Summer Festivals and Fairs In and Around South Central PA

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“Kids Playing Funny Game with Colorful Balloons⁠,” Sergey Novikov. Canva, 6/12/24.

Summer is almost here! The weather is hot, the sun is shining, and — most importantly! — the kids are out of school, which means parents are looking for fun stuff to do. Thankfully, summer also means we can expect lots of fun, with festivals and fairs aplenty.

Who doesn’t love going to a local fair, or hitting up area festivals? There are tons of family-friendly activities, music, food… and, best of all, it usually isn’t too heavy on the wallet. Kids get to explore their community, have fun, and hopefully, go home really, really tired. So when you’re planning what to do for the summer, don’t forget to add a few local festivals and fairs to your list!

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Festivals and Fairs in Berks County

  • Americana Fest, Reading, June 21: Emcee Dave Kline hosts a FREE and open to the public jam session prior to a three-act concert covering the broad influences of Americana music. Bring your own chairs, blankets, and instruments and stay the evening! Food trucks will be on site and parking is free – be sure to visit the information table for more info during the show and activities for the kids!
  • Berk’s Celtic Fest, Reading, June 29: A summer celebration held by the Berks Irish American Fraternal Association. Come join a day of Celtic/Irish Music, Food, Drinks, Entertainment and Family Fun!
  • Kutztown Folk Festival, Kutztown, June 29 – July 7: At the Kutztown Folk Festival, a visitor experiences more music, more entertainment, more fun, and far less work than they would in a Pennsylvania Dutch household. But the purpose of the festival is still fulfilled, as evidenced by the continued participation of the local Pennsylvania Dutch community as well as many of the foremost experts and scholars of this fascinating microcosm of America. This unusual nine-day festival had been featured twice in National Geographic and has been called “one of the most unique festivals on the East coast” by the Washington Post, with good reason. For the past three years, our Festival was awarded in the top 3 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice for Best Cultural Festival in North America.
  • July Fourth Commemoration, Elverson, July 4: Join us for our annual celebration of Independence Day. Essay contest winners will read their submissions on the ironmaster’s mansion porch. Aluminum casting demonstrations in the cast house. 2024 Living History Demonstrations: bake oven, blacksmith shop, and fiber arts. Children’s tent with crafts, activities, and historic games. Event is free and family friendly.
  • Berks Pride Fest, Reading, July 21: The Reading Pride LGBTQ+ Pride festival is the oldest and largest festival of its kind in the area celebrating its 18th anniversary in 2024 and continuing to grow. Last year’s festival was the largest ever, with over 5,000 attendees, 170 vendors, 15 food trucks, and 30 performers, and this year will be even larger.
  • Berks Summerfest, Reading, July 27: As part of a special initiative, Berks Arts has partnered with the Reading Fightin Phils to present Berks Summer Fest at FirstEnergy Stadium, scheduled for July 27, 2024. Thanks to our title sponsor, Supportive Concepts for Families, along with the County of Berks and many sponsors and partners, Berks Arts is thrilled for the opportunity to present a FREE, FUN, FAMILY FRIENDLY arts festival for the entire family. Enjoy concerts by various artists all day long, let the kids loose in the Fightin Phils Phunland, and grab a drink & a bite from the delicious stadium concessions onsite, or join the Cornhole Tournament to raise funds for Supportive Concepts for Families.
  • Kutztown Fair, Kutztown, August 5 – 10: Wilkum! Crafts, Contests, Rides, Food, Fun & Animals!
  • Riverfest Food and Music Festival, Muhlenberg Township, August 23 – 25: Year after year RiverFest continues to grow and has become something everyone looks forward to as the unofficial end of the summer. Mark your calendar for this year’s event. Festivities kickoff once again on Friday night, August 23 from 5 to 10PM IN FRONT OF THE FARMHOUSE ONLY. The Large Flowerheads are performing. The trail opens up for the full event Saturday, August 24 from 11AM to 10PM and continues through Sunday, August 25 from 11AM to 7PM at Jim Dietrich Park. The backdrop of the Schuylkill River will be our vista for this food & music festival. We will have great music, a beer and wine garden, food vendors of a wide variety, as well as artisan and home-based businesses all weekend long. Come join in the fun for the entire family along the Schuylkill River.
  • Duryea Day, Boyertown, August 31: The Museum’s 58th Annual Duryea Day Antique & Classic Car & Truck Show and Flea Market will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2024, from 9 am to 3 pm at Boyertown Community Park. Hundreds of vehicles will be on display throughout the park. Shuttle service will also be available between the Park and Museum throughout the event. Pre-registration and day-of-show registration for show vehicles are available—all makes, models, and years are welcome. Spectator admission is $10 for adults, free for ages 15 & under, and includes both the Park and Museum.
  • Taste of Hamburg-er Festival, Hamburg, August 31: We are looking forward to the 21st Annual Taste of Hamburger Festival! Feel free to browse around… but be warned: you WILL get hungry. The Hamburger Festival takes place on Saturday, August 31, 2024 (ALWAYS the Saturday before Labor Day) from 10 am to 6 pm, in Hamburg, PA, situated in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. This family fun event attracts people from all over the east coast and beyond, because each year we beef up the festivities!
  • Chile Pepper Food Festival, Bowers, September 6 -7: A large gathering of hot sauce and salsa vendors. Also, many vendors are selling chile pepper-related items. Lots of food, hot or not. Something for everyone. Entertainment both days. Handicapped accessible event. Children’s playground. Rain or shine.
  • Oktoberfest, Boyertown, September 13 – 14: Raise your steins and pay homage to the traditions of German culture. Discover a selection of German and locally brewed beers in the beer garden. Enjoy live German entertainment, artisan vendors and food trucks.

Festivals and Fairs in Cumberland County

  • Iron Bridge Music Festival, New Cumberland, June 14 – 15: The Iron Bridge Music Festival is a great way to support and enjoy the talent of local musicians while bringing our community together! Not only do you get to experience the music of talented performers, but you also get to meet other music lovers and make great memories. Plus, by attending our annual event, you’re helping to support the local music scene and our community!So join us on Friday, June 16th and Saturday, June 17th at New Cumberland Borough Park to enjoy the music, have fun, and show your support for local musicians!
  • Fountain Festival, Newville, June 14 – 15: The 26th annual Fountain Festival takes place in historic Newville on June 16 – 17. The free, family-friendly event includes food and craft vendors, a parade, kids’ activities, live music, and more.
  • Jubilee Day, Mechanicsburg, June 20: Jubilee Day is the largest, longest running one day street fair on the east coast attracting up to 70,000 attendees. The 93rd edition of this annual event features more than 325 vendors from near and far offering food, games, arts & crafts, business information, retail products, carnival rides and more. There is a Children’s Area with activities for the very young, and live entertainment on two stages.The festival takes place on Main Street from York Street to Walnut Street and on Market Street from Simpson Street to Strawberry Avenue.
  • Carlisle Summerfair, Carlisle, June 28 – July 7: Summerfair returns in 2024 with its commitment to providing the community with family-friendly events offered at no cost.Summerfair offers 30 events over 10 days, including concerts, children’s activities, sports events, and a craft show. Please check Summerfair’s website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date events, locations, and times.
  • Bluegrass on the Grass Festival, Carlisle, July 13: Seating is open. Free admission. Bike racks available throughout campus. The lawn may be accessed starting at 8:00 AM on the day of the festival. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. A wide array of vendors will keep appetites happy with everything from french fries and bratwurst to Thai food and ice cream, plus non-alcoholic drinks and smoothies. Restrooms will be available. Dickinson College is a smoke-free campus. Festival is held rain or shine. Get ready for great music!
  • Shippensburg Community Fair, Shippensburg, July 22 – 27: Join us for the 65th annual Fair, where traditions meet local food, fun, and entertainment. Fairs feature agriculture, so let us show you the strong bond created between our community and the many exhibitors that work hard throughout the year showing their livestock, dairy exhibits, home products, and more!

    Let the 2023 Shippensburg Community Fair be your local travel destination this July. Experience the unique music, food, agriculture, exhibits and more that can only come from our community!

  • Carlisle Truck Nationals, Carlisle, August 2 – 4: Be a part of one of the largest and most action-packed truck events in the world! See or Show your lifted, lowered, classic, antique, modern, two- or four-wheel drive, jeep, big rig or mini truck.
  • Cumberland Agricultural Expo, Newville, August 6 – 10: This annual agricultural fair, sponsored by the New Carlisle Fair Association, features plenty to do for the entire family. There are dairy and animal exhibitions, shows, 4H presentations, children’s activities, tractor pulls, food, music, and more.
  • Corvette Parade Park & Party, Carlisle, August 24: The Downtown Carlisle Association and Carlisle Events invite you to the 2023 CORVETTE PARADE, PARK AND PARTY, Saturday, August 24th beginning at 7pm. Don’t miss 500 Corvettes from all across the country on display throughout the streets of downtown Carlisle.

    Grab some food & drinks and do some shopping to support your favorite downtown merchants while checking out all the ‘Vettes… you’ll see everything from vintage to modern!Highlights include Miss Cumberland and Little Miss Cumberland pageants, live music, tractor pulls, and more.

  • Shippensburg Corn Festival, Shippensburg, August 31: More than 250 craft and food vendors and free family entertainment! All events at the Festival are free, so bring the family for a day of fun!
  • Steam Engine Show, Mechanicsburg, August 24 – September 1: Fun for all ages! See tractor parades and pulls, live music each night, large and small tractor games, train rides, a car show, farming demonstrations, and much more!

Festivals and Fairs in Dauphin County

  • World Refugee Day Block Party, Harrisburg, June 22: This event is outdoors, rain or shine, and includes free family-friendly activities and live multicultural entertainment. DJ Bernie will be back for a second year! Food may be purchased from a small food truck court. Event partners include the Dauphin County Library System, PA. Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Network, Llah Charity, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and the Vietnamese Alliance Church of Enola.
  • Food Truck and Fireworks Festival, Harrisburg, July 4: Illuminating the Susquehanna River waterfront, the July 4th fireworks display is one of the largest in our region! The show will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. and can be viewed from miles of space along Riverfront Park, City Island and other locations in the City of Harrisburg. Several live bands will perform throughout the day at the main Stage. The festival will feature over 45 food trucks, including stuffed waffles, dumplings, cheesesteaks, gyros, hibachi, tacos, pizza, fried chicken sandwiches, crab cakes and more. Festival favorites such as funnel cakes, sausages, and Farm Show Milkshakes will also be available!
  • BrewFest, Harrisburg, July 20: Join us as we welcome over 50 craft beers to the 10th Annual Dauphin County BrewFest! Taste craft beer, listen to great music, taste gourmet foods, and learn how to brew beer yourself! Set along the Susquehanna River in front of the Fort Hunter Mansion, this event is not to be missed!
  • Nature and Arts Festival, Millersburg, July 27: Join us for this annual FREE celebration of nature and the arts; the perfect way to celebrate summer! Since 1994, the Center has held its annual festival, which began as the “Ned Smith Tribute Festival.” Now, more than 25 years later, this event is still going strong, bringing free family-friendly, educational entertainment to thousands of people all over central Pennsylvania. Although elements of the festival have changed over the years, certain favorite activities have become permanent fixtures, like the make-it-yourself bluebird boxes, live-animal demonstrations, delicious local food and artisans and our fish-print t-shirts!
  • Pride Festival of Central PA, Harrisburg, July 27: Join us at Soldier’s and Sailor’s Grove on the PA State Capital Grounds for the 32nd Pride Festival of Central PA! Vendors, sponsors, the UPMC Family Zone along with a variety of entertainment, speakers, and a headliner that will be announced soon!
  • Cultural Fest, Harrisburg, August 17: The Commissioners and the County’s Cultural Celebration Task Force invite you to a free festival celebrating cultural diversity in Dauphin County. This event will bring together our region’s diversity and cultures as well as celebrate and increase awareness of our vast differences and commonalities.

    The event will offer cultural food & performances, craft vendors, Dauphin County Human Services, Systems of Care Youth Fest, Professional Development, Sports & Games, Children’s Corner, and more. This is a FREE event, but bring along some spending money to shop with the vendors and enjoy ethnic foods from a variety of food trucks. Bring your lawn chairs.

  • Run Wild for Wildwood, Harrisburg, August 24: Join Wildwood Park for the 5th annual Run Wild for Wildwood 5K & 10K. This scenic run/walk will take you on the Wildwood Way Trail around the lake and the Towpath Trail along the Pennsylvania Canal! Bring your friends and family to show your support for Wildwood Park and the community.
  • Jazz and Wine Festival, Harrisburg, September 7 – 8: Join us for the 17th Annual Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Festival at beautiful Fort Hunter Park as we welcome national bands, wine tasting by PA wineries & more! Browse among a gathering of Central Pennsylvania’s top wineries, craft, and food vendors. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Outside alcohol is not allowed.

Festivals and Fairs in Lancaster County

  • Intercourse Heritage Days, Intercourse, June 14 – 15: Come & experience local food, music, history and community.
  • LCBC Motorsports Show, Manheim, June 14: We’re revving up for the 24th Annual Motorsports Show! We welcome guests of all ages to this free-admission event. We’re showcasing over 1,000 antique, classic, and muscle cars, street rods, motorcycles, and more.

    This year’s show will also celebrate Mighty Mopars, featuring cars from all years of Chrysler’s high-performance line. While you’re here, enjoy local food vendors, a special presentation from land speed racers Don Gilmore and Bob Dauernheim, as well as free face-painting, inflatables, and an R/C racing track for kids.

  • Lancaster Pride Festival, Lancaster, June 15: Lancaster is a vibrant and diverse community that has been hosting an annual Pride festival since 2008. Each year members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies come together and create a joyful gathering to celebrate the progress the local community has made toward equality and acceptance. This year’s festival features exciting live entertainment, family-friendly activities, and local vendors.
  • Riverfest Weekend, Columbia, June 28 – 30: Riverfest is a weekend-long celebration of our river towns’ heritage and recreation. Susquehanna NHA, Rivertownes PA USA, and our heritage partners have created a range of experiences that tell the amazing stories of our past. Learn about the burning of the bridge story through several different heritage walks, talks, and trolley tours! Thanks to our heritage partners. Check out all the recreational trails that meander through our historic industrial landscape at the River Expo. Conquer the Bridge Burner Challenge Run & Paddle Race, a multi-sport race tracing the paths of the 1863 bridge burners. Looking to discover on your own? Discover self-guided adventure options from Columbia Crossing River Trails Center. There are over 100 miles of trails, 10 scenic overlooks, and over 2 dozen heritage sites in the Susquehanna National Heritage Area.
  • 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks Extravaganza, Elizabethtown, July 4: Spend July 4th at the Historic Star Barn & Ironstone Ranch! Enjoy acres of 4th of July fun with more, BIGGER, and better fireworks than ever before! Includes Self-guided tours of both Ironstone Ranch and The Star Barn, Sower & Seed Gift Shoppe will be open, Yard Games, Campfire, Petting Zoo featuring Ebony, Ivory, JR, and others, Performances by top notch performers: Forgotten Friends Reptile Show, Chris Ivey (Juggler), Josh Squared Band, musical performance by Hutch, and MORE! And of course, fireworks provided by Bixler Pyrotechnics!
  • Blues and Brews, Manheim, July 13: Guests can savor the taste of a summertime Maryland feast without the drive: Hard Shell Crabs, Steamed Shrimp, BBQ Pork, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Garden Pasta Salad, Hush Puppies, Fresh Fruit, and Dessert. Beer from the Swashbuckler Brewing Company will round out this summertime feast. All the amazing food you can eat, unlimited drinks, and live music with one admission ticket.
  • Terre Hill Days, Terre Hill, July 18 – 21: Come celebrate the best of summer at Terre Hill Days- Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21! Free live entertainment each day along with great food, games, and carnival rides creates a family friendly atmosphere that’s fun for all ages! Special events daily including chainsaw carving, magic show, face painting, tug-of-war, and more! The schedule can be found on our website. Be sure to join us on Thursday night for Local Bands Night featuring some of the area’s best bands! Check out our annual Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday. Other special events on Saturday include an airplane candy scramble, children’s entertainment, fireworks, BINGO, and more! Sunday’s activities include a community church service, covered dish community picnic, and entertainment. Rides, games, and concessions are closed on Sunday.
  • ParrotFest, Manheim, July 20: Margaritaville at the Liederkranz! Open to the public – rain or shine! Pre-purchased admission required. Outside under the Pavilion and Big Tents! Featuring the Surf-Rock sounds of Jimmy and the Parrots.
  • Sweet Corn Festival, Ronks, July 20: We think this farm fresh, sweet & crunchy symbol of summer deserves to be celebrated! And there’s no better place to celebrate it then right here at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm.

    Our Sweet Corn Festival will feature specialty sweet corn menu items, corn crafts & games, live music and a local brewery. Plus, you won’t want to miss our sweet corn eating contest. Whether you’re chomping your teeth as a contestant or clapping your hands as spectator its sure to be an SWEET time!

  • San Juan Batista Hispanic Festival, Lancaster, July 24 – 27: Since 1983, the San Juan Bautista Hispanic Festival has brought musicians, both local and nationally known, here to Lancaster County. Now in our 39th year, and with over 6,500 attendees, musicians, organizations, and media agencies, the San Juan Bautista Hispanic Festival has become known as a must-attend, family-friendly summer event. Festival-goers bring friends and family to enjoy food & drink, a positive vibe, and of course, world class Latin cuisine and music. For thousands of people in and around Lancaster County, the San Juan Bautista Hispanic Festival is the place to be.
  • Highland Cow Festival, Ronks, July 27: Where the fluffiest creatures on earth take center stage! Get ready for a day packed with fuzzy fun as we celebrate these adorable bovines. Festival Includes: Cow themed games and crafts, Live music, Local Brewery & Winery, Special performances by Trick Roper MacKenzie Fish, and more.
  • Sunflower Festival, Lititz, August 14 – 25: Our Sunflower Fest will be filled with over 15 varieties of beautiful sunflowers spread out over 3 acres! The Glazing Sun Sunflower Pottery Paint Night offers a variety of sunflower pottery pieces to choose from, you pick your piece and paint it and then it will be fired in a kiln at The Glazing Sun in Marietta and then you can pick up your masterpiece back at Sunflower Patch by August 25, 2024. If you would like to visit the Sunflower Patch, Admission is $7 and includes a Free Single-Stem, Single Bloom Sunflower!
    Featuring 150 local Artists, Makers, and Curators selling their handmade goods plus, a large assortment of amazing food trucks offering delicious desserts, drinks, and entrees throughout the day!
  • Nook Brew Fest, Manheim, August 24: If you like craft beer, this event is for you. Enjoy 3 hours of tastings from some of your favorite brewing companies and bars. There will be various on-site food options to choose from. You won’t want to miss this.
  • Sunflower Festival, Ronks, August 31st and September 7th: Come join us for a day of sunshine and floral fun at the Sunflower Festival, where the beauty of nature meets the excitement of adventure on the farm. It’s an experience that will fill your heart with joy and your camera roll with stunning memories! Festival Includes: Winery & Brewery, Live music, Local craft vendors, Kids crafts, Flowers sold by stem or bucket, Balloon Artist (only Sep 7th), and much more for the entire family to enjoy.
  • Elizabethtown Fair, Elizabethtown, August 19 – 24: The Elizabethtown Fair is one of 109 Pennsylvania State Fairs.

    We offer animal, agricultural, competitive and commercial exhibits. We have a free petting zoo, free nightly entertainment, contests for all ages, rides and lots of great food!Each August the Elizabethtown Fair provides an opportunity for the showcasing of agriculture in Lancaster County and surrounding counties. Many local civic organizations and church groups use the Fair as their principal fundraiser for the year. It is also an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to promote themselves.

  • Community Days at Lancaster Airport, Lititz, September 7: Since 1996, the Lancaster Airport has welcomed the community out to the airport and into the world of aviation. This event includes a daily air show, static displays, aircraft and helicopter rides, kids area, food trucks and so much more!
  • Rubber Duckie Race and Festival, Lancaster, September 8: From sponsorship to duckie adoptions and festival fun, this unique fundraising campaign has become synonymous with Schreiber. New this year – a one-mile duckie dash, duckie relay and 100M duckling dash will be capped off by our festival now held at the Schreiber Center.
  • Hometown Heroes Festival, Ronks, September 14: Join us for a day filled with gratitude, celebration, and community spirit as we pay tribute to the courageous individuals who serve our hometowns. From firefighters and police officers to healthcare workers, our festival is a heartfelt salute to those who keep our communities safe and thriving. Festival Includes: Candy drop @12:00pm, Touch-a-Truck and Meet & Greet Event with local EMS, Fire Departments, and Police until 6:00pm, A special visit from the WellFlight helicopter, The interactive and educational Fire Safety Trailer, A heroes parade will take place at 6:30pm, and Patriotic fireworks show at 8:30pm.

Festivals and Fairs in Lebanon County

  • St. Paul the Apostle Summer Church Bazaar, Annville, June 15 – 16: The St. Paul the Apostle Church Summer Bazaar will feature live music, food, and fun for all ages. The event is sponsored by Jeff Maz Roofing, Mary Jane Beazley, Shay’s Vending, Kreamer Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc, Laudermilch’s Meats, Hershey Federal Credit Union, Lebanon Federal Credit Union, and Bouquet Mulligan DiMaio Eye Professionals. The lineup of bands includes Terry Corl, The Large Flowerheads, Matt Miskie, and The Josh Squared Band.
  • Lebanon Area Fair, Lebanon, July 20 – 27: It’s no surprise that the Lebanon Area Fair was voted Lebanon Valley’s Best Local Event by area residents; more than 50,000 attendees flock to the Fairgrounds each summer to enjoy the annual showcase of Lebanon County agriculture, great food, carnival rides, track events and live entertainment.

    Some 8,000 exhibits are judged and on display in the various halls and barns, with friends and neighbors vying for the coveted first place ribbon, Grand Champion rosette or Best of Show designation. With 4-H, FFA, and farm projects as its focus, the Fair’s competitive exhibits show off a multitude of talents, such as sewing, painting, woodworking, photography, canning, quilting and more. Locals with a green thumb enter produce and flowers – from apples to zinnias, the Fair’s fruit, vegetable, flower and herb classes display just how prolific Lebanon County’s well-tended soil can be. Fairgoers can also expect to see the finest livestock in the County on display: poultry, rabbits, beef cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, dairy cattle, and horses. The majority of the stock are entered by school-age children enrolled in 4-H and FFA projects.

    Beyond the exhibit halls and barns, stroll the Midway to enjoy famous Fair food such as french fries, milkshakes, and fried bologna pretzel roll sandwiches. Live musical entertainment takes place throughout the week at the Pavilion and Main Stage, in addition to tractor and truck pulls, tough trucks, rodeo, and the grand finale demolition derby followed by fireworks on the final Saturday of the Fair. The track events are a major attraction at the Fair and thousands fill the grandstands every year. The Midway is also home to carnival rides and games, a petting zoo, and displays by area businesses and nonprofits.

    From young to old, there is something for every member of the family to enjoy at the Fair. Stop by and see what makes this 8-day event the County’s largest annual attraction!

Festivals and Fairs in York County

  • Serviceberry Festival, Felton, June 14 – 15: Join us for a family-friendly celebration of the Serviceberry tree (Amelanchier canadensis), one of the most beautiful spring-flowering native trees in our region and a bounty for early pollinators.

    Enjoy the spectacular beauty of our grove of over 225 mature Serviceberry trees and taste this delicious native fruit.

    You can also learn more about other native plants planted on the property, walk the path through our beautiful pollinator meadow, and learn about the history of Heartwood Nursery.

  • Penn-Mar Irish Festival, Glen Rock, June 15: Annual celebration of Irish and Celtic heritage with music, dance, workshops, vendors, food, and children’s activities, held on the grassy grounds of The Markets at Shrewsbury. Enjoy a variety of quality vendors with Irish and Celtic goods and of course food and Guinness products. FREE kids activity tent with crafts and crafts, sponsored by Members 1st Federal Credit Union.
  • York County Pride, York, June 22: Locating inside the All Trans Memorial Hall at the York Fairgrounds, York County Pride is a time to come together and celebrate the full inclusion of our wonderfully diverse community and specifically celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community in York County. York County Pride is the signature event of the Rainbow Rose Center.
  • Lavender Festival, New Park, June 22 – 23, 29 – 30: It is the 3rd Lavender Festival at Maple Lawn Farms! Each Ticket holder will harvest their very own bundle of Lavender!! Check-in by the Market and get a wagon ride out to the Lavender Fields to help us harvest our fields at Maple Lawn Farms. Enjoy Food, Music, Shopping, and Fantastic Photo-ops!!
  • Shrewsbury Fireman’s Carnival, Shrewsbury, June 24 – 29: The 75th annual Shrewsbury Fireman’s Carnival will be held June 24-June 29, 2024! One of York County’s greatest carnivals returns with rides, games, food, nightly entertainment, vendors, and so much more!
  • BBQ Festival, York, June 28 – 29: One of the most popular events in our town is the annual BBQ festival, where people can enjoy a variety of food, music and local businesses. The festival is held at the Community Center Grounds, where dozens of stalls offer delicious treats, snacks, sandwiches, BBQ and more. There is also a stage where local bands and singers perform live music throughout the day, ranging from rock to jazz to folk.
  • Snack Town Street Fair, Hanover, July 13: One day festival in downtown Hanover, Pennsylvania, featuring artists, authors, craft and food vendors, live music, kids’ entertainment, and more!
  • Helter Selzer, Glen Rock, July 13: Immerse yourself in a world where crisp, fizzy concoctions take center stage. From classic fruit-infused flavors to daring and unconventional blends, this festival is a haven for enthusiasts and newcomers alike, eager to explore the effervescent universe of hard seltzers. Join us as we raise a can to a symphony of bubbles, an explosion of taste, and an unforgettable experience at Helter Seltzer at Ruins Hall– where the effervescence never ends!
  • Zero ABV Festival, Glen Rock, July 14: The Zero ABV Festival is not your typical booze-infused shindig – here, we’re raising a glass to the teetotalers, the designated drivers, and anyone who’s tired of waking up to mystery and regret. Join us for a symphony of flavors that won’t leave you searching for your car keys the next morning. From zesty mocktails to booze-removed ales, the only thing that’ll get you tipsy here is the sheer delight of endless, guilt-free sipping!
  • York State Fair, York, July 19 – 28: Beginning in 1765, 11 years before the nation was founded, the York State Fair attracts people from all around Pennsylvania, Maryland and beyond.

    Over the centuries, “America’s First Fair” has grown from an agricultural market on the town square to a long-standing tradition featuring live concerts, kid-friendly rides, livestock exhibits and more delicious fair food than you could imagine. “America’s Oldest Fair” continues to delight, educate, and amaze visitors of all ages.

  • Sound Machine Music Festival, York, August 17: Join us August 17th for our Sound Machine Festival. 💀 🎸 🎶 Enjoy free admission at our outdoor stage from 1-6pm featuring Moran Tripp Band, OVEN, Turkey City Boys, The Highway Boys, along with Beers and BBQ! Cap the night off in the Virgil Room with Cody Tyler & Gypsy Convoy at 8pm (doors at 7pm). Tickets are $20.
  • York Fringe Festival, York, August 21 – 25: In short: take the Wikipedia entry on theatre, a music festival, and an art gallery, throw them in a blender with some craft beer and frappe until smooth. Drink to experience artistic endeavors like never before!
  • YorkFest, York, August 24: A celebration of York City scheduled to coincide with York Arts Week. Music, food, arts, activities, all the good stuff. A chance to pull our neighborhoods and communities together, then send them off to celebrate in their own welcoming ways. It’s our chance to show everyone what we got.
  • Cigar Box Guitar Festival, York, August 26: The 2023 Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival! In downtown York; in the parking lot of The York Emporium. This is the 13th edition of this annual event. It will be broadcast live over Comcast Channel 18 and streamed live via YouTube. It’s Blues • It’s Rock • It’s Primal • It’s free.


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