Things To Do in State College Pennsylvania – December 2013

Mt. Nittany Dog Training Club Dog Agility Trial

When: December 1, 2013

Times: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Snider Agricultural Arena

AKC Dog Agility Trial held at the Snider Agricultural Arena on November 30 and December 1 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.


Twas the Week Before Christmas

When: December 4, 2013

Times: 9am-Noon

Location: Millbrook Marsh Nature Center

Children ages 5-12 are invited for a morning of holiday fun and a visit from the big man himself! Little ones will delight in having their picture taken with Santa, participating in holiday games, and crafts, and enjoying some sweet treats. To top off the event, we’ll be showing the classic “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” Pre-registration is required; only $15 per child!


Stocking Stuffer Preview Party

When: December 5, 2013

Times: 6:30-9:00pm

Location: Centre Furnace Mansion

Get the exclusive first peek at the Stocking Stuffer Antiques, Art & Fine Craft Sale, while enjoying wine, and hors d’oeuvres and desserts donated by the area’s finest restaurants. Shop local and choose from hand-crafted work and fine antiques from 50 local vendors on display in a festively decorated historic house museum. Party attendees will be able to purchase items before the event is open to the public. The Preview Party will be held on Thursday, December 5th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Proceeds from this annual fundraiser help the Centre County Historical Society further its mission in helping people understand, experience, appreciate, and preserve our county’s cultural and natural heritage.


$30.00 per person ($25.00 for CCHS members). RSVP by December 2nd to Megan at 814-234-4779, or online at


Philipsburg Holiday Parade

When: December 7, 2013

Times: 1:00 PM

Location: Downtown Philipsburg

A community celebration of it’s past and future including entertainment, food, events for children and much more!

Mannheim SteamrollerChristmas

When: December 13, 2013

Times: 8:00 pm

Location: Bryce Jordan Center

Get a jump on the holidays when America’s favorite holiday celebration, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis brings the best the holiday has to offer to the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m.


School of Music Feature Mosaic

When: December 8, 2013

Times: 4:00 pm

Location: Eisenhower Auditorium

Now in its seventh year, Mosaic promises ninety minutes of surprises and delights. The popular School of Music concert features an array of Penn State bands, choirs, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists situated throughout Eisenhower Auditorium. Large ensembles give way to individuals. Jazz follows seventeenth-century masterworks. Voices resound in the balconies, while instrumentalists take the stage. Think of it as a wonderful gift to give to yourself. It’s sheer enchantment as you experience an eclectic mosaic of performances by amazingly talented students.

17th Annual Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park

When: December 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013

Recurring daily, open 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Times: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Lakemont Park

This drive through tour features 51 acres of holiday lights and animations, plus a holiday gift shop filled with delicious refreshments, holiday decorations and gifts, and photos with Santa Claus. The Alto Model Train Museum presents its annual model train display each night.

Bellefonte Victorian Christmas

When: December 13, 2013 – December 15, 2013

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday

Times: Call for time

Location: Bellefonte

Bellefonte Victorian Christmas offers a taste of Christmas past, with our historic homes tour, an arts & crafts show, concerts, horse-drawn buggy rides, gingerbread house contest, railroad rides, strolling entertainment, breakfast with Santa, a Victorian tea party and musical presentations.


For more ideas of what to do near State College, visit the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau. 

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Things To Do In State College Pennsylvania – November 2013

Looking for something to do in State College, Pennsylvania in November? Check out this list!


Apollo’s Fire The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra Jeannette Sorrell, music director Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2–6

When: November 7, 2013

Times: 7:30 PM

Location: Schwab Auditorium

When Apollo’s Fire, The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, performs five of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, the results are “brilliant and swaggering” (The Times of London). From fiery strings to colorful recorders to a dizzying harpsichord solo, the concert brims with virtuosity.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

When: November 7, 2013

Times: 7:30 pm

Location: Bryce Jordan Center

Premier hip—hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will be kicking off a fall U.S. tour including the Bryce Jordan Center on Thursday, November 7. The group has toured their electrifying live show worldwide for nearly a year with Rolling Stone saying “they have the makings of genuine superstars.”

Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony

When: November 21, 2013

Times: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Downtown State College

Kick off the holiday season on Allen Street, 5:30-7 p.m. with a free evening of carols, cookies and hot chocolate. Come listen to Mrs. Claus read a story and welcome Santa as he arrives to light the tree.

Faculty Collections: School of Visual Arts Alumni Works

When: September 27, 2013 – December 1, 2013

Recurring daily

Times: Tuesday-Thursday: 12-6 pm, Friday-Sunday 12-4 pm. Closed Mondays.

Location: Robeson Gallery in the HUB-Robeson Center

“Faculty Collections: School of Visual Arts Alumni Works” will be on display in the Robeson Gallery in the HUB-Robeson Center from September 27 through December 1, 2013. This exhibition features many pieces including ceramics, drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures, all are which are housed in the personal collections of School of Visual Arts faculty members.

17th Annual Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park

When: November 22, 2013 – November 30, 2013

Recurring daily

Times: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Lakemont Park

This drive through tour features 51 acres of holiday lights and animations, plus a holiday gift shop filled with delicious refreshments, holiday decorations and gifts, and photos with Santa Claus. The Alto Model Train Museum presents its annual model train display each night.


Beaver Stadium Tours

When: November 9, 2013 – November 10, 2013

Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday

Times: Sat. 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM & Sun 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM

Location: Penn State All-Sports Museum

Come tour Beaver Stadium and see the heart of Nittany Nation. Tour includes media room, home locker room, tunnel, field, as well as recruiting and club areas. Friend’s registration open Oct. 25th. Tickets for the public will be available starting Oct. 30th.

Downtown Farmers Market – Friday

When: July 3, 2013 – November 22, 2013

Recurring weekly on Friday

Times: 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

Friday Downtown State College Farmers Market. This producer only farmers market in State College was established in 1976 and features many local growers.


Penn State Football

November 2: Penn State v. Illinois, Time TBA,

November 16: Penn State v. Purdue, Time TBA

November 23: Penn State v. Nebraska, Time TBA

For more ideas of what to do near State College, visit the Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Things To Do Near State College, PA – August 2013

As the summer comes to an end, you’re trying to make the most of the weather before it turns cold again. With the plethora of events this month, you won’t find yourself with a shortage of events to attend or participate in. Here are some things going on in State College this month.


2nd Annual FarmFest

When: August 2, 4:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

Head out to the Grange Fair Grounds for this fun, free community-building event. Soak up the educational opportunities, local foods, lively entertainment and interactive family activities.


Boot Camp for Kids Registration

When: August 3, 8:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Admission: $30

This summer day camp is designed for boys and girls ages 8 to 13. There will be three training stations that the kids will experience throughout the day: marching/military etiquette, land navigation and physical training. The camp will be lead by prior service soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines.


Family Fun Night at Park Forest “Pool-o-Ween”

When: August 7, 5:00 p.m.

Admission: Free with a season pass

This event is perfect for the whole family! There will be games, prizes and theme music, so come out and enjoy the fun. The Park Forrest Pool will stay open until 9:00 p.m. on event nights.

The Chatelaine, Perfect for Ag Progress Visitors

When: August 13th – 15th

Happy Valley’s rich agricultural heritage and its leadership role in ag innovation are on full display August 13-15 at Ag Progress Days. In addition to more than 350 exhibitors, livestock, and machinery demos, there’s fun for the whole family with children’s activities, food booths , mini-golf and a talking robot! If you’re visiting for this unique event, reserve your accommodations at The Chatelaine B&B, located right on State Route 45 in Pine Grove Mills. The vintage farmhouse built in 1841offers beautiful simplicity on the inside and all the natural wonder of Happy Valley outside, where the closest neighbors are the free-grazing cows and the wild turkeys who emerge from the woods at the base of Tussey Mountain. Reserve your room today for Ag Progress Days, Penn State football weekends or any time of the year.



State College Spikes vs. Mahoning Valley Scrappers

When: August 14, 7:05 p.m.

Admission: Starting at $12

You can either bring the whole family, your friends or your special someone to enjoy a ball game at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Head out to watch America’s greatest pastime and hopefully bring home a win!


State College Brew Expo

When: August 17, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Admission: $40-$60

This is the perfect way to spend a date night or just a night out with friends. The Tussey Mountain Resort is hosting over 50 brewers with VIP sessions and educational seminars. The event will also feature food vendors and live music.

The Grange Fair

When: August 22nd – 29th

Admission: General Admission Season Ticket $15.00 (Ages 11 and under FREE), Single Admission – One Day $6.00 (On sale starting Aug. 22). Vehicle – Day (On sale starting Aug. 22) $6.00, Vehicle – Weekly $16.00

“A Family Tradition” — The Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair, better known as “The Grange Fair,” is Aug. 22 – 29, 2013. The Grange Fair is a city within a town, as campers “move into” the Grange Park in Centre Hall, PA to live for more than a week. Come for the concerts, the rides, the amazing food, the games, and the competitions. But you’ll come on back for the experience of being in one of the most uniquely friendly “hometowns” in America…at the Great Grange Fair!


For more information on events that you can attend this month, visit here.


Things To Do Near State College, Pennsylvania – July 2013

Summer is well underway and there is still plenty of things for the whole family to enjoy near State College, PA. Begin the month with 4th of July celebrations and continue to participate in great events throughout the month. Here are a few things that you can do in State College, PA, this month.


Central PA 4th Fest

When: July 4

Admission: Free, Parking = $10

Bring the kids out to University Park for one of the best American holidays. Celebrate Independence Day with food, drinks, plenty of activities and, of course, a firework display. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. with a Firecracker 4K race, if you’re feeling ambitious. So bring your friends, neighbors and family to truly enjoy this wonderful holiday.


CRPR “Kids-on-Wheels” Parade

When: July 4, 10:00 a.m.

Admission: Free

This one is just for the kids! Bring them out so they can show their patriotism and be apart of this annual event. Don’t forget your bike wagon, scooter, stroller or skateboard and head out to the corner of Foster Avenue and Locust Lane. After the parade they can enjoy some fresh watermelon to celebrate the nation’s birthday.


Bellefonte Traditional July Parade

When: July 6, 5:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

Head out to Downtown Bellefonte to continue the Fourth of July celebration weekend. Take the kids out for a parade that they will surely enjoy and remember. The fire company may also set up a hamburger/hot dog/soda stand in the park.

 Central Pennsylvania Festival Of The Arts

When: July 11th – July 14th

Hours: Wednesday, July 10, Children & Youth Day   10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition
Thursday, July 11 – Saturday, July 13    10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 14   Noon – 5 p.m.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts brings over 125,000 people to downtown State College and the University Park campus of Penn State to celebrate the arts with its nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, gallery exhibition, sand sculpture and music, dance and theatrical performances in a variety of traditional and non-traditional venues.

The 21st Annual People’s Choice Festival

When: July 11th – July 14th

The People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts is a homegrown festival celebrating the work of Pennsylvania artists. The First Festival, held in 1993, was organized to run at the same time as the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and to showcase the creativity and workmanship of artisans living in Pennsylvania. The first festival featured 50 artists, a few food booths, and limited all volunteer groups.

11th Annual Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes “Lift For Life”

When: July 12, 5:00 p.m.

Admission: Free, donations welcome

Join the Penn State athletes as they “Life For Life” at this annual event. It will take place at the outdoor Penn State Lacrosse field next to the Ashenfelter Multi-sport Facility and everyone is welcome to attend.


Bricktown Challenge

When: July 13, 9:00 a.m.

Admission: Free to attend, $5-$30 for participants

This family oriented canoe and kayak race was made to publicize the efforts to build a 14 mile rail/trail that connects Beech Creek Borough, Bald Eagle State Park, Howard Borough and the PHMC site at Curtin Village. So bring the family out to Bald Eagle State Park to enjoy a day of fun competition.


For further information about things you can do this month, visit here.


How To Buy A Home in State College, PA

The process of buying a home can be daunting and confusing, regardless of whether you’re a first time homebuyer or an experienced homebuyer. Here are the steps you need to take to buy a home in State College, PA…


1. Find a Lender

First you need to see if you qualify for a home loan and, if you do, how much money you qualify for. You should look at your finances and determine how much you think you can afford, and then meet with a loan officer who will tell you what loan amount you qualify for.


2. Find a Real Estate Agent

Next you should find a real estate agent who is familiar with the housing market in Worthington, and who is experienced in buying the types of homes you’re looking at. Additionally, a real estate agent can help you with writing up an offer once you find a home, negotiating with the seller, and with any questions you have about the homebuying process.


3. Make 3 Lists

To help narrow down your search and to give your real estate agent direction on what houses to send you, make 3 lists.


List 1: Things you HAVE to have and can not live without

List 2: Things you would like to have but are not a deal breaker

List 3: Things you DO NOT want and will not buy a home if it has this


Keep in mind your lists might change, just remember to communicate that with your agent so they can continue to pull the right homes for you to see.


4. Search For Homes Online

Now you can begin the search for your home. You can do some research on your own by checking popular real estate listing sites, such as Zillow or Trulia, and you can also drive around neighborhoods in Worthington and look for “for sale” signs. If you want or need some help in searching for a home, you can ask your agent to suggest homes for you.


TIP: Most real estate websites have a lot of homes for you to search through. You need to know that not all of the information is accurate. Make sure that you talk to your real estate agent if you see a home online.


5. Do some research

The best thing you can do is to educate yourself. Yes, the professionals you hire will help you along the way but to be fully prepared do your research. Start by answering these questions…

– How much can I afford?

– How much am I willing to pay?

– How much does it cost to buy a home? (down payment, inspections, closing costs, etc)

– How long does it take to close on a home?

– What is a “request to remedy”?

– Is it a buyers market or sellers market?

– Are there still “steals” out there?

– Am I willing to do a lot of repairs? If so is a 203k loan right for me?


The list goes on. Just make sure you are financially and mentally prepared for the process!


Things To Do Near State College, PA – June 2013

Summertime has arrived and the weather outside is beautiful. Take advantage of the long days with all of the fun things available to you in Central Pennsylvania. Here are some events near State College, PA, that you can participate in this month.


Bellefonte Children’s Fair

When: June 1, 9:00 a.m.

Admission: Free

Start the month out on the right foot by bringing the kids out to the Bellefonte Children’s Fair. There will be five hours of fun, games, activities and so much more. Proceeds for the event benefit the Bellefonte Borough playgrounds.


Music in the Gardens: Healing the Soul

When: June 6, 6:00 p.m. – dusk

Admission: Free

Head out to The Penn State Arboretum for an evening of outdoor music performed within the garden rooms of the H.O. Botanic Gardens. Begin the experience with a walk around the gardens and follow that by soaking in the peaceful music.


3rd Annual Sprint and Super Sprint Triathlon

When: June 8, 7:00 a.m. check-in

Admission: $50 – $75

Support your local community by participating in the 3rd annual triathlon. There is a single loop or double loop option available depending on how far you want to go. If you’re not into swimming, biking or running, no problem! Come out and support members of your community.


“Kids Day” Learning Kitchen Demonstration

When: June 11, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

Take the kids out to the Pennsylvania Military Museum for an afternoon hour of learning how to cook. Tony Sapia of Gemelli Bakers will demonstrate how to make simple dishes from everyday products available at the market.


Lemont Village Strawberry Festival

When: June 15, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Admission: $6 for adults, $3 for children 4-12, free for 3 and younger

The 32nd Annual Strawberry Festival, benefitting the Granary Project of the Lemont Village Association, will be held on the Village Green. There will be plenty of sweets and treats, as well as face painting and other activities for the children.


For more information on exciting things you can do this month, visit here.