Howl at the (Blue) Moon: 5 ways to celebrate the blue moon

A rare occurrence that only takes place about once every two-and-a-half years happens this Friday night. No, it’s not your buddy Rick picking up the bar tab. That only happened once, and will likely never happen again. It’s a blue moon.

The modern day definition of a blue moon (which really isn’t blue) is when two full moons appear in the same month. A moon cycle is about 29.5 days, so when there is a full moon at the beginning of a month – like there was this month – it’s likely that a blue moon will occur.

Throughout history many civilizations have made a point to party during the full moon. Here are five ways you can join in the fun. (Listen to Elvis Presley cover “Blue Moon” while you read…)


1. Blue Moon Happy Hour at Annie Bailey’s (Lancaster)

Get your night started with a special Blue Moon happy hour featuring live music by Fly’s own digital editor Mike McMonagle and $2 drafts of, you guessed it, Blue Moon. After the happy hour hang out on Annie Bailey’s deck under the moonlight or make your way down the block (and to option #2 below) to Tellus360 for the Full Moon Party.


2. Full Moon Party with Three’s Company at Tellus360 (Lancaster)

Tellus360 brings the Thai tradition of full moon parties to downtown Lancaster this Friday. Every month in Koh Phangan, Thailand, thousands of people in bright body paint celebrate the full moon with all-night beach parties. Tellus360 invites guests wear bright clothes and glow paint and dance to the sounds of Three’s Company – featuring DJ Evolution and VJCA of Aortic Valve and Gregg Nyce. The party starts at 9 p.m.


3. Blarney’s Twisted Irish Pub Blue Moon Party (Mechanicsburg)

Blarney’s Twisted Irish Pub celebrates the blue moon with a Blue Moon party including a free concert featuring country music singers Craig Campbell, Mickey Guyton and York’s own sassy songstress Lindsey Erin. The show starts at 8:30 p.m.


4. Happy hour at the Blue Moon followed by the Moon Jellies at Mexitaly (York)

If ever there was a night to hit up the Blue Moon in downtown York, this is it. Head to the casual-yet-upscale eatery for happy hour (featuring $2 off all beers from 4:30-7 p.m.). Then make your way down Market Street and catch the Moon Jellies set at Mexitaly. The Moon Jellies’ music is described as “dreamy…like the Beach Boys on acid,” (though we’re pretty sure the Beach Boys were on acid – see Pet Sounds and our interview with Brian Wilson).


5. Have a Blue Moon and enjoy the moonlight

Why not just gather your friends order a Blue Moon and enjoy the night sky? Just find a local bar with a deck, patio, porch or outdoor seating area (here are our recommendations) and just look up. Besides the blue moon, there’s also the Delta Aquarid meteor shower. The best visibility for the meteor show will occur at 2 a.m. – just around last call. So you can enjoy your nightcap with some beautiful celestial activity. In honor of the blue moon, order a Blue Moon and let’s drop the whole craft-or-not-craft debate for the night and just take a moment to enjoy a flavorful cold beer in the summer heat. Outside. Under the blue moon.

Here’s Elvis to take us out with one more ‘blue moon’ song. The man must’ve really loved blue moons…


Want to keep howling at the moon on Saturday night? Join the Wolf Sanctuary of PA for its Full Moon Tour.


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