Trail Town Events to Look Forward to in 2015
Planning your trip on the Great Allegheny Passage for 2015? The Trail Towns and the Pittsburgh region are busy planning local events that are family-friendly and show up the local heritage. Now is a great time to plan your adventure on the GAP trail and to add some fun events in part with your ride!
One of the most popular spring events is the Pennsylvania Maple Festival in Meyersdale. This annual event runs from March 21st to the 29th in the “Maple City.” Meyersdale holds a variety of events during their weeklong celebration. There is always an opportunity to enjoy the famous pancakes and sausage from the Lions Pancake House. Among the celebration and maple syrup, other events include a hot rod and classic car show, the historical pageant showing of “Legend of the Magic Water,” and the Grand Feature Parade. For more information, please visit: www.pamaplefestival.com
Another event to consider is Connellsville’s “Braddock’s Crossing,” sponsored by the Connellsville Historical Society. Held on the last weekend of June, actors reenact the passing of Major General Edward Braddock’s troops crossing the Youghiogheny River in Connellsville. The crossing was significant because Braddock’s troops were on their way to attack the French at Fort Duquesne, which is located at Point State Park in Pittsburgh. This resulted in a major defeat for the British in the French and Indian War. To be part of this exciting reenactment, please visit: http://www.connellsvillehistoricalsociety.com/braddock_s_crossing
If you plan on ending your trip in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, you may want to plan on ending it between June 5th and the 14th in 2015. This is when the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Art Festival is being held in Pittsburgh this year. This free arts festival hosts dozens of artistic and cultural events around the city of Pittsburgh celebrating art and multiculturalism in the Pittsburgh region. Known as one of the greenest art festival to attend, there is also hundreds of artist booths to visit and famous music guests in the past have featured Lucinda Williams, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Ingrid Michealson. Several local acts also perform depending on the theme of the specific day, such as Bluegrass Day. For more information on what is arguably the best highlight of summer in the Pittsburgh region, please visit: http://www.3riversartsfest.org/. In addition to these events, there are many more community festivals, races and runs, and holiday celebrations to please your bicycling group and pair with your Great Allegheny Passage experience.