10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in April

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There are many great things to do in Pennsylvania in April. As the first full month of spring, it’s time to get outside and enjoy some of the best activities throughout the state. From great music to historic reenactments, there’s a bit of something for everyone to do in PA in April.

I scoured through thousands of great events to bring you 10 of them happening throughout PA in the coming month. Check out the list below to start planning your spring travels in Pennsylvania.

Article updated March 9, 2018 to reflect events in April 2018.

Easter Promenade in Philadelphia – April 1

Now in its 87 year, the Easter Promenade is a parade open to everyone Philly’s South Street. Come in your Sunday best as you walk through the city. There will be live music, a contest for the best dressed in a variety of age categories, and much more.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

Berks Jazz Fest in Reading – April 6-15

The 28th Annual Berks Jazz Fest returns to Reading this month. During the festival, dozens of artists will perform at half-a-dozen locations throughout the city, offering visitors a chance to enjoy some of the best jazz music the country has to offer. In addition to great jazz performances, there are workshops and seminars related to jazz music.

Find out more about the artists appearing at the festival and purchase tickets at BerksJazzFest.com.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival in Philadelphia – April 7-15

Things to do in PA in April: Subaro Cherry Blossom Festival
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in Philly.

You don’t need to leave Pennsylvania to enjoy blooming cherry blossom trees and Japanese culture. Instead, head to Philadelphia for the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. Held in Fairmount Park, which is home to more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees and the beautiful Shofuso Japanese House, this event features Japanese cultural demonstrations, Japanese food, and, of course, a beautiful setting.

For more information on this great event, head over to the festival’s website.

World War II in Gettysburg Tours – Saturdays in April

Uncover the legacy of World War II in Gettysburg through these two-hours tours. Offered only on Saturdays between late March and the end of May, visitors will travel through the Gettysburg area and learn about the people and places that were impacted by the war, including a former POW camp.

To find out more and reserve your spot, click here.

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week – April 20-29

Things to do in Pennsylvania in April: Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week
Enjoy Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week this April. (Photo courtesy of Jeremy Jones, DiscovertheBurgh.com)

Craft beer lovers will want to make their way to Pittsburgh for the annual Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week in late April. Now in its 7th year, this festival will feature hundreds of great events around the city. Enjoy special brews from some of Pittsburgh’s best breweries, great specials, and the chance to try beers that can be hard to find in the city.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

Harrisburg Beer Week – April 20-29

Harrisburg Beer Week is returning to the Capital region this April. Now in its fourth year, the event continues to grow and is bigger than ever in 2018. During the week, there are tons of great events including a home brewers competition, special brews made just for the event, the chance to explore some of the area’s best breweries, and much more.

For more information and a complete event list, check out HarrisburgBeerWeek.com.

The Blue and White Game in State College – April 21

College football fans rejoice every spring as the Blue and White Game takes over State College. The game is the last of 15 practice sessions held during the spring and offers a glimpse into next year’s team.

Admission to Beaver Stadium is free for the game and includes not only the game, but autograph sessions, a family-fun festival, and local craft and food vendors. Click here to find out more about this festive spring event.

Earth Day at Pennsylvania’s State Parks – April 21

Things to do in Pennsylvania in April: Earth Day
Do some volunteer work on Earth Day at one of Pennsylvania’s great state parks.

If you are looking for an opportunity to get out and enjoy Pennsylvania’s beautiful state parks while giving back on earth day, the Pennsylvania DCNR has many great events to choose from. All throughout PA, visitors can help clean up some of the state’s most beautiful state parks and get them ready for others to enjoy throughout the spring and the summer.

For more information on the many great volunteer opportunities throughout the state, head over to the DCNR event’s calendar.

Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous in Ridgway – April 26-28

Now in its 19th year, the Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous in Ridgway brings some of the country’s best chainsaw carvers to Elk County, PA. Over three days, dozens of artists will be showcasing their skills and competing for a variety of awards.

There will also be the chance to purchase unique pieces of art and to watch carving demonstrations.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

Mayfest in Huntingdon – April 28

Visit the central Pennsylvania community of Huntingdon in April for one of the month’s most unique events: Mayfest. Now in its 14th year, this event features the chance to see five different eras recreated in five different city blocks. Visitors can stroll from the Victorian era to the Woodstock era, and then over to Colonial Times, all without leaving the downtown area.

In addition to historical reenactors, the event will feature live music, craft vendors, local food, and much more.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

Looking for other things to do in Pennsylvania? Check out our list of things to do around the state in March and our top things to do in PA in May.

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