WHEREIN WE DISH UP CENTRAL PA’S TOP EVENTS
Prepare for a three-day mash-up of Victorian-era pageantry and sci-fi-style gadgetry at the Steampunk unLimited festival at the Strasburg Railroad from October 16-18. Typically, a ride on the Strasburg Railroad transports you back in time, but during Steampunk unLimited the train makes stops in some sort of strange quasi-future past. Attendees can enjoy circus-style side shows, steampunk puppets, fire performers and live music by Abney Park, This Way to the Egress, Unwoman, Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings and Frenchy and the Punk. Special train ride events include a Victorian murder mystery on October 16, an absinthe cocktail tasting on October 17, a high tea service on October 17 and 18 and much more.
WIOV Turkey Hill FallFest
The WIOV Turkey Hill FallFest takes place at the Overlook Community Campus in Lancaster on October 4. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the music begins at 12 p.m. Mountain Road – winners of this year’s Showdown at Shady Maple contest – open the show, which is headlined by the superstar country music duo Big & Rich. Other acts include LoCash, Trailer Choir and Katelyn Rose. According to, like, every country song ever recorded, nothing goes better with an afternoon of country music than beer, so grab a beer at the on-site beer garden and a bite to eat from various food vendors. Admission is free, but attendees must produce a ticket at the gate. Tickets are available at any Turkey Hill location. Get there early – the event regularly draws a crowd of about 50,000 people.
Fall Harvest & Music Fest
Kick off this month with a winning combination of music and wine. The Fall Harvest & Music Festival takes place at the Naylor Wine Cellars in Stewartstown on October 3 from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. The festival, which combines the Naylor Grape Harvest Festival with MyRuralRadio.com’s Fall Fest Seven Music Festival, includes harvest time activities like hay rides and pumpkin painting as well as wine tastings, grape stomping, fireworks and live music. The music lineup features The Ok-Ok’s, The Plums, Kayla Kroh, Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart and more.
Yorktoberfest – CrocodileDog Marketing’s annual celebration of beer and wine – takes place on October 10 and 11 from 12-6 p.m. at the York Fairgrounds. The festival features more than 120 Pennsylvania wines, a curated selection of more than 70 varieties of craft beer, food, vendors and live music.
Taste of Central PA
The greatest thing about going to a buffet or food festival is that it affords one the opportunity to try lots of different dishes – but sometimes that overindulgence can lead to a guilty feeling. Not so with the Taste of Central PA, which takes place at Strawberry Square in Harrisburg on October 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The event features samples from more than 50 local restaurants, caterers, wineries and breweries. And best of all, it benefits the Central PA Food Bank. The event has raised 2.5 million dollars in its nearly 30-year history. Join the Central PA Food Bank’s quest to eradicate hunger in Central PA.
Who doesn’t love a parade? Get out to one of these local Halloween parades and see floats full of zombies, ghouls and ghosts, hear the sounds of local marching bands and snag some airborne candy. The Millersville parade runs through the town and Millersville University campus on October 24 at 9 a.m. This year’s theme is “Super Heroes.” The 66th York Halloween parade takes place on Market Street in downtown York on October 25 from 2-4 p.m. The Red Lion Halloween parade takes place on October 26 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Red Lion High School. The Lititz Halloween parade takes place on Main Street the morning of October 31 at 10 a.m.
And four more …
Keystone Classic BBQ State Championship
October 2 & 3
Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg
More than $8,000 worth of prizes are awarded as teams compete for the best barbecue in the state. Spectators can enjoy barbecue, blues, beers, milkshakes and more.
PennsylMania Music Fest
Appalachian Brewing Company, Harrisburg
More than a dozen MCs and DJs rock the mic at ABC during the PennsylMania Music Fest. Other entertainment includes live graffiti exhibits, raffles and vendors.
Main Street Hanover Oktoberfest
You can’t truly experience fall without attending at least one Oktoberfest party. Celebrate German heritage by touring the businesses of downtown Hanover. Stop in various shops for samples of food, beer and wine during the event, which runs from 3-8 p.m.
Short Film Fests
October 24 & 30
Zoetropolis Theatre, Lancaster
Two short film festivals are held at Zoetropolis this month. The selections for the horror portion of the Lancaster International Film Festival are screened on October 24 and the even shorter One-Minute Film Festival screenings begin on October 30.
What events are you excited about this month? Let us know…