Nestled into the area surrounding Penn State is the area now know as State College. Starting as just as little village that supported the population of the college offering an off campus life the area has now grown to so much more. Incorporated with the college both grown in sync as the town serves the needs of the college and vice versa. The areas outside of State College are filled with historic towns and villages, immense tracts of farmland, and an expanse of mountains and forests but the area inside the town is a suburban as can be. Because of the college life in town there is always something to do in town. Start off the year with First Night in State College a New Year’s celebration that takes place in the downtown area of the town. Offering outstanding displays of carved ice sculptures, musical performances, the downtown churches are lit up and the theaters offer performance for the young and old. In Feburary the Panhellenic Dance Marathon kicks off offering a two day dance marathon to raise money to help with the battle of pediatric cancer. April gives way to the Blue-White weekend, a huge carnival that precedes game day. The 4th Fest is a daylong event with activities, crafts, food, entertainers, and the 3rd highest ranked firework display in the world. Also in July is the Art Fest which is a five day long festival. The streets are littered with booths that offer paintings, pottery, jewelry, and a variety of other handmade goods. One of the best event is the Homecoming Weekend where everyone comes together for one great tailgating party. Come party like a college kid in State College.
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You will have quite alot to take in while you are in town. From the local pubs to the art shows and all of the festivals it might take some doing to find an opportunity for some local sight seeing. If you do get a break from the fun you should take the chance to look around the at some of the local monuments. While in State College stop by the most photographed spot in town. While there are plenty of things to see on and around campus at Penn state this one is not a building. This site seeing also is not out in the open but in the backdrop and into the trees. The Nittany Lion Shrine still stands today as a gift from the graduating class of 1940. Dedicated on October 24, 1942 during the homecoming ceremony the shrine rests in the trees near the Recreation Building. Surrounded by trees this 13-ton block of Indiana Limestone in the mascot of Penn State. Standing proud and ferocious as ever the Lion stands welcoming you on your tour of Penn State.