21 Fun Maple Experiences and Festivals to Sweeten Your Spring

It’s sugaring season and Pennsylvania has the sweetest events and festivals to add to your calendar! Come celebrate at one of the many maple festivals taking place throughout Pennsylvania. Most feature a pancake breakfast complete with oh-so-sweet, PA-made maple syrup!

1. Montour Preserve Maple Sugaring Open House

Learn all about maple sugaring at Montour Preserve’s Maple Sugaring Open House. Start (or end) your visit at the Environmental Education Center for a showing of the movie, “A Visit to a Maple Sugar Farm”; then take the Goose Woods Trail to the preserve’s Sugar Shack where you’ll be surrounded by the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of maple sugaring! Before you leave, pick up some delicious, Roloson Brothers maple products as well as commemorative memorabilia celebrating the preserve’s 50th anniversary.

When: Feb. 25
Where: Danville
Cost: Free (donations welcome)

2. Maple Sugar Day

Join the friendly folks from the Wissahickon Environmental Center (aka the “Tree House”) for Maple Sugar Day. The delicious day features maple tree tapping demonstrations, syrup making, syrup tasting, candy making, and other fun activities all centered around the magnificent maple.

When: Feb. 25
Where: Philadelphia
Cost: Free

3. Maple Sugaring at the Peter Wentz Farmstead

Watch farmers from the Peter Wentz Farmstead follow the time-honored tradition of Maple Sugaring as they tap maple trees and collect the sap to create tasty maple sugar and syrup from the farmstead’s maple trees. Afterwards, it will be hard to resist the Philly Waffle Cabin‘s food truck and their delicious Belgian waffles onsite each day starting at 10 a.m.!

When: Feb. 25, Mar. 4
Where: Lansdale
Cost: Free

4. Mount Hope Maple Madness

Tap into the process of maple sugaring at Mount Hope’s Maple Madness. Treat yourself and your friends and family to an all-you-can-eat, fireside pancake breakfast at Camp Elder made for maple syrup drizzling and scarfing down sausage and eggs. Then, try your hand at sugaring techniques and take home some of your very own local maple products.

When: Feb. 25, Mar. 4
Where: Fairfield
Cost: Price varies

5. Maple Sugaring Days

Make February a sweet one by joining York County Parks for some family-friendly fun at Nixon Park’s Maple Sugaring Days. Watch the art of maple sugaring come to life with a self-guided tour and learn about the process through special, interactive exhibits and displays. Enjoy tasting syrup samples, shopping unique maple products, and looking on as little ones participate in activities throughout the day.

When: Feb. 25-26, Mar. 4-5
Where: York
Cost: $3; Free for park members and children under age four

6. Homeschool Maple Sugaring

Here’s a maple sugar adventure the whole family can enjoy! Homeschool Maple Sugaring brings at-home learners and their grown-ups into the living lab of the great outdoors of the Jennings Environmental Education Center to explore the science and math behind making maple syrup! Perfect for families with kids in second to sixth grades, this choose-your-own adventure experience is a perfect escape from screens!

When: Mar. 2
Where: Slippery Rock
Cost: Free (Pre-registration required)

7. Maple Sugar Magic

Green Lane Park is the place to be for some Maple Sugar Magic. Enjoy demonstrations of tree-tapping and sap gathering and boiling to make syrup. You can also learn about the discovery of maple sugar dating back to the 1500s. Be sure to pick up some Pure Pennsylvania maple syrup, candy and ice cream that will be available for sale.

When: Mar. 4
Where: Green Lane
Cost: Free (Pre-registration required)

8. Maple Sugar Day at Peace Valley Nature Center

Syrup lovers, bring your family and friends to Maple Sugar Day at Peace Valley Nature Center. Experience the way maple sugar was collected and made during the pioneer days. Travel to the sugar bush to sample some maple sap and learn the history behind this delightful gift of Mother Nature. Be sure to purchase some fresh Bucks County maple syrup to enjoy at home.

When: Mar. 4
Where: Doylestown
Cost: Free

9. Maple Sugaring Walk

Join the conservation interpreters from Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center for a walk on the maple side. Find out how maple syrup is crafted from start to finish — from identification of the storied maple tree to boiling the sap down into the tasty syrup we know and love on a Maple Sugaring Walk!

When: Mar. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19
Where: Petersburg
Cost: Free

10. A Sweet Stroll Through Maple History

Take A Sweet Stroll Through Maple History at the Jennings Environmental Education Center and learn how sap taken from a maple tree is transformed into syrup. You’ll first learn about the key role sap plays in a tree’s overall functioning, then enjoy a guided walk through the history of maple sugaring. Your final stop is at a working evaporator offering a taste of spring itself, real maple syrup! Be sure to stop by The Nature Shop at Jennings where a variety of delicious, local maple products will be for sale!

When: Mar. 5
Where: Slippery Rock
Cost: Free (Pre-registration required)

11. Maple Weekend Taste and Tour

Enjoy a weekend filled with all things maple at Somerset County’s signature Maple Weekend Taste and Tour. The free, self-guided tour is hosted by the Somerset County Maple Producers Association. Explore area farms to learn about maple syrup production and sample a variety of delicious maple products from those who know maple best!

When: Mar. 11-12
Where: Somerset County
Cost: Free

12. Annual Maple Taste & Tours Weekend

The Northwest Pennsylvania Maple Syrup Producers Association welcomes you to their Annual Maple Taste & Tours Weekend featuring 16 participating maple farms and sugarhouses throughout the three counties. Each farm and sugarhouse has its own unique approach to maple sugaring and is guaranteed to be fun and informative (with lots of maple candy and snacks, of course). You'll find maple products that go beyond the classic sugar candy and syrup, including maple mustard, beer, butter, peanut butter, maple sap dogs, and even a rum-barrel-aged maple syrup!

When: Mar. 11-12
Where: Crawford, Erie, and Mercer Counties
Cost: Free

13. Maple Madness

Learn how people have used maple through the ages during Maple Madness sessions at the Buffalo Creek Nature Park, Beechwood Farms Nature Preserve, and Succop Nature Park properties of the Audubon Society of Western PA. Tour their maple sugar demonstration trail and discover the history and science of maple syrup — and how to collect and make your own. Be sure to stop by their Nature Stores to purchase some delicious maple syrup and maple candy to enjoy at home.

When: Mar. 11 (Buffalo Creek Nature Park), 18 (Beechwood), 25 (Succop)
Where: Sarver, Pittsburgh, Butler
Cost: $6.00 for members; $12 for non-members (pre-registration required)

14. 19th Annual Maple Weekend

Maple farms throughout Potter and Tioga counties welcome you to the 19th Annual Maple Weekend for a true behind-the-scenes peek at the maple syrup making process. This year’s 23 participating maple farms offer tours and demonstrations of the various sap collection methods — from the classic hanging bucket to modern tubing and vacuum pump techniques — and the various stages of maple syrup production. Each farm has its own special maple-y treats including classic syrups and candies, maple salad dressing, and not-to-miss maple milkshakes!

When: Mar. 18-19
Where: Potter and Tioga Counties
Cost: Free

15. Loch's Maple Open House

The Loch family invites you to Loch's Maple Open House. Watch as gallons of sap are boiled down into a gallon of the delicious syrup. Prepare to be amazed by all the marvelous maple-based products this long-time producer has on its shelves including maple mustard and other maple seasonings, maple coffee and tea, maple vinegar, maple jelly, and, of course, maple syrup!

When: Mar. 18
Where: Springville
Cost: Free

16. Maple Drink Tasting: Adults-Only Happy Hour

Enjoy a little science before the fun begins! First, you’ll learn how to take raw sap and turn it into delicious maple syrup with an up-close tour of the evaporator in action from the experts at the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania at the Buffalo Creek and Succop Nature Parks. The Maple Drink Tasting Happy Hour follows with libations and snacks made with real maple syrup!

When: Mar. 24 (Buffalo Creek Nature Park), 31 (Succop Nature Park)
Where: Sarver, Butler
Cost: $15 for members; $20 for non-members (Registration required and must be over 21 years of age)

17. Maple Harvest Festival and Pancake Breakfast

Step back in time as costumed interpreters demonstrate old-world maple farming techniques from Native American and Colonial times to today's modern harvesting techniques at the Maple Harvest Festival and Pancake Breakfast at Shaver's Creek Environmental Center. Explore the Sugar Shack to learn how maple sap is transformed into syrup and dance to live music at this two-day festival of all-natural sweetness.

When: Mar. 25-26
Where: Petersburg
Cost: Price varies (timed entry ticket required)

18. 76th Annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival

Join thousands of maple lovers for the 76th Annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival. The festival includes a grand parade with marching bands, floats, and the newly crowned Maple Queen. There are also special activities for the kids, antique street rod shows, an old-fashioned horse-pulling contest, artists and crafters galore, a quilt show, antique tractor and farm show, and a dinner theater featuring the Maple City Players. Ramp up your sugaring skills by learning how to tap a tree, boil sap into syrup, make sugar cakes, and twirl spotza.

When: Apr. 22-23, 26-30
Where: Meyersdale
Cost: $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, free for children 5 and under

19. Beaver County Maple Syrup & Music Festival

Now in its 43rd year, the Beaver County Maple Syrup & Music Festival promises a fun and “maplelicious” good time! Enjoy a delicious meal of hearty buckwheat or traditional pancakes served with 100% pure PA maple syrup, of course. There will be live music performances along with children’s activities, antique tractors, Revolutionary and Civil War demonstrations, a Fun Run, crafters of all types, and loads of maple-y treats including cotton candy, lollipops, and maple-coated cashews rounding out the fun.

When: Apr. 22-23
Where: Beaver Falls
Cost: TBD

20. 41st Annual Endless Mountains Maple Festival

Saddle up for a wild celebration of this year's maple harvest at the 41st Annual Endless Mountains Maple Festival. Attendees can enjoy maple demonstrations, a Truck, Jeep & Rat Rod Show, a monster truck show and demolition derby, the Spring Fling Dairy Goat Show, amusement rides, games, and live entertainment. Cooks can compete in the Macaroni & Cheese Cook-Off, while others participate in the pancake eating contest. Non-competitive pancake lovers can enjoy the all-day pancake breakfast. Stop by the maple judging and maple wine contests to see which are judged best of show for 2023!

When: Apr. 29-30
Where: Troy
Cost: $6 for adults; Free for children 5 years and under

21. Tapped: A Maple Trail


Experience maple mania year-round on VisitPA’s curated road trip Tapped: A Maple Trail. The trail has two legs, one in the Laurel Highlands and one in the Pennsylvania Wilds, that take you through wooded areas flush with all types of maple product producers, including coffee shops, distilleries, candy makers, restaurants, farm tours and historic sites.

To see a full list of the events and festivals happening this winter, check out the visitPA website. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram to stay up-to-date on even more great trip ideas and places to visit around the state.

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