It’s only a week until the (unofficial) start of summer with the fast-approach of Memorial Day. You’re probably thinking about that horrific drive to the beach or what you have to pack in the car to defend against bear attacks on a camping trip in the woods. But there’s still a week to plan, and there’s penty going on today to take your mind off traffic nightmares, crying kids and wild animals.
Taste of PA at the York Fairgrounds (York)
Fresh off the success of this winter’s trifecta of Hibrewnation beer fests, CrocodileDog Marketing presents the eighth annual Taste of Pennsylvania Wine & Music Festival today and tomorrow from 12-6 p.m. at the York Fairgrounds. Sample wines from more than 20 Pennsylvania wineries, enjoy a range of food offerings from local and regional vendors and check out live music by local artists. More of a beer person? The first-ever Brew Kids on the Block event – a showcase of Pennsylvania’s up-and-coming breweries that have been on the scene for five years or less – takes place tonight from 6-9 p.m.
Columbia Kettle Works One-year Anniversary (Columbia)
It’s been a year since Columbia Kettle Works opened the doors of its brewery, and it’s time to celebrate with a party today from 12-10 p.m at 40 North Third Street in Columbia. The event features live music all day by local musicians Soji, Two Pints Shy and A.D. Chandler, food trucks and limited edition small-batch brews. Come and meet the newest addition to the brewing team – Chad Rieker – who will introduce his new brew, Comvocation (a Belgian dubbel).
Odd Ones Bizarre at Broad Street Market (Harrisburg)
The 2015 season of Farmers at Broad (FAB) – the local farmers market that takes place in the courtyard of the Broad Street Market in Harrisburg every third Saturday of the month – starts this month with the Odd Ones Bizarre today from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Browse the weird and wonderful wares of local artists and craftsmen. At the same time, the market also hosts the 50 Mile Festival featuring fruits, vegetables, food and drink from vendors within a 50-mile radius. The Coalishun plays live music.
Tequila Tasting at Brendee’s Pub (Lancaster)
Didn’t get your fill of tequila on Cinco de Mayo? Well, Brendee’s Irish Pub in Lancaster hosts a tequila tasting today at 12 p.m. The event includes three courses of food paired with several different rare tequilas, including Tres Generaciones Reposado and Hornitos Plata Tequila. Tickets are $40 per person. (Don’t drink the worm.)
Naylor Wine Cellars Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest (Stewartstown)
Staying away from tequila? Naylor Wine Cellars in Stewartstown hosts the sixth annual Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest featuring live music by Smokin’ Gunnz, Rock Candy, Bangerang, The Hustler Band and Apache Rose from 12-10 p.m. Foood and craft vendors are also featured. Tickets are $25 and include a complimentary drink and wine tastings. Proceeds benefit the York County Harley Davidson Owners Association charities.
Surfer Blood at the Chameleon Club (Lancaster)
Despite its name, Surfer Blood does not represent an unfortunate bather who got caught in the jaws of the two rather large great white sharks swimming off the Atlantic Coast right now. The four-piece indie band got its start in West Palm Beach, FL, in 2009 and quickly gained a reputation as a solid touring outfit, opening for the likes of the Pixies, Pavement and Les Savy Fav. Their newest album, 1000 Palms, was released just this week. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Also: Carly Rae Jespen at Whiskey Ridge Saloon (Mechanicsburg); The Other Place 17th anniversary party and Fireball Cinnamon Whisky promo (York); Rock & Roll Day of Painting at The Millworks (Harrisburg); Appalachian Brewing Co.’s 18th anniversary celebration (Harrisburg); Olds Sleeper at Lancaster Dispensing Co. (Lancaster).