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We’re in the final push. April showers bring May flowers, which means warmer weather will soon be here to stay, right? Well, even if doesn’t arrive quite on time, at least there are plenty of outdoor events around the corner, from opening day of Atlantic League baseball to the Wetlands Festival.
Check out a few upcoming events below:
Friday, April 5
Pennsylvania Herb & Garden Festival – York
The York Expo Center hosts the 21st annual PA Herb & Garden Festival from Friday, April 5 through Saturday, April 6. The event will feature a number of succulent and planter workshops, vendors, an apothecary presentation and guest-speaker Susan Belsinger. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit paherbfest.com.
First Friday – downtown York
The first spring edition of First Friday in downtown York begins at 5 p.m. This month’s event will feature a number of festivities, including:
- First Friday Film: A screening of “Mary Poppins” at 6:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theater
- Jazz in the City: The Appell Center for Performing Arts hosts Jeff Stabley and ‘Jazz in the City’ 5-7 p.m. at The Studio.
- “Malleable” exhibit at Parliament: The Parliament Arts Organization in Royal Square hosts the collaborative tattoo exhibit “Malleable” 5-9 p.m. The exhibit features work from York and Lancaster-based tattoo artists
For more information, visit downtownyorkpa.com or call 717-849-2331.
Saturday, April 6
Rail & Ales at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania – Strasburg
The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania hosts the 4th annual Rails & Ales. Over two dozen local craft breweries will be on site, and guests can explore the museum after hours from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $40. For more information, visit railsandales.org or call 717-687-8628.
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Sunday, April 7
Behind the Bash Wedding Show – downtown York
The Bond in Royal Square hosts the Behind the Bash Wedding Show from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The convention will feature dozens of local and regional vendors. For more information, visit behindthebashwed.com.
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Indoor East Egg Hunt at AACA Museum – Hershey
The AACA Museum hosts an indoor Easter Egg Hunt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The family-friendly event is a variation on a traditional Easter Egg hunt and will offer participants clues on where hidden eggs are throughout the museum. A second hunt will take place on Saturday, April 13. For more information, visit aacamuseum.org or call 717-566-7100.
A station house with a railroad crossing sign is shown for sale at Sam Geiser’s table at the semiannual York Train Meet Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the York Expo Center. The hobby show, which occupies every building in the expo center, began in 1969 and attracts about 10,000 people every year. Hosted by the Train Collectors Association, the event has traditionally been members-only, but last year organizers opened doors to the general public for two of the show’s three days. (Photo: Chris Dunn, York Daily Record)
Thursday, April 11
York Train Meet – York
Train collectors get ready, the York Train Meet steams into town on Thursday, April 11 and will continue through Saturday, April 13 at the York Expo Center. The three-day event is hosted by the Train Collector’s Association and will feature a number of exhibits and vendors. For more information,visit easterntca.com or call 732-547-8818.
Friday, April 12
The Big Swing Things III – downtown York
The three-day swing festival roars through downtown York from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14. The Unforgettable Big Band and Valencia Ballroom are co-hosting the festival which features 11 big bands, including Boilermaker Jazz Band and Gettysburg Big Band. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit unforgettablebigband.com.
Second Friday in Lititz – downtown LItitz
Second Friday in downtown Lititz runs 5-9 p.m. Visitors can enjoy live music, entertainment and after-hours shopping. For more information, visit lititzpa.com or call 717-626-6332.
Saturday, April 13
Dills Celtic Festival – Dillsburg
The second annual Dills Celtic Festival at the Historic Dills Tavern will feature a number of Celtic-inspired events, performances and vendors. The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit dillscelticfest.com or call 717-502-1440.
Second Saturday – downtown Hanover
Main Street Hanover’s monthly event returns with an environmentally friendly theme of “Green Clean.” From 10 a.m. to noon volunteers can help clean up downtown Hanover and visit an environmental fair. For more information, visit mainstreethanover.org or call 717-637-6130.
Monday, April 22
Lincoln Funeral Train at Star Barn Village – Elizabethtown
The Star Barn Village hosts a re-enactment of President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train procession. The re-enactment will feature a fully restored replica of the original funeral car and coffin. In addition, guests will be able to explore historic photos and listen to historic lectures from performers. For more information, visit starbarn.com or call 717-902-9791.
Friday, April 26
Harrisburg Beer Week – Harrisburg
Harrisburg Beer Week kicks off on Friday, April 26 and will run through until Sunday, May 5. The 9-day celebration boasts a number of daily and weekly events at local breweries throughout the Harrisburg region including the Battle of the Homebrewers. For a complete list of events and participating breweries, visit harrisburgbeerweek.com.
Manual scoreboard operator Liz Leaman works during the second inning of the York Revolution’s home opener against the Lancaster Barnstormers Thursday, April 26, 2018, at PeoplesBank Park. The Revs open their 12th season as defending champions after winning their third Atlantic League title in 2017. (Photo: Chris Dunn, York Daily Record)
Atlantic League Opening Day – downtown York, downtown Lancaster
Baseball is back in full swing. Both the York Revolution and Lancaster Barnstormers open their Atlantic League seasons with home openers. The York Revs begin the season against the Long Island Ducks at 6:30 p.m. The Lancaster Barnstormers open the season versus the High Point Rockers at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase Revs tickets, visit yorkrevolution.com or call 717-801-4487. For more information on the Barnstormers’ opener, visit lancasterbarnstormers.com or call 717-509-4487.
Saturday, April 27
PA Flavor – Harrisburg
Get ready for a foodies paradise, the annual restaurant and beer sampling event at the PA Farm Complex begins at 2 p.m. The event will feature over 30 breweries and over a dozen restaurants with live music and entertainment. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit paflavor.com or call 717-232-4433.
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Science is Amazing Festival at Lancaster Science Factory – Lancaster
Science is amazing and free, at least from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Lancaster Science Factory. The Science is Amazing Festival will include various demonstrations and STEM-inspired activities. For more information, visit lancastersciencefactory.org or call 717-509-6363.
Wetlands Festival at Wildwood Park – Harrisburg
The family-friendly event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg. The festival features live animal programs, a bird walk, nature olympics, and live music. For more information, visit wildwoodlake.org or call 717-221-0292.
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