7 Family-Friendly Activities to Do This Spring in Central PA

Spring in Central Pennsylvania is a beautiful and fun time of year when everyone seems to come back to life and branch out into the community looking for fun, family-friends events to enjoy. Central PA has an ever-growing list of activities, parades and festivals that cater to a wide variety of interests. Here’s a look at 6 of the many family-friends activities to put on your calendar this spring!


St. Patrick’s Day Parades – Varied Dates

All across Central PA, St. Patrick’s Day Parades will be taking place over the course of March. This means multiple opportunities for you and the family to head out and experience the fun of this lively Irish holiday. Here is a snap shot of the St. Patrick’s Day Parades scheduled this year in Central PA: Scranton and York on March 11; Lancaster (a Saint Patrick’s Day benefit concert) on March 11; Philadelphia on March 12; Harrisburg on March 18; Stroudsburg on March 19; and Girardville on March 25.

Central PA Comic Con – April 1-2, 2017

Saturday, April 1 through Sunday, April 2, the York Fairgrounds will be transformed into “Central PA Comic Con.” Memorial Hall East will feature 28,000 square feet of fandom fun with meet and greets with some of your favorite comedic stars. This year marks the five year anniversary of the event, and they have plans to make it the best one yet. If your family is a fan of comics, be sure to mark your calendars for this event.

Spring Carlisle Car Show – April 19-23, 2017

From Wednesday, April 19 through Sunday, April 23, the Spring Carlisle Car Show will again take place at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. This is a collector and classic car swap meet, car corral and auction that has been noted as one of the top five automotive swap meets in the world by Fox News. This is a great family event where you can casually explore the 8,100 vending spaces and even slip behind the wheel of some of the vehicles!

Dillsburg Picklefest – May 13, 2017

This small town festival kicks off with a 5k Pickle Chase & then all of the food starts up.  Of course, there are many pickle flavored items to try!  There is a charming arts & craft show, a kids zone, and even a little of history to explore at the Maple Shade Barn.  If you are looking for a relaxed free event, Picklefest has what you are looking for!

Greek Fest of Holy Trinity – May 19-21, 2017

Starting on Friday, May 19 and running through Sunday, May 21, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Camp Hill will again host its ever-popular Greek Fest. What really draws in the crowds in the mouthwatering array of handmade, authentic Greek food. Whether your taste is sweet or savory, you and the whole family will find a treat worth indulging in at the Greek Fest. Better yet, there are an assortment of vendors selling crafts and various other items. Come rain or shine, this is one event not to miss!

Army Heritage Days – May 20-21, 2017

Whether someone in your family is a war-buff, or simply enjoy exploring the open grounds of the U.S. Army Education Center, make it a point to come out to Armed Forces weekend May 20-21, 2017. The grounds feature a timeline living history event that features several hundred reenactors from all eras spread out over the one mile long Army Heritage Trail. Best of all, this is a free event, making it that much more family-friendly!

Arts Fest of Greater Harrisburg – May 27-29, 2017

From Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29, the Riverfront Park in downtown Harrisburg will again be transformed into a bustling hub of activity including hundreds of vendors selling arts, crafts and delicious treats. This is a great family event because “kids” of all ages will enjoy the festival setting and all the inspiring works of art created by vendors in PA and beyond.