As we roar into a new decade we’re faced with an age-old problem, seeking an answer for the ever-present question: what is there to do this weekend?
Well, don’t worry. It’s a new year full of new events and we have you covered for this month. Check out what’s happening around the region this month:
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Penguin Plunge — Harrisburg
What better way to begin the new year than a polar plunge into the Susquehanna River? The Humane Society of Harrisburg and Dough Head Waffles co-host the 2020 Penguin Plunge at City Island. The first dip is scheduled for noon. For more information or to register for the swim, firstgiving.com or call 717-564-3320.
Friday, Jan 3
First Friday — downtown York
The first First Friday of 2020 begins at 5 p.m. The monthly celebration features several events including:
- Special screening of “Abominable” at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Capitol Theatre’s First Friday Family Film series
- Octavia’s Blues Duo perform at York Elks Lodge #213 at 7 p.m.
- Gallery @227 hosts the “DANCYN to 2020” art exhibit from 5 to 9 p.m.
For more information, visit downtownyorkpa.com or call 717-849-2331.
Saturday, Jan 4
PA Farm Show — Harrisburg
The PA Farm Show returns on Saturday, Jan 4 and runs through until Saturday, Jan 11. The week-long celebration features a rodeo, pie-eating contests, plenty of food and of course, the annual butter sculpture unveiling. For more information, visit farmshow.pa.gov or call 717-787-5373.
HBG Flea Market at Strawberry Square — Harrisburg
The HBG Flea hosts its pop-up flea market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Strawberry Square. The event is free to attend and features over 70 local artists and vendors. For more information, visit hbgflea.com or call 717-831-8195.
Tuesday, Jan. 7
Keystone Farm Show — York
The York Expo Center hosts the 22nd annual Keystone Farm Show from Tuesday, Jan 7 through Thursday, Jan. 9. The show features nearly a hundred vendors and commercial equipment exhibits. For more information, visit keystonefarmshow.com or call 518-673-2445.
Sunday, Jan. 12
Wyndridge Wedding Showcase — Dallastown
Wyndridge Farm hosts the 4th annual Wyndridge Wedding Showcase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features dozens of photographers, florists and is free to attend for all brides and their families. For more information, visit wyndridge.com or call 717-244-9900.
Wedding Wonderland at York Expo Center — York
The York Expo Center hosts the 38th annual Wedding Wonderland show from noon to 3 p.m. The event features dozens of vendors along with a bridal show. For more information, visit weddingwonderlandpa.com or call 717-478-4011.
Thursday, Jan. 16
FestivICE — downtown York
The 6th annual FestiviICE returns to downtown York from Thursday, Jan. 16 through Saturday, Jan. 18. The winter ice festival features dozens of ice sculpture displays, live entertainment and a 40-foot ice slide. For more information,visit eventiveyork.com or call 717-801-4489.
Thursday, Jan. 23
PA Auto Show — Harrisburg
The PA Auto Show kicks off on Jan. 23 at the PA Farm Show Complex. The four-day event features more than 600 vehicles from more than a dozen manufacturers. For more information, visit autoshowharrisburg.com or call 717-576-2212.
Saturday, Jan. 25
Lebanon Bologna Fest & Winter Carnival
The Lebanon Expo Center hosts the 10th annual Lebanon Bologna Fest from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The family-friendly event features plenty of food and beverage samples, cornhole tournaments and live entertainment. For more information,visit the event’s Facebook page or call 717-273-2641.
Thursday, Jan. 30
Chambersburg IceFest — Chambersburg
The annual IceFest returns Jan. 30 and runs through until Sunday, February 2. The three-day-long festival includes dozens of ice sculptures, an ice slide, beer garden and 5K run. For more information, visit icefestpa.com or call 717-263-8529.
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