Posted: 08/02/2023 | by Tori

Guide to Labor Day Weekend in Lancaster, PA

From festivals to amusement park fun, there’s plenty to do this Labor Day Weekend in Lancaster!

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For many folks, Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end to summer. However, there is still plenty to do before you pack your white pants away and dive into Fall. Friday through Monday, look forward to everything from fine wine and masterful artwork, to waterparks and live music.

Our Lancaster County Ice Cream Trail ends at the end of this month so be sure to take advantage of these sweet deals before time runs out.

Special Events:

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire kicked off on August 19th and runs every weekend through October 29th. See jousting knights, live music, stunts, try delicious foods, and more.

12th Annual Blues Festival

Head out to East Petersburg on September 2nd and enjoy live blues music! Happening 1PM to 7PM this free event is not one to miss for blues lovers.

Allentown Fair

The Great Allentown Fair begins on Wednesday, August 30th, and runs through Monday, September 4th. Rides, food, agricultural events, live music, and a fun time are waiting!

Decked Out Live

Head to the Vineyard at Hershey on Friday nights for food, wine, beer, cider and live music!

Wine by the Vine

Join Grandview Vineyards on Friday & Saturday night for wine, beer, cocktails, and live music on their deck.

Join our Lancaster County Craft & Cork Trail and visit our many breweries, wineries, and distilleries in the county. Earn points, save on special deals, and win unique prizes!

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Sunflower Fest

You can also check out the Sunflower Festival at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm on September 2nd, with sunflower and zinnia fields, wine and beer, live music, photo sessions and more.

Local Makers Market

The Shops @ Rockvale are hosting a Local Makers Market on September 2nd. Shop local artisans with a variety of goodies including candles, jewelry, woodworking, as well as food and drink.

First Friday

Head into Lancaster City on September 1st for live performers, art galleries, live music and dining!

Long's Park Art Festival

Enjoy perusing 200 local artisans and vendors with handmade pieces and items.

Lancaster Fitness Festival

Learn about fitness and wellness with demos, live events, an obstacle course race, music, and refreshments at the Lancaster Fitness Festival on Saturday, September 2nd at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

First Saturday

September 2nd is the last time to enjoy First Saturday in Ephrata before it comes back around next year. Enjoy the day exploring the main streets of Ephrata and the amazing businesses and history that makes this small town thrive.

Chief Uncas - Discovery Tour

September 1st is your last day to take a ride on an electric boat built in 1912 for the Busch family. Traverse onto the open waters of the Susquehanna River and take in the natural beauty located in Lancaster County. Make it a romantic date night on September 2nd on their sunset cruise.

Back to School Market

Shop back to school and have fun at the Tanger Outlets! There will be local food trucks, artisans, crafters, live music, bounce houses, kids activities, and more!

Ice Cream Social Featuring Get Petty

Head out on September 3rd to Lititz Historical Foundation to welcome Get Petty - an amazing Tom Petty cover band that evening! Bring your dancing shoes, blankets, chairs, friends, family, and neighbors! This is a pay-what-you-can-event.

Family Fun:

Duke’s Lagoon at Dutch Wonderland

End the summer with a splash! Duke’s Lagoon at Dutch Wonderland closes for the season after Labor Day weekend, so don your swimsuit one last time and head on over while you can. If you are looking for other “cool” ideas- be sure to check out our list of activities to beat the heat!

See a Show!

There are plenty of theatres in Lancaster County showing off their talents through incredible stories. See Moses at Sight and Sound or head to one of our smaller theatres and enjoy The Home Game at Bird-in-Hand Stage.

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

Enjoy over 50 farm fun activities for the family including a corn maze, wagon rides, hay chute slide, live animals and much more!

Horseback Trail Rides

Enjoy a relaxing guided horseback ride through the Ironstone Ranch at Stone Gables Estate. You and your horse will travel through shady forest trails and trek across open pastures.

Strasburg Rail Road

Head out to the Strasburg Rail Road, America's oldest operating railroad, and enjoy a 45 minute steam train ride from Strasburg to Paradise, PA.

Turkey Hill Experience

Take a break from the heat at Turkey Hill Experience where you sample teas and ice cream, learn about Turkey Hill's process, and create and taste your own flavor!

Strasburg Scooters

Have fun on a Country Road Excursion or a Covered Bridge Tour all weekend long as you scoot your way through Amish Country with Strasburg Scooters.

Amish Farm & House

Learn about Lancaster's Amish community, ride on an Amish scooter, take a tour of the countryside an,d more!

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Sip & Savor:

Including live music, many of our wineries have tastings and offer a great place to hang out at on the weekends! You can also check out local breweries, and our brewery trail, for a craft brew and yummy food.

Dine outdoors while it's still patio season at spots like the treehouse at Loxley's, Annie Bailey's, Decades, and others. Enjoy great food and drinks on a rooftop at The Exchange, Altana, and Tellus360 and check out some of Lancaster's nightlife and bars.

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