Two Weeks Notice: Sept. 15-Oct. 5

A fortnight of fun with Lancaster County’s #TopEvents from Sept. 15-Oct. 5.


Toy Piano Gathering

The tinkling of tiny pianos can be heard during Lancaster New Sounds’ Toy Piano Gathering from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 at Henrietta Heisler Interior Design (217 W. Walnut. St.) in downtown Lancaster. Composer David Smooke joins Lancaster’s NakedEye Ensemble to perform new works for the toy piano. Who says adults can’t play with toys? Visit for more information.


Soccer at Pucillo Field

The City Islanders Football Club celebrate fan appreciation night and continue their playoff push when they host the Wilmington Hammerheads FC at 7 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the Pucillo Field at Millersville University. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $5, but Millersville University students, staff and faculty receive free admission in advance. Visit or call 717-441-GOAL for more information and to purchase tickets. This game has been moved from its original location at Clipper Magazine Stadium. All tickets purchased in advanced from Clipper Magazine Stadium will be refunded. 



September is the new October. In case you didn’t know, Oktoberfest occurs annually during mid-September and leads up to the first Sunday of October. Join Wacker Brewing and kick off your Oktoberfest with the Biergartenfest at Excelsior Hall (125 E. King St.) from 4-8 p.m. on Sept. 17. German beer, food and entertainment – all for just $30. Visit for more information.


Wine By the Vine Fall Bluegrass Concert

Moonshine may be the traditional bluegrass beverage pairing, but just wait until you uncork a bottle of wine from the Vineyard at Grandview. The Wine by the Vine Fall Bluegrass Concert runs from 1-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 and features live music from Hog Maw and Man About a Horse, plus food from Killer Kitchen Gourmet. Tickets are $20 at the gate, but some discounted tickets may be available at


Lancaster City Restaurant Week

Downtown Lancaster’s dining scene keeps on growing. It seems like every month a handful of great new restaurants open. The fourth annual Lancaster City Restaurant Week offers an opportunity to conveniently experience the city’s cuisine with affordable menu options. Dine out at more than a dozen local restaurants during #LCRW2106 from Sept. 19-25. Visit the new for more information.


Celebrity Bartender Johnny Weir

Characters Pub hosts a special celebrity bartender night featuring Olympic figure skater and personality Johnny Weir, Lucy Garnett Caldwell of West End Yoga and Lancaster Barnstormers pitcher Pete Andrelczyk to benefit The Common Wheel from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 21. All tips go to the Common Wheel. Come out and watch Weir do some tricks with the ice instead of on it, and drink for a good cause. Visit for reservations.


Manhattan Short Film Festival

Zoetropolis Theatre takes part in the worldwide celebration of the short film during the Manhattan Short Film Festival from Sept. 23-29. The 19th annual edition of the festival features films that not only span the globe, but span every genre of film. Audience participation is key to determining the winners of the festival, so be sure to vote for your favorite films. Find out more at



Oktoberfest continues at Shank’s Tavern (36 S. Waterford Ave.) in Marietta from 1-6 p.m. on Sept. 24. Get in the spirit with German food including brats and soft pretzels, German beers on tap, and live German music from 3-5 p.m. Admission is free. (At least one Oktoberfest blurb must end with the traditional German toast of “Prost!” so here it comes….) Prost!


Oktoberfest at the Park Bar

Look, this is your one socially-acceptable chance to be drunk for two weeks in lederhosen, don’t let it pass you by. The Oktoberfestivities continue at The Pressroom’s Park Bar (26-28 W. King St.) in downtown Lancaster from 1-5 p.m. on Sept. 24. Tickets are $20 and include two draft beers plus food. The Bavarian Barons perform live music from 2-5 p.m.


VeloCity 2016

Celebrate the electricity of the city of Lancaster with a night of music, food, art, fashion, a rooftop party and more during the VeloCity event from 5-10 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Tellus360 in downtown Lancaster.


The Bar Olympics 

OK, so you didn’t qualify for the US Olympic table tennis team during last month’s games in Rio. Here’s an event you’ve been preparing to compete in for your entire adult life. It’s the Bar Olympics at the Pennsylvania Rennaissance Faire (2775 Lebanon Road) in Manheim from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Oct. 1 and 2. Go for the gold in games of flip cup and ale pong, deliver a hilarious toast or keep that cup of mead steady as you walk it across the barroom. The Bar Olympics are actually better than the real Olympics because real athletes aren’t drunk during the games (well, maybe Ryan Lochte was, but most aren’t). Visit for more information.


Field of Screams Rap Battle

Halloween is fast approaching (or at least lurching at a fairly rapid pace) like a horde of bloodthirsty zombies and Field of Screams (191 College Ave.) in Mountville knows how to set the perfect horrorcore mood. With a rap battle, of course! The 14th annual Field of Screams Rap Battle Competition takes place on Oct. 1. Think you’re the next Ghostface Killah? Link a demo in the registration form at or send a demo to 3493 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA 17601 ATTN: Rap Battle to qualify for one of 15 spots. Or show up at 5 p.m. to compete for the remaining walk-on slot. Polish up those verses, but keep ‘em clean unless you want to be cursed with a disqualification. The winner receives four hours of studio time at Watercourse Sound Studios and more. Visit for more information.



The 25th annual WIOV Turkey Hill Fallfest takes place at Overlook Community Campus from 12-6 p.m. on Oct. 2. Gates open at 8 a.m. for the country music-themed concert featuring Gary Allen, Thompson Square, Mountain Road and more. Enjoy food from vendors and beer from the on-site beer garden. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy a Sunday in the park. Admission is $5. Visit for more information.


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Mike Andrelczyk is a features editor for Fly Magazine. He is a graduate of Penn State University and currently lives with his wife Stacey in Strasburg. Interests include tennis, playing bad guitar, poetry (poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, The Inquisitive Eater and other journals) and oneirology – the study of dreams – mostly in the form of afternoon naps. His name appears in the title screen of Major League 2.

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