Posted: 03/08/2022 | by Jessica

Top Things to do in April in Lancaster, PA

Rain or shine, there’s plenty to do!

Wheatland | President James Buchanan Residence | Discover Lancaster

Spring has sprung and spring fever has officially begun in Lancaster, PA. Crops are beginning to poke through the soil, buds are appearing on the trees, and we cannot wait to get outside to do some exploring. Not only does the warmer weather bring opportunities for outdoor activities, it also brings a wave of new shows, experiences, and events to partake in around the county. Keep reading for our guide of what to do this April.

Special Events in Lancaster County

Catch a show at one of Lancaster's amazing theatres! Smokey Joe's Cafe takes over the mainstage at the Fulton Theatre throughout the month of April. Rock of Ages runs April 22nd through May 14th at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. A Simple Sanctuary at the Bird-in-Hand Stage kicks off on April 8th and runs through August. Don't forget to keep up to date with Lancaster's upcoming shows.

Celebrate Easter with these family-fun events! On April 9th, 15th, and 16th explore the shops at Kitchen Kettle Village when you attend the Egg-stra Special Easter Event. Enjoy a delicious meal, an egg hunt, a scavenger hunt, and meet the Easter Bunny alongside the Village's mascot, Yummie!

Have some fun at the railroad with several events happening this April. At the Strasburg Rail Road, hop on an Easter Train where the Easter Bunny is your train conductor! The Easter Bunny will surprise kids as he makes his way through the train to greet the passengers on April 15th-17th. You can also enjoy a Day Out with Thomas at the Strasburg Rail Road, as Thomas the Tank Engine pulls your train to beautiful Paradise, PA on April 29th and 30th. At the Railroad Museum of PA, sample beers and foods from local breweries and vendors during their Rails & Ales event on April 9th.

Foodies can head to Lititz on April 30th for the Lititz Pretzel Fest. This ticketed event allows guests to stroll through the town while sampling local chefs' take on pretzels.

Music industry professionals and music lovers should check out Launch Music Conference on April 14th-17th. The ticketed conference features panels, seminars, events and performances weekend-long. As well, it allows artists, professionals, and fans to meet and network.

Take a special tour at James Buchanan's Wheatland. April's tour places the spotlight on the domestic workers who worked to create Buchanan's comfortable lifestyle, and the social division between them and the Buchanan family.

Spend the night, or a few, by booking a staycation! Locals receive special deals through the end of the month at participating hotels and bed & breakfasts.

Things to do Outdoors in Lancaster, PA

Go for a run in Lancaster! At Clipper Magazine on April 9th run in the Be the Difference 5K.

Explore the great outdoors with one of Lancaster's hiking and biking trails or some fun activities by and on the river. Stay for awhile at one of Lancaster's great campgrounds to further your outdoor adventure.

Have a unique experience by taking a hot air balloon ride with Lancaster Balloon Rides, visiting the pack at the Wolf Sanctuary of PA, or taking a guided tour of the county with Strasburg Scooter Tours.

Catch a game this season with the Lancaster Barnstormers! Their season kicks off towards the end of the month.

Free Things To Do in Lancaster County, PA

In Adamstown, PA, a.k.a. the "Antiques Captial", on April 27th-30th is the Spring Antiques Extravaganza! Check out dozens of antique shops, outdoor markets, and more.

Peruse local vendors at the Shops @ Rockvale during their Local Makers Market on April 2nd, but be ready to purchase some amazing handmade goods.

Springtime in Lancaster means mud sales! Mud sales offer everything from hand-stitched quilts and crafts to furniture, produce, antiques and more. They're especially known for offering staple PA Dutch foods throughout the sale.

On April 1st, head into Lancaster City for First Friday! You can explore galleries and local artists, see performances and more. You can also take the kiddos to the Lancaster Science Factory from 5-7pm to interact with over 70 hands-on exhibits for free. Similarly, Lititz hosts Second Fridays and Manheim hosts First Thursdays to allow exploration of the art scene in some of Lancaster's cool small towns.

Check out more things to do and events happening in Lancaster.

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