Outside downtown venue to host Ivyside Off the Rails

If you’re looking to find the fun in Altoona this weekend, Ivyside Off the Rails on the grounds of the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum could be your plan.

It’s a festival put together by Penn State Altoona students.

Jessie Hurkes, assistant director for Student and Civic Engagement, said the festival plan came out of a goal to “celebrate spring, round out the school year, and connect the students with the broader community” using arts as way to “create an experience” for everyone.

“This is a way for everyone to get involved and for us to build a relationship with the community” while enjoying art, food and music together, she said.

She’s careful to add that one of the festival’s themes is hope. The festival will include live bands, an art exhibit, a spray paint artist, food trucks, and the spring weather.

The art exhibit includes mostly student art, but there will be other works too.

“it’s a way to be more encompassing and celebrate the arts in the community,” Hurkes said.

Starting off the headliners is the rising star Khalid, whose “American Teen” album was just released on March 3. He mixes a little R&B, ’80s and something different.

Following Khalid, The Strumbellas will take the stage. The popular band released the album “Hope” in the spring of 2016. Their single “Spirits” features their indie pop sound.

Hurkes said “the whole thing was organized by the students. They did a survey and The Strumbellas and Khalid were the ‘most sought after’ bands.”

If you go

What: Ivyside Off the Rails

Where: Outside at the Altoona Railroaders Museum

When: Sunday, Doors open at 5 p.m.

Tickets: $10 for PSU Altoona students and $20 for the general public; available at the door, on campus at Penn State Altoona or online at www.railroadcity .com/events/the -strumbellas-with-khalid/

Details: You can purchase food or drinks (no outside food or beverages permitted) and take in the art exhibit. Bring chairs. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

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