New Musical Festival comes to State College


Owen Ache

A new three-day summer music festival will bring a lineup of big-name acts to Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park.

The inaugural Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival will take place Friday, July 21 through Sunday, July 23. Organizers announced the first wave of artists scheduled to perform, which includes John Legend, Odesza, The Roots, Daya, Alessia Cara, X Ambassadors and more.

“I was excited to hear about The Roots going there,” said junior Trevor Brown. “I’ve known them a long time and it would be cool to go see them”

The multi-stage camping festival is the work of sister and brother Kaleena and Paul Rallis, who both grew up working at Penn’s Cave, their family’s business. The siblings have worked in the entertainment industry for the past decade and wanted to create a destination event for the region according to a release.

In addition to the music, the festival will offer cave, wildlife, and off-roading tours, along with art installations, daily workshops, and gourmet food on the 1600-acre cave and park grounds. A kickoff party will be held the night of Thursday, July 20.

“I think it is really cool that they are bringing a music festival around here,” said junior Harrison Randall. “I always wanted to go to one, so this looks like a good one to go to.”

The festival takes its name from what the Seneca tribe called Penns Valley and the Penn’s Cave area — Karoondinha (pronounced ka-roon-din-ha) which means “the land of shining waters.”

The Karoondinha Festival will partner with two local nonprofit organizations, Wildlife for Everyone and The Bestwick Foundation. Wildlife for Everyone supports wildlife habitats, scientific research and education, youth education, and land preservation. The Bestwick Foundation distributes funds to local families who are struggling to fight cancer and other hardships.

Three-day general admission and VIP passes are on sale at General admission passes are $249 and VIP passes are $599.

Even though the ticket prices might be expensive for State High students, they will be releasing discounts throughout the leading days to the concert. So be on the look-out!