WHEREIN WE DISH UP CENTRAL PA’S TOP EVENTS
Brews & Skews
Swing into the summer in style with local craft beer, food, music and – you guessed it – a gunslinging Wild West-style laser tag competition at Brews & Skews on May 30. It’s all going down on the Brooks Robinson Plaza at Santander Stadium in York from 1-6 p.m. We don’t know why, but food somehow tastes better when it’s on a stick. And, of course, washed down with a nice craft brew…
More beer festivals!
Psst. Yeah, you. Looking for some more beer festivals? Of course you are! The seventh annual Mount Hope Brewfest returns to the grounds of the PA Renaissance Faire in Manheim on May 9 featuring more than 100 craft beers and ciders from 40+ regional and national craft breweries. There are two tasting sessions (11am-3pm and 4:30-8:30pm), some great live music and complimentary food. Fast forward to May 30 where craft beer takes the spotlight (well, half of it) at the first-ever Glen Rock Arts & Brew Fest in and around the downtown area of Glen Rock. The brewfest portion features 15 regional breweries (and wineries), all of which is paired with live entertainment all day long, local artisans showcasing their crafts and food vendors.
Olde York Street Fair
The annual Olde York Street Fair is a long-standing Mother’s Day tradition held in the White Rose City. This year marks the 40th year of the fair, which is held in and around Continental Square on May 10 from 12:30-6 p.m. Celebrate the city of York (and, of course, mom) with a day of food, more than 100 street vendors, music and dancing performances from local groups and roaming street performers.
17th Annual Moviate Underground Film Festival
Four days of underground cinema hits downtown Harrisburg at the 17th annual Moviate Underground Film Festival (May 22-25). Highlights from the four-day festival include an appearance by Criterion Collection filmmaker Guy Maddin and a screening of a documentary film on outsider artist Bryan Lewis Saunders, which is followed by a Q&A session. The bulk of the events take place at the Midtown Cinema and the Civic Club of Harrisburg.
Taste of Pennsylvania Wine and Music Festival
Fresh off the success of this winter’s trifecta of Hibrewnation beer fests, CrocodileDog Marketing presents the eighth annual Taste of Pennsylvania Wine and Music Festival on May 16 and 17 from 1-6 p.m. at the York Fairgrounds. Sip on wines from more than 20 Pennsylvania wineries, enjoy a range of food offerings from local and regional vendors and check out live music by local artists. More of a beer person? The first-ever Brew Kids on the Block event – a re-branded re-launch of the previously named Unreasonably Large Beer Garden showcasing Pennsylvania’s up-and-coming breweries that have been on the scene for five years or less – takes place for one night only on May 16 from 6-9 p.m. You can save $7 if you place ticket orders for either event by May 8.
More wine festivals!
The warmer weather appears to have brought along with it an abundance of regional wine festivals. Not exactly a bad problem to have, right? Sweet Sensations of Spring – featuring 14 members of the Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country group – takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from May 2-17 around the region. The Harrisburg Wine Festival (May 8) at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg offers 575 different wines and three tasting sessions. The first-ever Shades of the Susquehanna Wine & Music Festival (May 9) takes place at MYO Park in Millersburg. The Great PA FlavorFest (May 23 and 24) at Mount Hope Estate in Manheim features free wine tastings from 20 regional wineries alongside food and live music. And the month wraps up with the inaugural SIP Wine in the Park (May 30) in Lancaster’s Musser Park with more than 100 wines from Argentina to New Zealand.
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Taste the World Fridays
Second Fridays in Lancaster are now Taste the World Fridays. Purchase a passport for this culinary walking tour of the city, sampling offerings from some of the city’s best restaurants along the way. “Signature Foods” is the theme of the first event.
Capital Region Greek Festival
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Camp Hill
Every year, thousands of people flock to the Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral for a taste of authentic Greek food and culture. Expect nothing less at the 43rd annual festival, where you can enjoy dancing performances and Greek food – including gyros, souvlaki, calamari, baklava and baklava sundaes. Yes, that’s right, baklava sundaes!
Odd Ones Bizarre
Broad Street Market, Harrisburg
The 2015 season of Farmers at Broad (FAB) – the local farmers market that takes place in the courtyard of the Broad Street Market every third Saturday of the month – starts this month with the Odd Ones Bizarre. Browse the weird and wonderful wares of local artists and craftsmen.
Indian Steps Music Fest
Indian Steps Museum, Airville
The Indian Steps Museum’s Music Fest features the Susquehanna Travellers introducing music from their latest CD, which was recorded at the Indian Steps Museum. Also playing are Bob Basseligia, Brahmii & Wick, Smith & Allen & Friend and Stu Huggens. Relax by the Susquehanna River and soak in some sun and music.