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Things to Do State College

The Penn Stater's Ultimate Guide to Things to Do in State College, PA

Discover an array of things to do in State College PA, perfect for families, friends, and solo adventurers. From attending special Penn State events to exploring the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone. The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center provides comfortable accommodations just minutes from the best that Happy Valley has to offer. Check out our events calendar and local events to plan your next visit!

Sports at Penn State

State College is a sports lover’s paradise, with Penn State hosting exciting competitions year-round. Cheer on the Nittany Lions in baseball, basketball, golf, gymnastics, and, of course, football! Stay updated on upcoming games, secure your tickets, and immerse yourself in the vibrant athletic culture of Penn State.

  • Football Experience the electric atmosphere of Beaver Stadium, home to the Penn State Nittany Lions football team. Join thousands of fans as they cheer on their team in one of the most iconic college football settings in the country.
  • Basketball Catch thrilling basketball action at the Bryce Jordan Center, where the Penn State Nittany Lions compete in high-stakes games.
  • Baseball Enjoy a day at the ballpark with Penn State's baseball team at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
  • Gymnastics Witness the strength and grace of Penn State's gymnastics teams as they compete in various events throughout the year.
Penn State Bever Stadium

Penn State Events

Fall Semester Welcome Week – August

Make the transition from home to campus smoother with our dedicated guest services team, ready to assist you in navigating campus and picking up essentials. Enjoy a stress-free experience as you help your student settle in.

Parents & Families Weekend – October

Autumn in Happy Valley is breathtaking. During Parents and Families Weekend, reconnect with your student, meet fellow parents, and soak in the vibrant fall colors. Our hotel’s surrounding foliage is a beautiful welcome back.

 

THON – FEBRUARY

Experience the world’s largest student-run philanthropy at THON. Since 1977, THON has raised over $125 million for pediatric cancer at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. Witness the passion and excitement of the 46-hour dance marathon. Admission is free, and we offer complimentary transportation to and from the Bryce Jordan Center.

Spring Graduation – May

Celebrate the achievements of Penn State graduates during the spring commencement ceremonies. Our hotel offers convenient accommodations for families attending this milestone event. Enjoy the festivities and support your graduate as they embark on their next chapter.

Blue-White Weekend – April

Join in the excitement of Blue-White Weekend, an annual spring football game that marks the end of Penn State’s spring practice. This event includes a carnival, tailgating, and various family-friendly activities, making it a perfect weekend getaway.

OUTDOOR RECREATION

State College offers countless outdoor activities, from fly fishing and mountain biking to hiking and golfing. Explore the scenic Bald Eagle and Black Moshannon State Parks, or enjoy a day at one of Centre Region’s 45 municipal parks. For a unique adventure, join Happy Valley Bike Tours for cycling routes, gourmet lunches, and wine pairing dinners. Don’t miss trout fishing at Spring Creek, one of Pennsylvania’s finest wild trout streams.

Hiking and Biking

  • Mount Nittany Hike the iconic Mount Nittany and enjoy breathtaking views of the State College area.
  • Rothrock State Forest Explore miles of trails perfect for hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife watching.
  • Bald Eagle State Park Discover scenic trails, boating, and fishing opportunities in this beautiful state park.

Golfing

  • Mount Nittany Hike the iconic Mount Nittany and enjoy breathtaking views of the State College area.

Mount Nittany: Hike the iconic Mount Nittany and enjoy breathtaking views of the State College area.
Rothrock State Forest: Explore miles of trails perfect for hiking, mountain biking, and wildlife watching.
Bald Eagle State Park: Discover scenic trails, boating, and fishing opportunities in this beautiful state park.

CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS – JULY

Street painting, outdoor concerts, art exhibits, incredible food, and more await you at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in July. Bring the family, meet up with friends, and reunite with fellow Penn State alums for five days of fun during this State College event.

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