Things to do in Central PA

Upcoming Art Festivals in Centre County

For two long years, summers in central Pennsylvania have looked a little different. In State College and the surrounding areas summers are typically full of arts festivals, live music, and lots of fun! In 2022 things are finally getting back to normal; Arts Fest, People’s Choice, and the Bellefonte Arts & Crafts Fair will be happening in-person once again!

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts™ is a tradition in State College that began 55 years ago. At Arts Fest you can stroll and shop throughout the streets of downtown and the PSU campus admiring the amazing creativity of artists from all over the country. While enjoying the sidewalk sale and exhibition on South Allen Street, make sure to look up. Above the street you will find beautiful banners, part of a competition that displays vibrant colors and artistry floating in the breeze for all to see.


Allen Street Grill Reopens! | Local Business Updates

The Allen Street Grill has just reopened after months of new renovations. It has now been re-established as a modern american dining spot in a historic space. 

Located on the second floor of Hotel State College, an iconic corner of hospitality in the Penn State community, the Allen Street Grill has offered the community and alumni one of the greatest views of town and Penn State through floor-to-ceiling windows for more than 40 years!

Thoughtfully restored and reimagined by new owners, Chef Karen Nicolas and the team set out to re-establish the Allen Street Grill as the epicenter of the downtown dining scene with a focus on local, quality ingredients and great hospitality.

"We started the renovation project in June and we’re really excited to unveil it to the community, albeit during a very interesting time...

Exploring Our Outdoors: Spring Creek Park

Rising in the mountains near Penn State, Spring Creek has been named one of the finest wild trout stream in Pennsylvania.

Whether you are looking for a Park to take children to, go on a hike for the weekend, bike riding, or of course fishing, Spring Creek is a beautiful spot that you must stop at if you are in the State College Area.
Spring Creek Park offers outdoor recreation and nature preservation. A public space open to the general public. The park offers open spaces under the maintenance of State College Parks Department.
The park offers a playground with a sandbox area, 3 picnic pavilions, 2 sand volleyball courts, 4 tennis courts, walking paths, adult softball field, adult baseball field, 2 basketball courts, fitness unit, very cool covered bridge, fishing, restroom building...

CULTURE CORNER: Bellefonte Art Museum

Central Pennsylvania artists and art lovers have a great resource right in their own backyard.

The Bellefonte Art Museum is located in the Linn House, an historic structure on the National Historic Registry. The museum is only 20 minutes from State College and Penn State, and is centrally located in the downtown area of Bellefonte.

The museum has a strong focus on local art. The Artist Registry contains over 165 local artists, many who show their work at the museum. The Community Gallery, Pottery Gallery, Photography Gallery and Sieg Gallery all showcase the work of these different artists, rotating out every month.

The museum hopes to enrich the community not only through local work, but through the Special Exhibitions Gallery, which includes work from China, Vietnam, East Africa, Haiti, Japan and South America.

Perhaps one of the most though-provoking exhibits at...


New and exciting things are happening in Pine Grove Mills.

One of those things is the opening of Pine Grove Hall, a new restaurant located at the site of the former Old Oak Tavern just mineutes from State College and Penn State.

Spearheaded by Liz Grove, known locally as a member of the band Cone of Silence, the restaurant will include a live music venue, which is expected to open to performers at a later date. Grove is a former independent record company executive, and her vision includes a state-of-the-art sound system will attract musicians of all genres.

The restaurant is now open for pick-up, and patrons can order curbside delivery until the restaurant opens for dine-in service in mid-July.

Expect a wonderful menu, as Mark Johnson, founding chef of nearby favorite Elk Creek Café, and Jess Click of...


Whether you’re looking for an overnight excursion or simply a short day-hike, the Mid State Trail should be at the top of your list.

Known as the “wildest footpath in Pennsylvania,” the 320-plus mile trail runs just south of State College on its route from the Maryland to the New York border. It covers diverse topography and is located mostly on public land, including the nearby Rothrock and Bald Eagle state forests.

The State College section of the trail is the most popular, but you’ll still find serenity in abundance. Our local section is known for its beautiful views and a monument near Little Flat Fire Tower that was erected to commemorate the trail’s birthplace. Founded by Professor Tom Thwaites of the Penn State Outing Club in 1969, the trail holds a special place in the heart of Penn Staters and Pennsylvanians alike.

The trail passes through...

CULTURE CORNER: The Rowland Theater

From its first showing of a silent film in 1917 to the contemporary films being shown today, the Rowland Theater has always been a gathering place for Centre County residents and movie buffs alike.

Considered by many to be the jewel of downtown Philipsburg, the historic single-screen theater has seen decades of cinema history, along with visits from dignitaries like President Jimmy Carter, who made an appearance there in 2002.

The theater is located about 30 minutes from downtown State College and Penn State.

Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, the building has long been a treasure to the community. Even when it was first built, residents were in awe of its size, safety, and appointments. Fortunately, most of its original charm and character has remained intact, meaning moviegoers are treated to a theater...

CATA CORNER: Best warm-weather destinations

As the memory of winter fades and temperatures rise, Penn State students and locals alike are usually ready to get out of their homes and enjoy all that Centre County has to offer. Whether they're looking to spend a night out on the town, go for a swim or simply read a good book, there are plenty of activities in or near State College to keep anyone entertained during the warmer months.

Fortunately, many of the region’s top summer attractions can be reached via the Centre County Transportation Authority’s bus system. Most bus routes originate in the downtown, making it easy for students and others nearby to hop on a bus and visit their favorite summer spots.

For those unfamiliar with downtown State College, there’s a huge variety of dining and nightlife options. Whether...

CULTURE CORNER: Discovery Space

If your family lives in Centre County and you’re interested in science and technology, Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania is a must-see. Featuring hands-on science fun through interactive exhibits and programs, it’s perfect for kids … and adults are bound to learn something, too!

It all began in 2002 when the Downtown State College Improvement District and other members of the community envisioned a community-oriented science museum. The facility first opened its doors to the public in 2011.

Membership improved over the years, and in 2016, the museum welcomed its 700th member. In 2017, Discovery Space moved to its current location, a larger facility on North Atherton Street just minutes from downtown and Penn State's campus.

The facility...

EXPLORING OUR OUTDOORS: The Standing Stone Trail

Surrounded by multiple state forests and parks, Centre County outdoors lovers have a lot to be thankful for. Hikers especially have an abundance of options to enjoy— one of them being the 80-mile Standing Stone Trail (SST), which runs south of State College and Penn State University.

Initially built as the Link Trail to connect the Mid State and Tuscarora trails, the SST received its current name in 2007. It’s also part of the Great Eastern Trail — America’s newest long-distance trail that spans from Alabama to New York.

Running along the ridge and valley section of the northern Appalachian Mountains, the SST features many views and unique cultural attractions. The most popular section of trail, by far, is the Thousand Steps hike, just south of Huntingdon.