Posted: 07/25/2023 | by Tori

Things to Do in Lancaster County in August

Fun ideas for the family before school starts! Take a look at some of our suggestions below for an amazing final month of summer.

With the last few golden days of summer nearing, and the start of school edging in on the horizon why not go out with a bang? It is just the place to cap off your summer and cross a few more things off your bucket list.

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Special Events in Lancaster, PA

Before Fall hits make your way out to the many unique events happening in the county in the month of August. From the Nook Brew Fest to a Potato Festival, Lancaster County has something exciting for everyone.

Here is a list of must-attend events happening this month:

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Music lovers rejoice, live music continues this month in Lancaster. Indulge in an evening of wine-tasting at one of our picturesque vineyards, unwind every Sunday with live music at the park, and delight in the abundance of events.

Lancaster doesn't stop at festivals and fairs, we have even more special events that are happening in the county. Fun for everyone!

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PA Renaissance Faire Is Back

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire kicks off on August 19th and runs through the end of October 29th. Experience knights, stunts, delicious food and amazing artisans, and more throughout the Faire.

Can't make it to this year's Renaissance Faire? Stay tuned for the Yuletide at the PA Renaissance Faire happening end of November to December!

Even More Fun!

Lancaster doesn't just stop at festivals and fairs. The fun doesn't stop for families, friends, and outdoor adventurers.

For those that are looking for family-friendly events look no further than Kitchen Kettle Village's Splash into Summer or Picnic Tasting event on August 5th and National Night Out Summer Social with MTPD on August 1st.

Mark those calendars because the Back to School Market will be happening at the Tanger Outlets on September 2nd.

For animal lovers, head out to That Fish Place - That Pet Place, they are having their Adoptable Pet Meet & Greet and Reptile Invasion this month, happening August 26th and 19th.

Join in on the fun with a Sunset Dinner Tour on an Amish Farm at Amish Farm and House on August 4th.

Those into pro wrestling will be excited to know that Clipper Magazine Stadium is hosting their Red Rose Rumble on August 19th.

Get ready, Lancaster Hot Air Balloon Festival is coming to Lancaster, from September 14th until the 17th!

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Get Outdoors in Lancaster, PA

Those that love trains will appreciate visiting Lancaster County as it hosts some of the oldest tracks in America! Stone Gables Estate is Evening Train Ride & Hot Air Balloon 2023 on August 11th, see and ride on a replica of an 1868 steam locomotive.
Head back out to Stone Gables Estate for their Horseback Trail Rides. You and your horse will travel through shady forest trails and trek across open pastures. Fun for everyone!

Can't make the event? No worries, Strasburg Rail Road has you covered, they have trains heading down the tracks all year long. Their Murder Mystery, Wine & Cheese, and Escape Room on the Train are happening until the end of the year.

You can also hop onboard the train at the Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad or Reading & Northern Railroad. Head to the Railroad Museum of PA for their Model Railroading Days on August 18th.

Want more reasons to head out to the Elizabethtown Fair than seeing alpacas? Eastland Alpacas will be setting up their petting zoo each day of the event.

Relax by the Susquehanna River as you take a Restorative Yoga Class happening at various times during the month. Hop on a 1912 riverboat named Chief Uncas and cruise down the river as you take in the beautiful scenery. They even off a sunset cruise, perfect for a date night!

Take the kids on an outdoor running adventure with these events happening in Lancaster County, Bike Lancaster Adventure, 5K Night Glow Run , and RunPA Trail Jamboree. Explore the great outdoors with one of Lancaster's hiking and biking trails or some fun activities by and on the river while you're at it.

Stay for a while at one of Lancaster's great campgrounds Check out kayakLanCo, Chiques Rock Outfitters, and PA Adventures for rentals and guided excursions to get outdoors this summer.

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Catch a Show

Lancaster is home to many amazing theatres, check out some shows happening this month!

Shrek Jr. | Servant Stage Company | Through August 5th
Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.

Guys and Dolls | Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | August 11 - September 16
This musical romantic comedy involves the unlikeliest of Manhattan pairings: a high-rolling gambler and a self-righteous missionary, a showgirl dreaming of the straight-and-narrow and a crap game manager who is anything but.

Ryan & Friends | Bird-in-Hand Stage | August 1st & 7th
Audiences never seem to tire of laughing along with Ryan & Friends. Fresh, family-friendly and always funny, they’re back by popular demand. This season’s show features fan favorites – skits and songs from past shows – with music, new comedy and an all-new finale that will leave you rolling in the aisles.

Moses | Sight & Sound Theatres | Through October 1st
From the banks of the Nile River to the depths of the Red Sea, MOSES is a spectacular entertainment experience for the whole family! Set adrift as a baby, he is an unlikely hero — until God calls him to lead His people out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.

Mystery | Magic & Wonder Theater | Through October 29
In this all new variety magic show, illusionist Brett Myers and his cast explore mysterious worlds such as the lost empire of “Atlantis,” the magic of never growing old in “Neverland,” and the excitement of the “Roaring 1920’s.”

The Home Game | Bird-in-Hand Stage | Through October 19
What happens when a young Amish man’s dreams of the big leagues run up against his father’s wishes for him to remain on the farm? Filled with laughter and drama, this popular musical takes you along on Levi Troyer’s journey as he navigates the difficult choice he faces when his fast ball catches the eye of a sports talent scout. Which team will you root for?

Jukebox Jive | Magic & Wonder Theater | Through October 29
Jukebox Jive is a music variety show that celebrates the biggest hits of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Travel back in time to experience your favorite hits from the era when the Jukebox was the center of the fun!

Curious George: The Golden Meatball | Gretna Theatre | August 1st
All You-Can-Eat Meatball Day came just once a year. George had been waiting all month for that day, a day almost bigger than his birthday! On Meatball Day, George helped his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook some delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd had vanished!

Marc Summers | Gretna Theatre | August 3th - 6th
A guided tour through Marc’s life, from an early obsession with magic to his appearance on Oprah announcing his ongoing battle with OCD. Marc stars in this tell-all about his life, his disorder, and taking the physical challenge.

Get Happy; Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland | Gretna Theatre | August 24th - 27th
In an Emmy-nominated performance seen on PBS, acclaimed actress Angela Ingersoll celebrates Judy Garland in concert. Backed by a dynamite band, Ingersoll delivers virtuosic vocals, passionate storytelling, humor, and heart.

Don't miss out on seeing a concert in Lancaster! American Music Theatre hosts a ton throughout the year, Lititz Historical Foundation put on pay-what-you-can concerts frequently, and just outside of the county is Giant Center in Hershey.

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Free Things To Do in Lancaster County

Head downtown on the First Friday of the month to explore local artists and galleries, independent retailers, music, and entertainment. You can even turn it into a night out on the town by checking out some downtown dining! On the same night, from 5-7pm on First Fridays, the Lancaster Science Factory is free for you to explore their 70 interactive exhibits.

Similarly, you can explore our small towns on their select days. Manheim hosts First Thursdays, Lititz Second Fridays, and Ephrata First Saturdays.

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