Lancaster PA Events Calendar
August 2013

The Lancaster PA Events Calendar for July has a lot to offer. You will find interesting activities for families and kids. There are activities for all ages, along with information about theatre productions, musical events and much more!

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Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Saturday, 10am-dusk
Cherry Crest Farm
150 Cherry Hill Road
Ronks, Pa

Come on out and visit Cherry Crest Adventure Farm, a place where families and individuals of all ages can have a great time while learning a little something about agriculture! We are a working farm and one of America's finest examples of agri-tainment, right in the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country!  The Corn Maze is open!
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Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

August 3 - October 27, 11am - 8pm
Saturdays and Sundays, plus Labor Day Monday
Mount Hope Estate & Winery
2775 Lebanon Road
Manheim, PA

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I, invites you to live the excitement of the 33rd annual Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Thirty-five acres of jousting knights and royal delights and await as hundreds of colorfully-costumed characters breathe life into the mirth and merriement of an authentic recreation of a 16th century English Village. Musical performances, magic acts, puppet shows, Shakespearean plays, comical mud beggars and live jousting are just a few of the entertainments that fill the Revels Schedule with over 90 shows daily. Enjoy, micro-brewed ales, a variety of wines and delicious foods from 25 Royal Kitchens and shop from scores of Renaissance merchants. Experience the fantasy! 
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3rd Annual Keystone Cruise-In

August 3, 10am - 3pm
Adjacent to the Leola Community Pool
39 E. Main St.
Leola, PA 

Antique, Classic, & Street Rod Cars, along with Trucks, Fire Apparatus & Motorcycles! No Entrance Fee for Cruise-In – Donations Appreciated. All proceeds benefit the Upper Leacock Fire Company and the Keystone Majorette Corps. There will be raffles, door prizes, a dunk tank, drawings, kid’s gift bags and 50’s & 60’s music! Lots of local vendors will be on-site (10’ x 10’ SPACE AVAILABLE FOR $30)! Food will also be available for purchase: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Drinks, Walking Tacos, and more! (Rain Date: 8/10/2013)
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Ice Cream Social

August 4, 4pm - 7pm
Ephrata Cloister 
632 West Main Street
Ephrata, PA

The event begins at 4:00 p.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $3 per person, which gets you a dish of vanilla ice cream compliments of Turkey Hill Dairies. A variety of toppings will be available for you to decorate your Sundae any way you please. Tickets are available for purchase in the Museum Store, at the front desk in the Cloister’s Visitors Center, or on the day of the event. As a special treat local vocalist Dean Sensenig will entertain the crowd with a variety of popular songs. Sensenig has been featured regularly as a church and concert soloist in the Lancaster, Reading and Philadelphia area. He is an Ephrata native and received his formal vocal training at the Temple University College of Music.
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Asian Food Bazaar

August 4
Vietnamese Alliance Church 
3435 Nolt Rd 
Landisville, PA

Mark your Calendars! Saving Grace Ministries of Lancaster will be hosting it's 5th Annual Asian Food Bazaar! Come join us for a fun filled afternoon of delicious food, exciting games, and great music for the entire family! Featured Eats: Pho Noodle Soup Egg Rolls Vietnamese Crepes Decadent desserts Refreshing drinks (Food will be served until 9pm while supplies last) Games for the kids: Bouncing Castle Water Slide & games For more information please contact

La Dispute

August 8, 9, 10, 7pm
Musser Park
135 N. Lime St.
Lancaster, PA

Creative Works of Lancaster, in partnership with the Lancaster Museum of Art, presents its third Works in the Park production, a free outdoor performance of Pierre de Marivaux's classic French comedy, La Dispute. The 1744 comedy tells the story of four young people raised in total isolation in order to settle the dispute between a nobleman and his lady: who is more likely to be unfaithful in love, a man or a woman? When they reach the age of twenty, the two boys and two girls are released to find each other -- and love -- for the first time. Though written over two and a half centuries ago, La Dispute is a comedy that is truly timeless, a gift to the community guaranteed to serve up tons of laughs for a summer evening. Seating will be in the open, and attendees should bring their own chairs and blankets. Performances begin at 7:00 p.m., and local food vendors will be set up by 6:30. The play is appropriate for all ages.
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3rd Annual Chiques Challenge

August 10
Columbia River Park
10 Walnut St.
Columbia, PA

Participate in this duathlon event which combines running and kayaking. The event stages from Columbia’s River Park. Participants will be transported to Vinegar Ferry Road and run along the river via the Northwest Trail and on through Marietta. There, runners will take to the river aboard a kayak and finish downstream at Columbia. We’ve partnered with Shank’s Mare for this event which is held rain or shine. Pre-registration is required to participate in this event. For more information or a registration form, visit our website or call 717-684-5249. Please, no pets.
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Country Line Dancing

Weekly on Tue/Fri, 6:30pm - 10pm
Barnyard Kingdom 
211 S Donerville Rd
Lancaster, PA

Stomp your feet, kick up your heels and have a blast on our beautiful hardwood dance floor! We offer line dancing for all ages on Tuesday and Friday night from 6:30pm – 10pm with live DJ’s. The first hour is dedicated to lessons with our qualified dance instructors. New to country line dancing? We’ve introduced our own country version of “First Fridays”, come out on the first Tuesday and Friday of the month to learn easy, beginner line dances. If you don't have time for supper after work, we have food and drinks are available. This is a non-smoking building. 
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Dungeons & Dragons

August 8
Lancaster Public Library 
125 N. Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 

Do you enjoy adventure games where you get to play a character, search for treasure, and use teamwork to fend off monsters, evil mages, and other creatures? Join others who do as well! Ages 11-20
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2nd Sunday Flavor Fair

August 11
Lancaster City
342 N. Queen St.
Lancaster, PA

Come out and enjoy the taste of Lancaster City. BUiLDiNG CHARACTER hosts 2nd Sunday Flavor Fair which will feature fresh local fare and live local music. Vendors will be selling delicious food! Rain or Shine. FREE PARKING in the Rear Warehouses 
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Bookworm Frolic

August 14-16, 9am - 7pm
Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
2215 Millstream Road
Lancaster, PA

Wednesday–Friday, August 14–16, 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
Saturday, August 17, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Forty thousand used books for sale outside at Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, and new books inside at steep discounts. Children’s books, fiction, textbooks, Bibles, music, magazines, vinyl records and much more. Baked goods, ice cream and sandwiches for sale.
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Hogwarts Express Parties

August 16-17
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
300 Gap Road
Strasburg, PA

This is where the magic happens! Kids are encouraged to dress like their favorite Harry Potter character for a reading in one of the Museum's historic coaches. They will also create potions and a Hogwarts-inspired take-home craft. Advance registration is required. Recommended for children ages 8-13.
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New Holland Summerfest

August 23-24
New Holland Community Memorial Park
400 E. Jackson Street
New Holland, PA

14th annual Pennsylvania State Championship BBQ Cook-Off held in the beautiful New Holland Community Memorial Park. Lots of food available. Check out the website for all the details. A great event for the entire family! 
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Long's Park Art & Craft Festival

Labor Day Weekend
Friday - Sunday, August 30 - September 1
10am - 5 pm
Long's Park
1441 Harrisburg Pike
Lancaster, PA

Experience one of America's top fine art and craft shows! For three days shop and enjoy breathtaking creativity as a beautiful city park on the edge of historic Downtown Lancaster is transformed into an outdoor gallery. With 200 top artists and craftspeople from across the country, our 35th annual event will showcase the best of the best chosen from some 1,000 applicants from 45 different states and countries. Live music, fine food, wine and craft beer, too. All proceeds benefit the free Long's Park Summer Music Series.
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Wizard of Oz

Through August 24
Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays, 11 am
Hole in the Wall Puppet Theatre 
126 North Water Street
Lancaster, PA

A marionette production of the classic story that has been delighting generations for over 100 years.

Robert Brock, the founder and artistic director of Hole in the Wall Puppet Theatre, creates all the marionettes used in HIW productions, writes the scripts and music and performs in his unique one-man style-old. His humor appeals to children as well as adults.

North Museum Planetarium

North Museum
400 College Ave.
Lancaster, PA

Planetarium Show times

  • In My Backyard
    Monday - Saturday, 11:00 am
    Ages 5-6
    Join Fred Penner from TV's Nickelodeon as he explores things large and small, from the colors of the rainbow, to reasons for the seasons and the stars at night. In My Backyard is especially designed for the youngest stargazers.
  • Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure
    Monday - Saturday, 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm
    Ages 8-13
    Journey 80 million years back in time to when some of the most ferocious creatures prowled the Earth's oceans. Interweaving ground breaking fossil finds from around the globe with cutting edge computer generated re-creations, National Geographic's storytelling immerses you in the age when monsters ruled the seas!
  • Earth's Wild Ride
    Daily, 1:00 pm
    Ages 7 & older
    Transport to the future, 2081, where humans now live on the moon. The movie opens with a grandfather and his grandchildren gazing out into space. In looking back at Earth learn about a solar eclipse, the ice age, volcanoes, dinosaurs, and the differences between the earth and the moon. Imagine Earth were a distant place you once called home but could never visit again. What would you remember most about the planet, and how would you describe it to your grandchildren?

  • Night Sky Tour
    Saturday & Sunday, 3:00 pm 
    Ages 10 & older
    Join our knowledgeable planetarium staff for a live interactive program as they teach you how to identify the constellations and planets of the current night sky.  The sky will come alive with our hybrid of optical and digital sky projections systems, preparing you for a stargazing adventure from your own backyard. 

    All Night Sky Tour programs include the current night sky, but each operator also emphasizes an additional topic of personal interest.

Close to downtown Lancaster, the North Museum of Natural History & Science opens the window to the worlds of natural history and science. Meet the residents of the Live Animal Room, trace the history of the earliest inhabitants along the Susquehanna River, or travel to far reaching galaxies and beyond in Central Pennsylvania’s largest Planetarium. For more information go to the North Museum web site.

Hands-on House Children's Museum

Hands-on House Children's Museum
721 Landis Valley Road
Lancaster, PA

Drop-in for Extra Family Fun
Experiment, Express, Explore extra fun and learning during our drop-in programs. Participation is free with regular admission to Hands-on House. All programs are designed for adults and children to experience together. Drop-in anytime during the scheduled time. No pre-registration required.

Ages: 2-10 years with adult
Cost: Free with regular admission to Hands-on House

  • Ships Ahoy
    August 2,   Drop-in: 5pm-7pm
    August 10, 14, 18, Drop-in: 2pm-4pm
    Chart a course for fun as you set sail to Harbor Town to experiment with boatyard basics.
  • Nature Scope
    August 3, 4, 8, 20, 21, Drop-in: 2pm-4pm 
    August 9, 5pm-7pm
    Zoom in on nature as you discover how cool tools help you see the world in a whole new way..
  • Bubble-ology
    August 5, 13, 22, 24,  Drop in:  2pm-4pm
    Explore soap science as you become a bubble-ologist in our pop-up table lab.
  • Backyard Safari
    August 1, 19, 25,26,31, Drop in: 2pm-4pm
    Use the field tools in your backpack to examine some of the crawling, flying and buzzing insects that call our grassy meadow home.
  • Blast Off
    August 6, 7, 17, 27, 28, 2pm-4pm
    August 23, 5pm-7pm
    Prepare for countdown as you test spacecraft from our launch pad to make sure all systems are go!
  • Have a Ball
    August 11, 12, 15, 29, 2pm-4pm
    August 30, 5pm-7pm
    If you like action and playing with balls, our kid-sized sports are just right -- with active play that's fun and good for you!

Hands-on House, Children's Museum of Lancaster is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping kids learn and making sure they have lots of fun in the process. The museum is designed for children ages 2-10 years. For more information go to the Hands-on House Children's Museum.

Lancaster County Fairs

Elizabethtown Fair

August 19-24
Elizabethtown, PA

Directions: From I-283 take either Elizabethtown exit (between Lancaster and Harrisburg.) Proceed to the center of town, turn on East High St. to the 900 block.
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Mud Sales

Bareville Fire Company Mud Sale

August 24, 8:30 am
Bareville Volunteer Fire Company
211 East Main Street
Leola, PA

8:30 a.m. Breakfast
Small goods, shop tools, antiques, furniture, lumber, animals, sheds & gazebos, equipment, buggies, concrete items.

Kinzer Fire Company Mud Sale

August 24, 8:30 am
Kinzer Fire Company
3521 Lincoln Hwy
E. Kinzers, PA  17535

Household goods, wall hangings, nursery stock, lawn & garden equipment, building materials, storage sheds, tack, new & used carriages, loads of hay & straw, farm equipment, new & used furniture, sporting goods, various antiques and more!

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Through November 2
Sight & Sound Theatre
300 Hartman Bridge Road
Ronks, PA

Join the millions of people from all over the world who have seen this one of a kind, awe-inspiring, family experience. Embark on a journey with Noah and his family as they uphold the call of God to build a boat in a land that has never seen rain! Then watch as hundreds of animals enter and live inside the great ark that surrounds the audience on three sides of a 300-foot-stage. 40-foot-tall sets, toe-tapping songs, professional actors and a message of hope make Noah a must see!

Marriage Go Round

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre -

Through August 4
Rainbow Dinner Theatre 
3065 Lincoln Hwy E (Route 30 East)
Paradise, PA 

If you thought the big bang theory was boring, we’ve got news for you. Two perfectly happy married scientists think they can predict the results of any experiment. They never counted on a brilliant Swedish goddess who intends to harness hubby’s DNA to produce the world’s smartest baby!! The results are nothing short of hilarious!

Fox on the Fairway

August 13 - October 26
Rainbow Dinner Theatre 
3065 Lincoln Hwy E (Route 30 East)
Paradise, PA 

Mark Twain said “golf is a good walk spoiled”. Well, he never saw this show! Two rival country clubs trade bogies and birdies to win the prize cup. But the biggest winner will be all of you--every laugh is a “hole in one!”

South Pacific

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre - South Pacific

Through August 17
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre 
510 Centerville Road
Lancaster, PA 

South Pacific spins a romantic tale of love and loss on a tropical island naval base during World War II as two couples - U.S. Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and French plantation owner Emile de Becque and Lt. Joe Cable and a young local native girl fall in love. You'll be tapping your toes to all your favorites from There is Nothin' Like a Dame to Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair.

Menopause the Musical

August 22 - October 5
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre 
510 Centerville Road
Lancaster, PA 

Since March 2001, the hilarious show Menopause The Musical has entertained and inspired women from coast-to-coast and internationally. Relive all your favorite songs  from  the '60s, '70s, and '80s and celebrate women who are experiencing The Change. PG-13

Guys and Dolls

EPAC - Avenue Q

Through August 10
Sharadin Bigler Theatre (Formerly Ephrata Performing Arts Center) 
320 Cocalico Street in Ephrata Community Park 
Ephrata, PA

This evergreen musical comedy pits colorful Damon Runyon characters—gamblers, gangsters and dizzy dames—against the save-a-soul efforts of a Salvation Army missionary lass. Bursting with classic Frank Loesser songs—including "Luck Be a Lady", "A Bushel and a Peck", "I'll Know," "If I Were a Bell," and "Sit Down, You're Rockin’ the Boat"— Guys and Dolls is considered by many the most perfect musical comedy of all time.

Beverly Lewis' "The Confession" Musical

Through August 21
Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Stage
2760 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340)
Bird-in-Hand, PA

Don't miss this entertaining Amish love story by NY Times bestselling author Beverly Lewis. Over 35,000 have already enjoyed live performances of this hit musical by the "queen of Amish fiction." Show only, meal, and/or lodging packages available.
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Music at Gretna

Mt. Gretna Playhouse
Mt. Gretna, PA

  • Anna Polonsky & Friends
    Sunday, August 4, 7:30 pm
  • The Capitol Steps
    Friday, August 9, 7:30 pm
  • A Tribute to Getz/Gilberto
    Saturday, August 10, 7:30 pm
  • Wister Quartet
    Sunday, August 11, 7:30 pm
  • Beauty in Motion:  Members of the Martha Graham Company
    Friday, August 30, 7:30 pm
  • Duquesne University Tamburitzans
    Saturday, August 31, 7:30 pm

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Dutch Country Cowboys Jam

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Denver Fire Company Social Hall 
425 Locust Street
Denver, PA 

Live country music every Friday evening, 5pm - 10pm. Denver Fire Company Social Hall. Doors open at 5, music starts at 6pm. Donation at the door. 
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Music in the Vineyards at Nissley Vineyards

Nissley Vineyards 
140 Vintage Drive
Bainbridge, PA 

  • August 3 - Blue Moon Big Band
    Big band swing
  • August 10 - Third Stream Plus One
    Danceable jazz & 50's to 80's pop
  • August 17 - Fabulous Cheeze Brothers and Sisters
    60's & 70's variety
  • August 24 - Uptown Band
    Rich variety, Motown to present

Music in the Vineyards is a series of romantic Saturday evening lawn concerts held at the winery during July and August.  Bring a picnic supper if you wish, but no carry-in alcoholic beverages. Bring a lawn chair and, if it looks like rain, bring an umbrella. The wine and food bars are open 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. The concert begins at 7:30 pm and ends at 10:00 pm. Sorry, babies, children and others under the legal age of 21 are not admitted. Admission is $15. For other important Amenities & Policies, please see our website. 
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Long's Park Summer Music Series

Long's Park
1441 Harrisburg Pike
Lancaster, PA

  • August 4 - Mountain Heart
  • August 11 - Eddie Palmieri
  • August  18 - Samba Mapangala
  • August 25 - Taj Weekes & Adowa

For more than 50 years the Long’s Park Amphitheater Foundation has been treating the community to Sunday nights of free music on the Long’s Park amphitheater stage. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and picnic in the park or visit our food vendors. We hope you’ll join us this year. Be sure to thank our sponsors, you for your support of the Long’s Park Art & Craft Festival and our dedicated volunteers for making this happen year after year.

All concerts begin at 7:30 pm.
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Live Music at the Cafe

Ten Thousand Villages
240 North Reading Road
Route 272 North
Ephrata, PA

  • August 2  - Bennett Rabiega
  • August 9 - The Walking Roots Band
  • August 16 - Heart and Soul
  • August 23 - Mindy Nolt & Jared Hankee
  • August 30 - Wildad

Live music Friday evenings 6:30-8:30 pm. For artist information visit the Ten Thousand Villages web site.

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Fridays in Lancaster

First Fridays - Downtown Lancaster

A fun-filled celebration of the arts every month. Discover new exhibitions, performances, music, and more every month as you explore 70 diverse arts venues in this walkable and attractive urban center. Most venues open 5-9pm. Free. Details and map at Lancaster City Arts.

Second Fridays - Downtown Lititz

Join downtown merchants in a lively evening of shopping, live music performances, art exhibits, poetry readings, jewelry shows, special Lovin’ Lititz every 2nd Friday.

Fourth Fridays - Downtown Mount Joy

Always a happening evening in Downtown Mount Joy. Each Fourth Friday is different from the last, but always tons of fun. Fourth Friday events run from 5 PM to 8 PM in Downtown Mount Joy. Make Fourth Fridays your family night, call up your friends and spend time together, or create a date night with your special someone - Dine out, Stroll from place to place, Browse shops, and most of all - Enjoy yourself!

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Other Community Events/Activities

Tour of Homes - Gretna Music

August 3, 10am - 5pm
Gretna Music
One Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA  17022

The 29th Annual Tour of Homes and Gardens to benefit Gretna Music takes place Saturday, August 3, 10 am - 5 pm.  Mt. Gretna residents open their doors for a self-guided tour that provides a glimpse inside the cottages, homes, historic buildings, and gardens of this unique community. 

Admission - $20 in advance/$25 day of tour
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Microfest August 2013

August 24
Stoudt's Brewery
2800 North Reading Road
Route 272
Adamstown, PA

Enjoy over 40 beers from America's finest breweries, great food and music. We offer a variety of dishes that are sure to compliment the beers, accompanied by assorted Artisan Bread from our "Wonderful Good Market." The ticket includes 4 hours of sampling, a buffet, live music, souvenir glass and a free shuttle to and from select local hotels. Click to buy tickets online for beer events.

12-4pm - Daisy Jug Band
6-10pm - Good Lovin' Jam Band

Admission $35 in advance, $40 day of
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