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Date Night in Harrisburg: 12 Events You Can't Miss This Summer

Written by Savannah Marie, Community Blogger | May 11, 2015 10:47 PM

If you're looking for a fun afternoon or evening in Harrisburg (and surrounding areas), then you are spoiled for choice. Central PA always has a host of fun events, and summer is no exception.

Need to plan a hot date this summer? Here are 12 excellent events to get you started.


Art Exhibits

The Susquehanna Art Museum always has a unique exhibit or two to draw the eyes. This summer the museum is featuring two special exhibits.

Quilts 20/20 is available June 19, and showcases current and historic quilts. Think quilting sounds like a bore? Then you haven't seen these quilts.

The second summer exhibit is Constant Bearing, a July 14 presentation of the painting and printmaking works of Donald Forsythe and Brenton Good.



If art exhibits aren't exactly your cup of tea, Harrisburg's BrewersFest might capture your interest (and tastebuds). Join thousands of other on June 20 for an amazing sampling of food and beer. Over 50 breweries will be represented, including PA locals and visiting breweries from as far away as Oregon and California. Tickets sell out quickly, so be sure to buy in advance.

Senators Baseball


Art and wine, theatre and dance not your style? Then go with a different American classic and attend a Senators baseball game on City Island. Enjoy all the fun of this classic pastime without the big city crowds. Take in a great game, chow down on great food, and soak up all the fun City Island has to offer.


Dauphin County Music & Wine Festival

Fort Hunter Park offers a 'fest that is appealing to wine and music aficionados with its two day Music & Wine Festival. Head over to the park on June 13 or 14 for a sampling of PA's finest wineries, accompanied by music from both national artists and local musicians.


Cultural Fest

If you're not sick of festivals by summer's end, then join Dauphin County in celebrating its ethnic diversity at Cultural Fest. Head down to center city Harrisburg (2nd and Market Street) on August 7 for ethnic food, music from local and national musicians, and displays from artisan and craft vendors.

Broad Street Market


Photo by David Flores


If you're a big fan of buying local, browse through Broad Street Market and stock up on some Central PA staples. Fresh produces is in abundance at the market, and don't forget to sample one of the amazing pretzels while you're browsing!

Haar's Drive-In

Looking for something that will fit your busy summer schedule better than a one-day-only event? Haar's Drive-In in Dillsburg will bring out a bit of nostalgia with it's weekly--Friday and Saturday--double feature flicks. Haar's provides a great drive in experience complete with a tasty snack stand. Just remember to bring cash for this cash-only venue.


Live Music and Comedy

Not interested in local, up and coming performers? Not to worry. Hershey's Giant Center is only a quick drive away and always has an amazing and diverse line up of stars performing on its stage. This summer take your pick from comedian Jim Gaffigan, country sensation Lady Antebellum, or the beloved music of James Taylor, among other artists.


Live Theater

Why make the trek to New York City when Central PA always has a great musical (or three!) to get your toes tapping?

The Fulton Theatre in Lancaster promises the biggest event of their 2014/2015 season with The Wizard of Oz. From June 2 to July 12, watch this beloved classic come to life with stage hydraulics, flying rigs, giant puppetry, high-tech video, and--of course--amazing musical performances. Tickets are selling out fast!

The Hershey Theatre in Hershey will also present an American classic this summer with Annie. This iconic show is only running from July 21 to July 26, so be sure to mark your calendar.

Theatre Harrisburg is going a more mysterious and spooky route with their production of The Addams Family. This creepy, kooky modern musical is running from May 1 to May 16 at the Whitaker Center in Downtown Harrisburg.

Go for a full night out with dinner at a local restaurant before the show. Just because it isn't Broadway doesn't mean you shouldn't use it as an excuse to dress up and make a night of it!

June Series at the Whitaker Center

Support young performers by attending the Central PA Youth Ballet's June Series at the Whitaker Center. Be prepared to be amazed by the incredible talents of this young dance company and the accompanying Harrisburg Symphony Youth Orchestra. The youth will present 6 performances from June 17 to June 20, and each performance is unique!



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