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April Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

Say goodbye to winter and hello to spring! The snow has melted away, and this April is packed with events to get you out of the house and enjoying the state’s natural beauty and great outdoors. From open-street festivals and sticky maple treats to geeky science experiments and PA brews, the springtime weather welcomes activities, festivals, and experiences for the Happy Traveler in you.

To see a full list of the events and festivals happening this month, check out visitPA.com.

1. Berks Jazz Fest

Performer with Berks Jazz Fest
Berks Jazz Fest

Celebrate music and culture at the 28th annual Berks Jazz Fest. The 10-day jazz extravaganza features dozens of top-name performers like Boney James and The Victor Wooten Trio, showcasing an array of styles from jazz to gospel. You don’t want to miss out on this unique musical experience filled with passion and great jams.

When: Apr. 6 – 15

Where: Reading

Cost: Costs vary

2. Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

People taking pictures at Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

Visit Japan without leaving Philadelphia! A project of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration not only of beautiful blossoms, but also of Japanese music, art, food, and culture. During the course of a week, the festival celebrates both traditional and contemporary Japan with a variety of events, including martial arts demonstrations, ikebana flower arrangements, and live musical and dance performances.

When: Apr. 7 - 15

Where: Philadelphia

Cost: Costs vary

3. LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival

guys playing guitar at LAUNCH Music Conference and Festival
LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival

Get ready to rock on at the LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival. Hosted by the historic (yet hip!) Lancaster City, this growing musical confab features dozens of music industry professionals, speaker panels, and performances from artists spanning every musical genre.

When: Apr. 12 – 15

Where: Lancaster

Cost: Costs vary

4. Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival

Herbs at Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival
Pennsylvania Herb and Garden Festival

Come and browse a variety of herb and garden plants during the two-day PA Herb and Garden Festival. The festival features nationally-known speakers, workshops, and vendors, plus plenty of products for gardening, cooking, and crafting.

When: Apr. 13 – 14

Where: York

Cost: $7 for adults, Free for children (ages 12 and under)

5. 17th Annual NEPA Home and Garden Show

Home Decor Showcases at Annual NEPA Home and Garden Show
17th Annual NEPA Home and Garden Show

The 17th Annual Northeast PA Home and Garden Show will help you get your projects solved! With thousands of square feet of exhibits you'll find the latest in products and services for everything from builders, contractors, materials, decks, pools, spas, storage, plants, landscape displays, and kitchenware.

When: Apr. 13 – 15

Where: Wilkes-Barre

Cost: $9 for adults, Free for children (ages 16 and under)

6. Downtown Erie Food Tours

People taking food tours downtown erie
Downtown Erie Food Tours

Learn the history and culture of Erie’s beautiful downtown area while enjoying delicious food from locally-owned restaurants, bakeries, and specialty shops. Stroll through the heart of Erie’s business district, pass by legendary entertainment venues, and visit the establishments that have made a lasting imprint on the city.

When: Apr. 14 and Apr. 28

Where: Erie

Cost: $35

7. Asbury Woods Maple Festival

Personnel explaining maple production at Asbury Woods Maple Festival
Asbury Woods Maple Festival

Take a guided tour to learn the history of maple syrup production from Native American times to modern day at the Asbury Woods Maple Festival. Watch maple sap boiled to syrup in the sugar shack, sample maple-flavored foods, and get creative with crafty activities.

When: Apr. 14 – 15

Where: Erie

Cost: $5 for members, $7 for non-members, Free for children (ages 3 and under)

8. Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week
Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week

Cheers! Pull up a stool and celebrate Pittsburgh’s craft beer culture during Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week. During the course of ten days, indulge in limited-release craft beers, sample homebrews, and listen to live bands. Check the event’s official website for more details on beer-related activities and last-minute additions.

When: Apr. 20 – 29

Where: Pittsburgh

Cost: Pay as you go

9. Pittsburgh Earth Day Festival

flash mob at Pittsburgh Earth Day Festival by crew
Pittsburgh Earth Day Festival

Go to the “City of Bridges” for a citywide celebration of sustainability. Watch the Ecolution Fashion Show, featuring designs created with recycled and reused materials; stroll through Paint the Square Green in Market Square to peruse Earth-friendly products and services, chat with organic and educational vendors, and enjoy live music; and grab a bite to eat from the Pittsburgh Earth Day Food Truck Festival, where truck participants will run on a renewable, sustainable source of solar power.

When: Apr. 19 – 21

Where: Pittsburgh

Cost: Free

10. Brick Fest Live

kids building using building blocks Brick Fest Live
Brick Fest Live

The largest fan-created LEGO event in North America returns to its hometown of Philadelphia. Families are wonderstruck by life-sized LEGO models and cities (including local landmarks!) built entirely of this timeless toy, as they play with mind-blowing attractions and build with millions of LEGO bricks. Shop new and vintage LEGO sets from the largest variety of LEGO-themed merchandise under one roof.

When: Apr. 21 – 22

Where: Oaks

Cost: Costs vary

11. Philadelphia Science Festival

Philadelphia Science Festival
Philadelphia Science Festival

Discover the role science plays in everyday life during the Philadelphia Science Festival. The week-long celebration features hands-on science and technology activities for kids and adults alike, culminating with a carnival on Philadelphia’s iconic Parkway.

When: Apr. 21 – 28

Where: Philadelphia

Cost: Free

12. Sacred Arts Festival

People touring at Sacred Arts Festival
Sacred Arts Festival

Experience religious art in the making at Glencairn Museum in the Bryn Athyn Historic District during the Sacred Arts Festival. Witness demonstrators using ink, glass, paint, and music to create beautiful expressions of faith, learn about stone carving, and see the creation of a sand mandala.

When: Apr. 22

Where: Bryn Athyn

Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students with ID, Free for members and children (ages 3 and under)

13. International Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous

chainsaw carved wooden art works at International Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous
International Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous

Interact with skilled artists and watch carving demonstrations at the International Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous. New this year is awards for carvers - come out to cast your vote in the Best of Show and Social Media Choice categories.

When: Apr. 26 – 28

Where: Ridgway

Cost: Free

14. JFilm Festival

JFilm Festival promotional pamplets
JFilm Festival

Deepen your understating of Jewish culture at the JFilm Festival. Now entering its 25th season, the 11-day festival presents international Jewish-themed films that are complemented by a variety of programs, including visiting filmmakers, guest speakers, and collaborative events with other local organizations.

When: Apr. 26 – May 6

Where: Pittsburgh

Cost: $12 for general admission, $18 for reserved/advanced seating, $6 for youth (ages 18 and under)

15. Lewisburg Arts Festival

Lewisburg Arts Festival
Lewisburg Arts Festival

Admire art from more than 100 juried artists, enjoy live entertainment, and munch on festival fare as you stroll the streets of downtown Lewisburg. Don't forget to stop by the Indoor Art Exhibit, Photography Exhibit, and the Featured Artist exhibit at Faustina Gallery. Little ones can get their wiggles out with hands-on activities and visit to the on-site petting zoo.

When: Apr. 28

Where: Lewisburg

Cost: Costs vary

16. Wine in the Wilds

red Wine in a glass
Wine in the Wilds

Take a sip for charity at Wine in the Wilds at Lock Haven, featuring wine, art, music, food vendors, and door prizes. Participate in wine tastings and browse products from Starr Hill Winery of Curwensville, Wapiti Ridge Wine Cellars of Dubois, and Woody Lodge Winery of Ashville among many others. The event benefits the Clinton County Historical Society, an organization dedicated to preserving the history of Clinton County.

When: Apr. 28

Where: Mill Hall

Cost: $20 pre-sale, $25 at the door, $10 for designated drivers

17. Bees ‘n Blossoms Festival

Bee on Flower
Bees ‘n Blossoms Festival

Stop by Hollabaugh Bros. for a fun-filled spring weekend at the Bees’n Blossoms Festival. Take a wagon ride in the orchard to view all of the blooming fruit trees, learn about bees’ pollination and other pests on the farm, and sample treats from local vendors.

When: Apr. 28 – 29

Where: Biglerville

Cost: Free

18. Conneaut Cellars Winery & Distillery Open House

white wine in glass
Conneaut Cellars Winery & Distillery Open House

Look forward to the spring and summer seasons by trying the fine wines of the new 2017 vintage at Conneaut Cellars Winery and Distillery’s 36th anniversary celebration. Enjoy snacks made with wine, take tours of the cellar, and enter your name for to win a door prize.

When: Apr. 28 – 29

Where: Conneaut Lake

Cost: Free

19. Endless Mountains Maple Festival

Endless Mountains Maple Festival
Endless Mountains Maple Festival

Tap into the maple tradition with a trip to the Endless Mountains Maple Festival. Treat yourself to a pancake breakfast with real maple syrup, watch maple demonstrations, and shop for made-in-PA maple products. Additionally, the festival offers amusement rides for all ages and entertainment to make for a sweet family trip.

When: Apr. 28 – 29

Where: Troy

Cost: $4 for adults, Free for children ages 5 and under

20. El Carnaval de Puebla

people in disguise at El Carnaval de Puebla
El Carnaval de Puebla

Classic folk traditions of Mexico fill South Philly streets for El Carnaval de Puebla, a giant celebration of Mexican culture. Enjoy a parade, delicious street fare, and performances by dancers in traditional Mexican attire.

When: Apr. 29

Where: Philadelphia

Cost: Free

21. Bucks County Restaurant Week

Bucks County Restaurant Week poster
Bucks County Restaurant Week

Make a reservation for the first-ever, countywide Bucks County Restaurant Week. More than 60 restaurants are participating with a prix-fixe dinner menu. Diners can make reservations by calling the restaurant, or through OpenTable.

When: Apr. 29 – May 5

Where: Bucks County

Cost: Costs vary

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