Posted: 04/19/2024 | by Tori

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.

Nothing is better than eating delicious ice cream on this fun-filled weekend so why not join our FREE Lancaster County Ice Cream Trail! Save with special deals, earn points, and redeem prizes. This fun activity will keep you occupied all weekend long!


FlavorFest | Mount Hope Estate | May 27 - 28
Enjoy sampling with over 25 wineries and distilleries, along with sales of their products. Shop with unique merchants of all types and grab a bite at one of the on-site kitchens.

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration | Tanger Outlets | May 27th
Enjoy local food trucks, live music, FREE face painting, games, meet and greet with our Super Hero friends, FREE balloon twists, and more!

Various train rides are happening this Memorial Day weekend at Strasburg Rail Road including their Wine & Cheese Train Ride, Murder Mystery Train, and Escape Room on the Train.

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

Decked Out Live | Vineyard at Hershey | May 27-28
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 27-28
Enjoy a tasting flight, a glass, or a bottle of some of the best wines in the region and the sounds of some of the best solo musicians in the region. You deserve it!

55th Annual Artsfest | City of Harrisburg | May 27
The 3-day event will feature over 150 juried artisans and craftsmen from across the country selling handcrafted works in sixteen different categories, including ceramics, digital, drawing, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, miscellaneous, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood.

Chicken BBQ Fundraiser | Hand-in-Hand Fire Company | May 27
All proceeds benefit the Hand-in-Hand Fire Company, an All-Volunteer Fire Company located in Bird-in-Hand, PA and serving the East Lampeter Township community.

Ice Cream Experience | Strasburg Scooter Tours | May 27
We continue on our journey riding through the Amish countryside in search of the best flavors of ice cream in Lancaster County, PA. You’ll make multiple stops to enjoy some of the richest, creamiest, and tastiest ice cream around.

Meet & Greet with Blind Dog Rescue Alliance | That Fish Place – That Pet Place | May 27
Since 2009, BDRA volunteers have rescued over 600 visually impaired dogs across the United States and Canada. They work to rescue blind dogs, assist their owners, and educate the public about these wonderful dogs. Their motto is BLIND DOGS SEE WITH THEIR HEARTS.

60th Annual Antique Craft & Collectible Show | Maytown | May 29
We would like to invite you to our 60th Annual Antique, Craft, and Collectible Show to be held on Memorial Day, Monday 29, 2023 at Maytown, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. The show is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 809 of Maytown, Pennsylvania. This is a Fundraiser for our Veterans.

Trivia Night @ the Museum | Lancaster Medical Heritage Museum | May 27
Join the LMHM for it's first Annual Trivia Night @ The Museum Fundraising Event! Come for the Trivia and win some great prizes that have been graciously donated by locals like The Lancaster Stormers and Zoetropolis. We also have some prizes provided by the Philadelphia Eagles, The Baltimore Oriels, and the Pittsburg Steelers!

Upcoming Shows

Michael W. Smith
| American Music Theatre | May 27
Multi-Platinum artist, best-selling author, and acclaimed actor Michael W. Smith continue to live out his dream; he releases new music regularly and performs around the world to sold-out crowds of loyal and inspired fans.

Moses | Sight & Sound Theatres | Select dates & times
From the banks of the Nile River to the depths of the Red Sea, MOSES is a spectacular entertainment experience for the whole family!

Shear Madness | Fulton Theatre | Select dates & times
This unique comedy-whodunnit takes place today in the Shear Madness hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor.

Elvis, The Musical | Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | May 27 - 28
His singular name still evokes immediate recognition from people all over the world! This official Elvis Presley bio-musical takes a closer look at the rock star and cultural icon whose impact shaped the history of music and culture.

The Confession
| Bird-in-Hand Stage | May 23, 24 & 25
Katie Lapp’s parents have been keeping a secret. When Katie learns the truth, she heads to New York to find her birth mother—a wealthy woman who is battling a life-threatening illness and who aches for her long-lost daughter. What follows is a brilliant love story full of music, mystery and mistaken identities. If you haven’t seen it, don’t miss it—and if you have, fall in love all over again.

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.

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 kayakLanCo to develop new skills and experience the outdoors in a whole new way.

Enjoy a summer classic, mini-golf. Lancaster County has plenty to choose from, try out The Shack Restaurant & Mini Golf in Manheim, Water's Edge Mini Golf in Bird-In-Hand, or Lost Treasure Golf and Maze on Route 30.

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 items 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. Swing by next door to their Aged & Cured shop to find smoked meats and a wide variety of cheese, perfect for making a beautiful charcuterie board.

You can find the freshest and locally sourced produce at Lancaster Central Market or when your driving by our many roadside stands. Farm-to-table has never been so easy when you're in Lancaster County.

If you're looking to amplify your cooking experience and bring tradition back to your kitchen? Then it might be time to pick up a cast iron pan from Lancaster Cast Iron. All of their cookware is made in the USA and is created in partnership with locally-owned and operated businesses.

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.

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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