WHEREIN WE DISH UP CENTRAL PA’S TOP EVENTS
EnergyFest 2015 takes place at Harrisburg’s Reservoir Park on August 8 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The free festival features Brooklyn’s Exmag, as well as local bands Mad Men, Flower Garden, The Bird Reserve, Shawan & The Wonton and more. Besides enjoying a great lineup of music, guests can eat food from Broad Street Market and local food trucks and relax by participating in stress-relief workshops.
You loved Hibrewnation, Taste of PA and Yorktoberfest, so you know that CrocodileDog Marketing’s cider festival – Hard Pressed: A Jubilation of Cider and Wine – will be a winner. The craft cider trend has been growing nationwide, and Central PA is at the core of it with its history of apple cultivation and cideries like Wyndridge Farm, Big Hill Ciderworks and others. The Hard Pressed festival takes place at the Lisburn Community Fire Company on August 22 from 12-5 p.m. Tickets are pay-what-you-want and are available on the website only. There are no gate sales. Proceeds benefit the Lisburn Community Fire Company.
Gettysburg Brew Fest
The historic town of Gettysburg – the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War – is about to have even more dead soldiers on its grounds. (But this time they’ll be in the form of kicked beers.) The Gettysburg Brew Fest features more than 50 craft breweries on Seminary Ridge on August 22. The festival kicks off with a bang – literally. Civil War re-enactors fire off rounds from Civil War-era cannons. The action continues with offerings from the hometown Battlefield Brew Works, Aldus Brewing Co., Lancaster Brewing Co. and Liquid Hero, as well as national breweries like Goose Island, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Magic Hat and more. VIP tickets are $70, and general admission passes cost $45.
Yorkfest (August 28-30) is a celebration of the White Rose City’s creative side spanning downtown York from West Market Street and North Pershing Avenue to South Pershing Avenue and West Princess Street. The festival includes juried art exhibits for children and adults, literary competitions, stages for live performances, a marketplace for arts and craft vendors and a culinary arts food court. The opening reception for the adult juried art exhibit takes place at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum at 217 West Princess Street on August 28 from 6-8 p.m., and the exhibit remains on display until September 5. Make sure to help decorate the sidewalks of the city with chalk art during the Chalk Walk on August 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cigar Box Guitar Festival
Last month, we wrote about rolling and smoking cigars. But once you’ve smoked them all, don’t just throw away the box. Inside that box lies massive potential for blues-rock goodness just waiting to be unleashed in the right hands. The Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival takes place on August 29 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and features 14 acts on two stages, food trucks, street performers and a beer garden. This year’s lineup includes One String Willie (guess how many strings his instrument has?), rockabilly and swing band April Mae & the June Bugs, Finger Lakes-based jugband The Muckland Crooners, local cigar box hero Shane Speal and more. So, to recap, that’s awesome cigar box guitar music, food trucks and beer. What could be better? Oh, and the festival is free.
Lancaster Craft Beerfest
Downtown Lancaster is abuzz with fun (and beer) on August 29 during the third annual Lancaster Craft Beerfest. The 100 block of North Queen Street is closed during the festivities, and food vendors line the street. Breweries featured at the festival include local favorites like Spring House Brewing Company, The Brewery at Hershey, Crystal Ball Brewing Co. and more, as well as national breweries like Sam Adams, Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Sixpoint Brewery. New Orleans-style funk and soul music by Harrisburg-based Gumbo Junk and the Columbia-based band Shrimpboat takes place in Binn’s Park. A VIP tasting session takes place from 3-4 p.m. and costs $55. A general admission session runs from 4-7:30 p.m. for $40.
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