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March Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

It’s Maple Month, and Pennsylvania has everything you need to tap into the history and production of maple syrup! Whether you’re visiting a sugarhouse or tapping a tree, the maple tradition is a great reason to treat yourself to something sweet this sugaring season. If sugar rushes aren’t your speed, you can still indulge your taste buds at one of the top beer festivals in the U.S. or one of Pennsylvania’s many restaurant weeks. Savory or sweet, this month’s events are sure to satisfy every Happy Traveler. Get ready to spring into happiness this March!

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

1. Circle of the Bygon: Artwork by Brynda Glazier

Huntingdon Native Brynda Glazier’s artwork is rooted in ceramic sculpture, but also ranges from oil painting, drawing, collage, photography, video, and most recently, to performance and sound installation. Glazier’s figures and environments navigate the constructs of sublime beauty, inescapable monstrosity, and the complexities that occur within a constantly dueling existence. Her work, which will be featured at The Art Space in downtown Huntingdon, was selected for the Cream from the Top: The Best of Bay Area’s Emerging Artists.

When: Mar. 9-Apr. 7

Where: Huntingdon

Cost: FREE

2. 8th Annual Newtown Irish Festival

Visit Newtown on St. Patrick’s Day weekend for their 8th Annual Newtown Irish Festival, a four-day celebration featuring live music, Irish step-dancing, traditional Irish food and drinks, kid-friendly activities, as well as the popular 5K Shamrock Shuffle. The party kicks off with a performance by Celtic rock band The Galway Guild at the Green Parrot Restaurant.

When: Mar. 15-18

Where: Newtown

Cost: $10

3. Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

woman shopping jewelry at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

The Sugarloaf Craft Festival, one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the country, returns to Montgomery County this spring. It features more than 250 of the country’s top artisans displaying and selling their unique creations during the three-day event.

When: Mar. 16-18

Where: Oaks

Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

4. "O'Malley's Irish Pub" Dinner Theater

bartender O Malleys Irish Pub Dinner Theater
"O'Malley's Irish Pub" Dinner Theater

Join Enchanté Cabaret at Historic Beefeaters Restaurant on Saint Patrick’s Day for Irish melodies, Broadway numbers, pop songs, audience participation, and a sing-along pub style of "When Irish Eyes are Smiling." Meal and show included with ticket purchase.

When: Mar. 17

Where: Bradford

Cost: $49.95

5. Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Pittsburgh Saint Particks day parade
Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Pittsburgh’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade honors Ireland’s patron saint and celebrates Pittsburgh’s Irish heritage. This year, the parade honors the late U.S. Ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steelers legend Daniel M. Rooney by dedicating the parade to him. Members of the Rooney family, along with representatives from the Steelers, will participate in the parade as honored guests. The parade is one of the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the nation.

When: Mar. 17

Where: Pittsburgh

Cost: Free

6. Miller's Purely Maple’s Open House

Nestle into Miller's Purely Maple farm in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania and familiarize yourself with the delights of pure maple. Stop by to witness the process of boiling sap down to syrup during the Miller’s Annual Open House. Treat yourself to a variety of seasonal maple goodies, like freshly-spun maple cotton candy, and participate in family-friendly activities taking place.

When: Mar. 17

Where: Wellsboro

Cost: TBD

7. 14th Annual Maple Weekend in Potter - Tioga

Maple Syrup bottle in Maple tree leave shaped
14th Annual Maple Weekend in Potter - Tioga

Maple Weekend in the PA Wilds includes 17 participating farms across Potter and Tioga counties. Learn about each farm, as well as the processes and recipes passed from generation to generation. In addition, visitors witness firsthand the wide variety of maple products made in Pennsylvania, such as maple salad dressing, barbecue sauce, jellies, homemade cookies, milkshakes, and cotton candy.

When: Mar. 17-18

Where: Potter and Tioga counties

Cost: Free

8. Pennsylvania Maple Festival

Maple season festivities culminate in the Laurel Highlands with the 71st annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival in “Maple City USA” and feature a variety of activities, including maple syrup production demonstrations, live entertainment, a quilt show, tea with Queen Maple, children’s activities, and tractor and farm equipment shows. Not to be missed are the Grand Feature Parade, Lions Club pancake breakfasts, and “Legend of the Magic Water,” a historical pageant brought to life by more than 100 residents depicting the discovery of maple syrup and the history of Meyersdale through song, dance, and narration.

When: Mar. 17-18, 21-25

Where: Meyersdale

Cost: $5/ adults, $1/children ages 5-12., Children 5 years and under are free

9. Shaver’s Creek Maple Harvest Festival

people taking guided tour at shavers creek maple harvest festival
Shaver’s Creek Maple Harvest Festival

Come celebrate the first harvest of the New Year with Shaver’s Creek in late March. Since 1984, Shaver’s Creek has hosted the Maple Harvest Festival and Pancake Breakfast to help people learn about both colonial and modern maple sugaring processes. At the festival, learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees and visit the Sugar Shack to see sap transformed into syrup. You can also watch costumed interpreters demonstrate sugaring techniques used by Native Americans, pioneers, and modern-day farmers; enjoy live music and storytelling; and of course, savor all-you-can-eat pancakes and fresh maple syrup.

When: Mar. 17-18

Where: Petersburg

Cost: Cost Varies

10. Loch's Maple Open House

Lochs Maple Open House
Loch's Maple Open House

Get a firsthand look at how delicious, sweet maple syrup is made at Loch's Maple annual open house. Take a tour of the maple syrup operation, in production since 1981, and Fiber Mill, a fiber-processing mill in operation since May 2007. Enjoy demonstrations of soap making, hand spinning, blacksmithing, woodworking, weaving, quilting, and knitting. Snack on various maple treats such as syrup, candy, milkshake and sundaes, hot cocoa, and Wooden Spoon baked goods.

When: Mar. 17-18

Where: Springville

Cost: Free

11. Maple Taste & Tour Weekend in Northwest PA

Spend the weekend exploring the heart of maple producers in northwest Pennsylvania with the 14th Annual Maple Taste & Tour Weekend. Take free tours of working maple syrup sugaring operations, sample a variety of maple goodies, and experience the unique and different ways to produce maple syrup.

When: Mar. 17-18

Where:  Northwestern PA sugarhouses

Cost: Free

12. Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Stroudsburg

saint particks day parade in Stroudsburg
Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Stroudsburg

Enjoy marching units, bands, nonprofit groups, politicians, and local businesses marching between two boroughs to celebrate the life and good works of St. Patrick with a parade organized by the Pocono Irish American Club. The St. Patrick's Day Parade kicks off at the Stroudsburg High School and ends at Crystal Street in East Stroudsburg.

When: Mar. 18

Where: Stroudsburg

Cost: Free

13. Costume Carnival Day

people in costumes at costume Carnival Day, East Stroudsburg
Costume Carnival Day

Join Shawnee Mountain Ski Area for the 34th Annual Costume Carnival Day. Those in full costume will receive a free same-day lift ticket. Participants do not need to wear the costume skiing or riding. A costume parade and judging will be held with some great prizes in several categories.

When: Mar. 18

Where: East Stroudsburg

Cost: Free lift tickets for those in full costume

14. St. Patrick’s Day Sasquatch Search

Wear your green for a moderate hiking experience. After meeting at Bevington Boat Launch, hike up the scenic hill where Bigfoot has been allegedly sighted in the recent past. Choose from several distance options based on your turnaround point: Tony Dytko Rd (2.8 miles roundtrip), Snake Run Rd (5.2 miles), or Sankey Hill Rd (9.4 miles). After your hike, join us at the P&LE Train Station for hot dogs and hiking stories.

When: Mar. 18

Where: Wampum

Cost: Free

15. Philly Wine Week

Philly Wine Week
Philly Wine Week

The ever-expanding Philly Wine Week now features hundreds of events in more than 50 restaurants and bars across the city. From tastings to dinner parties to educational sessions, vino-filled opportunities of all sorts await you!

When: Mar. 22-29

Where: Philadelphia

Cost: Pay as you go

16. Seven Springs Pond Skim

Pond skim
Seven Springs Pond Skim

At the Seven Springs Pond Skim you might get wet attempting to cross the ponds, or get splashed while watching from the Foggy Goggle. If you are up for the challenge, grab your skis or snowboard and see if you can be the one to conquer the double-dip pond in your craziest costume. Win in best skim, best splash, or best costume, and you could go home with a 2018-2019 season pass.

When: Mar. 24

Where: Champion

Cost: Free to watch, $25 to participate

17. Parking Lot Party at Camelback Mountain

Parking Lot Party at Camelback Mountain
Parking Lot Party at Camelback Mountain

This annual spring celebration includes tailgating, live music, pond skimming, the Cardboard Box Splash Down Derby, cookoffs, and more. Camelback will give away great prizes through the day. Reservations for parking spaces must be made in advance and will be open to Super Passholders Mar. 2-9, 2018. Spaces will be available to the public on Mar. 10.

When: Mar. 24

Where: Tannersville

Cost: $20 for each parking space, Free for spectators

18. Bradford Brewfest

beer grades in glasses, Bradford Brewfest
Bradford Brewfest

Sample a wide variety of different brews while enjoying live music at the Bradford Brewfest. Get your own souvenir sampling glass and try your luck at bucket or a 50/50 raffle for door prizes. Local restaurants will participate as food vendors. Tickets are available at the Bradford Area Chamber of Commerce.

When: Mar. 24

Where: Bradford

Cost: $25 in advance or $35 at the door

19. Kids’ Nature Days – “Spring is in the Air”

What better way to spend late Mar. than tapping for syrup in the budding woods of Silver Lake? Your child will love to see what goes into making delicious maple syrup while wandering through the woods during “Spring is in the Air.”

When: Mar. 29-30

Where: Bristol

Cost: $50 for one day, $90 for two days

20. Springtime in the Park at Hersheypark 

roller coaster ride hershey park

Get a taste of the summer fun with more than 50 rides and attractions, visit with Hershey's Characters, and walk on the wild side at ZooAmerica during Springtime in the Park at Hersheypark.

When: Mar. 30 – Apr.il 1, 7-8 and 14-15

Where: Hershey

Cost: $35.95

21. Parker Dam Sate Park 

Every Saturday and Sunday in March, visit Parker Dam Sate Park to hear the sweet story of maple sugaring, how it was discovered and made years ago, and how you can make it yourself. Learn how to identify maple trees in the winter, how to choose the right trees for tapping, and where to place the taps. See how large, modern sugar operations produce syrup and other maple products, as well as how Parker Dam State Park’s small operation produces this tasteful treat.

When: Saturdays and Sundays in March

Where: Penfield

Cost: Free

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