Friday afternoon. The greatest five syllables in the English language. Spring is in the air and with it are lots of outdoor events, live music and arts festivals. Tonight you can catch some music on a loading dock, have dinner at a food truck feast, stroll through an open-air art market and watch a guy squeeze himself into a suitcase. Yep, it’s that kind of night.
Live at the Loading Dock (Lancaster)
The first-ever Live at the Loading Dock takes place at the Wash House – a converted commercial laundry building that now houses a dance studio and The Case for Beer as well as other businesses – located at 420 West Grant Street in the hip west side neighborhood of Lancaster. Gypsy jazz band Rue de la Pompe performs outside on the building’s loading dock-turned-stage from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy food from R U Chicken and 551 West in the parking lot during the event, and wash it down with beer from The Wash House’s neighbor Wacker Brewing Company and wine supplied by Waltz Vineyard. Purchase VIP tickets to get backstage access inside The Wash House and keep the party going until 11 p.m. Check out art by collage artist Clinton Reckart in the lobby and get a free dance lesson from City Ballroom. Tickets also include two Wacker beers or Waltz Vineyard wines, coffee and cookies. Proceeds benefit the Lancaster Conservancy.
Third in the Burg (Harrisburg)
It’s once again time for Third in the Burg, Harrisburg’s monthly citywide celebration of arts and culture. Looking for something different this Third in Burg? Zeroday Brewing Co. joins in the fun for the first time this month with pretzels from York City Pretzel Company, the Sugar Whipped cupcake truck and live ragtime music by Eli Charleston. The tasting room opens at 4 p.m. and the food trucks start serving at 5 p.m. More four-wheeled food action takes place with Harrisburg Food Truck Feast (1601 N. 3rd Street). The culinary convoy includes MAD Sandwiches, Up in Smoke BBQ, Soul Burrito and more food on four wheels. This month’s charity is the Harrisburg YWCA – bring out toiletries and gentrly used blankets and twin sheets to donate. Check out a full listing of Third in the Burg art exhibits and music happenings here.
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BLOOM Art & Craft Market (York)
The BLOOM Art & Craft Market takes place in the Central Market District of downtown York (which includes the blocks of W. Philadelphia St, W. Market St. and N. Beaver St) from 5-9 p.m. Artists and merchants vend various crafts, jewelry and artwork while live music takes place in various downtown locations during the street-fair-style open air market. The Beer Ace hosts beer samplings in participating locations including an Evil Genius, Tröegs and Twisted Tea sampling at the Sunrise Soap Co., and Appalachian tasting at Baron Von Schwein, a Lagunitas sampling at Indigo Bleu and more.
One Night Only Comedy Festival (Lancaster)
A half-dozen performers including comedians, jugglers, musicians take the Tellus360 stage for the One Night Only Comedy Fest at 8 p.m. It’s like vaudeville for the 21st century. Performers on the tour have been featured on the Late Show with David Letterman, America’s Got Talent, and have opened for comedians like Dave Chappelle and Todd Glass. Get tickets here.
Capitol Region Greek Festival (Wormleysburg)
Every year thousands of people flock to the Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral for a taste of authentic Greek food and culture. Expect nothing less at the 43rd annual festival, where you can enjoy Greek dancing performances and Greek food, including gyros, souvlaki, calamari, baklava and, baklava sundaes, yes, that’s right, baklava sundaes!