WHEREIN WE DISH UP CENTRAL PA’S TOP EVENTS
St. Paddy’s Day Parades
Live music, dancers, bagpipes and all around good craic awaits as the region gears up to celebrate Ireland’s patron saint. With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Tuesday this year, the festivities span the entire week. First up is the 32nd annual York St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Central PA’s longest-running Celtic parade – on March 14 in downtown York. On March 15, the action moves to downtown Lancaster as Annie Bailey’s Irish Pub and Tellus360 team up to host the 2nd annual King Street Seisiún – an open-air Irish beer, whiskey food and music festival held in the middle of East King Street. The week then concludes with the 2015 Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 21.
And if you’re documenting your partying throughout the weekend, tag your photos with #FlyStPats to enter to win St. Patrick’s Day-themed prize pack (details here).
The Zembo Shrine Center in Harrisburg hosts its first-ever Spring Fever Brewfest on March 7. With only a couple of exceptions, the fest is entirely dedicated to featuring breweries from the Central PA region, from South County Brewing Co. in New Freedom and Lancaster Brewing Co. to Old Forge Brewing Co. in Danville and Aldus Brewing Co. in Hanover. There’s just one four-hour session starting at 3 p.m., but a VIP ticket gets you in the door at 2 p.m. for a head start. Live music and a food buffet are included with admission.
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Tour de Tanks
Cheers to the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail as it celebrates the 10th anniversary of its annual Tour de Tanks this month. The passport event takes place at the trail’s participating wineries, distilleries and cideries in Dauphin, Lancaster, York and Adams counties and in Maryland on Saturdays and Sundays from March 7-29, offering exclusive access to winery tours and tank and barrel tastings along with the chance to meet the winemakers themselves. Boozy, educational and delicious – what more could you ask for? Free tickets – that’s what.
The Cultural Alliance of York is putting a spin on the pairing dinner concept with the Dinner pARTy series, which pairs an intimate multi-course dining and drinking experience with concerts and performances happening in downtown York. Each dinner showcases a meal inspired by the featured performance – as well as tickets for priority seating at the show. On March 8, The Busy Bee hosts a dinner in advance of American songwriter Dom Flemons’ (founding member of Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops) performance at the Kable House Presents series at York Central Market. On March 21, 21South prepares a dinner at YorKitchen in advance of the York Symphony Orchestra’s “New Frontiers” show at the Strand-Capitol.
Restaurant Weeks in Hershey and Lancaster
With Restaurant Week York now behind us, we turn the spotlight to Hershey and downtown Lancaster as both dining scenes host restaurant weeks of their own this month. Hershey Restaurant Week runs March 14-20, showcasing nine restaurants from the Hershey Entertainment family with prix-fixe menus at lunch (two courses for $15) and dinner (three courses for $30). Lancaster City Restaurant Week takes place March 23-29 as many of the city’s restaurants feature $10, $20, $30 or $40 menu packages. Visit the event websites to view menus in advance and – more importantly – make reservations. Start getting hungry…
Lancaster Story Slam
Few aspects of humanity are as timeless as the art of storytelling. For centuries, oral tradition was about the only option for passing along history and anecdotes from generation to generation. Lancaster Story Slam pairs this tradition with another timeless human construct – competition – as participants adhere to a monthly theme and regale the audience and judges with short tales (no more than five minutes long) detailing moments of bravery, embarrassment, love, heartbreak, hilarity and more. This month’s Slam takes place on March 24 at Tellus360 in Lancaster. The theme: “Good Vibrations.”
And five more…
In the Lab: An Introduction
Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg
Calling all writers, musicians, visual artists and performers. The newly opened SAM invites artists of any creative media to a night of collaboration and experimentation.
Time Traveler Dance
Watch & Clock Museum, Columbia
Sock hop back in time before you spring ahead for Daylight Savings at this ’50s-themed dining and dance party.
Rock Ford Plantation, Lancaster
Eat and drynke like our Revolutionary War-era forefathers did at this 18th-century-tavern-themed event, complete with Colonial cocktails like the Rattle Skull and the Flip.
Soup & a Bowl
Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, Camp Hill
Now in its 22nd year, the annual Central PA Food Bank fundraising event features live music, pottery throwing and, of course, delicious soup.