Wherein we dish up Central PA’s top events
BrewFest at Mount Hope
The eighth annual BrewFest at Mount Hope takes place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, in Manheim. The event features 65 craft breweries, including Crystal Ball Brewing Company, Divine Swine Brewery, Evil Genius and more. There’s also plenty of food, vendors and a great lineup of live music, including The Coteries, The Gage Brothers, Great Big House, Mark DeRose & the Dreadnought Brigade, Silver City Rodeo and Vulcans.
Taste of Pennsylvania
Explore the world of Pennsylvania wine at the Taste of Pennsylvania wine and music festival from 12-6 p.m. on May 14 and 15 at the York Fairgrounds. The event features more than 250 wines from the Keystone State plus food and live music. Not that into wine? Try some anyway – you might be surprised at what you find. Still rather have some good old craft beer? Hang out from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday night during the special craft beer session – Brew Kids on the Block, a craft beer festival featuring 20 small-scale local craft breweries that have been in operation for five years or less. Tickets are extremely limited for Brew Kids on the Block. Pre-sale ticket prices for both events end on May 7.
Harrisburg Wine Festival
May is a great month for wine festivals. Kick things off at the Harrisburg Wine Festival at the State Museum in Harrisburg on May 6. A special VIP tasting session takes place from 5-6:30 p.m. A tasting seminar with PA Liquor Control Board wine buyer Steve Pollack takes place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and the general admission tasting session takes place from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Olde Street Fair
Downtown York’s 41st annual Mother’s Day family-friendly street fair takes place in and around Continental Square from 12:30-6 p.m. on May 8. Enjoy a day of festival food and shop for handmade arts and crafts from more than 100 vendor booths. Kids can enjoy various activities like a bounce house, games, face painting and more at the Kid’s Fun Block. Admission to the fair is free, tickets to the Kid’s Fun Block support York City events and 50 percent of all food sales benefit local nonprofits.
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. Celebrate summer in style with the 9th annual FlavorFest at Mount Hope from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 28 and 29 at the Mount Hope Estate in Manheim. Admission is free, parking is free and attendees can enjoy a free wine tasting. Sample wine from more than 20 wineries, check out Central PA’s cuisine with cooking demos from regional chefs and shop for art from local artisans. The music lineup includes Sweet Leda, Rivers, Matt Wheeler & the Vintage Heart and Mike McMonagle & the Opportunists.
Brews & Skews
The coolest springtime picnic takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 21 at PeoplesBank Park (5 Brooks Robinson Way) in York. The second annual Brews & Skews: Outfield Edition invites you to party at the home of the York Revolution with food trucks and craft beer. Bring your friends and family and spread out your picnic blanket in the outfield grass with food from Mad Dash, Willy Q’s Shack, Sam and Jo’s Gyros and more great food trucks. No tickets required; this event is pay-as-you-go.
What events are you excited about this month? Let us know…