Frogs, local theater and ‘The Dude.’ Here’s what the weekend will bring in Centre County

What do used local theater, frogs and “The Dude” have in common? There’s community events in the days ahead around each of them.

Frog Fest

With sun forecast for Saturday, it’s shaping up to be the perfect day to get outside and enjoy nature, and the Frog Fest at Muddy Paws Marsh in Spring Mills gives kids and adults the opportunity to learn about and enjoy nature through art, science and play. There will be mostly hands-on “learning stations,” according to a press release, and the chance to see many frogs up close and learn about their important role in the ecosystem from Jim Julian, a biology instructor at Penn State.

Frog Fest will be held 3-6 p.m. Saturday and visitors are reminded to bring boots and clothes that can get muddy. For more information, email info@muddypawsmarsh.org.

Fun Fair

Each year, State College Friends School on University Drive transforms for one day into a family-friendly playground with old-fashioned games, crafts, live music, local foods, pony rides and more. The Fun Fair, which is one the school’s signature fundraising events, will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit https://www.scfriends.org/fun-fair.html.

‘The Big Lebowski’

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the classic film, The State Theatre in downtown State College will host a screening of “The Big Lebowski” and theatergoes are encouraged to dress up as characters. Awards will be given to the best “The Dude,” best bowling shirt, best group costume and best “Big Lebowski” character. Grab your bowling ball and head to the theater for the event at 7 p.m. Saturday.


Five strangers whose lives have surprising parallels are at the center of The Next Stage Theatre Company’s “Voices.” The play by Susan Griffin features five local actors is is directed by Norrine Sims. It will be performed in the Attic of The State Theatre 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and May 16-18 and 3 p.m. May 12 and 19. Visit thestatetheatre.org for more information.