Things to Do in Lancaster County in August
With the last few golden days of summer nearing, and the start of school edging in on the horizon why not go out with a bang? There is a ton to do in Lancaster in August. It is just the place to cap off your summer and cross a few more things off your bucket list. Take a look at some of our suggestions for an amazing final month of summer below.
See a Show
You don’t have to travel all the way to New York to see a great show- there are plenty in Lancaster. If you are looking for a family classic, try Annie at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre (on stage through August 10). Also at The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre you can see Finding Neverland, a musical that tells the story of one of the world’s most beloved characters, Peter Pan. A great summer tradition is to see a show at the Gretna Theatre, American’s Oldest Summer Theatre. Murder of Two, and the USO Show Tribute will both be performed there this August. For a one-of-a-kind interactive experience try the Sing-A-Long’s at Prima- the cast and crew will preform both a Grease Film Sing-A-Long (August 9-10) and Hamiltunes: An American Sing-A-Long featuring songs from the hit Broadway musical Hamilton (August 16-18).
Catch a Ride
There is no better time to cruise around with the wind in your hair than summer in Lancaster County. Spend the day scooting through the back roads as your enjoy a guided covered bridge tour of PA Dutch Country with Strasburg Scooters. If you prefer to get some exercise while you ride- try a bike tour with Intercourse Bike Works, they offer several different tours both with electric bikes or standard bikes. For a break from the heat, take a ride on Strasburg Railroad in one of their airconditioned cars. Take in the beautiful scenery as you ride in style, nice and cool.
Attend an Unforgettable Event
There are tons of unique happenings in Lancaster this August. If farming heritage is your thing, or there is a young tractor lover in your family you should attend Hay Day at the Big Spring Farm in New Holland. This educational day teaches visitors about antique tractors, trucks, and early farm equipment. Plus, there are harvesting demonstrations showing old-fashioned and modern ways of harvesting. Hay Day is held on August 3.
Families will have a blast at the 65th Anniversary Celebration at Kitchen Kettle Village. This truly scrumptious day is filled with cookie decorating, face-painting, bounce houses, and games galore. Be sure to check the schedule for special activities happening throughout the day like Yummie’s birthday breakfast and storytelling. This event is held on August 2-3.
Calling all young history buffs, Hands on History Day allows guest to step back in time and experience chores, historic crafts, and school lessons all throughout the Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum. This event is held on August 7.
The Lancaster Fiber Festival is a three day event that brings together a wide range of mediums including paper crafts, Zentangle art, calligraphy, quilting, sewing, crocheting, felting, spinning and weaving, hand and machine embroidery, and other fiber arts. Visitors can learn the techniques and tips as well as try activities at in-booth demonstrations. This event is held August 7-10.
Visit the “Best East Coast Art Festival” over Labor Day weekend. The 41st annual Long’s Park Art Festival features over 200 juried artisans from across the nation in a vibrant park setting. Food, wine and craft beers will be available for purchase within the Festival. Children 12 and under enter free and can enjoy free activities at Kids’ Art in the Park.
Animal lovers will enjoy attending a Full Moon Tour at the Wolf Sanctuary of PA. Guides are stationed at each pack area throughout the sanctuary to provide information on the wolves, and a roaring bonfire in the center is the perfect place to roast BYO hot dogs and s’mores. This event is held on August 17, and is for visitors ages 16 and up.
Take a sip
Rivertown Hops is back! Visitors can take to the streets of downtown Columbia to sample craft beer, cider, wine, and spirits. Local eateries will provide small bites to eat, plus there will be local vendors and live music. With 20+ breweries and wineries you are sure to sample something you like. So hop on over on August 4!
The seventh annual Lancaster Craft Beerfest is returning to provide craft beer drinkers with an amazing selection of unique beers so they can discover new and old favorites. There will be dozens of options from some of the best breweries, including those right in our neighborhood and from across the country. Not only will there be craft beer, there will be great food and live music to enjoy as well. This event is held August 24.
Held on the winery lawn of the Nissley Vineyards, Music in the Vineyards is a great way to spend a summer evening. Visitors can picnic on the lawn while they enjoy Nissley Vineyards wine paired with live music. There are is also beer available (for the non-wine lovers) and food trucks. Concerts are held every Saturday of the month, the type of music varies per show.