in its holistic story. Attempting to capture what it means to live, the show’s scenes paint pictures of love — and how the loss of it can devastate one’s humanity.

Arboretum Pumpkin Festival

The Arboretum’s annual pumpkin festival is slated for this weekend in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. It’ll be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 7, and from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 8.

The Arboretum will feature hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns, live music, and fall goodies, such as hot apple cider.

Centre Region Down Syndrome Society’s Buddy Walk

The Centre Region Down Syndrome Society (CRDSS) is set to bring back its annual buddy walk on Saturday, October 8, at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

It will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in celebration of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. There will be face painting, games, crafts, a benefit auction, and more.

Reproductive Justice March

If you’re feeling ~fired up~ ahead of the midterm elections, head to the Allen Street Gates on Saturday, October 8, to rally for reproductive rights. The event begins at 1 p.m. and runs until 3 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Paul Takac for State Representative, Centre Safe, Penn State’s Gender Equity Coalition, State College Borough Council President Jesse Barlow, and State College Area School Board Member Peter Buck.

Happy Valley Latin Festival

The second annual Happy Valley Latin Festival will return on Saturday, October 8, just in time to wrap up Hispanic Heritage Month. The free event begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza on Fraser Street.

The festival will feature live music, dance performances, Latin food vendors, arts and crafts, and more.

Blue Bandorama

The Penn State Blue Band will hold its Blue Bandorama event at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, in the Bryce Jordan Center. This event will be the first one in three years. Tickets can be purchased online for $25 or for $35 at the door. Students only have to pay $10 thanks to their prepaid student fee.

Parents & Families Weekend Events

If your parents are coming to Happy Valley this weekend, there are plenty of university-planned events happening all weekend long. From 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, October 7, Lion Ambassadors will lead tours through Old Main. That evening, there will be an ice cream social from 6 to 8 p.m. with free Berkey Creamery ice cream and several student dance performances.

On Saturday, October 8, President Neeli Bendapudi is hosting a welcome breakfast reception at 9 a.m. in Alumni Hall.

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