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Fairs & Festivals - Summer 2016

Jun 06, 2016 01:48PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Central PA 4thFest

July 3 & 4, State College

A family-oriented, patriotic birthday party held on the east campus of Penn State University and packed with activities for the whole family, starting 5 p.m. Sunday with amusement rides and musical entertainment; the State College Spikes baseball game is 6 p.m.  Monday, July 4th, starts at 9 a.m. with Firecracker Fun Runs: the traditional 4K race and new 4-mile run. A full day of activities leads up to a choreographed pyrotechnics show at 9:15 p.m., ranked one of USA’s best. The Parade of Heroes begins at 2 p.m. downtown with large helium balloons, marching bands and tributes to our local heroes. A Human Cannonball, Women’s Roller Derby competition, BMX exhibition, live music, entertainment and food galore is available throughout the day. Visit for updates.

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts

July 14-15, Downtown State College

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts brings over 125,000 people to State College and the University Park campus of Penn State University over a five-day period each July. The festival is home to a nationally-recognized juried outdoor fine art and craft fair, music at both outdoor and indoor venues, 5k, 10k, and 10-mile runs, and a full day of children's activities.  (814) 237-3682 or

Tri an Event in Lewisburg

Lewisburg Triathlon Weekend Aug. 12-13

Lewisburg Hilly Half Marathon Sept. 11

The Lewisburg Sprint Triathlon, for racers 14 and over, is chip-timed with awards for the top female and male finishers, top three in each 5-year age category, the top three 2 and 3 person teams and top three aqua-velo (swim-bike) finishers. Lewisburg Hilly Half Marathon is limited to 500 racers. Great post-race food, pre-race expo. Showers available. Finisher medal for everyone! Awards in top three in each 5-year age category; discounts for military and first responders. New: $40 for first 40 finishers! and

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