A fortnight of fun with Lancaster County’s #TopEvents from Sept. 1-14.
Long’s Park Art Festival
Soak in the sun and the art during a great Lancaster Labor Day weekend tradition: the 38th annual Long’s Park Art Festival. The festival takes place from Sept. 2-4 in Long’s Park. Stroll through the park and circle the path around the lake as it’s transformed into an outdoor art gallery, featuring work from more than 200 artists from more than 30 states, plus enjoy live music, craft beer, wine and a food court. Tickets are $12 for a one-day pass or $18 for all three days. Visit longspark.org for more information.
What the Food Trucks
If food trucks were Pokemon (just hang with me here), Penn Park in York would be the place to catch ‘em all. What the Food Trucks is a food festival worth driving over the river for. It features more than 40 food trucks, live music and a beer garden with tons of craft beer. Head over to Penn Park in the White Rose City from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sept. 4. (And you’ll probably be able to catch some Pokemon there, too) Visit whatthefoodtrucks.com for more information.
Avery Beer Dinner at Bulls Head Public House
Yes, it’s true the Lititz Craft Beer Fest is sold out. (You gotta get those tickets early!) But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some great beers in the “Coolest Small Town” this month. Head over to the Bulls Head Public House (14 E. Main St., Lititz) from 5:30-8 p.m. on Sept. 7. The excellent Avery beer is matched by an exquisite four-course meal. And for dessert? A special surprise keg will be tapped. Hurry up, though, these events sell out quickly (and you already missed out on the Lititz Craft Beer Fest).
We don’t just serve great craft beer here at the Bulls Head, but a variety of excellent spirits and wine, including award-winning selections from local winery @waltzvineyards. A photo posted by Bulls Head Public House (@bullsheadlititz) on
Tellus Jokes: Brent Gill with Brett Hiker
Two Colorado comedians bring tons of pot to Lancaster! Wait, that’s tons of jokes to Lancaster! Brent Gill and Brett Hiker – you’ll be right no matter whose first name you mispronounce – bring Colorado’s second-best medicine to Lancaster during Tellus Jokes at 8 p.m. on Sept. 8. Gill recently appeared on Viceland’s “Flophouse” and NBC’s “Hidden America with Jonah Ray” and Hiker is a regular on morning radio shows across the country. You’ll be in hysterics even without the weed. Tickets are $10.
Glengarry Glen Ross at EPAC
Coffee may be for closers, but “Glengarry Glen Ross” is for everyone – except probably young children. David Mamet’s 1984 play about struggling real estate agents doing whatever is necessary to close the sale was adapted for the big screen in 1992 and starred Alec Baldwin, Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon and Kevin Spacey. Now it’s on the stage at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center from Sept. 8-17. Visit ephrataperformingartscenter.com for more information and tickets.
Lititz Storytelling Festival
If there’s one thing that humans have always enjoyed, it’s a good story. The Lititz Storytelling Festival takes place on Sept. 9-10 at the Warwick Middle School auditorium (401 Maple St., Lititz) and features five acclaimed storytellers who have appeared on NPR and BBC radio, with tales ranging from Welsh legends and Jewish folktales to humorous tales of life in North Carolina and growing up Cuban in Georgia. Tickets are $5-$45. Visit lititzstorytellingfestival.net for more details and a full schedule of events.
Run, Ride and Soar Weekend
Feeling ultra-athletic and adventurous? Check out Run, Ride and Soar Weekend at the
Bird-in-Hand Family Inn (2740 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand) where you can “run with the Amish and soar with the clouds.” Participate in a 5K or a half-marathon, a 12, 23 or 62-mile bike race and see the countryside during the Amish Country Hot Air Balloon Fest all in one weekend from Sept. 9-11. Visit bird-in-hand.com/events formore information and a full schedule of events.
Star Wars Fireworks
You know summer is on its way out as the baseball season wraps up. Head out to Clipper Magazine Stadium, grab a hot dog and an Iron Hill Barnstormin’ Red Ale and watch the Lancaster Barnstormers host the Bridgeport Bluefish at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10. Stick around after the last out and watch as the final fireworks night of the season lights up the sky with a Star Wars-themed display. The first 1,000 fans receive a souvenir baseball.
Music, food, beer, wine, rubber ducks – what more could you want? The 2016 Schreiberpalooza Music Festival takes place from 5-11 p.m. on Sept. 10 at 1 Clair Blvd. in Manheim. Relax with a cold Tröegs beer, food from Lancaster Dispensing Co. and the sounds of Mama Tried, Corty Byron, Killin’ the Blues and more. And while you’re there, don’t forget to purchase tickets tothe 28th annual Rubber Duckie Race held on Sept. 11 at Lancaster County Park. Visit schreiberpediatric.org. for more info.
PA Music Expo
Every second Sunday of the month, record collectors and enthusiasts gather at the Continental Inn (2285 Lincoln Highway) to dig through a varied selection of rare vinyl and collectibles. Looking for some hard-to-find blues records or that rare Joy Division EP? See what you can find from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sept. 11. Admission is free. Visit recordcollectors.org for more information.
Charlotte Street Block Party
There’s no better way to cap off summer than with a block party that features all the things that make summer so great: live outdoor music, food, friends, games and, of course, pie. The Charlotte Street Block Party takes place on Charlotte Street between Walnut and Chestnut streets from 3:30-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 11. Robin Chambers and Lavacave supply the tunes and you can supply the homemade pie to enter in the pie contest. There’s a suggested donation of $5, which benefits the Lancaster Mounted Police, but kids can get in for free.