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34 Things to Do This Spring in Lancaster, PA [2022]

By: Amanda Witherow | March 22, 2022

Topics: Lancaster Living

The snow has melted, the sun is shining, and birds are singing again. Spring has sprung in Lancaster, PA! If this season has you feeling rejuvenated, energized, and ready to shed that winter skin, we’ve got you covered.

Itching to get outside after a long winter? Lancaster is the place to be! From Easter celebrations and spring festivities, to miles upon miles of trails and adventure, you will have plenty of opportunities to soak up the fun.

To make your planning a little easier, we have compiled a list of activities and events that will be sure to keep you busy and enjoying this bird-chirping and sun-shining season!*

*Please confirm days and times on event websites in case of changes that may have occurred after this post's publication.  

 

Opening Days


These Lancaster and Central PA area favorites open their doors soon!  

Hershey Park - Springtime in the Park

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April, 2-3, 9-10, and 15-17

 

Lake Tobias

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Saturday, April 2, 2022

 

Dutch Wonderland

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

 

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

 

Celebrate Easter in Lancaster


Egg-stra Special Easter Event

Kitchen Kettle Village

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Enjoy a yummy meal, egg hunt, and meet the Easter Bunny.

This family friendly event includes:

  • Meal vouchers for use at the Harvest Cafe between 10am-5pm for lunch
  • VIP Egg Hunt only open to children 10 and under registered for the event
  • Photo opportunities with Yummy & the Easter Bunny. Don't forget your camera
  • Egg-citing Easter scavenger hunt for the kids throughout the Village
  • April 9, 15, and 16
  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. OR 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 

Bunny Village and Egg Hunts

The Country Barn

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Enjoy spring fun on the farm! The Easter Bunny will be visiting Barnyard Kingdom. You can meet the Easter Bunny and eat breakfast with him. Meet farm animals and experience farm festivities.

  • April 9, 10, 15, and 16
  • 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Breakfast with the Easter Bunny seating times: 9:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m.

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Terre Hill Park

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Children ages 10 and under can enjoy this free egg hunt!  Featuring thousands of candy and money filled eggs and even special prize eggs!

  • Saturday, April 16

Noon – 2:00 PM – Visit with the Easter Bunny 

12:30 – 2:30 PM – FREE Children’s Face Painting by Joyful Canvas 

1:00 PM – Start of Egg Hunts 

2:00 PM – Easter Juggling Show by The DK’ers


Flashlight Hunt

Terre Hill Park

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You don’t want to forget your flashlight for this egg hunt! Children 11 years and older can hunt for eggs in the dark. These eggs contain candy and tons of special prizes including cash prizes, gift baskets, electronics, tasty treats, gift cards and more!

  • Saturday, April 16
  • 8:00 p.m.

 

Easter Bunny Trains

The Strasburg Railroad

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Take a ride through the beautiful farmlands of Lancaster county as the Easter Bunny as your conductor!

  • April 15, 16, and 17
  • Various times throughout the day

 

Spring Festivals in Lancaster


Clipper Stadium Spring Carnival

Clipper Magazine Stadium

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Welcome spring with this 8-day event! Hosted by Penn Valley Shows, the carnival will include plenty of delicious food and treats, carnival rides and games, and fun for the entire family!

  • Thursday, March 31 thru Saturday, April 9 (Closed April 4 & 5)
  • 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Sunday 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

LAUNCH Music Festival

The Lancaster County Convention Center

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Discover up-and-coming artists who might be the next-big thing. The Festival represents a variety musical styles - from rock to folk, from pop to punk, from country to funk.

There is also a conference featuring panels, seminars, parties, events and performances. This portion provides a unique opportunity for artists, music industry professionals and fans to meet, network and further their careers. From group panel discussions to direct one-on-one mentoring, artists are given ample opportunities to make long-lasting impressions and connections.

  • April 14, 15, 16, and 17

 

Pretzel Fest

Lititz, PA

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Enjoy being outside in downtown Lititz with the Lititz Pretzel Fest. This festival Highlights the Lititz area's rich pretzel history. It will include more than 20 pretzel tastings and, along with beer and spirits beverage tastings, and music all around downtown Lititz. 

Proceeds from Pretzel Fest will also fund other children's activities and charities, including Free Kids' Fun Day in Lititz Springs Park which will take place on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 30
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Herb & Garden Faire

Landis Valley Farm Museum

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Gardeners, come enjoy a faire just for you! The Faire offers heirlooms, natives, and other hard-to-find varieties to purchase from vendors.

  • Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7
  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Rhubarb Festival

Kitchen Kettle Village

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If you enjoy rhubarb, this festival is for you! Taste delicious rhubarb foods, listen to live music, watch the World's Only Rhubarb Race Car Derby, participate in the rhubarb baking contest, and enjoy great shopping.

  • Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21
  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Flavor Fest

Mount Hope

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Wine lovers rejoice! Enjoy sampling with over 25 wineries and distilleries. Shop with unique merchants of all types and grab a bite at one of the on-site kitchens.

  • Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29
  • 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Strawberry Festival

The Country Barn

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Celebrate delicious fruit at a festival dedicated to the strawberry! Enjoy live music, yummy food, barn animals, and so much more!

  • May 28 and June 4
  • 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Lancaster's 6th Annual VegFest

Buchanan Park

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Celebrate the plant-based lifestyle! This free event offers a wide selection of plant-based food, music entertainment, yoga, and kids activities.

  • Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5
  • 12:00 pm. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Baby Animal Festival

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

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Spring has sprung and that means baby animals are being born at Cherry Crest Farm! Come and meet the new little ones!

  • Saturday, June 11
  • 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

BrewFest

Mount Hope

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If you love beer, you won’t want to miss this event! Enjoy tasting beer from a wide selection of breweries, as well as delicious treats!

  • Saturday, June 11
  • 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. OR 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 

Unique Events in Lancaster


Spring Doo Wop Cavalcade

American Music Theater

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Travel back to the 1950s and experience Doo Wop with Lou Christie, The Tymes, The Skyliners, The Elegants, and Special Guest Stars The Brooklyn Bridge.

  • Saturday, April 2
  • 2:00 p.m. OR 7:30 p.m.

 

5th Annual Rails and Ales

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

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The fifth annual craft beer tasting event is held inside the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. The event features craft breweries and food vendors.

  • Saturday, April 9
  • 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

Hands On Easter Macaron Class

The Golden Whisk

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a macaron? Well, in this hands-on class you will learn the basics of macaron making. At the end of the class you will get to take home everything you make to share with your friends and family for Easter Sunday!

  • Saturday, April 16
  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

 

Antique Tractor Pull

Rough & Tumble

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This free event is sure to be one that adults and children alike can enjoy! Channel your inner child and come out to the pulling track and watch antique and classic tractors compete in a tractor pull! Enjoy food from a food truck while you watch.

  • Saturday, April 23
  • 8:00 a.m.

 

Day Out with Thomas

The Strasburg Rail Road

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Join Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends when they return to the Strasburg Rail Road this spring! Thomas the Tank Engine will pull your 45-minute excursion ride through the beautiful Lancaster County countryside!

  • April 29, 30 and May 1, 2
  • Various times throughout the day

 

Annual Plant Exchange

Mary Oehme Gardens

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Lititz Historical Foundation in conjunction with the Lititz Garden Club will hold its Annual Plant Exchange. April showers bring May flowers. So share your favorite plants at this plant exchange! 

  • Saturday, May 1
  • 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Picnic Tasting Tour

Kitchen Kettle Village

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This self-guided culinary adventure will have you snacking, sipping, and strolling your way through Kitchen Kettle Village. This tour includes stops at participating restaurants, bakeries, and retail food shops in the Village.

  • Saturday, May 7
  • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

Food Truck Friday/Summer Music Series

Shops at Rockvale

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Come out and enjoy live music, games, and food and beverage trucks!

  • Friday, May 13
  • 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 

The 3rd Annual Spring Show – The Heart of Lancaster Arts and Craft Show

Roots Country Market & Auction

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Love arts? Love crafts? Love Roots? Then this event is perfect for you! The 3rd Annual Juried Art & Craft Show will feature artists and craftsmen from across the country.

  • Saturday, May 14
  • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Spring ArtWalk

Downtown Lancaster

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Discover Lancaster through art! This self-guided tour through art galleries of downtown Lancaster will include special exhibitions, meet-the-artist events, children’s activities and live demonstrations.

  • Saturdays, May 21 and 22
  • 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

69th Annual World's Largest Chicken BBQ

Long's Park

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Enjoy great food and take in beautiful scenery at the world’s largest chicken BBQ event! Hundreds of volunteers will be preparing over 15,000 complete chicken dinners! Stay, eat, and relax the day away in lovely Long’s Park with the family! There will also be a Convenient Drive-Thru for those who would prefer to take their chicken dinner home.

  • Saturday, May 21 
  • 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

 

Red Rose Run

Binns Park

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Lace up those running shoes and soak up the spring sun during this 5-mile race through Lancaster City and County Park. The Red Rose Run also includes a kids fun run and wheelchair race. Proceeds from the run will benefit the Lancaster Central Market Trust.

  • Saturday, June 4
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

Get Outside


Cold and gray winter days have you feeling cabin fever? If you're eager to get outside, take advantage of the spring weather and enjoy one (or many) of the numerous hiking or biking trails Lancaster has to offer.

Hiking Trails in Lancaster

Biking Trails in Lancaster

Adventure Explorations

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Challenge yourself at Adventure Explorations!

Together the founders of Adventure Explorations wanted to create an environment helping people discover their full potential. ”We realized we could be a bridge…creating those chance moments between people’s discovery of their potential, of their possibilities and choices, and the freedom it creates.” 

Their adventures include hiking, climbing, kayaking, cycling, sporting clays, and fishing. They offer team building activities for school groups and corporate offices, and a “For Women, By Women” all-day adventure!

 


Ready, Set, Celebrate Spring in Lancaster!

We hope this guide to spring activities and events in Lancaster helps you and your loved ones enjoy this beautiful and rejuvenating season.

Download this free event calendar to make your planning easier!*

*Please confirm days and times on event websites in case of changes that may have occurred after this post's publication.  

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Written by Amanda Witherow

Amanda is a Marketing Assistant at McLennan Contracting. She and her husband, Alex, just added their first child, a baby boy, to their small family of one dog and three cats. Amanda is also a health and fitness coach and enjoys spending time in her gym. When she isn’t working or working out, she enjoys going on family walks/hikes, napping (when she can…), bingeing TV shows (when she can), watching her little one learn and grow, and soaking up all the snuggles and kisses from her little man.

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