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The possibilities are endless in Happy Valley during the summer. In addition to the world class hiking and biking trails, the flowers are in bloom and the festivals kick off in full force – offering a memorable experience for visitors and locals alike.
Get lost in the sights and sounds, and tastes, of Central PA in the summertime. Kicking off with Memorial Day in the birthplace of the holiday, you can enjoy the history of Boalsburg with the PA Military Museum, Boal Mansion and Columbus Chapel.
Independence Day in Centre County has become a note-worthy celebration of life and liberty with the award-winning fireworks display, parade, face-painting and other activities included in Central PA's Fourth Fest. The weekend continues with the Flavors of Happy Valley, in honor of the holiday, with fantastic discounts and deals at hotels, restaurants and attractions throughout the area. Enjoy free wine tastings at Reflections, discounted glider rides from Ridge Soaring Gliderport and specials on tours at Penn’s Cave, and much more.
The middle of June brings Happy Valley Culinary Week, a celebration of all things local. Local restaurants and retailers offer special events like cooking demonstrations and happy hour specials, while offering a discounted menu full of locally grown produce. South Hills provides a food festival complete with live music, food vendors and cooking demos. You can check here for menus offering a taste of the town and more information about events.
The Central PA Festival of the Arts, or Arts Fest as it is fondly known, is a great time for alumni reunions and family getaways, as downtown State College is transformed with a carnival atmosphere. Food stands color the air with tempting delights, booths catch the eye with art in different mediums from around the world and kids of all ages play in the fountains set up on Allen Street. Watch out for those buckets – they can hold a surprising amount of water! Also available is the People's Choice Festival, Philipsburg Heritage Days, PSU Ag Progress Days, Bellefonte Arts & Crafts Fair, newcomers Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival and Happy Valley Jam and much more!
Everyone loves as excuse to party! Centre County has always been a plethora of activities from shopping to fishing. Now as these fun festivals arrive to town we can enjoy every aspect of Happy Valley and pack as much excitement into one week/weekend/day as possible. You never know what you could stumble upon in any of our events, and with local hotels offering discounted prices, that weekend trip just might turn into a week! Heck, why even leave?