Summer Music Festival Season Preview

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It’s the second week of May. Can I please put my winter coat away?

What has seemed like a perpetual winter capped off with hot-cold-warm-hot-cold temperatures (that has me eating Claritin like it’s candy) is finally letting go to make way for the summer season. That means it’s also time to check out some live music — outdoors!

From one day events to extended weekend music extravaganzas, here is a look at a few of the great, local summer 2018 festivals to take you all the way to fall.


June 9-10: Dauphin County Music and Wine Festival

Set in the historic Fort Hunter Park, bring your lawn chairs to sip on some of Pennsylvania’s best wine offerings while listening to 2-time Grammy nominee Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers or the Atlanta based funk-soul of Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics. Single day or weekend passes are still available. I’m looking forward to sipping on some dry red and kicking back along the river!


July 14: Straws and Stripes Music Festival

The Vineyard at Hershey is once again throwing one of the best parties of the summer with their Straws and Stripes Music festival.

This year’s festival features the legendary .38 Special, Uncle Kracker, and Puddle of Mudd. This festival celebrates the appreciation of the American Military Forces and also marks the release of the famous strawberry beer and wine from The Vinyard and Brewery at Hershey. There will be dozens of vendors, food trucks and, multiple beverage stations throughout the property.

Get your tickets today before they sell out!


July 28-29: Susquehanna Folk Festival

There is just something about the summertime heat and kicking back listening to folk music that lures me in every time.

This year, the Susquehanna Folk Society takes the Susquehanna Folk Festival to Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry.

The weekend is packed with performers such as Dave Bromberg, Give and Take Jugglers, The Quebe Sisters and so many more! There will be performances on several stages across the resort and the festival will also feature many family-oriented crafts, kids concerts, workshops, and storytelling. Vendors will be onsite selling their crafts and demonstrating their art. Local craft beer and wine selections will be available in the evenings.

Get your tickets today!


August 4-5: Moon Dancer Winery and Cider House’s 13th Annual Reggae Festival

Taking it back to my old stompin’ grounds of Eastern York County, the Moon Dancer Winery and Cider House is beautifully nestled in the hills overlooking the Susquehanna River.

For the 13th year in a row, their annual reggae festival is bigger than ever featuring the Baltimore based Jah Works. Ta Ta Kua wood-fired pizza will be available as well as a few food truck offerings that have yet to be announced. If you have never been to Moon Dancer before, this is the perfect opportunity to check out one of the best and most scenic vineyards in our area.

Check out their website for single or, two-day tickets.


September 22: Celtic Craic Music Festival

The word “craic” is a Gaelic word that can be used as a general term to define a good time, or a good place, or a fun person. Ever wonder how to pronounce it?

The Festival will be held at the Harrisburg Postal Picnic Grounds and feature three stages, 11 bands — including The Kilmaine Saints, traditional Irish and Scottish dancers, bagpipe players, and of course, plenty of pints and wine to go around.

The majority of the proceeds to this festival benefit the United Methodist Home for Children and Veteran’s Promise.

Check out the festival website for a full schedule of events and to get your tickets today!


I’m so excited for this summer and spending time kicking back and enjoying live music. Our area is ripe with dozens of outdoor venues and plenty of chances to check out a festival.

What festivals are you looking forward to this summer?

Micah Jacobs
Author: Micah Jacobs

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