Must-Attend Events in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
It’s always a good time to start planning your trip to Lancaster – where regardless of the time of year, there are always fun activities & events to enjoy. Your kids will love our variety of attractions, from amusement parks to buggy rides and interactive museums. For some time outdoors, bike or hike trails in our parks, hit up top-ranked fishing spots or relax while you drift down our creeks. Bundle it all into a getaway with overnight lodging and special getaway packages, and don’t forget to print coupons for savings!
Music & Shows
If you enjoy a good show, whether it’s theatre or the performing arts, you’ll have plenty of options here in Lancaster County. We have some of the best theatrical venues around, from Sight & Sound Theatres® with a 300-foot wrap around stage to the Fulton Theatre whose performances rival Broadway shows. And some have called Lancaster City and up-and-coming Nashville, with our Roots & Blues and LAUNCH Music Festivals. Learn more about some of the events happening this year below.
February: Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival
April: LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival
June: Celebrate Lancaster in Lancaster City
Year Round: Lancaster Symphony Orchestra concerts
Year Round: American Music Theatre
Year Round: Fulton Theatre
Year Round: Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
Year Round: Bird-in-Hand Stage
Year Round: Rainbow's Comedy Playhouse
Year Round: Sight & Sound Theatres®
Mud Sales, Antiquing & Craft Shows
If you aren’t quite sure what a Mud Sale is, that’s okay. Mud sales, named for the condition of the thawing ground in late winter and early spring, are major fundraisers for the volunteer fire companies throughout Amish communities. They are huge events, sometimes drawing as many as 20,000 people, where everything from hand-stitched quilts (donated by the Amish women's groups) and locally-made crafts to livestock, furniture, produce, baked goods, antiques, housewares, even the kitchen sink are all up for bid. In a sight that may seem like organized chaos to novice mud sale visitors, six or seven auctions are conducted simultaneously as Amish and "English" mill together over the many items bound for the auction block. Learn more about Mud Sales and see their dates here, and check out the list of other great auctions and craft shows below.
June: Summer Antique Extravaganza in Adamstown
August: Lititz Craft Show at Lititz Springs Park and Main Streets of Lititz
August: Mennonite Central Committee Relief Auction at the Solanco Fairgrounds
August: Mount Gretna Art Show
September: Long's Park Art Festival
September: Fall Antique Extravaganza in Adamstown
Lancaster County is known for its great family fun attractions and events. Whether it’s little ones enjoying Dutch Wonderland, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm and the North Museum, or older ones Zip Lining at Refreshing Mountain and making their own icecream at the Turkey Hill Experience, there’s something for every age in the family to do.
June: Thomas the Tank Engine at the Strasburg Rail Road
June: Duke's Birthday Party at Dutch Wonderland
July: Maze & Grand Opening at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
August: Yummie's Birthday Party at Kitchen Kettle Village
September: Thomas the Tank at the Strasburg Rail Road
September: Whoopie Pie Festival at Hershey Farm Inn
September: Tailgate Festival at Kitchen Kettle Village
October: Annual Columbia Bridge Bust
October: Annual Chocolate Walk in Lititz
October: Happy Hauntings at Dutch Wonderland
November: Pumpkin Madness Festival at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm
November: Thomas the Tank at the Strasburg Rail Road
November-December: Winter Wonderland at Dutch Wonderland
Heritage & History
Lancaster County's unique heritage and rich history is tucked into a variety of interactive attractions, from hands-on Amish homesteads and museums to restaurants, walking tours, theatres and more. You'll also find history lining the streets or our towns and villages, and spanning the countryside in the form of covered bridges. Learn a little about the culture of PA Dutch Country - and have fun while you're at it! For more information on heritage attractions and events, see the list below.
June: Intercourse Heritage Days
July: Civil War Days at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
October: Oktoberfest at Stoudt's Brewery (Every Sunday in October)
October: Harvest Days at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
December: Yuletide Candlelight Tour at Rockford Plantation
Christmas & the Holidays
Lancaster County buzzes with excitement during the Holiday Season. Festive lights twinkle and shine as images from joyful holidays past, present and future appear before your very eyes. Discover what makes this time of year in Lancaster County truly something special. Click here to see a list of all things holiday in Lancaster County, from events and shows to holiday shopping & specials.