Alternatives to the Typical State Patty’s Festivities

photo-13Seven years ago, Penn State students created the ever-so-infamous State Patty’s “holiday” as an excuse to drink excessively on one particular day and this year, State Patty’s Day will be celebrated on March 1.

The university and State College borough certainly do not condone this day, and in fact, they have been trying to control the craziness of the wild celebration every year. Despite the heavy amount of law enforcement and strict policies implemented by apartment buildings, students have yet to be deterred from taking part in the festivities.

Understandably though, not everyone participates in the same way. In fact, it is just as important to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as it is to celebrate State Patty’s Day. Valley has a few ways for you and your friends to still get into the green St. Patty’s Day spirit without mixing in State Patty’s Day festivities. Don’t worry—you can still wear your beads, shamrocks and knee-high green socks!

Skate Patty’s Day event

Pollock Halls Residence Association is sponsoring the Skate Patty’s Day event at the Pegula Ice Arena. Grab a bunch of your friends and go ice skating from 1:30-3 p.m. or 10:30 p.m.-12 a.m. on March 1st. Wear all green and show off your best St. Patty’s day gear!

Play board games

Don’t be afraid to just stay in on State Patty’s Day with your friends! There is nothing wrong with hanging out inside and relaxing. Gather a few classic board games for you all to play for the day. There is nothing better than playing an entertaining game of Apples to Apples or Scrabble with some of your best friends.

Eat somewhere new

If you want to go outside and brave the craziness, try a new restaurant downtown. There are a lot of great food places downtown that you probably haven’t had the opportunity to eat at. Have you ever been to Green Bowl or Spat’s Café and Speakeasy?

Play sports

Head to the IM building and rent out sports equipment for you and your friends. It’s a great time to try out racquetball or even play dodgeball. East Halls Residence Association is sponsoring a dodgeball event from 3-5 p.m. in gym 3 on March 1st.


Make a whole assortment of St. Patty’s Day-themed baked goods. Create shamrock cookies, green cupcakes and a lot of Rice Krispies Treats. You can buy green sprinkles and make green icing to decorate everything you bake.



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