Wherein we dish up Central PA’s top events
Central PA Oktoberfest
What is it about fall that makes beer taste so darn good? We don’t know, but we suspect ze Germans probably have that answer written down and hidden away somewhere near the original plans for Oktoberfest. Well, you don’t need to travel to Bavaria to get your Oktoberfest on this year; on October 4, the Hershey Harrisburg Craft Beer Country hosts the Central PA Oktoberfest celebration at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Grantville. Twenty craft breweries tap seasonal beers, with some German grub available to, you know, make it all official. Prost!
WIOV Fall Fest
Country music isn’t for everyone. Neither is golf. But plop a country music festival onto the grounds of a golf course and, voila, a crowd 50,000 strong arrives in full force. The annual I-105/Turkey Hill FallFest returns to the Overlook Community Campus in Lancaster on October 5, providing a day of chart-topping country hits from a variety of chart-topping country artists like Craig Morgan and John Michael Montgomery. Grab your free ticket at any Turkey Hill Minit Market (might as well pick up some ice cream, too).
Cornucopia Wine Quest
We haven’t been this smitten with a quest since Q-Tip and Phife Dawg dropped The Low End Theory two decades ago. Starting October 25 and 26, the Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country invites – nay, challenges – you to embark upon the Cornucopia Wine Quest, a two-weekend expedition to 14 of the region’s independent wineries. Each participating vintner hosts a unique activity – from roasting s’mores and playing toss the cork to pumpkin chunk’n – and offers a 10-percent discount on all purchases. And although the classic hip-hop and wine cultures don’t meet often, we recommend a little Tribe Called Quest for the car ride.
Taste of Central Pennsylvania
If you’ve been looking for a way to reignite the flame in your relationship with your taste buds, this year’s Taste of Central Pennsylvania is your first step. The mix of signature dishes from the region’s top restaurants and caterers, craft brews and handcrafted wines will prove that your palate can change, while the fact that you’re contributing to a good cause (event proceeds benefit the Central PA Food Bank) will demonstrate your cultured, humanitarian side. There’s no way this can’t work. The event goes down October 26 at Strawberry Square in Harrisburg.
There are beer events and there are wine events. But, what happens when you cross the streams? Yorktoberfest happens, that’s what. Presented by CrocodileDog Marketing (the same party animals responsible for events like Hibrewnation, the Taste of PA Wine and Music Festival and the new Treasure Island beer garden that debuted at Foodstruck in August), the fourth annual Yorktoberfest takes place for the first time at the York Fairgrounds on October 25 and 26, featuring regional craft beer, wine, mead and cider; food vendors; and live German music.
Rumschpringe Film Festival
Know what sucks about independent film festivals like Cannes and Sundance? They’re, like, really far away. The Rumschpringe International Short Film Festival, however, offers a much more geographically desirable option to get your fill of indie flicks without getting charged for all your carry-on luggage. Now in its seventh year, the juried film fest features drama, comedy, horror, music video, animation and documentary categories. This year’s event kicks off October 30 with a Halloween-appropriate horror extravaganza. The fest runs through November 8.