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Things To Do in Hershey Over Indigenous Peoples' Day Weekend 2023

Visit The Sweetest Place On Earth October 6-9, 2023

October 6-9, 2023 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., to help fill your long weekend itinerary with fall fun.

Hersheypark Halloween

Friday, October 6, from 5-10 p.m., Saturday, October 7, from 12-10 p.m. and Sunday, October 8, from 12-9 p.m. 
Dark Nights begins each night at 6 p.m. and extends one hour after the Park closes - Fridays and Saturdays until 11 p.m. and Sundays until 10 p.m.

Hersheypark is open Friday through Sunday for Hersheypark Halloween and Dark Nights immersive haunt experience. This seasonal event features family-friendly offerings during the day and frights at night with thrills on 50 rides and attractions (weather permitting), lights-out rides on select coasters, Treatville trick-or-treat trail, Hershey Character glow dance parties, exclusive sweet treats and savory eats, PLUS entry to all five Dark Nights haunted houses and three Scare Zones featuring all-new and evolved stories. Are you visiting this weekend? Download the Hersheypark app and check out our family-friendly guide to Hersheypark Halloween and our thrill guide to Dark Nights for tips and tricks.

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 to explore 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. Separate admission is also available online or at the ZooAmerica admissions building.

Halloween Getaway at the Official Resorts of Hersheypark

Friday, October 6, through Monday, October 9 

Turn your visit into a weekend getaway when you treat your family to a stay at one of the Official Resorts of Hersheypark. Throughout the long weekend at The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Lodge, guests can enjoy seasonal dining on property, splashes at the heated indoor pool complexes, and family-friendly resort activities, like s'mores roasts, chocolate bingo, Hershey Character appearances and Halloween-themed fun. 

Plus, save with Halloween packages like the all-new Dark Nights 2-Night Package, which includes two nights of deluxe accommodations, 2-day Hersheypark Halloween tickets, breakfast each day, a Dark Nights Tasting Pass and Dark Nights Houses Fast Track unlimited for each guest. Or, opt for a cozy campground stay at Hersheypark Camping Resort and save with the Hersheypark Halloween Camping Package. Resort guests also receive FREE Resort Benefits, including extra hours at Hersheypark with Preview Plan, free front-gate shuttle service to and from the Park and the best price on Park tickets!

Hershey Bears vs. Wilkes Barre/Scranton Preseason Game 

Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m.

Join Bear Nation at GIANT Center for the return of Hershey Bears hockey and get ready to chant "B-E-A-R-S BEARS, BEARS, BEARS, WOO!" as the reigning Calder Cup Champions take the ice against rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the first home preseason game of their 86th season. All tickets to the hockey game are $14 online with general admission seating.

Mark Normand at Hershey Theatre

Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m.

Dubbed by Jerry Seinfeld as the “best young up-and-coming comic,” Mark Normand is quickly becoming one of the most talked about touring comedians on the scene. Normand’s new one-hour Netflix special, "Soup To Nuts," has been a staple in the streamers’ Top Ten since its July 25 premiere. This follows Normand’s self-released special, 2020’s “Out to Lunch,” which amassed over 12 million views on YouTube. 

Game Grumps Live: Tournament of Gamers at Hershey Theatre

Saturday, October 7 at 7 p.m.

Arin Hanson and Dan Avidan, better known as the Game Grumps, announced their return to the stage with Game Grumps Live: Tournament of Gamers. The show pits the audience together in a series of hilarious games, all to find out who the best gamer really is!

Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse Live in Concert at Hershey Theatre

Sunday, October 8 at 6 p.m.

Featuring a soundtrack that blends symphonic orchestral music with hip-hop, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Live in Concert pairs a screening of the Academy Award-winning animated film with live musicians from The Broadway Sinfonietta and turntables featuring a DJ scratcher live on stage. Emmy Award winner Daniel Pemberton composed a sprawling score of boundary-pushing original music that is complemented with song contributions by Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Jaden Smith, and Nicki Minaj. The hip-hop-based score results in a sonic universe that is woven throughout the fabric of the film, supporting its themes of resilience and universal heroism. 

Relax At The Spa

Take time to relax this holiday weekend at one of the spas in Hershey! The Spa At The Hotel Hershey resort spa and MeltSpa by Hershey day spa in downtown Hershey offer a variety of chocolate-inspired and seasonal treatments unique to The Sweetest Place On Earth. Those ready for fall can enjoy pumpkin treatments, ranging from pumpkin spice massages to body scrubs, pumpkin facials and more. Book now before it's too late! 

To make an appointment at The Spa At The Hotel Hershey, call 844-330-1797. For MeltSpa by Hershey appointments, call 855-500-2366 or go online