Arts & Culture

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BAM Summer Camps 2020

BAM: Imagination Celebration 2020: Virtual Summer Camp for ALL Ages

Stay at home and release the creative potential of your mind with several online interactive activities focusing on the 20th century art movement, Surrealism. This avant-garde movement in art and literature is characterized by dream-like visuals, the use of symbolism, and collage images. To describe something as surreal, you mean that the elements in it are combined in a strange way that you would not normally expect, like a dream. Several prominent artists came from this movement, including Salvador Dali, Dora Maar, Andrea Breton, Rene Magritte, and Frida Kahlo.


State College After Dark

State College is a playground for a variety of tastes and lifestyles. Whether you like outdoor activities, retail therapy or intellectual pursuits, this area is ripe with opportunities each and every day.

Allen Street Corner

How to Spend 48 Hours in State College

Ah, State College. For many visitors, coming here is a pilgrimage back to ye olde college stomping grounds. But others travel to Central Pennsylvania on business or for reasons unrelated to tailgates or graduation; they never drank the Nittany Lion Kool-Aid and are not sure what all the blue-and-white hype is about, or where to go to find out about it.

Penn's Cave

How to Spend 24 Hours in Penns Valley

State College may be the heart of Centre County, but the rolling farmlands, meandering creeks and quiet beauty of the surrounding valleys is part of what makes this area such a great place to live and visit. And it doesn’t get prettier than Penns Valley.

Boalsburg Sign

How to Spend 24 Hours in Boalsburg

Just a few miles from State College down Rte. 322 East is Boalsburg, a quaint little village with a rich history and a proud heritage. The village was mostly developed between 1809 and 1848, and was named Boalsburg in 1820 after the influential Boal family, whose 200-year-old estate is now a unique museum of American and Pennsylvania history there.

Bellefonte Waterfront

How to Spend 24 Hours in Bellefonte

As home to Penn State University’s main campus, State College gets most of the glory in Centre County. But a beautiful borough 12 miles to the north has been an important piece of Pennsylvania’s history. Bellefonte, settled in 1795 and incorporated in 1806, is the county seat and has produced five of the Commonwealth’s governors plus two others who served as governors elsewhere (in California and Kansas). The contributions of all seven are commemorated with a memorial in Talleyrand Park.

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