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Very well organized; the food and break selections were wonderful. The catering was excellent.
—Conference Attendee

Penn State Conferences

Penn State Conferences boasts a successful 25-year tradition of offering attendees from around the world the highest level of education and training. By attending any of Penn State’s highly respected conferences, you can expect continued educational excellence, state-of-the-art facilities, and superior service.

  • Thousands of people attend our conferences and programs each year.
  • These conferences directly link you to the research and services of Penn State’s colleges and faculty.
  • Numerous conferences and programs are organized by Conferences annually as part of its Outreach mission.

You can search our selection of upcoming conferences in the upper left-hand corner of this page, or keep reading to learn about beautiful Happy Valley, the site of many programs offered by Penn State Conferences.

Beautiful Happy Valley

While Conferences offers programs across the United States and around the world, each year hundreds of these programs are held in State College, Pennsylvania, in the beautiful region known as Happy Valley.

  • Expect all the benefits of a university town — great food, a lively night life, museums, and world-class entertainment at the Bryce Jordan Center and Eisenhower Auditorium.
  • Enjoy outdoor recreation areas for boating, fishing, hiking, and rock climbing, only minutes away from State College.
  • Select accommodations suited to your taste — from a wilderness retreat in a rental cabin to the luxe life at one of the historic inns in State College, Bellefonte, or Boalsburg.

Central Pennsylvania has a rich agricultural history, making the area a foodie’s delight. The valleys around Penn State are dotted with working farms, some of which provide produce and artisan breads and cheeses for the many local farmers’ markets. Capitalizing on the trend of serving fresh, locally produced foods, many restaurants now feature regionally grown items on their menus. The University is also located in the northwest corner of Pennsylvania wine country, and there are several wineries within easy driving distance of State College. And, of course, Penn State’s famous Berkey Creamery ice cream is available right on campus.

The region hosts a variety of community festivals and celebrations throughout the year, including:

  • First Night State College
  • The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts™
  • The Central PA 4th Fest (which features one of the world’s ten best fireworks displays)

With a wide variety of things to do and see, State College is a great place to visit in any season.

Other reference sites for local attractions:

Penn State University Park campus map (PDF)

iHear self-guided cell phone tour of University Park.