Things to do in Pennsylvania in January 2017

10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in January 2017

The holiday season may be almost over and 2017 may be just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any great things to do in Pennsylvania. As usual, I’ve scoured through hundreds of events happening all over the state to pick out 10 of the best things to do in PA in January 2017.

No matter what you like to do or where you live in Pennsylvania, you’re sure to find something great to do near you on this list. So, keep reading and start planning your PA travels now.

First Day Hike in Pennsylvania – January 1

Cliff Trail in Prompton State Park in the Pennsylvania Poconos

Hiking in Pennsylvania’s state parks is a great way to start off 2017.

Start the year off right with a hike in one of Pennsylvania’s state parks. There are dozens of organized events at state parks around PA. Of course, you can also head out on New Year’s Day and create your own First Day Hike.

However, if you want to go to an organized event, there is a bit of something for everyone. Whether you want a short hike, a long hike, or a hike perfect for kids, you are guaranteed to have a fantastic time hiking in PA’s great state parks. To see the list of state parks that are hosting guided hikes along their trails, click this link.

Mummers Parade in Philadelphia – January 1

Believed to be the oldest folk festival in the country, the Mummers Parade has been delighting audiences for many years. Since the early 1900s, the parade has been held on New Year’s Day.

More than 40 organized clubs participate in this festive tradition combining music and comedy. After parading down Broad Street, they put on a show in front of the crowd at City Hall. There are also shows inside of the Philadelphia Convention Center.

For more information, check out this site. To find out more about the Mummers, check out our full review of the Mummers Museum in South Philly.

Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg – January 7-14

The Pennsylvania Farm Show Butter Sculpture

The butter sculpture at the Pennsylvania Farm Show is always a popular feature.

Now in its 101st year, the Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest, indoor agricultural event in the United States. Taking up more than 24 acres of space, the Farm Show draws half a million people. Visitors can see a variety of farming competitions, livestock auctions, and farm equipment demonstrations. There are also hundreds of vendors selling crafts, food, and much more.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Farm Show, visit the event’s website.

Fire and Ice Festival in Somerset – January 13-15 

The 22nd annual Fire and Ice Festival will be returning to Somerset in January. This year, the festival will have a Wizard of Oz theme that is sure to delight visitors. The event features beautiful ice sculptures, vendors, and a variety of food and drink options. The downtown area will also be decorated with beautiful windows thanks to the event’s window decorating contest.

For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.

Stars and Stripes Coed Gymnastics Invitational in Erie – January 13-16

Lovers of athletic competition will want to make their way to Erie for the Stars and Stripes Coed Gymnastics Invitational. Now in its 16th year, the event features some of the best male and female gymnasts from around the country competing side by side. Over 50 different gymnastics teams will be competing in a variety of levels and skills.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

FestivIce in York – January 14

Things to do in January 2017: FestivIce in York PA

Winter fun at FestivIce in York, PA. (Photo used courtesy of the York Revolution.)

What do you get when you bring 18,000 pounds of ice into downtown York for one day? FestivIce.

On Saturday, January 14, downtown York will come alive for this fun winter festival. There will be ice sculptures, an ice slide, live entertainment, and even the chance to roast your own marshmallows.

For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Warren County Winterfest in Clarendon – January 20-22

Chapman State Park in Warren County, Pennsylvania, is home to the largest winter festival in all of the Pennsylvania Wilds. The event features fun winter activities for the entire family including sled dog races, ice fishing, skiing, and sled races. There is even a polar bear plunge into the park’s lake. For those wanting to warm up, there will also be plenty of vendors and food available.

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    Lambertville and New Hope Winter Festival 2017 – January 27-29

    New Hope Winter Fest Pennsylvania

    One of the highlights of Winter Fest is the Fire and Ice Ball (Photo used courtesy of Visit Bucks County)

    The 20th annual Winter Festival will be returning to these two Delaware River communities this month. New Hope, Pennsylvania, and Lambertville, New Jersey, are connected by a bridge and come together each January to celebrate the winter season.

    The event features a variety of free and paid events including the Fire and Ice Ball, a Chili Cook-off, a gallery crawl, ice sculptures, and much more.

     For more information on the event, click here.

    10th Annual Groundhog Wine Trail Festival in Clearfield – January 28

    A selection of wines from the Groundhog Wine Trail Festival.

    A selection of wines from the Groundhog Wine Trail Festival.

    The Groundhog Wine Trail Festival is an annual tradition on the Saturday prior to Groundhog Day. The festival features some of the best wineries from the region, all offering tasting and sales for attendees. Held at the Clearfield County Fair Grounds, 16 different regional wineries come ready for a great time. The event also features vendors, food, and live music.

    For more information, visit the event’s website, or check out my article about my visit to the festival in 2014.

    Temporary Exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art – Ending in January

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art is world-renowned for their great artistic displays and features some of the best temporary exhibitions in the region. Of their eight temporary exhibitions, four will be ending in January, making this month your last chance to check out these fantastic exhibits.

    On January 1, their exhibition of painted furniture designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe for the house of Philadelphia merchant William Waln will be ending. On January 8, their exhibition of Mexican Modernist art from the first half of the 20th century will end. Your last chance to see their exhibition on African fashion will be January 22. Finally, their temporary exhibit of central and west African textiles will be ending at the end of the month.

    For more information on these great temporary exhibits, visit the museum’s website.

    Do you know of a great event happening in Pennsylvania in January 2017? Let us know in the comments section below!

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    AUTHOR - Jim Cheney

    Jim Cheney is the creator of Based in the state capital of Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited all 67 counties in the state. Jim has also traveled to more than 30 different countries around the world.

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