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January Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

It’s officially 2018 and Pennsylvania is starting off the New Year right! With tons of fun festivals and events this January - like the annual Fire & Ice Festival to the famous Pennsylvania Farm Show (where the milkshake are must) - options abound for everyone to celebrate the start of the New Year!

To see a full list of the events and festivals happening this month, check out visitPA.com.

1. Great Lakes Shipwreck Exhibition at TREC

Great Lakes Shipwreck Exhibition at TREC
Great Lakes Shipwreck Exhibition at TREC

Make your way to Erie to experience the Great Lakes Shipwreck Exhibition, hosted by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which features stories from throughout the Great Lakes, with a focus on Lake Erie’s treacherous and unpredictable waters. Marine archaeologists and historical researchers have identified as many as 132 sunken ships off the shores of Pennsylvania’s 76-mile Lake Erie coastline, with estimates suggesting the number could equal that of a naval fleet. All told, as many as 25,000 sunken ships may lie at the bottom of the five Great Lakes – each with a story to tell.

When: Now – Apr. 13

Where: Tom Ridge Environmental Center

Cost: Free

2. Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month

Girl Snow Boarding
Learn to Ski & Snowboard at Shawnee Mountain

January is the official month to learn how to ski and snowboard. Shawnee Mountain is pleased to announce its participation in this nationwide effort to get people outside and enjoying winter activities. Shawnee Mountain will be offering a discount Learn to Ski or Snowboard package which includes lift ticket, rental equipment, and a first-time group lesson.

When: Jan. 5 – 31

Where: East Stroudsburg

Cost: $65 

3. 2018 Winter Bounce Festival

Winter Bounce Festival

The Winter Bounce Festival runs every Fri., Sat. and Sun. throughout Jan. and Feb.! This event is fun for the whole family with bounceable inflatables, DJ, games, mini-golf, food, and more!

When: Jan. – Feb.

Where: Greencastle

Cost: $5 for ages 2 and under, $10 ages 3 and up, Full Month pass $100

4. The Curling Experience

people playing curling at bucks county  curling club
The Curling Experience

The Winter Olympics are right around the corner! Try one of the most popular sports, curling, for yourself at the Bucks County Curling Club. A 2-hour session will teach you the basics and get you playing the game!

When: Jan. 6 – Feb. 28

Where: Warminster

Cost: $50 

5. Twelfth Night Celebration

Twelfth Night Celebration

Celebrate the luckiest night of the year in 18th century style at historic Fort Ligonier! The Twelfth Night Celebration features an 18th century orchestra, dancing, and treats including a Twelfth Night Cake and spirits.

When: Jan. 6

Where: Ligonier

Cost: $35-45 

6. Pennsylvania Farm Show

butter sculpture at Pennsylvania Farm Show
Pennsylvania Farm Show

The annual Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural exposition under one roof in the nation – with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, and 300 commercial exhibits every year. Mark your calendars, and join the Farm Show for a week-long celebration of Pennsylvania’s leading industry!

When: Jan. 6 - 13

Where: Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center

Cost: Free (Parking $15)

7. Twelfth Night at Priestley House

Priestley House covered with snow
Priestley House in Northumberland

In merry old England, Twelfth Night marked the end of Christmas, and it was commonly believed that all seasonal decorations were to be taken down on that date to avoid bad luck for the year. It was a night of gaiety often filled with practical jokes and short plays. Have you ever wondered how the Priestley family celebrated Twelfth Night in Northumberland? A time for merrymaking, the Twelfth Night celebration will feature musical entertainment, experiments by Dr. Joseph Priestley in his laboratory, children’s activities, wassail, Twelfth Night or king’s cake, and other warm and spicy refreshments that would have been enjoyed during the Priestley family’s celebrations.

When: Jan. 7

Where: Northumberland

Cost: Free

8. Reading Fire & Ice Fest

ice sculpture at reading fire and ice festival
Reading Fire & Ice Fest

Reading Fire + Ice Fest, Pennsylvania’s Americana Region’s premier winter festival, returns to downtown Reading this Jan. Shake off the mid-winter blues with the fest’s various activities, including a Snowfall Ball, ice-carving competitions, fire performances, a chili cook-off, live music, and food trucks.  All outdoor activities are free, while the chili cook-off and Snowfall Ball have nominal entry fees.

When: Jan. 12 - 13

Where: Reading

Cost: Costs Vary

9. Big Philly Beerfest

People gathering near vendor stalls at Big Philly Fest
Big Philly Beerfest

Celebrate the fourth annual Big Philly Beerfest highlighting more than 125 breweries and a ton of craft beer varieties. This two-day event is as crowd-pleasing as it is helpful as its proceeds benefit Animal Rescue Partners.

When: Jan. 12 - 13

Where: Philadelphia Convention Center

Cost: $45-65 

10. Fire & Ice Festival

ice sculpting at somerset ice and Fire Festival
Fire & Ice Festival

Somerset’s 23rd annual Fire & Ice Festival is a must-do winter celebration! During the event, the quaint Uptown Somerset comes alive with ice sculptures, fireworks, live ice carving demonstrations, a chili cook-off, local brews, food trucks, live music, and much more. This year’s theme is "Winter Games,” highlighting classic winter sports played all over the world.

When: Jan. 12-14

Where: Somerset

Cost: Free

11. Flavors of Central Market: Chili Fest

Flavors of Central Market: Chili Fest

At the Flavors of Central Market, ten market vendors are paired with ten Mudhook beers.  At the start of each event you'll receive your very own Flavors of Central Market tasting glass and a map, and then you're on your way! Enjoy an afternoon of good food, brews, and music. This season’s themes are PA Dutch, Chili Fest, Sweets, and Vendor’s Showcase.

When: Jan. 13

Where: York

Cost: $10-$60

12. 55th Annual Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship

Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship

Love sledding? Try this unique race at the annual Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship. Bring a sled and the fastest rider to reach the bottom wins!

When: Jan. 13

Where: Baden

Cost: Free

13. Paranormal Investigation at Capitol Theatre

Paranormal Investigation at Capitol Theater
Paranormal Investigation at Capitol Theatre

The historic Capitol Theatre, after 90 years of operation seems to have gained some benevolent spirits who just don’t want to leave the comforts of the theatre. In collaboration with The Ghost PitCapitol Theatre invites the paranormal-curious to learn the ins and outs of an investigation and then ‘graduate’ into participating in an actual paranormal investigation with the inauguration of PNI – our take on CSI – only without a crime scene.

When: Jan. 14

Where: Chambersburg

Cost: $35

14. Pittsburgh Restaurant Week

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week
Pittsburgh Restaurant Week

It’s the most delicious time of the year in Pittsburgh with its annual Restaurant Week celebration. Choose from an abundance of local restaurants that are sure to leave you and your taste buds happy!

When: Jan. 15 - 21

Where: Participating Pittsburgh Restaurants

Cost: TBD

15. 3rd In The Burg Around The City

antiques displayed
3rd In The Burg Around The City

Harrisburg shows off its creative flair with 3rd in the Burg, a celebration of the city’s quickly growing arts and cultural scene. Each month, dozens of venues host special events - exhibits, music, theater, comedy, lectures - throughout Downtown and Midtown. Experience the destination that Harrisburg is — and continues to become.

When: Jan. 19

Where: Various Harrisburg Locations

Cost: Free

16. 34th Annual Bluegrass Festival

singer singing at Blue grass festival
34th Annual Bluegrass Festival | Photo Credit: Meadville Times

Blue grass music lovers flock to the annual Bluegrass Festival every year to enjoy dozens of bands who volunteer their time and talents for the annual fundraiser that benefits the local hospice.

When: Jan. 19 - 21

Where: Conneaut Lake

Cost:  Free

17. New Hope Winter Festival

New Hope Winter Festival

The annual New Hope Winter Festival is a week filled with winter fun between these two Delaware River towns. Enjoy activities like a chili cook-off, winter walking food and shop tour, concert, Revolutionary and Musical Pub Crawl, inn to inn dinner and house tour, and more!

When: Jan. 20-28

Where: New Hope

Cost: $20-$52

18. Pocono Winter Beerfest

Pocono Winter Beerfest

The Pocono Winter Beerfest is back for its third year at the Sherman Theater! With over 100 beer selections to enjoy with more food, vendors, and space than ever before, experience the concert-style Beerfest you’ve waited all 2017 for! Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass with unlimited samples! Doors open for VIP ticketholders at 12pm and general admission at 1pm.

When: Jan. 20

Where: Stroudsburg

Cost: $35 General Admission | $50 VIP

19. The Pocono Winter Wine, Food, & Spirits Festival

The Pocono Winter Wine, Food, & Spirits Festival

The Pocono Winter Wine, Food, & Spirits Festival is designed to introduce attendees to a variety of local wines produced in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, as well as select wineries from the Pennsylvania Wine Trail. The event includes complimentary samples of local wine, spirits and fine cuisine, art displays, a variety of wine-related vendors, and free wine-tasting education.

When: Jan. 21

Where: Stroudsburg

Cost: $40

20. IceFest ‘18

IceFest ‘18

The annual winter event returns for IceFest ’18! This event is fun for the whole family. Live ice carvings, a double wide slide, chili cook-off, and snowfall ball will make downtown Chambersburg the place to be during the winter days.

When: Jan. 25-28

Where: Chambersburg

Cost: Free

21. Blue Mountain Winter Fest

man ice sculpting snow flake design
Blue Mountain Winter Fest

Blue Mountain invites you to their annual Winter Fest. Try out the luge track and meet members of the USA Luge team! Watch ice sculptors create beautiful works of art, meet real sled dogs and learn about dog sledding, enjoy live music, fireworks and more! Stay warm with Blue Mountain's hot chocolate, or embrace the cold and try out snowshoeing! This is Blue Mountain’s 40th year operating; celebrate with them!

When: Jan. 27 – 28

Where: Palmerton

Cost: Free

22. Wally Ice Fest

curling at Wally Ice Fest
Wally Ice Fest

Wally Ice Fest celebrates winter fun in the Pocono Mountains. Tourists and community members alike will enjoy everything from Ice Sculptures and a curling demonstration event to the two main events: Pocono Pond Hockey Tournament and Iced Tee Golf. The setting is on top of a frozen Lake Wallenpaupack, near the dike at the northeastern end. Weather dependent.

When: Jan. 27 – 28

Where: Lake Wallenpaupack

Cost: Cost Varies

23. Annual Clearfield YMCA Winter Family Festival 

Annual Clearfield YMCA Winter Family Festival
Annual Clearfield YMCA Winter Family Festival

Enjoy this two day Winter Family Festival while participating in family fun games like the frozen salami sling, kids snow box derby, polar bear swim, or participate in the freeze your gizzard 5k race. Gather a team and play blizzard volleyball. Enjoy ice skating, ice fishing, and learn basic cross-country ski and snow shoeing. 

When: Jan. 27 –  28

Where: Penfield

Cost: Free

24. Philadelphia Auto Show

luxury and Exotic cars on display at Philly Auto Show
Philadelphia Auto Show

The Philadelphia Auto Show features hundreds of concept, classic, luxury and exotic cars on display, with every major vehicle manufacturer represented. All vehicles are arranged by category, making it easy to navigate the 700,000-square-foot display floor. Get up-close and personal with the newest vehicle models that will soon be at dealerships around the region. Visitors can even hop inside most of the vehicles on display, and some select models are even available for test drives.

When: Jan. 27 – Feb. 4

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center

Cost: Free

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