Featuring a large gallery space on two floors, Green Drake Gallery and Arts Center in nearby Millheim is both a showcase for the arts and a place for artists to gather.
“We regularly feature live music as well as monthly poetry readings, while upstairs, several artists have their studios and teach music and art classes,” says Karl Eric Leitzel, managing partner and resident artist. “Regular hours are Friday and Saturday, but we can open during the week for visits, tours or customized programs.”
Home ballpark of the State College Spikes, minor-league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals and 2014 champions of the New York-Penn League, LEED-certified Medlar Field at Lubrano Park is a supremely versatile option with rentable spaces such as the clubhouse, batting cages, executive boardroom, 20 luxury suites and the field itself on limited dates.
“We are unlike any other entertainment option in the area,” says Scott Walker, vice president of sales at Lubrano Park. “During the season, on non-game days and in the off-season, we host every imaginable type of gathering, from corporate groups to charity events. If you can think of it, our goal is to make it happen.”
Event-capable Beaver Stadium, home of Penn State football and featuring 106,537 seats, making it the second-largest stadium in the nation, is the biggest entertainment stage in town. Adjacent Bryce Jordan Center has major event muscle of its own, however. Seating 16,000 people, this multipurpose arena, the largest in Central Pennsylvania, flexibly accommodates everything from executive meetings to rock concerts. To date, 31 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have played here.
Since its founding in 1967, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has grown into the area’s premier summer event. Held in early July, the Festival brings 125,000 people to State College and the University Park campus of Penn State for a five-day celebration of visual and performing arts.
“In addition to a full day of events for children, visitors come to see and [buy the work of] over 300 juried artists from across the country, while taking in a wide variety of musical performances on outdoor or indoor stages,” says Rick Bryant, the festival’s executive director. “The festival is also a time for art exhibits, a book fair, Penn State alumni events and even the area’s oldest 10K run.”
Groups seeking outdoor activities have a wealth of options at Tussey Mountain All Seasons, a year-round resort with conference facilities and entertainment ranging from festivals and concerts to winter sports.