For all the sports fans out there, today is like Christmas, Hanukah and thousands of birthdays all wrapped into one package – a day of athletic competition that keeps on giving. There’s the Kentucky Derby, the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight of the century, NBA and NHL playoff action, the NFL Draft and baseball.
Not a sports fan? We’ll also go ahead and tell you about the best events of the day – beer, wine, art, music and even a few free comic books. Or simply check out Fly’s entertainment calendars.
Kentucky Derby & Mayweather vs. Pacquiao
The Triple Crown of horseracing kicks off with the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at 4 p.m. Celebrate with funny hats and a few Mint Juleps at several different places. Brucekie’s in Columbia hosts a Kentucky Derby hat party featuring live music by KWY from 1-4 p.m. Plus, stick around for the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight shown on the big screen. Tickets for boxing are $30 and include a food buffet. Lancaster’s Horse Inn hosts a party starting at 3 p.m. and features a projection screen to watch the race, Mint Juleps and a hat contest. The Pressroom in Lancaster holds its Kentucky Derby party from 4-9 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear their best hat, and Hutch plays live music. Arooga’s locations in York and Harrisburg feature the horse race and – except for the Downtown Harrisburg and Route 39 locations – simulcast the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight. And Cassel Vineyards in Hummelstown hosts its third annual Kentucky Derby Party featuring live music from country rock band The Ride and food from Harrisburg’s Blazing Swine BBQ from 12-6 p.m.
Lancaster’s vibrant art scene is on full display with the biannual ArtWalk on today and tomorrow. More than 30 independent galleries spread throughout Lancaster feature meet-the-artist events, seminars, workshops, live demonstrations, kids’ activities and more. Also on tap during ArtWalk is the Creative Works of Lancaster’s “Play Grounds: Theater on Site” – a series of three original plays set in outdoor locations throughout the city.
Little Big Beer Fest
Harrisburg Beer Week culminates with the Little Big Beer Fest at the Abbey Bar today from 2-5 p.m. The girls from Stouts and Stilettos and Sara Bozich – the founders of Harrisburg Beer Week – take their love of beer to the next level with collaborations with local breweries. More than a dozen breweries are featured, including Appalachian Brewing, Tröegs and St. Boniface.
Florida Georgia Line
The bro-country duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard has been racking up hits since forming Florida Georgia Line in Nashville, Tn., in 2010. Mixing country, rock, hip-hop and pop, the band is part of the cadre of musicians out of Music City USA who are transforming country music – people like Luke Brown and Blake Shelton. The band brings its Anything Goes Tour (which sold out its date at Madison Square Garden back in February) to the GIANT Center, along with Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard.
Sweet Sensations of Spring
It finally feels like spring outside, so celebrate with the Sweet Sensations of Spring wine trail, featuring 14 members of the Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country group. The event begins today and runs each Saturday and Sunday until May 17. Taste the local wines paired with picnic foods and desserts, and receive 10 percent off wine purchases. And if you’re able to get to all 14 locations, you’ll be entered to win a fully-stocked wine refrigerator.
Free Comic Book Day
Two Saturday’s ago was the big day for vinyl fans with the annual Record Store Day. Now it’s time for comic fans to celebrate with the annual Free Comic Book Day. Comic Stores around Central PA feature special events all day and – of course – hand out free comics. The Comic Store in Lancaster has replicas of the DeLorean from Back to the Future and the Jeep from Jurassic Park in its parking lot and appearances by comic book artists in the store. The Comic Store West in York features live music by Land of 1,000 Robots and an appearance by the Central PA Ghostbusters. Other participating locations include Comics and Paperbacks Plus in Ephrata and Palmyra, Sequential Arts Too in Elizabethtown and Planet X Comics in York. And to go along with the theme of comics and sports, here’s a little advice from The Comic Book Store Guy from The Simpsons.
ALSO: Chuck Darwin & the Knuckle Draggers at Holy Hound Taproom (York); the Lititz Pretzel Fest (Lititz); Blues Brews & Barbecue at the Capitol Theatre back lot (Chambersburg); and the Sweet Six comedy show at the Ware Center (Lancaster).