WHEREIN WE DISH UP CENTRAL PA’S TOP EVENTS
U.S. Women’s Open
Calling all golf fans everywhere – the Lancaster Country Club hosts the 2015 U.S. Women’s Open from July 6-12. See some of the best female golfers from around the world at the prestigious nationally televised event. Tickets range from $20 a day for a practice round to a $225 package that includes access to the entire championship called the 1761 Club Badge (which, by the way, is just about sold out, so interested parties should hop to it while they still can). Fore!
Live on Vine
Catch the inaugural Live on Vine concert and block party in the first block of West Vine Street in Lancaster on July 11. Performers include country superstar Sara Evans, along with other acts like Jana Kramer, Maggie Rose, Ruthie Collins and regional acts Bird Watcher, Slimfit and Corty Byron Band on two different stages. There are also cash bars run by The Pressroom and food trucks from local vendors like Sven’s Cafe and the Lancaster Brgr Company (no, that’s no typo – they’re just too cool for vowels). Doors open (metaphorically speaking) at 5 p.m., music kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and things wrap up at 11 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance online and $20 at the door. Grab them while you can and bring your ID – this is a 21 and over event.
If you want an excuse to eat a ton of great wings, hit up Wingstock 2015 at Santander Stadium in York on July 18. There’s music, a rooster crowin’ competition, chicken lookin’ legs competition, egg roulette and – of course – a wing eating competition. The best part? Wingstock benefits the Crispus Attucks Association – an inclusive, non-profit that aims to educate, house and help serve the diverse population of York. The event runs from 12-6 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance online and $8 at the door, and you get three wings with your ticket.
Dauphin County BrewFest
More than 30 craft brewers make their way to Fort Hunter Park for the fourth annual Dauphin County BrewFest on July 18. Sample some of the best local and regional craft beers from breweries like Lancaster Brewing Co., Tröegs and Victory Brewing Co, and get your fill of food from area restaurants. This year’s entertainment includes live sets from Olivia Farabaugh, J.R. Wolf and Mark DeRose & the Dreadnought Brigade. The BrewFest runs from 3-7 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $50 at the door and $15 for designated drivers.
Blues & Brews
Nothing says summer like beer, music and seafood, and the wise folks at Mount Hope Estate & Winery in Manheim are rising to fill the gap. On July 18, enjoy a full day of all-you-can-eat fresh crabs, shrimp, sangria punch, Mount Hope brews and wines and more as you get your jam on to live music at the annual Blues & Brews festival. There are two sessions available – one in the early afternoon, from 12-3 p.m., and one in the evening from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $55 for adults and $19.95 for kids ages 5-11. Make sure to purchase tickets online, and check Mount Hope’s website for more information on the music lineup and the menu as the event approaches.
Fourth of July
No matter where you are in Central PA, you have an opportunity to get your independence on during the first week of July. All across the region, towns host events with food, pageants, fireworks – you name it. York hosts fireworks and a military jazz band at Santander Stadium on July 4. Lititz has a community parade with a concert and dancing in Lititz Springs Park on July 3, followed up with a full day of events and music on July 4, including the 74th Queen of Candles Pageant and the famous choreographed fireworks show at night. Lancaster’s Long’s Park hosts its annual concert and fireworks on July 5. Check out all the places to get your fill of fireworks around the region here.
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Gettysburg Bike Week
Allstar Events Complex, Gettysburg
Motorcycle tours through local battlefields, bars on-site and a swap meet – this year’s Gettysburg Bike Week has all the fixings for a blockbuster bike party. Hit up their website for more information on events, music and ticket pricing.
Central PA Pride Festival
Riverfront Park, Harrisburg
More than 40 vendors and exhibitors set up to celebrate LGBT+ community pride during the annual Central PA Pride Festival, along with entertainment by Antigone Rising and Los Monstros.
Hanover Dutch Festival
Up to experience some German culture and killer bratwurst? Be sure to check out the Hanover Dutch Festival: food, crafts, music and dancing are all on the schedule.
Mount Joy Cruisin’ Cuisine
Main Street, Mount Joy
Check out antique motor vehicles of various stripes in downtown Mount Joy. Admission’s free if you’re a spectator, and there are food vendors galore.