Enjoy the start of a new year with a variety of events in the Cumberland Valley! A few highlights include the famous PA Farm Show, performances, and fun activities for friends and families.

1. 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show

Come out to enjoy the famous Farm Show food, check out hundreds of agricultural exhibits, see the sculpture carved from over 1,000 pounds of butter, learn about the wonders of nature, and explore everything that makes agriculture Pennsylvania's leading industry. With nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, and 300 commercial exhibits, this event showcases the quality and breadth of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and the people who make it thrive.

Date: January 5 - 12, 2019 • Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: PA Farm Show Complex
Address: 2300 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg
Phone: 717-787-2905 • Website: http://www.farmshow.pa.gov/

2. Tommy James & The Shondells

Head over to the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center to enjoy music from the artist responsible for “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Hanky Panky,” “Crimson & Clover,” “Draggin’ The Line,” “Mony, Mony,” and “Sweet Cherry Wine”.  23 gold records, nine platinum albums and over 100 million records sold worldwide, in addition to his 32 Billboard Hot 100 charting hits, many have been covered by artists around the world.

Date: January 19, 2019 Time: 7:30 PM
Location: H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
Address: 475 Lancaster Drive, Shippensburg
Phone: 717-477-7469 • Website: http://www.luhrscenter.com/

3. First Day Hike

Resolve to start the New Year on the right foot with an easy 2-mile hike on fairly level trails in the forested Pine Plantation. Registration is not required for this free hike. Leashed dogs are welcome. In the case of snow on the trails, snowshoes will be made available for use (limited sizes available) on a first come, first served basis. Please bring water, dress for the weather and have appropriate footwear. Meet at the Pine Plantation Day Use Area.

Date: January 1, 2019 • Time: 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: Kings Gap Environmental Education Center
Address: 500 Kings Gap Road, Carlisle
Phone: 717-486-5031Website: http://www.friendsofkingsgap.org/

4. Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia

Join Terell Stafford, artistic director and world-renowned trumpet player, and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP), in a concert celebratory concert for the Martin Luther King holiday. Joining JOP will be Rutha Harris, one of the original Freedom Singers, and Messiah's own gospel choir, United Voices of Praise. JOP is an orchestra of 17 stellar, homegrown musical artists dedicated to presenting the highest quality jazz to the greatest number of people, and is designed to preserve, represent and continue Philadelphia's unique, rich jazz sound and tradition. JOP aims to become the face of Philadelphia jazz, establishing the city as a nationally and internationally recognized destination for jazz performance.

Date: January 22, 2019 Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
LocationHigh Center, Parmer Hall @ Messiah College
Address: One College Avenue, Mechanicsburg
Phone: 717-691-6036 • Website: https://www.messiah.edu/

5. Pennsylvania Auto Show 2019

With more than 30 manufacturers on display, don't miss the PA Auto Show. Whether you are in the market for a new vehicle, want to check out the latest in automotive technology, or just love cars, the Pennsylvania Auto Show is the place to be. Come to see hundreds of new cars, trucks, sport/utility vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles and more that will turn the PA Farm Show Complex into an automotive showroom.

Dates: January 24 - 27, 2019
Time: Thursday 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Friday/Saturday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: PA Farm Show Complex
Address: 2300 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg
Phone: 717-787-2905 • Website: http://www.farmshow.pa.gov/

6. Radium Girls

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire. Called a "powerful" and "engrossing" drama by critics, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the peculiarly American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.

Dates: January 18 - 19, 25 - 27, February 1 - 3, 2019
Time: Evening Performances at 8:00 PM; Sunday Matinees at 2:30 PM
Location: Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg
Address: 915 South York Street, Mechanicsburg
Phone: 717-766-0535 • Website: https://ltmpa.com/

7. Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra January Masterworks & Pops Series

The January Masterworks includes two very different takes on the waltz, one by that most Viennese of composers, Johann Strauss, the other by the Frenchman, Maurice Ravel. After intermission, Stuart conducts the monumental 11th Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich, subtitled “The Year 1905.”

The POPS series brings contemporary, popular works to the symphony.  In January they salute the two most successful Broadway composers of the past 50 yrs. Three star vocalists with multiple Broadway credits join with Stuart and the HSO to sing favorite songs from megahit shows like Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Jesus Christ Superstar and Phantom of the Opera!

Dates: January 12 - 13 2019; January 26 - 27, 2019
Time: Saturday @ 8:00 pm; Sunday @ 3:00 pm
Location: The Forum Auditorium
Address: 500 Walnut Street, Harrisburg
Phone: 717-545-5598 • Website: https://www.harrisburgsymphony.org/

8. Stan & Ollie Movie Premiere

Community CARES will premiere the movie “Stan and Ollie” starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly at the Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Theatre. The movie reunites Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo, as they embark on a journey to reignite their film careers. 

Dates: January 17, 2019 • Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Carlisle Theatre
Address: 50 W Penn Street, Carlisle
Phone: 717-249-1009 • Website: https://www.morethanshelter.org/

9. Bodytraffic

Los Angeles-based BODYTRAFFIC has become one of the most talked about dance companies in the country! The internationally recognized company will bring an evening of mixed repertoire that will leave you wanting more! BODYTRAFFIC has been named “the company of the future” by The Joyce Theater Foundation, Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” and “Best of Culture” by the Los Angeles Times.

Dates: January 23, 2019 • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Rose Lehrman Arts Center
Address: One HACC Drive, Harrisburg
Phone: 717-231-7673 • Website: http://www.hacc.edu/RLAC/bodytraffic.cfm

10. Back to the Basics Market Tour

Join General Manager, Susan Kiskis, for a Market Tour. Learn about the basics of healthy food and a healthy lifestyle. What is the difference between organic and all natural? What are GMO's? What is "Whole Food?" Find the answers to these and other questions in our Back to Basics Market Tour.

Dates: January 12, 2019 • Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: The Healthy Grocer
Address: 3800 Trindle Road, Camp Hill
Phone: 717-737-5123 • Website:  http://www.thehealthygrocer.com/