Mud & Music: A Uniquely Lancaster Combination


(Lancaster, Pa.) It’s that time of year when Lancaster’s one-of-a-kind “mud sales” take place in local Amish communities. But why not enjoy some cool musical entertainment on the same weekend?

You can’t get more authentic ‘round Lancaster County than our annual Amish “mud sales” season, which begins February 27 and runs, primarily, through mid-April (a few in May, June, & August) on Saturdays in small towns all over the county (typically 8am-2pm).

Named for the condition of the thawing ground in late winter / early spring, these community auctions benefit local fire companies and provide a wonderful opportunity to mingle with our Amish neighbors as they help to run the sales, or enjoy a fun day full of great deals and PA Dutch eats themselves.

You can buy everything there, including the kitchen sink, and all of it sold at up to six simultaneous auctions at various locations ‘round the grounds and firehouse, which makes for a truly captivating experience (BRIEF VIDEO).

And this year, discover hip Lancaster City as well by planning a mud sale excursion around one of these great downtown musical events:

- Lancaster Roots & Blues, February 26-28 – all types of music from 50+ artists at 10 city venues

- Performances of the musical Sister Act at the Fulton Theatre, March 1-26 – enjoy singing, dancing, & fun in a grand classic theatre setting

- Performances of PRiMA Theatre’s UNCHARTED, March 3-5 – acoustic interpretations of Broadway and pop hits in true cabaret style

- Classical music or ballet dance at the Ware Center, March 11-12 – experience music-in-the-round or interpretive dance in this beautiful venue

- Explore the offerings of our monthly Music Friday, March 18 – held every third Friday, retailers, restaurants, and attractions host musicians and extend their hours

- Lancaster Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart Meets the Tango, April 2-3 – with special guests QuinTango; intriguing title, no?

Lancaster County is a wonderful blend of urban style and rural splendor, with many rich cultures, from the Amish to the arts. Travelers can take in our vibrant downtown city life – with galleries, great dining, specialty shops, and live music – or explore surrounding towns and villages to get a sampling of the heritage, food, craftsmanship, and attractions for which Lancaster is famous. Visit us at

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