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Guide of Things to Do Over Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day Weekend 2022 in Hershey

Visit The Sweetest Place On Earth October 7-10

The second weekend of October marks a long weekend in The Sweetest Place On Earth in honor of Columbus/Indigenous Peoples Day. Check out this guide of things to do in Hershey, Pa., from Oct. 7-10 to help fill your long weekend itinerary with fall fun.

Hersheypark Halloween

Saturday, October 8 from 2-10 p.m. and Sunday, October 9 from 2-9 p.m.

Hersheypark is open on Saturday and Sunday for its family-friendly Hersheypark Halloween event featuring thrills on 50 rides and attractions (weather permitting), lights-out coaster rides during the last hour of operation, Treatville trick-or-treat trail for children 12 and under, a nightly Character Glow Dance Party, exclusive sweet treats and savory eats and more. Plus, new this year, guests can experience thrilling Dark Nights scare zones - included in every Hersheypark ticket. Visiting this weekend? Download the Hersheypark app and check out this guide to Hersheypark Halloween 2022 for tips and tricks.

Dark Nights at Hersheypark

Saturday, October 8 from 6-11 p.m. and Sunday, October 9 from 6-10 p.m.

The new Dark Nights frightfully immersive haunt experience will spread its shadows over the Hersheypark landscape on Saturday and Sunday as an expansion of Hersheypark Halloween. During Dark Nights, midways transform from enchanting to unnerving with three scare zones and once-familiar spaces mutate into chilling explorations of the unknown with four spine-tingling haunted houses as part of integrated thrill experiences guests can only find in Hersheypark

A general admission ticket to Hersheypark Halloween is required for entry throughout the fall season. Dark Nights haunted houses access is not included with a general Hersheypark admission ticket and must be purchased separately or as part of a bundle. Want to get scared? Check out the Know Before You Go Guide to Dark Nights.

ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ZooAmerica is open daily over the long holiday weekend for an exploration into the wild of North America. Visitors can see black bears, Canada lynx, gray wolves, river otters and more during a walk around the 11-acre zoo in the heart of Hershey. ZooAmerica is included in the one-price admission to Hersheypark Halloween only when entering the Zoo through the Hersheypark bridge during posted Park hours. 

Kevin Hart at GIANT Center

Saturday, October 8 at 7 p.m.

Pennsylvania native Kevin Hart is bringing the laughter to Hershey over the holiday weekend with his highly anticipated Reality Check Tour at GIANT Center on Saturday, Oct. 8. Hailed as one of the highest-earning stand-up comedians of 2019 by Forbes, Hart sold over one million tickets worldwide in 2018 during his Irresponsible Tour. Limited tickets remain to see Pollstar’s comedy touring artist of the decade. The event will be a phone-free experience. The use of phones will not be permitted in the performance space.

A Night Of Stars at Hershey Theatre

Saturday, October 8 at 7 p.m.

A Night of Stars returns to Central Pennsylvania on Saturday, Oct. 8. A unique collection of ballet’s brightest lights will shine on the Hershey Theatre stage for one unforgettable evening. Tickets are still available to attend the can’t-miss showcase of internationally renowned performers from the world’s leading ballet companies.

Hershey Bears vs. Wilkes Barre/Scranton Preseason Game 

Sunday, October 9 at 5 p.m.

Cheer on the Hershey Bears as they take the ice against rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the first home preseason game of their 85th season. Last season, Hershey went a perfect 3-0 in the preseason, including a 5-4 victory over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Oct. 8, 2021. All tickets to the hockey game are just $12 with general admission seating.

Oktoberfest at The Bears’ Den

Friday through Sunday, October 7-9, from 4-11 p.m.

The Bears’ Den at Hershey Lodge celebrates Oktoberfest with a rotating dinner menu of Oktoberfest-inspired dishes alongside the regular menu of classic American fare. Guests can enjoy specials ranging from Crispy Potato Cakes to a Pork Schnitzel Sandwich to Beer Braised Bratwurst in the fun hockey-rink atmosphere modeled after the hometown hockey team, the Hershey Bears. Plus, make sure to ask your server about the perfect beer pairings! 

Happy Hour at Houlihan’s

Friday, October 7, from 4-6 p.m. and Sunday, October 9, from 2-4 p.m.

Houlihan’s Restaurant + Bar in downtown Hershey offers a new happy hour just in time for the long holiday weekend. On select dates and times, guests can enjoy a refreshed happy hour menu including half off all appetizers, $5 house wines (6 ounces), $3 draft beers (exceptions may apply), plus daily drink features.