Posted: 05/06/2021 | by Olivia

Things to do on Memorial Day Weekend in Lancaster, PA

It’s the unofficial start to summer! Light your campfires, grab a cold beverage and enjoy the warm weather this Memorial Day Weekend. Whether you’re looking for an event or ideas of things to do around the house, this is your guide to an exciting holiday weekend.


FlavorFest | May 29 & 30 | Mount Hope Estate Winery
Head to Northern Lancaster County for Mount Hope’s annual premier wine event. FlavorFest takes places on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire from 11am – 5pm both days. Over 20 wineries will be offering samples and if you find one you love, purchase it right on-site. Drop off your wine purchases as the Wine Check Tent to pick up later so your hands aren’t too full to shop the unique merchants and enjoy a bite to eat.

Opening Weekend Festivities | May 28 – 30 | Columbia Historic Market
The Columbia Historic Market is the Riverland’s center for fresh produce, specialty foods and Saturday morning market traditions. The Market hosts a full weekend of fun starting Friday, May 28th with their sneak peek event – taste of the market. The Grand Opening will kick-off on Saturday, May 29th
at 7am complete with special events like live music, guest speakers, and a toast of handcrafted brewed soda. Sunday, May 30th is food truck and family day at the market. Guests of all ages are welcome to enjoy complimentary local fare from food trucks and the opportunity to peruse the newly opened market. The kiddos will especially enjoy the caricature and balloon artists!

Memorial Day Tent Sale | May 28 – 31 | Shops @ Rockvale
Shop ‘till you drop this Memorial Day at the Rockvale Outlets. Their tent sale is going on May 28th through the 31st. Save big on all your favorite brands and merchandise this weekend!

Manheim VFW Memorial Day Parade | May 31 | Manheim, PA
The Manheim VFW is welcoming all to join their parade through the streets of Manheim, PA on May 31st from 10am – 11am. The parade route is East High Street to North Main Street to East Gramby Street. After the parade, spend the day shopping, eating, and exploring this great small town.

Memorial Day Block Party & Celebration | May 29 | Tanger Outlets
Kick off the holiday weekend with a patriotic block party celebration! Enjoy local food trucks, live music, free balloon twists, games, meet and greet with our Super Hero friends, TangerRoo and a Free kids creation station.

Outdoor Adventure

Lancaster is the perfect destination to get outside and enjoy wide open spaces. Embark on a day outdoors with some of the best hiking/biking trails and parks in Pennsylvania. Take a tour of the 29 PA Dutch covered bridges around Lancaster County from the comfort of your own vehicle. Or, soar to new heights on a hot air balloon or helicopter tour.

Spend your weekend by the river – the perfect place for fishing, kayaking, canoeing or boating. For a personalized outdoor excursion, book a trip with Adventure Explorations or kayakLanCo to develop new skills and experience the outdoors in a whole new way.

Host the Perfect Cook-Out

When you think of Memorial Day Weekend you might picture a cook-out with your close friends and family. What you might not have pictured is hosting it yourself. No need to fret, Lancaster County is filled with all sorts of unique shops to pick up memorable item to make your cook-out an utter success!

For all of your chip, salsa and dip needs head to the Jam & Relish Kitchen located in Kitchen Kettle Village. Their vast array of flavors will ensure that every party guest has something they’ll love to snack on.

Stoltzfus Meats and Deli (across the street from Kitchen Kettle Village) offers a delicious selection of smoked meats. If you’re expecting a lot of guests or a few very hungry guests – you’re in luck. They sell bulk quantities of the best locally sourced foods. Speaking of local foods, check out the Lancaster Central Market and our roadside stands for farm-to-table foods that are impressively fresh.

Keep the good times rolling with some adult-beverages. Lancaster is home to a host of wineries that sell locally made wine and breweries that carry handcrafted beer.

Not in the mood to cook or to dine-out? Order take-out or delivery from a local restaurant. Lancaster has everything you’d expect – PA Dutch cuisine like shoo-fly pie and chicken pot pie – and everything you didn’t, such as a variety of international restaurants. View, sort and decide on a delicious place to eat in Lancaster County.

A Weekend at Home

Life moves fast – what you might need most this Memorial Day Weekend is some time at home to rest, regroup and take care of some of those projects you’ve been putting off. Spruce up your outdoor space with some locally grown flowers and plants from one Lancaster’s vibrant plant & garden centers. While you’re working on your yard, consider a new swing set from King Swings – a family owned and operating swing set manufacturer and installer. Looking for that perfect piece of furniture to tie a room together? Shop unique items from a local furniture shops – from antiques to handcrafted – you’re sure to find a special addition to your home.

You don’t have to leave home to experience the exciting things our attractions have to offer. Learn how to speak like the Amish with the Amish Farm and House or paint a work of art with The PotteryWorks at home kits. For more virtual experiences in Lancaster click here.

Want to spend Memorial Day Weekend in Lancaster County? Check out some lodging coupons & discounts and book your trip today!


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