State College Lately – April 2024

By |Published On: April 2, 2024|

If you’re thinking of making the move to State College, you probably want to stay in the loop about interesting things going on in the area. Here are a few noteworthy things we’ve been talking about lately!

Centre Markets founder Sabine Carey at the new Nittany Mall location. Photo: Abby Drey, Centre Daily Times

In addition to flowers starting to pop up everywhere, here’s what’s been going on!

Centre Markets at the mall

We’re one step closer to the year-round local food brick and mortar we’ve been so excited about! Centre Markets has just opened the doors to a temporary space inside the Nittany Mall, as the timeline to move into their Pine Grove Mills building has shifted. One of the many benefits of this new retail space? The local food hub can now apply to accept SNAP benefits, a long-wished-for offering that will increase access to fresh, healthy food for more of our neighbors. The market’s retail selection will continue to expand into the summer or you can place an online order and pickup at the mall location as well!

Comic Con in Happy Valley

In February, Nittany Valley Sports Centre hosted the second annual Happy Valley Comic Con for a weekend of comics, action figures, anime, artists, celebrities, and costume contests – plus a battle between Penn State fencing star Kamar Skeete and Darth Maul! The convention, organized by Centre Hall residents Tom and Maureen Range and their children, is already gearing up for next year, but here’s a fun recap of the 2024 event, thanks to local production company Dark Mind Productions!

Hoppy Valley Brewers Fest

Tickets went on sale last week for the first-ever beer fest inside Beaver Stadium, happening May 11! Football fans can geek out as they enter the Fest through the south tunnel, just like the Nittany Lions on game days. And everyone can enjoy the nearly 60 breweries – and counting! –  that’ll be set up on the field. (Oh, and we love that there’s a designated driver ticket option. You can get more info and tickets on the festival’s website!)

And a broken record (the good kind!) 

Country musician Zach Bryan’s The Quittin’ Time Tour came to the Bryce Jordan Center on March 12 and a crowd of 15,950 fans broke the venue’s attendance record. This before and after depicts the packed house atmosphere perfectly!

Oh! And did you catch these?

We recently published a blog post about what it was like to grow up in the Holmes Foster neighborhood of State College in the 80s and this post was one of our Instagram community’s favorites in March!

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