WHEREIN WE DISH UP CENTRAL PA’S TOP EVENTS
“America’s First Fair” has been taking place in York every year since 1765. According to our math, that makes the York Fair 250 years old. Congratulations York Fair! To celebrate the milestone, the York Fair – which takes place at the York Fairgrounds (334 Carlisle Avenue) from September 11-20 – rolls out 10 days of fun events, including everything from classic rock and country concerts to hypnotists, harness horse racing, carnival rides and butter sculptures. Notable concerts and events include: country rocker Brantley Gilbert (September 12), classic rockers John Kay & Steppenwolf with Foghat (September 15), country music artist Cole Swindell (September 16), TNA Wrestling (September 17), country rockers Alabama (September 19) and country music singer Lauren Alaina (September 20).
Long’s Park Arts & Crafts Festival
There’s always some amazing art to take in during the Long’s Park Arts & Crafts Festival which runs from September 4-6. Stroll through the grounds of Lancaster’s Long’s Park at the festival which has been called one of America’s top 50 art shows – and peruse
arts and crafts ranging from clothing to metalworks. After you work up an appetite, hit the food court for a bite from local restaurants grab a beer or wine from one of the refreshment tents and relax to some live music.
A convoy of culinary delights awaits at Foodstruck – Central PA’s largest food truck festival – taking place at Penn Park in York on September 6 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Spend the afternoon with 10,000 food truck fans cruising from the food trucks to the Treasure Island beer garden and back, all while soaking up the sounds of local bands. Check out the website for an up-to-date list of trucks participating in the event. Admission is free – just pay at each food truck. Bring your friends and your appetite.
The Hotel Hershey Wine & Food Festival
Spend the weekend of September 11-13 wining and dining at the Hotel Hershey Wine & Food Festival at the lavish Hotel Hershey. The festival kicks off on September 11 with a wine dinner featuring Laurie Forster – the stand-up sommelier. Laugh and learn about wine with her wine-themed comedy show “Something to Wine About.” Take a guided tour of Waltz Vineyards in Manheim on September 12. Shuttles depart at 9:15 a.m. Wrap things up with the Grand Tasting – which takes place at The Hotel Hershey Formal Gardens on September 13 from 12-4 p.m. Guests can stroll the grounds, enjoy live jazz and taste more than 50 vintages of international and domestic wines paired with food samples from the award-winning Hotel Hershey chefs. Reservations are required. visit the website for a full listing of events
Capitol City Invitational Beer Fest
The 18th annual Capitol City Invitational Beer Festival takes place at the Appalachian Brewing Company in Harrisburg on September 12. The festival features two sessions – one from 2-5 p.m. and another from 6-9 p.m. – with offerings from more than 25 regional breweries, plus live music and a German food buffet. What better way to kick off ABC’s Oktoberfest celebration?
Merlot & Flash Gourd’n Release Party
The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey is quickly becoming one of the premier event destinations in Central PA and on September 19 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. they celebrate their biggest event of the year. The Merlot & Flash Gourd’n Release party has been growing exponentially since its inception just two years ago. This year, they expect to surpass last year’s crowd of 5,000 by ramping things up with a special appearance by Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers fame, and of course, an appearance by the famous Merlot Mike. The two deliver the first batches of Merlot and pumpkin beer at the Vineyard and Brewery’s signature event. You don’t want to miss this!
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Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival
Fort Hunter Park, Harrisburg
Close out your summer at Fort Hunter Park for the 2015 Jazz & Wine Festival featuring some of the best regional and touring jazz bands, as well as wine from local vineyards and food vendors. Highlights include the Spanish Harlem Orchestra (September 11), Richard Elliot (September 12) and guitarist Nick Colionne (September 13).
Celtic Craic Music Fest
Blarney’s Twisted Irish Pub, Mechanicsburg
Apparently there is no direct English translation for the Gaelic word “craic,” but it roughly means “music and fun.” That’s what you’ll get at the Celtic Craic Music Fest – which raises funds for the C.R.A.I.C. non-profit organization and the Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The festival features nine bands and performers on two stages including The Kilmaine Saints, The Ogham Stones, Garrahan’s Ghost and more.
Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival
September 12 & 13
Gateway Gettysburg Complex, Gettysburg
With over 20 local wineries and a dozen food vendors, not to mention six bands playing over the course of the two-day festival, the Gettysburg Wine & Music festival has something for everyone. Tickets can be purchased on the festival website at a discounted rate, or at the gate for full price.
Lancaster Liederkranz, Lancaster
Schreiberpalooza features a night of live music by Corty Byron, Mama Tried, Darcie Miner and The Heavy Push, as well as food, wine and beer from Lancaster Dispensing Co. The event also features a raffle and tickets to the 27th annual Rubber Duckie Race at Lancaster County Central Park (September 13) are available.
What events are you excited about this month? Let us know…