Posted: 08/20/2020 | by Katie

10+ Things to Do in September in Lancaster, PA

Gear up for fall with these festive activities.

10+ Things to Do in September in Lancaster, PA

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 in town to explore during the weekend, 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):

Kids will love…

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.

50% Off Tickets to Dutch Wonderland | All Month, Select Dates
Enjoy over 35 rides, attractions, and shows at Dutch Wonderland! Make discoveries at Exploration Island, where dinosaurs come to life! Join us for an adventure on Merlin’s Mayhem, the park’s first suspended coaster. Purchase your tickets while availability lasts.

Day Out with Thomas™ at Strasburg Rail Road™ | September 16 - 17
Thomas the Tank Engine is back in town for railroading fun. Join Thomas and his pal Percy for a ride on the historic railroad, activities, and more. 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.

Foodies will love…

Fall Restaurant Week in Lancaster City | September 10 - 20
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 with social distancing, enjoy outdoor dining, or order take-out meals. There will also 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.

Oktoberfest at the Lancaster Liederkranz | September 19
For a taste of the German culture that is prevalent here in Lancaster, head over to Oktoberfest held by the Lancaster Liederkranz in Manheim. This celebration is the area’s oldest, traditional Oktoberfest, featuring German music & dance, food and drinks galore. It’s a little slice of German tradition, right here in America.

Cornfield Harvest Banquet at Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord | September 10
From the moment you hop on the hayride until after 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. This authentic taste of Amish Country will be an experience you’ll remember forever.

Shoppers will love…

Local Makers Market | September 5
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.

First Friday in Downtown Lancaster | September 4
There’s nothing like a First Friday in Lancaster City! Join in this monthyl 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.

Fall Antiques Extravaganza in Adamstown | September 23 - 27
Find dozens of antique shops including outdoor markets as you explore the Antiques Capital in Adamstown. Browse the plethora of wares as dealers and shops extend their hours for this weekend. If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind item, chances are you’ll find it here.

Everyone will love…

Virtual Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon | September 12
The in-person version of the 2020 Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon, and all its ancillary events, have been canceled. But you can still have some fun, support the fire company, get a shirt and that great horseshoe medal by signing up for the 2020 VIRTUAL Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon.

Tailgate Festival at Kitchen Kettle Village | September 18 & 19
In the heart of Lancaster County, Kitchen Kettle Village celebrates autumn and tailgate season. Watch the Village come alive with themed scarecrows, pumpkins and corn shocks. Every year Kitchen Kettle Village pays tribute to tailgating season with a two-day food festival filled with delicious and sometimes crazy events.

Queen Esther Live with Sight & Sound Theatres | September 4 – 6
For the first time ever Sight & Sound is bringing a live televised show to the world! For one weekend only, Esther’s timely story will come to life like never before in this special worldwide pay-per-view event. Join us for the live broadcast Friday, September 4, 2020, at 7PM ET. Encores available Saturday and Sunday. Exclusively on Sight & Sound TV!

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire | Weekends through November 1
Step back in time to an era of merriment at the PA 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.

Brave & Beautiful Drive In with Prima | September 15 & 19
Put the top down, bring lawn chairs, or do some classy tailgating. Experience a live drive in performance with jaw-dropping singers, a full band, and food trucks. Join us behind Clipper Stadium in the Liberty Place parking lot for this unique outdoor experience of BRAVE & BEAUTIFUL. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

For a full list of September events, check out our events calendar.