1. Pennsylvania Maple Festival
Celebrate the height of maple production season by attending the 71st annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival in Meyersdale. Watch as the Maple Queen is crowned during the Maple Queen Scholarship Pageant and learn about the fascinating art of syrup production. In addition to all things maple, visitors can also visit the 42nd Annual Quilt Show, Antique Tractor & Farm Show, and Horse Pulling Contest!
When: Mar. 17 - 18, 21- 25
Cost: Adults: $5, Children (5-12): $1, Children 5 years and under: Free
2. Potter – Tioga Maple Festival
What started in 2005 has grown and now has 17 participating maple farms from across Porter and Tioga counties. The festival offers tours, demonstrations, and the finest in pure maple products where visitors learn about the interesting story of each farm and the unique processes developed by individual producers. The creation of maple products varies at each location and can range from maple salad dressing to maple milkshakes and even cotton candy! Learn how each farm puts its own twist on staple maple products by using recipes that have been passed down through the generations.
When: Mar. 17-18
3. Shaver’s Creek Maple Harvest Festival
Come celebrate the first harvest of the New Year with Shaver’s Creek in late March. Since 1984 Shaver’s Creek has hosted the Maple Harvest Festival and Pancake Breakfast to help people learn about the maple sugaring process — both in colonial times and the present day. At the festival you can learn how to identify and tap sugar maple trees and visit the Sugar Shack to see sap transformed into syrup, watch costumed interpreters demonstrate sugaring techniques used by Native Americans, pioneers, and modern-day farmers, enjoy live music and storytelling, and of course, savor all-you-can-eat pancakes and fresh maple syrup!
When: Mar. 17 - 18
Cost: Members (ages 12+): $5 and (ages 6-11): $3, Nonmembers: (ages 12+): $10 and (ages 6-11): $6, Children 5 and under: Free
4. Loch's Maple Open House
Get a firsthand look at how delicious, sweet maple syrup is made at Loch's Maple annual open house. Take a tour of the Maple Syrup Operation- in production since 1981 and Fiber Mill– a fiber-processing mill in operation since May 2007. Enjoy demonstrations of soap making, hand spinning, blacksmithing, and woodworking, weaving, quilting, and knitting. Snack on various maple treats such as syrup, candy, milkshake and sundaes, hot cocoa, and Wooden Spoon baked goods.
When: Mar. 17-18
5. Miller's Purely Maple’s Open House
Nestle into Miller's Purely Maple’s farm in the mountains of Northcentral Pennsylvania and familiarize yourself with the delights of pure maple. Stop by to witness the process of boiling sap down to syrup during the Miller’s Annual Open House. Treat yourself to a variety of seasonal maple goodies like freshly-spun maple cotton candy and participate in family-friendly activities taking place on site.
When: Mar. 17
6. Kids’ Nature Days – “Spring is in the Air”
What better way to spend late March than tapping for syrup in the budding woods of Silver Lake? Your child will love to see what goes into making delicious maple syrup while wandering through the woods during “Spring is in the Air”!
When: Mar. 29 - 30
Cost: $50 for one day, $90 for two days
7. Maple Sugaring Season at Parker Dam Sate Park
March is maple sugaring season at Parker Dam Sate Park and you can learn how real maple syrup is made. Learn the sweet story of maple sugaring, how it was discovered, how it was made years ago, and how you can make it yourself. Learn how to identify maple trees in the winter, how to choose the right trees for tapping, and where to place the taps. Plus you’ll learn how large, modern sugar operations produce syrup and other maple products in addition to how Parker Dam State Park’s small operation produces this tasteful treat.
When: Mar. 2018
8. Rossell's Maple Open House
Watch the syrup making process at the Rossell's Maple Open House this year. Discover how modern the manufacturing process is, complete with state of the art computer monitoring and control systems. The intriguing tour is ideal for pure maple syrup lovers who enjoy being out and about in PA’s great outdoors.
When: Mar. 5
Where: Coal Center
9. Edinboro Maple Festival
The Edinboro Maple Festival invites you to spend the weekend exploring the heart of the Pennsylvania maple producer. Held throughout several maple farms in the area, each sugaring operation is unique in their own way with specialties in a variety of sweet maple products.
When: Mar. 2018
Where: Various locations in Crawford, Erie, Warren, Venango, and Mercer Counties
10. Beaver County Maple Syrup Festival
Enjoy the 41st Annual Beaver County Maple Syrup Festival with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast served with 100% pure maple syrup made in Bradys Run Park. Visitors to the festival can enjoy entertainment on two stages, mountain men encampments, handmade crafts, pony-rides, and stoneground flour!
When: Apr. 7
Where: Beaver Falls
Cost: Adults: $9, children 12 and under (for the breakfast): $5
11. Endless Mountains Maple Festival
Endless Mountains Maple Festival was started in 1981 to promote maple syrup products in the area. The event is home to an all-day pancake breakfast with real maple syrup and real butter as well as a handful of maple demonstrations, entertainment, and vendors. A number of amusement rides for kids and adults as well as free entertainment make for a sweet time!
When: Apr. 28-29
Where: Alparon Park, Troy
Cost: $4, Children 5 years and under: Free
12. The Asbury Woods Maple Festival
Experience the maple production tour from Native American times to the present at the Asbury Woods Maple Festival. Participate in a variety of activities, crafts, demonstrations, and maple tours while chowing down on delicious pancakes with real maple syrup. Later in the day enjoy a scavenger hunt on the outdoor trail, listen to live music, and watch historical re-enactors and displays of maple production procedures.
When: Apr. 2018