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Best Summer Activities in Lancaster, PA [2023]

By: Amanda Witherow | May 21, 2023

Topics: Lancaster Living

Days are longer, weather is warmer, and skies are brighter. It's time to get ready for fun-in-the-sun this summer in Lancaster County.

Between pool afternoons, beach trips, and barbecue celebrations, summer can definitely be a busy time of year! If you and your family are looking for ways to add some variety and adventure to your summer, Lancaster, PA is the place to be. 

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

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

Recurring Summer Activities in Lancaster

 


Wine by the Vine Summer Music Series

Grandview Vineyard

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Join Grandview Vineyard for their 11th season of Wine by the Vine. Enjoy music from a wide variety of styles while you sip wine on the deck, watch the sunset, and relax with friends. 

  • Now through October 28
  • Fridays and Saturdays, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Summer Drive-in Movies 

Penn Cinema

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Penn Cinema is bringing back their Drive-in movies! Enjoy a movie under the stars in the comfort of your own car. Select Fridays throughout the summer. 

  • What's playing:
    • May 26 and 27: Twister
    • June 8: Legally Blonde
    • June 9: Rocky
    • June 22: Mamma Mia!
    • June 23 and 24: Grease
    • June 30 and July 1: Jaws
    • July 6: Mean Girls
    • July 7 and 8: Top Gun
    • July 20: The Wedding Singer
    • July 21: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch
    • July 22 and 23: The Polar Express
    • July 24: A Christmas Story
    • July 25: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
    • July 28 and 29: Field of Dreams
    • August 4 and 5: E.T.
    • August 11 and 12: Back to the Future
    • August 18 and 19: The Karate Kid
    • August 25 and 26: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
    • September 1 and 2: Shrek
    • September 8 and 9: The Neverending Story
    • September 15 and 16: Hook
    • September 22 and 23: Jumanji

Summerfest 

Nissley Vineyards

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Celebrate summer at these outdoor music events. Enjoy wine, beer, wine slushies, and food along with live music.

  • Friday and Saturday nights, June 30 to August 26

 

Strasburg Scooter Tours

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Explore Lancaster’s backroads, farmlands, covered bridges and more with this fun twist on tours!  Grab a friend, hop on a scooter, and go! (no experience required)

  • Summer Tours:
    • Covered Bridge Tour: Various dates from now through November
    • Bridges & Brunch: Saturdays and Sundays through November 5
    • ​​Ice Cream Experience: Various dates July through September
    • Date Night In Amish Country: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays through September 1

 

Long’s Park Summer Music Series

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Enjoy music outdoors on Long’s Park’s amphitheater lawn!

  • Every Sunday starting June 5
  • What's playing:
    • June 4: Jay Ungar & Molly Mason's Swingology
    • June 11: Las Cafeteras
    • June 18: Kandace Springs Trio
    • June 25: Popa Chubby's "Jimi Hendrix Tribute"
    • July 2: Patriotic Fireworks Celebration with The US Army Band: Pershing's Own
    • July 9: Runa
    • July 16: Steep Canyon Rangers
    • July 23: Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar
    • July 30: David Wax Museum
    • August 6: Jupiter & Okwess
    • August 13: Con Brio
    • August 20: Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore with The Guilty Ones
    • August 27: Lost Bayou Ramblers

 

Strasburg Railroad

Trapped in Time

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This 45-minute interactive experience is this year's Strasburg Railroad escape room. Trapped in Time or "The Curse of the Bobber," is set on a stationary caboose in the Town Square.

  • Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from now through September

Bonnie & Clyde

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This exciting, one-of-a-kind experience includes thrilling stunts, pyrotechnics, and more. Their  2023 Stunt Experience takes place in multiple locations around the Strasburg Railroad.

  •  Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June 9 to September 3, 2023

Lancaster Special Summer Events

 


Family Farm Days

Oregon Dairy

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Get outside and enjoy the farm life with this three-day family event at Oregon Dairy! Take a guided tractor or wagon tour of the Farmstead at Oregon Dairy. Partake in a stream study or enjoy special Barnyard Theatre Presentations. Have lots of fun at educational agricultural exhibits. Ride some ponies. Experience what it is like to live like a cow, and so much more!

  • Tuesday, June 13 & Thursday, June 15, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

Splash into Summer

Kitchen Kettle Village

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Celebrate the beginning of summer! Kick-off the warm months ahead with live music, yard games and contests, great shopping and grilled food. This event raises money for Music For Everyone, a non-profit charitable organization based in Lancaster County that's dedicated to raising awareness and resources to strengthen the role music plays in our schools and communities.

  • Saturday, June 17, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 

Civil War Weekend

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum

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History buffs, this one's for you! Returning to Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum is Civil War weekend! This event is full of activities and demonstrations all centered around the Civil War. More details will be posted to their website closer to the weekend.

  • Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16

Lititz Outdoor Fine Art Show

Lititz Springs Park

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View original artwork and fine art from over 130 artists, both local and out-of-state. Visitors can browse the work of the artists and purchase the creations. All kinds of art from oils, acrylics, watercolors, drawings, ceramics, and sculpture of different kinds can be seen and purchased at this show.

  • Saturday, July 29

 

Nook Brew Fest

Spooky Nook Sports

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This summer, Spooky Nook welcomes their 2nd annual Brew Fest. Enjoy brews from 40 breweries, plus music and games.

  • Saturday, August 12
    • VIP, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    • General Admission, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

 

Lancaster Staples for Summer Fun

 


Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

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Baby Animal Festival

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

  • Saturday, June 3

Cider Donut Festival

Who doesn’t love cider donuts?! This festival features a special cider donut menu, donut games and activities, and special donut photo ops! There is even an opportunity to take a wagon ride to the pasture and fed some donuts to the cows. That’s right, even the cows love the cider donuts! 

  • Saturday, June 10

Sweet Corn Festival

When you think summer in Lancaster County, you think sweet corn. This farm fresh, sweet and crunchy symbol of summer deserves to be celebrated!  

The Sweet Corn Festival will feature specialty sweet corn menu items, corn crafts & games. Plus, a sweet corn eating contest. 

  • Saturday, July 15

Sunflower Festival

See beautiful sunflower and zinnia fields in full bloom at their annual Sunflower Festivals. There will be a winery & brewery, a live band, local craft vendors, and much more family fun.

  • September 2 and 9

 

Strasburg Railroad

Whiskey  On The Rails

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This unique event is hosted by Stoll & Wolfe of Lititz. This 2 hour event includes a 45-minute train ride where you will sample whiskey selections from Stoll & Wolfe. After the train ride is a 45-minute collective dinner experience in Strasburg Rail Road’s newly opened LeFever Hall.

  • Saturday, June 10
  • 6:00 p.m.

Day Out With Thomas

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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!

  • June 17 and 18
  • June 22 - 26

Mount Hope Estate

Celtic Fling & Highland Games

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The Celtic Fling & Highland Games is a celebration of Celtic Culture which has captivated the world for many years. This festival offers a first-hand tour of these compelling cultures. Immerse yourself with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of this spirited Celtic celebration. Enjoy traditional pipe bands, modern Celtic rock bands, and everything in between, plus delicious Celtic cuisine, fresh brewed ales, wines, ciders, and more!

  • June 24 - June 25
  • Gates open at 11:00 a.m.

Blues & Brews at Mt. Hope

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Enjoy the taste of Maryland with an all-you-can-eat menu featuring crabs, brisket, and more (non-seafood options also available)! This summer staple welcomes guests to enjoy fresh seafood and other favorites while live music fills the air.

  • Saturday, July 8
  • Two Sessions: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. OR 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

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A staple celebration in Lancaster, PA, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire will take you on an eventful ride back in time!! Meet kings and queens, watch an exciting joust, and enjoy a turkey leg as big as your head. Each week has a different theme and will showcase a different experience. With immersive experiences around every corner you will witness history right before your eyes.

  • Starts Saturday, August 19

Clipper Magazine Stadium

Lancaster Barnstomers Baseball Game

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Hop over to Clipper Magazine Stadium to watch our local baseball team play a game! These family-friendly games are perfect for a fun afternoon out!

Pet Fest

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Our furry friends love baseball too! Bring them to a game with you!

  • Sunday, June 4

Unity Music Fest

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A night of music at Clipper Magazine Stadium! Performances by: DJ Pritty, Loe Badgett, Almaniel, Tana × Hustle, Pluto Kar, Brenda Rred, Lamborghini Train & F.A M.E. Family

  • Saturday, June 10

Father’s Day

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Celebrate Father’s Day with your dad at a baseball game! Dads and kids can play catch on the field before the game. Be sure to stay after the game so Dads and kids can run the bases. There will also be a special giveaway for Dads!

  • Sunday, June 18

 

Dutch Wonderland

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  • Summer hours start June 9, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

Hershey Park

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  • Summer hours start May 25, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. *closing hours may change. Check the website for exact times for individual days

 

Lancaster County 4th of July Celebrations

 


Friday, June 30

Movie in the Park & Fireworks in East Petersburg

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Saturday, July 1

Independence Day Demolition Derby and Fireworks at The Buck

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Marietta Fireworks

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Mountville Fireworks

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Sunday, July 2

Long’s Park

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Monday, July 3

Lititz 4th of July at Lititz Springs Park (Lititz Lion's Club Patriotic Parade)
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Tuesday, July 4

Lititz 4th of July at Lititz Springs Park (Lititz Lion's Club Patriotic Parade)
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July 4th Celebration at the Star Barn Village

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New Holland July 4th Celebration

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Summer Fairs

 


York State Fair

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  • July 21 to July 30

Lebanon Area Fair

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  • July 22 to July 29

Kutztown Fair

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  • August 7 to August 12

Elizabethtown Fair

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  • August 21 to August 26

Allentown Fair

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  • August 30 to September 4

 

Ready, Set, Celebrate Summer in Lancaster!

We hope this guide to summer activities and events in Lancaster helps you and your loved ones enjoy this warm and sunny 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 the Marketing Coordinator at McLennan Contracting. She and her husband, Alex, have a son, cat, dog, and another son on the way! 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, reading, bingeing TV shows, healthy baking, adventuring to new parks with her little man, and watching him explore and grow.

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