Spring for a Roadtrip in Pennsylvania

Special events and attractions to visit this spring in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 28 /PRNewswire/ — Springtime in Pennsylvania is beckoning travel enthusiasts to take a peek at Asia’s influences on the silver screen, explore a piece of World War II history, get soaked at the newest of water park attractions and shop for the oldest antique treasures.

What’s equally enticing is the fact that Pennsylvania’s events and attractions are within a day’s drive of nearly half of the U.S. population. So, get in the car and take a roadtrip in the State of Independence this spring.

The premiere of the “Silk Screen: Asian American Film Festival” will expose visitors from across the globe to more than 30 Asian-made feature films at multiple venues. Oscar-nominated producer Jim Shamus (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) has brought his creativity to the festival as part of the advisory board. A gala, workshops and presentations will also showcase some of the best filmmaking in the world, shining a light on multiple Asian influences. Pittsburgh, May 12-20.

The Pittsburgh International Children’s Fest celebrates its 20th birthday this year on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Over five days, audiences of all ages will enjoy the best children’s theater from around the world, as well as hands-on educational activities. Pittsburgh, May 17-21. The Birthplace of Memorial Day, colonial Boalsburg near State College, commemorates this piece of history with a town-wide celebration each Memorial Day weekend. The event is filled with activities like the Boalsburg Fire Company carnival and parade, World War II reenactments, arts, crafts, music and food. Boalsburg, May 27-28.

Idlewild Park and SoakZone, “one of the top two best kids’ parks in the world,” according to readers of Amusement Today magazine, will unveil its $1 million, pirate-themed expansion to its popular SoakZone during opening week. Kids will walk the planks in this new area of Idlewild, Pennsylvania’s oldest amusement park and the country’s third oldest. Ligonier, May 25-29.

Other upcoming events in Pennsylvania include the Quilters’ Heritage Celebration in Lancaster, April 6-9; the annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration at Asa Packer Park in Jim Thorpe, May 20-21; and the 8th Annual Thunder Mountain Lenape Nation Native-American Festival in Saltsburg, August 19-20.

For a complete list of Pennsylvania’s signature events, visit http://www.visitpa.com/ or call (800) VISIT PA.

The Pennsylvania Tourism Office, under the state Department of Community and Economic Development, is dedicated to fulfilling the needs and aspirations of travelers by presenting them with the information and resources they need to plan and enjoy the activities, attractions and destinations that are uniquely Pennsylvania.

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