Festivals for history, car shows, Greek food, culture, wine, flowers and more highlight some of top things to do this May in the Cumberland Valley!
1. 2017 Army Heritage Days
Each year the USAHEC hosts Army Heritage Days, a timeline living history event that features several hundred reenactors from all eras spread out over the one mile long Army Heritage Trail. Decked out in period uniforms and weapons, these living historians will have their historical equipment and weapons on display and will be available to talk to the public and answer any of your burning history questions!
As always, this event centers on one specific theme. This year's focus will be tanks and armored vehicles! This event will be one of a kind, featuring armored vehicles from many different eras that will be allowed to DRIVE on the USAHEC's tank course to demonstrate MANUEVERS and TACTICS! There will also be a logistics and operations competition with various challenges to complete.
In addition to the tank display, we will be bringing back old favorites, such as the Veterans Meet and Greet, lectures by notable historians, the kid's passport program, and informational programs by the reenactors on the Army Heritage Trail. As always, the event will also feature a book sale in the Museum Store and several food vendors with a variety of different cuisine offerings.
So be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21, 2017 for a weekend full of history, tanks, and family fun! As always, the event is free and open to the public. Check back for a schedule of events and additional information, closer to the event.
Date: May 20, 2017 - May 21, 2017 • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: US Army Heritage and Education Center
Address: 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle
Phone: 717-245-3972 • Website: http://ahec.armywarcollege.edu
We have reinvented a nearly 30-year tradition by transcending all marques, scenes and styles, the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals features more than 2,000 show vehicles. Joining together two shows will create a larger, more exciting and action-packed show experience. In addition to the imports, this exciting new event welcomes domestics, kits cars, motorcycles, and trucks as well. From around the world, see the top builds, restorations, clubs and brands. In addition to thousands of show cars, get your high-octane adrenaline rush with autocross, drifting, rolling exhaust competition, burnouts and more.
Date: May 19, 2017 - May 21, 2017 • Time: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM; closed on Sunday at 3:00 PM
Location: Carlisle Fairgrounds
Address: 1000 Bryn Mawr Rd., Carlisle
Phone: 717-243-7855 • Website: http://www.carlisleevents.com/carlisle-events/carlisle-spring-swap-meet-corral-auction
3. PA Greek Fest 2017
Take a tour of our church (see website for schedule), enjoy watching our Greek dancers, stop by the hand-crafted jewelry and artisan booths, and visit our Gyro, Souvlaki & Saganaki booths. Cash only for food, beverage and Greek grocery store. ATM on site.
Free parking is available on the church property. Street parking is available in the neighborhood but please respect our neighbors and refrain from blocking driveways.
Date: May 19, 2017 - May 21, 2017 • Time: Fri & Sat 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Sun 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Address: 1000 Yverdon Drive, Camp Hill
Phone: 717-920-1579 • Website: http://www.holytrinityhbg.org/PAGreekFest.html
Think you can handle obstacles like a tire flip, mud hole, gravel carry, keg drag and an all-around challenging 5k or 5-mile dash through Pennsy Supply's Silver Spring Quarry? Appalachian Brewing Company and Pennsy Supply invite you to join us for this community event. Sign up for a day of mud, sweat and beers! Register online at www.abcbrew.com/event/brewser2017. To view a video of the course, click here.
5. 16th Annual Art Walk & Wine Tasting
Looking for a spring afternoon of old town history, wine tasting, and uptown shops and galleries? Join us for the 16th annual Art Walk & Wine Tasting in downtown Mechanicsburg. Artists will be showcasing their talents throughout downtown. Enjoy music, art exhibits, and wine tastings at all of your favorite local downtown Mechanicsburg businesses.
Pick-up your hand painted wine glass to partake in the event. The will be available at the Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership tent during the Earth Day Festival on April 22 or can be purchased from the following businesses beginning on April 24: Just Clogs (15 W. Main Street); Civil War and More (10 S. Market Street); Caromal Colours (13 E. Main Street); Eckels (36 E. Main Street).
Date: May 13, 2017 • Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Location: Downtown Mechanicsburg
Address: Main & Market Streets, Mechanicsburg
Phone: 717-441-3839 • Website: http://downtownmechanicsburg.com/events/
6. 18th Amani Festival
The Amani Festival is a one-day multi-cultural festival designed to bring people together from various backgrounds to learn more about each other. Amani means "peace" in Swahili. The festival will include over 40 vendors (food, community service agencies, arts & crafts), local businesses, live entertainment and music, a children's alley, and much more.
Date: May 6, 2017 • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Downtown Carlisle
Address: High Street, Carlisle
The third annual Bloom Festival returns to Shippensburg, PA on Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Festival is presented by the Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce and takes place in downtown Shippensburg in the Borough parking lot, across from the Shippensburg Police Department. Shippensburg will come alive with flowers, food, music, children’s activities, and a variety of retail and craft vendors, all signifying the arrival of one of the most breath-taking seasons of the year…springtime! This event is free and open to the public, although certain vendors may charge a nominal fee for activities. The event will be held rain or shine. A sidewalk chalk art contest will be hosted by D.O.I.T. from 8 a.m. – 12 noon in tandem with the Bloom Festival, and is open to children, artists and artist groups. The Shippensburg Public Library will host a Duck Derby that day as well.
Date: May 6, 2017 • Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Shippensburg Borough Parking Lot
Address: 60 W. Burd St., Shippensburg
Phone: 717-532-5509 • Website: http://shippensburg.org/bloom-festival
8. Camp Hill Kite Festival
Come out and watch the Keystone Kiters fly their kites and make one yourself for free. Food will be available for purchase.
Event location: soccer fields along Route 581 and behind Camp Hill United Methodist Church.
Date: May 21, 2017 • Time: 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Fiala Field
Address: South 21st St., Camp Hill
PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man's journey to be extraordinary. PIPPIN is noted for many Broadway standards including "Corner of the Sky," "Magic To Do," "Glory," "No Time at All," "Morning Glow," and "Love Song." Join us... for a magical, unforgettable new PIPPIN.
OVERNIGHT DINNER PACKAGE: A dinner/show/overnight package is also offered for this performance. Begin your evening with dinner for 2 at The Bistro, located at the Courtyard by Marriott Shippensburg; followed by a pair of Orchestra tickets to see Broadway's "PIPPIN"; and then return to the Courtyard Marriott for a relaxing overnight stay. Package is $264. Purchase at cyshippensburg.com and use promo code "D60" or call the Courtyard Shippensburg at (717) 477-0680. Note, this package can also be added onto existing tickets - call the Courtyard for details.
10. WSSO Masterworks Concert III: Celebrate!
Join the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Timothy Dixon, for the exciting performance.
Featuring the West Shore Symphony Chorus
Audience Picks – Be sure to vote throughout the year at our other concerts!
Beethoven – Final movement from Symphony No.9, Choral”
Check out all of the events happening in May here.