Friday: Crabs, concerts, comedy, craft beer & ... Halloween?

Photographer: via JR's Facebook

Besides Central PA’s First Friday events, there are lots of other things happening including a crab fest, a halfway-to-Halloween party, live music and comedy and lots more. There’s something for everything. Trust us, we checked. You can always find more to do on Fly’s live music and entertainment calendars.


JR’s Grand Re-Opening Crab Fest

You can’t officially claim to have celebrated spring until you’ve cracked a crab leg or two. JR’s (2250 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster) has re-launched as a casual bar and grill and celebrates with a crab fest from 5-11 p.m. (last seating is at 9 p.m.) with live music from 8-11 p.m. Tickets are $35.

Miscreation Brewing Co.’s halfway-to-Halloween party

Miscreation Brewing Co. in Hanover hosts a halfway to Halloween costume party featuring the release of its Smashed Pumpking Porter from 5-11 p.m. Dust off your scariest costumes and get in on the fun. Prizes are awarded to best male, female and team costumes, with trophies going to the winners. Those in costume receive $1 off drafts from 6-10 p.m. And try Miscreation’s Reckless IPA – it’s scary good. Need some help getting in the Halloween spirit? Check out our Halloween playlist, read a ghost story, discover the grisly story of Hex Hollow and read our interview with the director of an upcoming Hex Hollow documentary film. 

Harrisburg Beer Week (Harrisburg area)

The time has come for last call for the inaugural Harrisburg Beer Week. If you’re crying right now, we wouldn’t be surprised if your tears smell like hops and carry a slight ABV. Alas, though all good things must come to an end, there’s no reason why they can’t end on a high note. And with just two days remaining, there’s still plenty of time to get your fill of craft-brewed goodness. See our picks for the weekend here.


<< FIRST FRIDAY: Take a look at some of the arts events and craft beer samplings happening tonight for First Friday. >>


Decked-Out Live (Middletown)

Hit the deck as The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey kicks off its Decked-Out Live Friday night concert series (taking place every Friday through September 25). The season starts off with a bang with Element 22 and a special appearance by the Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey’s own Merlot Mike. The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey also debuts a brand new beer called Lageritaville.

Spill at Fulton Street Cooperative (Lancaster)

For the past two weeks I’ve been measuring the length of my commutes to work by the number of spins of homegrown punk band Spill’s super-catchy single “Sucks Either Way” (four on a good day, five-and-a-half if there’s construction). Give “Sucks Either Way” a listen and then check them out at the Fulton Street Arts Co-op in Lancaster tonight.

Exclusive Ju-Taun Video World Premier and Concert (York)

The Shop at New Grounds in York hosts an exclusive premier of the inspirational Camden, NJ-based R&B/neo-soul group Ju-Taun’s new video for their latest single  “Who Am I.” The screening is followed by a meet-and-greet with the band and full concert. Thaddeus “T-Shaw” Shaw – who is owner of The Shop at New Grounds as well as a talented soul singer opens the show.

Comedian Steven Wright at American Music Theatre (Lancaster)

Deadpan comedy legend Steven Wright hits the American Music Theatre stage in Lancaster tonight. Besides being one of the greatest stand up comedians to ever grip a microphone, Wright has won an Academy Award for his 1988 short film The Appointments of Dennis Jennings and starred in numerous films including Reservoir Dogs, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Natural Born Killers, Half Baked and many more. Recently he has appeared on FX’s Louie, (which he also co-produces). Check out our interview with Mr. Monotone from the November 2013 issue and purchase tickets to the show here.

Vacationer at The Millworks (Harrisburg)

Maybe you don’t have the money to book a last minute trip to the Bahamas this weekend, but that’s ok, you can take a musical vacation with Vacationer – the laid back dream-pop group hitting the stage at The Millworks tonight at 10 p.m.. Actually you won’t need any money – this is a free show.


Also tonight: Nate Myers and the Aces (Abbey Bar, 8 p.m.), Weezer Tribute w/ Pokeweed & Where’s Dave (The Depot, 8 p.m.), Hexbelt (Mexitaly, 9 p.m.)


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Mike Andrelczyk is a features editor for Fly Magazine. He is a graduate of Penn State University and currently lives with his wife Stacey in Strasburg. Interests include tennis, playing bad guitar, poetry (poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, The Inquisitive Eater and other journals) and oneirology – the study of dreams – mostly in the form of afternoon naps. His name appears in the title screen of Major League 2.

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