Posted: 09/06/2023 | by Tori

Top Things to Do in September in Lancaster, PA

Gear up for fall with these festive activities.

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Fall in Lancaster County is also harvest time — the best time to get local produce and seasonal baked goods, homemade crafts & wares at roadside stands and farmers' markets.

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Special Events in Lancaster, PA

September is when Fall arrives, but not until the 22nd! So soak up the last bits of summer before the brisk autumn weather hits. Here's some special events that you need to make your way out to this September.

More Festivals & Fairs Happening

There are only a few opportunities left to enjoy live music outside will be ending soon! Music lovers head out to our local Wineries to enjoy an evening of live music and specialty wine.

Lancaster doesn't stop at festivals and fairs, we have even more ways for you to have a fun-filled day!

For the adults, take part in our new experience, the Lancaster County Craft & Cork Trail! Enjoy the hand-crafted beer, wine, and spirits of Lancaster County through this mobile passport. Check-in at participating businesses and win free prizes.

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Have you ever experienced an Italian aperitivo? Well now's your chance! Head out to Lititz on September 16th to enjoy, La Piazza! There will be beer, wine, and cocktails from four local vendors, Stoll & Wolfe Distillery, Fetish Brewing Co., Ferrarelli House of Wine, and Benigna's Creek Winery; as well as a selection of Italian foods,

Lancaster Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Lancaster Balloon Festival is a one-of-a-kind event in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Hosted in the village of Bird-in-Hand, PA by Lancaster Balloon Rides, the festival features the mass launch of dozens of big, beautiful balloons, family entertainment, fireworks, delicious food, Amish goods, and even buggy rides! This is a family-friendly event, suitable for all ages with good food and music in the heart of Lancaster Amish Country.

Find all the details of the event here.

Are you looking for ways to pass the time before the festival begins? No need to worry, we have a complete itinerary prepared for you.

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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!

Peruse the village's shops and celebrate the Tailgate Festival at Kitchen Kettle Village on September 15th and 16th with tailgate foods, live music, and games.

Calling all artists! Have the chance to participate in a fun, outdoor art competition at All'Aperto Quick Draw! on September 16th in Lititz Springs Park.
Registration is free and open to all members of the public -- of all ages and experience levels.

For those that are looking for family-friendly events look no further than Bird-In-Hand Fire Company Chicken BBQ Fundraiser happening on September 2nd. Proceeds benefit the Hand-in-Hand Fire Company.

Fall Markets!

Autumn is an ideal season to visit the nearby farmer's markets and vendor markets as a way to support our local community. The atmosphere is invigorating and refreshing, making it the perfect climate to stroll around and appreciate the creations of our local artists.

Here's a list of markets to visit this month:

Don't forget to visit our roadside stands this time of year! Local farmers will be selling their abundance of crops at local stands dotted across the roads of Lancaster County.

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Enjoy authentic PA Dutch dining when you enjoy a Cornfield Banquet at Bird-in-Hand Village. Hop on a hayride then walk through a corn maze, and enjoy music around the bonfire. You’ll create great memories of this relaxing evening in Amish Country.

Get in touch with your creative side by taking a class at Horst Arts and the Lancaster Creative Factory! Both offer classes for adults and kids!
Horst Arts Junk Journal class lets you create your journal covers and interior pages and at Lancaster Creative Factory you can create your own bowls and plates as you throw clay on a wheel.

Trains & History

Christiana Heritage Days is happening September 9th through the 10th, this annual event highlights the rich history of Christiana; including Victorian Culture & Industry, and Christiana's historical influence in 1851 as the "first battle of the Civil War".

Get into the spooky season by taking a Ghost Tour at Lititz Historical Foundation. The historic town of Lititz was founded in 1757, making it the prime location for several ghost stories and paranormal happenings

Trains have a rich history here in Lancaster, PA, as Strasburg RailRoad is America's oldest operating railroad! Hop aboard this historic train and enjoy their Wine & Cheese Train, Murder Mystery car or have a Day Out With Thomas.

Learn all about the history of the railroads in Pennsylvania at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania with their Railroad Heritage Day. This event focuses on the nation’s heritage of railroading, with special displays, presentations, and tours.

Don't forget to check out Reading & Northern Railroad.

Pumpkin Patch Express is running now on September 30th at Stone Gables Estate. Take a ride on a replica of an 1868 steam locomotive. Before or after your train ride, visit our pumpkin patch for pumpkin painting and fall fun!

Enjoy a Murder Mystery at the Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad. Enjoy a hot meal served at your table while you ponder the clues and figure out Whodunnit.


Catch a Show

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

Something Rotten | Fulton Theatre | September 15th - October 8th
Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical

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.

Jimmy Buffet's Escape to Margaritaville | Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | September 22nd - November 11th
Margaritaville – where people go to get away from it all…and stay to find something they never expected! This funny, yet heartwarming, musical tells of the story of a part-time bartender/ singer who falls for a career minded tourist and features the most loved Jimmy Buffett classics

Girl Group Greats | Prima | September 22nd - October 1st
Prepare to dance and sing along to your favorite tunes from all-female vocal groups in this energy-packed tribute concert! Fierce performers bring to life the music of the Andrews Sisters, The Supremes, Destiny’s Child, The Spice Girls, and everything in between. From Doo-Wop to K-Pop, “spice up your life” with this unforgettable experience!

Ryan & Friends | Bird-in-Hand Stage | Through October 28th
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 7st
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!

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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Outdoors Things To Do in Lancaster, PA

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!

Corn maze fun! Head to Family Fun at Oregon Dairy to partake in their Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch starting September 22nd!

Support the Wolfs at the Wolf Sanctuary of PA during their Full Moon Fundraiser on September 30th. Relax by the bonfire, enjoy some live entertainment, and visit some of the resident wolf packs and learn about wolf conservation and biology.

Zip through Lancaster County at Refreshing Mountain! Their Homeschool Days lets you bring the family closer together for a variety of fun activities all day long.

Take the kids on an outdoor running adventure with these events happening in Lancaster County, Strasburg Half Marathon & 5K, and Clinic for Special Children 5k.

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.

Scoot around the county and see how beautiful PA's Amish Country truly is. Go on a Country Roads Excursion or their Covered Bridge Tour with Strasburg Scooters.

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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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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