Downtown Lancaster is the epicenter of it all, providing the perfect contrast of modern life to the rustic allure of surrounding Amish country.
The city is situated in the center of Lancaster County, and its seven square miles are packed with art, museums, historical attractions, restaurants and cafes, theatres, shops, and boutiques. A great deal of the city’s charm stems from the stories, architecture, and traditions rooted in its rich history.
There is plenty to do in Downtown Lancaster – find details below.
Explore our Creative Side
Whether you are a fine art admirer, a handmade goods collector, an antiques lover, a theater-goer, a music lover, or an edible art seeker, we have got you covered. From art galleries to museums, local shops, theatres and the symphony, delicious farmers markets and more, the whole family is sure to love walking the streets of Downtown Lancaster.
Lancaster Central Market
Lancaster Central Market is the nation’s oldest continuously-operating farmers’ market, offering fresh meats and produce since 1730. Today, housed in a magnificent 1889 Victorian gem, Market offers locals & visitors the opportunity to buy everything from fresh-from-the-farm meats and produce to locally made artisan cheeses, and desserts. Open every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
A City Full of Great Events
Not only is Lancaster City filled with history, attractions, shops, and restaurants, it also plays host to highly-anticipated and well-attended events such as First Friday, Music Friday, Mayor’s Tree Lighting & Tuba Christmas, Celebrate Lancaster, Launch Music Festival, Craft Beer Fest, and more.
10 Reasons to Head Downtown
When you think of Lancaster County, you may picture lush, green farmland with horse and buggies trotting by, fresh produce, and a relaxing pace of life. While those things can be found here, there’s so much more to Lancaster. In the middle of the farmland sits Lancaster City, which some would describe as hip, cool, and up-and-coming.