Posted: 08/19/2020 | by Katie

Guide to Labor Day Weekend in Lancaster, PA

From festivals to kayaking, there’s plenty to do for Labor Day Weekend in Lancaster!

For many folks, Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial end of the summer. However, there is still plenty to do in Lancaster, PA before you pack your white pants away and dive into the school year. From Friday through Monday, look forward to everything from fine wine and original art, to waterparks and live music.

Special Events:

Virtual Labor Day Auction | Hospice & Community Care

September 1st – 15th, 2020

Tons of gift cards, autographed sports memorabilia, and more are up for bid! This year’s Labor Day Auction will take a virtual format. Livestreams and new items to bid on will be added throughout the Auction to be sure to check-in for the duration of the auction. All proceeds help to provide personalized, quality care and comfort for hospice patients and their families.

Labor Day Weekend Sale | Tanger Outlets Lancaster

September 4st – 7th, 2020

Imagine the fun you can have with friends & family when you shop, play and score at Tanger Outlets during the Labor Day Weekend Sale! Find extra savings on your favorite name brand outlet stores. On Saturday from 12 PM - 5 PM, enjoy a sports-themed family fun event with entertainment and activities for everyone including a free kids creation station, strolling super heroes, local food trucks including Sherri's Crab Cakes, KC Italian Ice, The Nacho Depot and Sabatino's Pizza Grill along with live music. Orange Theory Fitness Studio will be on-site offering a register to win FREE coached fitness sessions too.

Local Maker's Market | The Shops @ Rockvale

September 5th

Stop by The Shops @ Rockvale, Suite 1709 this weekend! The market will have an amazing variety of handmade goods, including items such as: body & skin care, candles, home decor, woodworking items, jewelry, apparel, accessories, photography, pottery, sweet & savory goodies, wine/mead tastings and so much more! Food Trucks will be on site outside to serve you with an outdoor seating area to enjoy live music from the Brandon Isaiah Project.

Long’s Park Art Festival | US Rt. 30 & Harrisburg Pk., Lancaster

This event has been canceled this year.

Rated as one of the top five East Coast art fairs, the Long’s Park Art Festival will be celebrating their 40th festival in beautiful Long’s Park. Many artists from all over the United States will be exhibiting their art including photography, painting, jewelry, sculpture, digital, fiber, metal, and wood art, as well as furniture. A bistro area in the park will be serving up local food, wine and craft beer.


First Friday in Lancaster | Downtown Lancaster

September 4th, 2020

There’s nothing like a First Friday in Lancaster! Join in Lancaster’s highly popular arts extravaganza from 5 to 9 pm. Discover innovative exhibitions, performances and perhaps a few surprises as you explore Downtown Lancaster.

Labor Day Pass | Laserdome

September 5th - 7th, 2020

If you're looking for something fun to do this Labor Day, stop by Laserdome for all day thrills! Enjoy 50% off their best pass and get an extra $5 game card for free. Pass includes two 30 minutes Laser Tag sessions, access to the Laser Maze, Arcade games, and so much more!

Labor Day Fireworks | Stone Gables Estate

September 7th, 2020

Plan to visit the beautiful and historic 275-acre Stone Gables Estate for an afternoon and evening of fun, family, festivities, and fireworks! Bring your own blanket or chair and claim your spot!

Spookley the Square Pumpkin | Barnyard Kingdom

September 4 - 7th, 2020

Enjoy a viewing of the Spookley Movie, special story time sessions and the introduction of the Spookley Corn Maze Story Trail. While you're at the Barnyard Kingdom, enjoy 30+ fun farm activities!

Charity Cornhole Tournament | Clipper Magazine Stadium

September 5th, 2020

Enjoy beer, music and competitive cornhole this weekend at Clipper Magazine Stadium! Get your partner and sign up today. Winning team gets to donate $400 to their choice of charity along with a suite to a Barnstormers game in 2021!

Family Fun:

Duke’s Lagoon at Dutch Wonderland | 2249 Lincoln Hwy E., Lancaster

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!

Covered Bridge Tour | 242 Gap Rd., Strasburg

Enjoy a leisurely 50cc scooter ride through the back roads of Amish country with Strasburg Scooters. Ride past Amish farms and schoolhouses, and possibly pass a few buggies along the way, and discover historic covered bridges throughout the county.

Shank’s Mare Outfitters | 2092 Long Level Rd., Wrightsville

Try a new adventure and take a kayaking class at Shank’s Mare Outfitters. This 5-hour class offers complete instructions for touring kayaking including paddling strokes, wet exits and safety skills.

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum | 2451 Kissel Hill Rd., Lancaster

The museum is temporarily closed.

September “Ice Cream” Sunday will be held at the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum from noon to 3 PM. Families can partake in wagon rides, live music, children’s activities, and free ice cream sundaes on the property.

River Discovery Boat Tours | 1706 Long Level Rd., Wrightsville

The Susquehanna National Heritage Area offers River Discovery Boat Tours for groups up to 10 passengers. On these pontoon boats, guides will lead you on a 70-minute tour of the river where you will experience the joy the water, hearing stories of the river and viewing beautiful scenery ant wildlife. Tours are offered free of charge thanks to the grants from the PA Department of Conservation and Nation Resources/Heritage Areas programs, as well as the National Parks Service/ Chesapeake Bay Gateways Program. Tours depart from the Zimmerman Center for Heritage dock, Saturdays and Sundays September 5 through 27 and Labor Day Sept. 7 at 10:00 AM, 11:45 AM, and 1:30 PM. Online reservations are recommended.

Sip and Savor:

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire | 12275 Lebanon Rd., Manheim

Join the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire on opening weekend! Several events are scheduled for a full day of fun at the Faire. Enjoy fine wines and local brews as you step back in time to the Renaissance era for a day.

Nissley Vineyards and Winery Estate | 140 Vintage Dr., Bainbridge

Visit the Nissley Winery for a wine tasting! Bring a picnic and some lawn chairs or a blanket, and enjoy an evening with a chilled bottle of wine. Must be 21 to attend, bring photo I.D.

Get your Grill On! | 23 N. Market St., Lancaster

Everyone loves a good cook-out for Labor Day, try serving some of our locally produced meats and vegetables at your party. Fresh foods can be picked up at Central Market on Friday or Saturday from 7 AM - 2 PM, or at many of the various farm stands around the county. If you aren’t sure where to visit, we have a roadside stands round-up for you to review.

For more things to do and details on upcoming events be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter or request a free copy of our getaway guide! Visit our Events page for more things to do in Lancaster!

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