Happy Valley Music Fest (HVMF), formerly known as Summer’s Best Music Fest, began in downtown State College in June of 2007. Produced by the Downtown State College Improvement District (DSCID), the festival was designed to feature the finest local and regional music on an early summer weekend. The first festival was a free 3-day event that included stages on Allen Street, Hiester Street and Sidney Friedman Park and included more than 40 performances by local and regional musicians.
In 2008 festival organizers opted to scale back the event to a more intimate one-day festival and moved the Friedman Park stage to Calder Way, to become the festival’s Acoustic Stage. For the next 8 years, the festival continued to grow in popularity and included the Downtown Street Bazaar, Action Alley and the Kids Zone and, of course, lots and lots of great local music.
2014 saw the addition of HVMF’s first national level performer, Jason Michael Carroll, as well as a new main stage in the Garner Street parking lot. In 2015 the festival added a paid ticket for national touring artist Jo Dee Messina. The addition of the paid ticket has allowed the festival to grow and attract more visitors to Downtown State College.
In 2016 the DSCID has partnered with Lucky Dog Management of Johnstown to provide event management and help grow HVMF. The festival featured more than 10 national acts in addition to performances from many local favorites. In addition, for the first time ever, the festival added two outdoor beer pubs! Festival goers were able to purchase a beer at pubs located at Heister Street and Locust Lane and stroll between stages within the beer garden zone, enjoying their beverage and the music of four stages.