Cruise in to Bellefonte

Father’s Day weekend packed with activities

BELLEFONTE — It’s going to be a big weekend in Bellefonte.

Starting Friday, the town will be filled with a host of activities. If you’re looking for something to do, the county seat is the place to be. The historic Bellefonte Cruise will take place on Friday and Saturday followed by the Central PA Tasting Trail on Sunday. Father’s Day weekend will be capped with Beatlemania in Talleyrand Park on Sunday evening.

“It’s exciting,” said Bellefonte mayor Tom Wilson. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Here’s a closer look at the events:

The Historic Bellefonte Cruise

If you like classic cars, Bellefonte is the place to be this weekend. Starting Friday, classic cars from all over the Commonwealth will start rolling into Centre County for the annual event.

At 6 p.m. Friday, Bellefonte plays host to the “open cruise.” During that time, cars from all eras will cruise through Bellefonte for approximately one hour.

“You don’t need a classic car to participate,” Wilson said. “Anyone can take part.”

Following the open cruise, an old school-style sock hop will take place on the Diamond in Bellefonte beginning at 7:30 p.m. The 1960s band 1910 Fruitgum Company will provide the music. The bubblegum pop band had several hits land on the Billboard Hot 100, including “Simon Says,” “May I Take A Giant Step,” “1, 2, 3, Red Light,” “Goody Goody Gumdrops,” “Indian Giver,” “Special Delivery,” and “The Train.”

On Saturday, the main event takes place. Starting Saturday morning, cars will register and take their designated spots along the streets. Hoods and trunks will pop as proud classic car owners show off years and years of hard work, elbow grease and good old fashioned TLC. DJ Troy Breon will spin the tunes during the cruise and there will be live music on an auxiliary stage located near the post office, Wilson said.

During the day on Saturday, judges will take a closer look at the cars and trophies will be handed out at the conclusion of the cruise.

If classic cars aren’t your thing, a soapbox derby will take place from noon until 5 p.m. along North Allegheny Street.

“When I was a kid growing up in Bellefonte, soapbox derbies were a pretty big deal,” Wilson said. “It’s coming back. It’s picking up a lot of steam.”

Summer Craft Beverage Expo

The Third annual Summer Craft Beverage Expo will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Talleyrand Park.

The expo serves as the main fundraiser for the Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail, which is made up of Centre County craft breweries, distilleries, wineries and cideries.

There will be something for every taste. According to Wilson, those who plan to embibe should get there early.

“(The Tasting Trail) is a popular event. It’s usually packed,” he said, “because it’s a really nice event.”

Tickets for the event are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Attendees who are over 21 and purchase a ticket will be given a wristband, a souvenir tasting glass and several tickets that can be traded in for limited sample tastings from each of the trail members. The list of participants is a who’s who of central Pennsylvania craft breweries, distilleries, wineries and cideries: Barrel 21 Dining and Distillery, Bellefonte’s own Big Spring Spirits, Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks, Good Intent Cider, Happy Valley Brewing Company, Happy Valley Vineyard and Winery, Keeywaydin Cider, Mount Nittany Vineyard and Winery, Otto’s Pub and Brewery, Robin Hood Brewing, Seven Mountains Wine Cellars and University Wine Company.

In addition to samples, there will be beer, spirits and wine available for purchase. Those purchasing large amounts can have them kept at a free bottle check area and pick them up on their way out of the event.

If you get hungry, don’t worry there will be several food trucks on hand as well as local vendors The Blonde Bistro, Cafe Lemont Coffee Roasters, Rosie’s Pierogies, Mount Nittany Kombucha, Marshmallow MBA, Joy Beadz Glass Jewelry and more.

Local favorite Hops and Vines (fitting, right?) will provide the tunes.

Not a drinker? Designated drivers and children under 21 will be admitted to the event free of charge. Dogs will not be admitted to the park.

The Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail sells passports for $35, with each trail member providing passport holders with a free gift at their locations, such as glassware or free samples. Passport holders who visit every location in one year receive an exclusive Tasting Trail hooded sweatshirt. They also can enter the Summer Craft Beverage Expo at 2 p.m., one hour before the general public.

Passports and tickets to the event are available online at centralpatastingtrail.com.


Bellefonte’s big weekend wraps up with The Cast of Beatlemania taking the stage in Talleyrand Park on Father’s Day.

The long-running Beatles tribute act has been a popular draw in Centre County in the past. The group performed at the State Theatre last year and on the Old Main lawn in previous years during Arts Fest and the like.

According to the band’s website, the group formed in 1980. It recaptures the sound, look and feel from the biggest band of the 1960s and takes the crowd through the different phases of Beatlemania.

Beatlemania’s show in Bellefonte will be part of the Summer Sounds from the Gazebo, which runs every Sunday from June through August and is sponsored by the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association.

It is belived that the cost to bring in the band is about $4,000. AcSupport from local businesses and community organizations helped provide the needed funding to make the concert possible.

Wilson is expecting a big crowd to Talleyrand Park to hear The Cast of Beatlemania’s renditions of “Please Please Me,” “I Feel Fine,” “I Call Your Name,” “Help,” “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Get Back,” “Come Together” and “Revolution.”

Food and drink vendors from the Summer Craft Beverage Expo will remain on hand for The Cast of Beatlemania show.

Wilson is expecting a big crowd for the concert.

“I don’t know where we will put everyone,” he joked.

The Cast of Beatlemania will take the stage at 7 p.m.