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The Cure for Spring Fever in York County, PA

Soon we’ll say goodbye to the cold winter weather and hello to warm spring days. If you’re looking for the perfect spring getaway with lots of activities to immerse yourself in, consider adding York County, PA to your travel itinerary. From downtown celebrations to outdoor festivals and even open-air dining experiences, there is SO MUCH to explore. Gather your favorite adventure crew and get ready to experience one-of-a-kind special events in York County, PA that will surely cure your spring fever!

Delightful Downtown Events

In the heart of York County, PA is York City. The vibrant downtown scene is full of arts and cultural experiences for those of all ages. From exploring local shops, art galleries and restaurants to celebrating a wonderfully diverse community and even honoring green, healthy and local living, there are so many upcoming events you can attend to help cure your spring fever.

First Fridays

First Fridays are a staple event in Downtown York, PA. Held the first Friday of each month, all are invited into the city to enjoy delicious bites from local restaurants, shop at small boutiques, visit the historic Central Market House and explore the arts and cultural scene. Visit street vendors, catch live performances and take advantage of promotions offered by local businesses.

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Restaurant Row York
While checking out all the unique establishments Downtown York has to offer, be sure to stop by Restaurant Row York to experience the ultimate in open-air, street dining. Sit back and relax on N. George Street while enjoying cocktails and delicious dishes from fan-favorite restaurants including The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar, Tutoni’s, Gift Horse Brewing Company, The Handsome Cab, Rockfish Public House and others.

Restaurant Row York

Go Green in the City

Locally-grown food, natural products, healthy living – if you’re passionate about protecting our planet, we have just the event for you! Go Green in the City is a fun, family-friendly event in Downtown York, PA that celebrates green, healthy and local living. Held on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this year’s festival will feature 50+ green-conscious vendors, urban gardeners, artisans who create using natural and/or recycled materials, educational hands-on activities and so much more. Think spring by going green in the city!

York County Pride

Come together and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community. York County Pride, a signature event hosted by the Rainbow Rose Center, will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at All Trans Memorial Hall located within the York Fairgrounds. During this FREE, one-of-a-kind event, guests will have the opportunity to hear inspirational speakers, watch live performances, explore vendor stands, engage in interactive activities and much more.

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John Wright Restaurant
Soak up the warm spring weather while taking in gorgeous views along the Susquehanna River. John Wright Restaurant, located in Wrightsville, PA, offers outdoor dining for lunch and dinner. All plates are crafted from locally-sourced ingredients ensuring the best quality and taste. Plus, during the spring and summer months, guests can hangout on the Pizza Patio and enjoy woodfired pies along with other favorites.

John Wright Restaurant

Fun Festivals & Fairs

Nothing commemorates the start of spring better than the return of fun outdoor festivals and fairs. Immerse yourself in Irish culture and traditions without leaving the United States and explore all the “Snack Food Capital of the World” has to offer during these upcoming events in York County, PA.

Penn-Mar Irish Festival

Experience Irish culture and traditions right here in York County, PA. If you’ve always wanted to travel to Ireland but haven’t had the chance, you won’t want to miss the Penn-Mar Irish Festival on Saturday, June 17, 2023, from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Come on out to The Markets at Shrewsbury to hear traditional and contemporary Irish musicians, indulge in Irish dishes and shop a variety of vendors offering Irish goods such as clothing, jewelry, art, music and more.

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Glen Rock Mill Inn
Glen Rock Mill Inn, located in Glen Rock, PA, is an upscale restaurant located in an original working mill. While indoor dining is available, guests can also sit on the outdoor dining patio and enjoy a beautiful spring day in the quaint town. From breakfast to dinner, Glen Rock Mill Inn offers seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine in addition to fresh daily specials. Plus, visitors can enjoy a full-service bar serving local craft beers and fine wines.

Snack Town Street Fair

Hanover, PA, located in York County, is recognized as the “Snack Food Capital of the World.” Home to well-known pretzel and chip producers like Utz Snacks and Snyder’s of Hanover, it’s fitting the community hosts a Snack Town Street Fair each year. This year, the one-day-only festival will be held on Saturday, July 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grab delicious bites from a variety of food vendors including hometown favorites, buy handmade crafts from art vendors and listen to live music while celebrating all Downtown Hanover has to offer.

Exciting Excursions

York County, PA is beautiful during the springtime as flowers begin to bloom and the landscape turns green. Get away from the exciting hustle and bustle of the city and explore the scenic countryside during an excursion the whole family can enjoy.

“Easter Bunny” Express at Stewartstown Railroad

Hippity hoppity aboard an authentic 1920s-era train car pulled by Mighty Mo, a 1943 gasoline-powered locomotive, and enjoy a train ride with the Easter Bunny. On Saturday, April 1 or Saturday, April 8, 2023, families can take in the stunning spring views of York County, PA from the historic Stewartstown Railroad while children visit with the Easter Bunny and receive a special treat.

In addition to the “Easter Bunny” Express, this spring, Stewartstown Railroad will offer an Easter Egg Hunt Special which includes a train ride with the Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg Hunt (children ages 2 to 12). Ride along and explore the beauty found on the outskirts of York County, PA while getting in the holiday spirit!

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Victor’s Italian Restaurant
If you’re craving authentic Italian cuisine, be sure to add Victor’s Italian Restaurant to your travel itinerary. From classic spaghetti and meatballs to risotto to made-to-order pizza and so much more, you’re sure to find your favorite Italian dish on the menu. Offering artisan cocktails and craft beers, Victor’s Italian Restaurant is a must-visit in the springtime when you can sit on the patio and watch others play bocce in the courtyard.

Don’t wait any longer to begin planning your spring getaway. From unique fairs and festivals for those of all ages to delightful dishes that will have you craving more, there is SO MUCH to experience. You really can cure your spring fever with a visit to York County, PA!

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