Chances are good that you already have something of a to-do list for the holiday weekend. Memorial Day, after all, is the official gateway into summer. And if you’re like us, then you’ve been not only eyeing the long weekend on your calendar, but you’re looking past it. Summer is coming…
Well let’s not get ahead of ourselves with the summer talk so fast. Because, again, this weekend is Memorial Day weekend. And there’s some pretty cool stuff happening. While these here six picks are our recommendations, we’d love to hear your plans below.
1) Smoked Meatmorial Day Cookout at The Fridge (Lancaster)
For the second annual year, The Fridge in Lancaster city hosts its carnivorous feast featuring a variety of house-smoked meats served up on sandwiches and platters. This can all be paired, of course, with The Fridge’s vast selection of craft brews, including Avery Uncle Jacob’s Stout, which is being tapped special for the event. The action starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday and runs all day. No cost on this one – just pay as you go on food and drink.
2) Great PA FlavorFest at Mount Hope Estate (Manheim)
The Keystone State’s wineries, food and craft producers are on display at the annual two-day FlavorFest. Peruse the grounds of the PA Renaissance Faire as you sample vintages from more that 20 PA wineries; treats from regional caterers and restaurants; and handmade crafts from local artisans. There’s plenty of live entertainment on hand as well, with regional music acts, cooking demonstrations (including former White House chef John Moeller) and guided wine samplings all in store. The 8th annual FlavorFest takes place Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. both days and is free to attend.
3) Harrisburg Artsfest at Riverfront Park (Harrisburg)
Immerse yourself in the arts Saturday through Monday at the annual Harrisburg Artsfest. A huge variety of artisans and crafts makers display their wares as the sounds of live music and the smells of local food vendors fill the air. Artsfest spans the Susquehanna River waterfront from Market to Forrster streets. The annual Moviate Underground Film Festival runs concurrently with Artsfest starting Friday night.
4) Songs of the Revolution at Black Gryphon (Elizabethtown)
The Reese Project – comprised of husband-wife duo Tom and Laurie Reese – have long showcased their knack for playing virtually any style of music here in the region. On Saturday night, the Reeses will perform an array of music from the era of the American Revolution, offering a patriotic way to enjoy Memorial Day. The music runs from 7-10 p.m.
5) Creek Fire at Foundry Park (York)
Creekfire – an organization dedicated to utilizing social events to spread the good word about the Codorus Creek, downtown York’s lone waterway – hosts its first (and aptly titled) Creek Fire on Saturday in Foundry Park (200 block of West Philadelphia St., York). The program runs from 7-10 p.m. and, beyond the obvious conflagration, will feature a guest lecturer (listed as Mark Twain), live music from Free Breakfast and some solid community vibes. Pro tip: Park for free at the Susquehanna Commerce Center.
6) Memorial Day Picnic at Adams County Winery (Ortanna)
Memorial Day is best spent outside, and Adams County Winery is hosting a great reason to forgo the hassle of hosting a barbecue at your house on Monday from 1-4 p.m.. The Memorial Day picnic features wine tastings, live music from Philadelphia Avenue, food trucks and lawn games. No reservations are needed – just get on out there and relax.
What are your holiday weekend plans? Tell us below.