The temperature is climbing and the great outdoors are calling, and festival season dances on. This all means that there are plenty of awesome craft, music and alcohol-focused events around Central PA this weekend. If you find yourself torn when faced with all of these options, why not check out one that combines all of the above?
Fort Hunter Park in Harrisburg is hosting the 2015 Dauphin County Music & Wine Festival. Complete with crafts, food and some great tunes, it promises to be a rip-snorting good time.
The festival runs the entire weekend. Gates open at 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, but the festival itself runs from 3-9 p.m. There will be two stages (the Brenner Family Main Stage and the Blues Society Corncrib Stage), and both days’ entertainment will be themed. Saturday is Blues Day, with artists like the New Rotics and Acoustic Stew playing. Sunday’s theme is “Decades,” with the incredible Rose Hudson and other great artists playing retro hits and modern songs influenced by the musical past. Patrons are encouraged to break out the bell bottoms and poodle skirts for a chance to win a very promising prize basket. (Unfortunately, we have to advise you to leave the Doc Martens at home. Unless they’re the rain boot variety: there might be some scattered showers in between 5 and 8 p.m.) Lots of craft and food vendors will also be there – everything from fancy corkscrews to original jewelry will be there for browsing, and the food runs the gamut as well.
But wait, what about the wine?
Wine Fest-goers will receive a wineglass at the door. You can take that glass to the booths of any of the wineries in attendance – and there are more than a dozen – and receive five samples. (Get there late or only go on Sunday? No worries – there will also be plastic glasses available. Not as fancy, sure, but they’ll get the job done.) Lots of PA’s greatest wineries will be there, from Moon Dancer Vineyards & Winery to the Vineyard at Hershey, so the tasting is sure to present a lot of bang for your buck.
Speaking of bucks, it’ll be about $30 plus $2.50 tax in advance for a weekend pass, or $40 at the door. If you have small humans to babysit for the evening (or the next 18 years, whatever, your life choices are your own) you’re welcome to bring them; they’ll get in for free if they’re 12 or under. (Note: Coolers are welcome, but you can’t bring in any outside booze. Honestly, with the opportunity to sample over 60 wines and purchase bottles if you want to, we promise you won’t need any.) Grab some lawn chairs, a blanket – hell, even a card table for pinochle or something, if you can dig it – and check it out.