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Gear up for fall with these festive activities.
September brings the beginning of fall, cooler weather, pumpkin flavored goodies, and great events to Lancaster. Whether you’re a local discovering what’s in your own backyard or visiting from out-of-town to explore, you’ll find something that strikes your fancy and gets you in the mood for fall’s exciting offerings.
Check out our list of over 10 things to do this month in Lancaster (just to name a few):
1. The Corn Maze at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm | All Month
Find your way through the Amazing Maize Maze, an interactive corn maze filled with twists, turns, and clues along the way. Once you’ve found your way out of the corn, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm has loads of fun farm-themed activities, friendly farm animals, and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch to experience life down on the farm.
2. Day Out with Thomas™ at Strasburg Rail Road™ | September 16 - 20
Thomas the Tank Engine is back in town for railroading fun. Join Thomas, Percy, and their friends for a ride at Strasburg Rail Road. Thomas the Tank Engine — the famous steam locomotive from the Island of Sodor — will pull your 45-minute excursion ride (4.5 miles east and 4.5 miles returning west on the same track) through the beautiful Lancaster County countryside. This is a “must-do” for families with little train lovers. They’re sure to remember the time they got to meet Thomas the Tank Engine himself.
3. Potato Festival Spudtacular at Country Barn | September 17 - 19
Celebrate Potato Month with a SPUD-Tacular day at Country Barn! In addition to family fun at Barnyard Kingdom, you can also dig your own potatoes with Farmer Jim and have them fried to enjoy for lunch! The Country Kitchen will be serving up other delicious potato treats and the fun contests will make you go spuddy!
4. Hometown Heroes' Festival at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm | September 11th
Our Hometown Heroes play an important role in our society and deserve to be celebrated! On September, 11th, a portion of all ticket sales to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm will be donated to their local volunteer EMS and Fire Departments. There will be a Touch-a-Truck and Meet & Greet event with local EMS, Fire Departments, Police, and Health Care workers from 12pm - 5pm. The Hero's Parade will kick off at 5:30pm and the Farm will be open extended hours for all to enjoy!
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5. Sunflower Days at Verdant View Farm | September 10 - 11 & 17 - 18
Summertime is here! Enjoy nature at Verdant View Farm! Take photos in a sea of gold, and pick-your-own blooms to take home. This is the perfect daytime or evening activity for friends and families. Photographers can take advantage of Sunflower Days by purchasing a permit to reserve a 60-minute session on 5 acres of the sunflower field.
6. Sunflower Festival at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm | September 4th
Head over to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm to see the sunflower fields in full bloom during the annual Sunflower Festival! There will be wine and beer available for purchase on-site, a live band, entertainment for kids, local craft vendors, mini photo sessions and more!
7. Cornfield Harvest Banquet at Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord | September 9
From the moment you hop on the hayride all the way through the family-fun activities, corn maze and music around the bonfire, you’ll create great memories of this relaxing evening in the country. Share a farm-fresh meal with the Smucker Family on the homestead, all served under a tent among the rows of corn. The menu includes barbecue chicken, locally grown corn on the cob, rolls and apple butter, and more from the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord.
8. Tailgate Festival at Kitchen Kettle Village | September 17 & 18
Come on over to Kitchen Kettle Village for their annual tailgate festival filled with delicious food, fun events, and more! Guests of all ages will have something fun to do at the Village. As you peruse the Village, you'll see Olympic Games themed scarecrows and get the chance to vote for your favorite. On Saturday, wear your favorite jersey or sports attire and check out the Game Area to participate with team.
9. Lititz Craft Beer Fest at TAIT | September 25 & 26
The 7th annual Craft Beer Fest kicks-off Saturday, Sept. 25th at TAIT located at 401 W Lincoln Avenue, Lititz. The Beer Fest is partnering with the Bulls Head Public House to offer an exclusive tap list "Bulls Head Backstage Pass" holders. Taste beer from over 50 breweries while supporting Lititz AMBUCS in their mission to inspire people to conquer challenges related to mobility and independence.
10. Lancaster City Restaurant Week | September 13 - 19
Like so much of our daily life, Restaurant Week will look different this season too. The emphasis will be on ways that you can support your favorite restaurants. You can choose from options to dine indoors, enjoy outdoor dining, or order take-out meals. During this time, we strongly recommend making reservations when possible. Visit the website for more information - there will be prompts that show if a restaurant offers gift cards, or branded merchandise for sale. This Restaurant Week season is about helping our culinary community to survive and thrive. We hope you will join in these efforts.
11. Local Makers Market | September 4
An afternoon of local shopping is in store for you at the Local Makers Market, held at the Shops @ Rockvale. Browse the beautiful, original and unique wares offered by the 30 local vendors that make up this curated pop-up market.
12. First Friday in Downtown Lancaster | September 3
There’s nothing like a First Friday in Lancaster City! Join in this monthy arts celebration every First Friday, 5 to 9pm. You’ll be swept up in the creative energy that pervades the city. Visit unique, local shops and excellent restaurants that complement the art galleries, artisan studios and more.
13. Fall Antiques Extravaganza in Adamstown | September 23 - 26
Although most shops and markets are open year-round, during the Extravaganza more dealers, longer shop hours, and more bargains means the best antique shopping anywhere. Along 7 miles of Route 272 in Northern Lancaster County you will find dozens of antique shops, including outdoor markets, thousands of dealers, and plenty of local lodging, restaurants and specialty shops in an area know among antique aficionados far and wide at “Antiques Capital USA”.
14. Labor Day Block Party & Food Truck Festival at Tanger Outlets | September 4
Join Tanger Outlets for a kick off event on Labor Day Weekend! Enjoy a sports-themed family fun event with entertainment and activities for everyone! FREE fun can be found at the kids creation station and bounce house, and with the strolling super hero characters. Local food trucks will be on-site, along with live music with DJ Tyler! Activities will be held in the festival zone near the playground. The Outlet Center will also be offering major sales this holiday weekend, so plan to spend the day shopping and celebrating at Tanger!
15. Lancaster Hot Air Balloon Festival | September 17 - 19
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 balloon, family entertainment, fire works, 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. There are two great ways to experience the festival: you can book to fly during one the amazing mass balloon accession or enjoy the spectacle from the ground!
16. Day of Music at Long's Park Amphitheater | September 18
Spend the afternoon at Long's Park for fun-filled "Day of Music"! The event will feature national and local acts, LIVE on stage. Trio Bar and Grill will have a beer garden on-site, Queen Street Bistro will offer adult beverages, and more food & drink will be available for purchase. This surprise, one-time event, will be a wonderful time to connect with the community, enjoy the beautiful park, and get back to live music performances.
17. Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon | September 10-11
Run a half marathon through the beautiful countryside of Bird-in-Hand. As featured in Runner's World, this is a course like nothing else you've ever experienced! Weaving around the famous Amish farmlands of Lancaster County, this is a course that challenges your body and refreshes your soul. Dotting the route are water stations staffed by Amish families and Amish one-room school houses to serve as your rest stops. All proceeds benefit the Hand-in-Hand Fire Company, an all-volunteer organization.
18. Queen Esther Live with Sight & Sound Theatres | Various dates through December 23
Get your tickets today for QUEEN ESTHER at Sight & Sound Theatres. Set in the opulent yet perilous Persian Empire, QUEEN ESTHER is a captivating tale of beauty and bravery. Esther’s ordinary life changed forever when she was taken through the palace doors, entering a new world of royalty and risk. Experience one of the most riveting Bible stories of the Old Testament as it comes to life with magnificent sets, special effects, and live animals in this original stage production!
19. Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire | Weekends through October 31
Step back in time to an era of merriment at the Renaissance Faire. With over 90 shows daily, delicious food (yes- there are turkey legs), and colorfully costumed characters, you'll feel immersed in a fantastical world as you explore the 35-acre village.
For a full list of September events, check out our events calendar.
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