Thursday, July 02, 2009

State College Summer 2009 June/July

This post contains (mostly free) things to do in State college penn state area in july and rest of summer 2009.
[older cached version of page in June with info about 4th fest]
  • If you are looking for hikes/nature hotspots etc, browse the archives here or check
  • If you are a graduate student at Penn State, for more events check here and here .
  • If you are interested in (free) stress busting workshops email to me directly at nari at


CCHS presents a new exhibit, the 4th installment in a series of contemporary homes conceived and designed by Robert Malcom: "Des Marais: A Preservation Enthusiast,” a photo retrospective of the architectural legacy of M. Robert Des Marais.

The exhibit will be shown in the exhibit space at the Schlow Centre Region Library during the library's regular hours throughout the month of July.

A closing reception for the exhibit will be held on Saturday, July 25 from 3:00-5:00 p.m., in the library's community room. The architect’s widow, Sally, and exhibit curator Robert Malcom will be available for questions. More information will be available on the CCHS website shortly.

Centre County Historical Society
Centre Furnace Mansion
1001 East College Avenue
State College, PA 16801

[Children's Day is July 8, 2009] [parking info]
The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will bring 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.
[Artsfest official website]

The image to your left is the 2009 Arts fest poster (link). Clicking on the image will take you to the press release.

** new ** Artsfest Webcam - Live Coverage ** new **

Apart from the arts, you can also find lot of street level food stalls set up by Indian/Thai/American/Italian/Meditteranean/Italian vendors and some amazing apple strudel sellers on Allen Street. Also at night, the bars are great for those who come to town only for the bacchanalian fest. Please be responsible though. Tip: If you are hungry late at night, Canyon Pizza on Beaver/McAllister and Bell's Greek Pizza (see map below) are options open till 3-4am usually. The McDonalds at E College and Dunkin Donuts at Fraser & West College are open 24/7.

CORN ON THE COB (very good)
The (now) famous and amazingly tasty cuban "corn-on-the-cob"* would be available from a street vendor on Calder Way (behind the Got Used book store and across from Bell's Greek Pizza. If you go to the cuban corn stall, please do tell them you heard about it here, on the Nari Blog (I get no incentive for promoting it here, I do know the guys who run it from my yoga class though).

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[* cuban denotes the preparation style, the corn is US grown corn]
JULY 9-12, 2009 People's Choice Arts Festival
(one where you can afford to buy stuff)
Location: BOALSBURG (from State College take South Atherton / Business 322)

July 9–12, 2009

Thursday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Sunday: Noon–5 p.m.

Pennsylvania Military Museum Grounds
Business Route 322
Boalsburg, PA

A special attraction: The Little Smilin’ Choo Choo will take riders throughout the festival. The charge to ride is $1.00 per rider. The train station is located at the center of the festival in the kids area. (image courtesy PCAF)

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