WHEREIN WE DISH UP CENTRAL PA’s TOP EVENTS
It may feel like the middle of winter, but it sounds like the middle of summer. Central PA has turned one of the coldest months of the year into one of the hottest times to see live music. Three music festivals taking place this month means there are more than 500 bands crashing into the area. Hide your couches! Gettysburg Rocks – now in its third year – kicks off the month with a lineup of more than 170 bands spread out over a dozen venues from February 4-6. Join us in congratulating The Millennium Music Conference as it turns 20 years old this year. The Harrisburg-based conference showcases 300 different bands from February 19-21. Yeah, 300 bands. Wrapping up the month of music festivals is the Lancaster Roots and Blues festival taking place from February 26-28 in venues across downtown Lancaster. Read on for more coverage of the festival including interviews, band blurbs and the full schedule of events.
Chocolate Covered February in Hershey
Beer festivals. Music festivals. Just when you thought this month couldn’t get any better, Hershey drops Chocolate Covered February on you. That’s right, a month-long celebration of chocolate. Looks like you’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day for an entire month. Tastings, demonstrations and events take place in various locations in Hershey.
Fire and Ice Festival
This month, Lititz is both the coolest and the hottest small town. The 11th annual Fire and Ice Festival takes place in downtown Lititz from February 12-15 and features ice sculpture displays, a chili cook-off, dodgeball tournament, an indoor carnival and more.
ValenWine’s Day Celebration
Hershey-Harrisburg Wine Country has the perfect Valentine’s Day experience: four days, February 13-14 and 20-21, of wine and chocolate. The event features a dozen wineries offering wine and chocolate pairings, discounted wine purchases and a complimentary wine glass.
Don’t sleep on the Hibrewnation Festival of Beer at the York Expo Center on February 20 from 2-5 p.m. The festival features more than 30 craft breweries from up and coming local favorites like Gift Horse Brewing Company to national OG’s of the craft beer scene serving rare and one-of-a-kind beers. This year’s featured brewery is Free Will Brewing Co. Did we mention there’s a hidden secret stash cooler containing super rare and hard-to-find beers? Beer floats? Roving polar bears? The general admission session takes place from 2-5 p.m. and a V.I.P. tasting takes place from 12-2 p.m.
Restaurant Week York
The sixth annual Restaurant Week York – which runs from February 20-27 – features more than 20 restaurants offering discounted menus, pop-up restaurants, specialty cocktails and more. Check out a preview of Restaurant Week York.
And four more…
First Friday Film: The Song Remains the Same
Capitol Theatre, York
The Capitol Theatre’s First Friday Film is the epic Led Zeppelin concert movie that also intersperses weirdo fantasy sequences with classic Led Zeppelin songs like “Dazed and Confused” and “Whole Lotta Love” and the insane John Bonham drum solo on “Moby Dick.”
My Bloody Valentine Fright Night
Zoetropolis and Mr. Suit Records pair up for a romantic night of murder and mayhem with a screening of the 1981 cult horror film My Bloody Valentine. The event is BYOB. The film starts at 9 p.m.
Mardis Gras Party
Bourbon Street Saloon, Harrisburg
Bourbon Street Saloon brings New Orleans’ Bourbon Street party vibe to Central PA and celebrates Fat Tuesday with a $500 “Earn the Most Beads” contest, special Mardis Gras frozen drinks from 9-11 p.m. and beer specials.
Songs from the Silver Screen and Academy Awards Party
Ephrata Main Theatre, Ephrata
Ephrata Main Theatre presents a live music experience featuring a full band performing music from movies like Titanic, Top Gun, The Sound of Music and more, followed by a cocktail hour and a live-streaming of the Academy Awards. Enjoy some music, watch the Academy Award show and eat some party noms.
The music starts at 6 p.m. and the award show screens at 8 p.m.
What events are you excited about this month? Let us know…