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Things to Do in Lancaster County in August

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 The Wizard of Oz at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre (on stage through August 4). Also at The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre you can see Swing, a musical featuring the fabulous songs from the Big Band Era and the dances that accompany them. Another timeless classic can been see at the Gretna Theatre, An Evening With Groucho, this performance consists of the best one-liners and sings of acclaimed legendary comedian Grouch Marx (on stage August 23-26). For something a bit more mature head over to the Rainbow Comedy Playhouse to see Getting Momma Married, you are sure to be in for some laughs (on stage through August 11). If you are a musical lover, don’t miss Songs of the Silver Screen at the American Music Theatre (on stage through October), this show features performances of the biggest hits from movies past and present.

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. In the evening you can unwind aboard one of the beautifully restored trains of the Strasburg Rail Road during their Evening Breeze ride. 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.

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 and Threshing 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 4, Threshing Day is August 5.

Young children will have a blast at Yummie’s Birthday Party 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 4.

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 16-18.

Calling all BBQ lovers, the New Holland Summer Fest is the event for you. With 72 professional barbeque teams coming from across the U.S. to compete for the PA BBQ Championships you are sure to find some savory flavors. In addition to tasty BBQ eats, there will also be live music, food trucks, and kids activities. This event is held on August 24.

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 25, and is for visitors ages 16 and up.


Take a sip

Climb aboard the Strasburg Rail Road for their wine and paint night with Zole Art Factory on August 2. As you ride through the scenic Amish country side you can sip on wine while you take in the view. Following the train ride work on creating your own masterpiece in the luxurious dining card on the train.

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!

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.