Summer fun in Happy Valley

Find your happy with getaways, festivals, food and fun!

Happy Valley, PA, home to Penn State, is continually ranked as one of the best places to live, work and play. It combines festivals, outdoor fun, sports, entertainment, family fun, and field-to-fork restaurants in a beautiful mountainous destination. You can have it all, here in Happy Valley!

Outdoor adventure

Enjoy hiking the Mid State Trail through Rothrock State Forest, camping at Bald Eagle State Park and kayaking at Black Moshannon State Park.

Great food

Enjoy sustainable, delicious food just miles away from where it's grown (and in some cases, watch the food being picked from your table). It’s field-to-fork like you’ve never experienced before: chef-made meals highlighting seasonal goodness in delicious ways.

A thriving craft beverage scene

Travel the Central PA Tasting Trail to discover local craft beer, distilleries, wineries and cideries. Find a favorite to take home, while learning the stories behind the bottle — local makers creating award-winning drinks right here in Happy Valley.

Enjoy events like Seven Mountains Wine Cellars’ Campfire Nights that offers a magical combination of wine, fire, and the sunset over the Seven Mountains.

Art work inside Chapel

Festivals and summer fun

National Geographic calls Happy Valley “Adventure Town” and we can only assume that our love of festivals has something to do with the moniker. It starts off with Central PA 4th Fest, the largest volunteer-run fireworks display in the country. From there, downtown State College transforms into an art and music lover’s paradise with The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. The People’s Choice Festival and Philipsburg’s Heritage Days are also the same week!

Enjoy live music and activities during Friday in the ‘Fonte on the last Friday of each month in Bellefonte and the First Friday of each month in downtown State College. Wingfest at Tussey Mountain happens on Thursdays this summer, and you can find live music (and great food) at restaurants throughout the area.

Adventure destinations

Visit the country’s only all-water cavern and wildlife park at Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park. See artifacts from Christopher Columbus at Boal Mansion and Columbus Chapel. Revisit Penn State history with the All Sports Museum.

See world-class shows at the Bryce Jordan Center. Watch a Broadway show at the Eisenhower Auditorium. Enjoy a hilarious evening at Happy Valley Improv. Watch a movie in the decadently renovated movie palace Rowland Theater.

There’s so much more to explore in Happy Valley — from Victorian bed and breakfasts to antique shopping spots to sports destinations. But there’s plenty of time to discover them when you are here. Because you don’t need to choose your fun in Happy Valley, Pennsylvania — you can have it all.

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