Posted: 04/21/2022 | 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.

Hundreds of small American Flags in field in honor of Memorial Day in Lancaster, PA


FlavorFest | Mount Hope Estate | May 28 - 29
Join Mount Hope for FlavorFest, Pennsylvania's premier wine tasting event

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration | Tanger Outlets | May 28th
Food trucks, live music, games and more await you at Tanger!

Strawberry Festival | Barnyard Kingdom | May 28th
It will be a berry good time for the whole family with Barnyard Kingdom activities, fun strawberry contests, live music and of course, delicious strawberry goodies!

Murder Mystery Train | Strasburg Rail Road | Select dates & times
A body has been discovered on the platform of the Strasburg Rail Road! While everyone aboard the train may be a suspect, there are four guests not on the manifest, each of them hiding a secret that could change the course of their lives forever.

Wine by the Vine Summer Music Series | Grandview Vineyard | May 27 - 28
Hang out on the deck and enjoy live music, wine, beer, and cocktails at Grandview Vineyard.

Decked Out Live | Vineyard at Hershey | May 27
Get food from Rolling Grill while you try wine, beer, cider and listen to live music at the Vineyard at Hershey.

Springing into Summer | Nissley Vineyards | May 28
Try a flight or a bottle of Nissley wines and enjoy lawn games, live music, and a food truck.

Escape Room on the Train | Strasburg Rail Road | Select dates & times
Sherlock Holmes has left clues on board the President’s Car in hopes that you and your group can outwit the nefarious criminal mastermind, Dr. Moriarty before time runs out!

David | Sight & Sound Theatres | Select dates & times
Master Poet. Fearless Warrior. Anointed King. From still waters to shadowed valleys, David’s ascent to the throne is filled with towering giants, wild animals, and Philistine soldiers.

Man of La Mancha | Fulton Theatre | Select dates & times
Cervantes is in prison awaiting trial during the Spanish Inquisition. He and his fellow prisoners perform a play-within-a-play, telling the story of the elderly Alonso Quijana, who renames himself “Don Quixote” and the mad knight goes on a quest to right all wrongs in the world.

Ice Cream Sundae Caboose | Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad | May 28
Ride in an authentic caboose and receive a sweet treat during the ride.

Family kayaking on river together in Lancaster County, PA

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.

Dining room interior with handmade table and chairs in Lancaster County, PA

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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