JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes
Lancaster: Become part of the global movement to cure, treat and prevent Type 1 Diabetes at 11:30 a.m. June 1 at Clipper Magazine Stadium, 650 N. Prince St. The walk raises funds for research about Type 1 Diabetes, an autoimmune disease that causes lifelong dependence on injected or pumped insulin and carries the constant threat of complications. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. To donate or create your own walk team, visit walk.jdrf.org.
Princess Party Cruise
Harrisburg: Treat your little princess to a magical evening from 5 to 7 p.m. June 2 aboard the Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat, departing from 11 Championship Way, City Island. The evening will include themed activities and crafts, plus each princess will get a royal makeover. Recommended for ages 3 to 12. Additional cruise dates are July 21 and Aug. 4. For boarding times and ticket information, visit harrisburgriverboat.com.
Box Lunch Revue
Downtown York: A variety of live entertainment will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the summer during the Box Lunch Revue at Cherry Lane Park (rear of Central Market House). Enjoy classical to jazz and swing to pop, as regional and local performers entertain in this unique outdoor setting. For details, visit yorkcity.org.
Register for Summer Reading Club
York County: Kids up to age 18 can register for the Summer Reading Club to receive great prizes for reading 800 minutes throughout the summer. This year's theme is "GO & Experiment! - Fizz Boom Read" to encourage reading, learning and outdoor exploration at local parks. Registration is available at all York County libraries or online at yorklibraries.org.
Library Along Lake Marburg
Hanover: Bring the kids to a wildlife book reading from 10 to 11 a.m. June 5 at Codorus State Park, at the classroom on Marina Road. Join the Codorus State Park Environmental Education Specialist and the Children's Librarian of Guthrie Memorial Library for related crafts and games. For more information, visit yorklibraries.org.
Street Rod Nationals East Plus
West Manchester Township: Check out muscle cars, vintage cars, seminars, exhibits, live entertainment and more June 6, 7 and 8 during the Street Rod Nationals East Plus event at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave. Tickets range $5 to $14. For details, visit nsra-usa.com.
'Back to the Future' on screen
Harrisburg: Bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of retro family fun from 8:30 to 10 p.m. June 6 at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, 5300 N. Front St. The free movie will be the smash 80s' hit "Back to the Future" starring Michael J. Fox. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Visit forthunter.org for more information.
St. Jude Farm to Fork Gourmet Dinner
Mt. Joy: Get your tickets for the inaugural St. Jude Farm to Fork Gourmet Dinner from 6:30 to 11 p.m. June 7 at The Vineyard at Grandview, 1489 Grandview Road. This unique event includes cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and live entertainment. Tickets are $125 per individual or $200 per couple. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Visit thevineyardatgrandview.com for more information.
Alarm at the Farm
Mount Wolf: Walk united with other families to sound the alarm for disability awareness from noon to 6 p.m. June 7 at Leg Up Farm, 4880 N. Sherman St. Ext. Money raised will support Leg Up Farm, a non-profit that provides services to children with special needs and their families. Alarm at the Farm is a fun-filled day of activities, food, and fellowship. For more information, call Tom O'Connor at 717-266-9294.
Make wine with fresh fruit
Orrtanna: Calling all wine enthusiasts! Get step-by-step instructions to learn how to make your own wine from 1 to 3 p.m. June 8 at the Adams County Winery, 251 Peach Tree Road. You'll learn tricks of the trade and tips on how to get the best product from a box. Cost is $25 per person. RSVP's are required by calling 717-334-4631.
Drive "Fore" Health Golf Outing
Spring Garden Township: The Byrnes Health Education Center will host the Eight Annual Drive "Fore" Health Golf Outing at the Country Club of York on June 9. Cost is $1,400 for a foursome, which includes golf, lunch, dinner and beverages. For more information, please contact Rachel Fabie at 717-848-3064, Ext. 229 or email@example.com.
Level I Kayak Class
Wrightsville: Get an introduction to the sport of touring kayaking from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 10 at Shank's Mare, 2092 Long Level Road. Students will begin with an on-land session and then move to the water. The class will end with a guided paddle tour offering individual help as needed. Cost is $44 for members, $49 for non-members and includes the kayak, paddle and personal flotation device. Registration is required by calling 717-252-1616.
The Gettysburg Festival
Gettysburg: Celebrate arts, culture and cuisine from June 11 through 15 at various locations throughout the historic town of Gettysburg. More than 50 spectacular events will be available, many of which are free and open to the public. With a primary goal to provide accessibility of the arts to all, the Gettysburg Festival strives to present family appropriate and affordable entertainment and activities for every taste and budget. For details, visit gettysburgfestival.org.
Wellness-focused farmer's market
Hershey: Find locally produced fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meats and baked goods from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 30 at the Farmer's Market in Hershey, located off Bullfrog Valley Road. near the west campus of Penn State Medical Center. Additional specialty items include herbs and spices, canned/preserved goods, flowers, coffee, cider and honey. For details, visit farmersmarketinhershey.com.
The Elegance At Hershey
Hershey: Check out vintage race cars, a vendors' midway, special car exhibits, food and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 13 during The Grand Ascent - A Revival of The Hershey Hill Climb, located behind the historic Hotel Hershey, 100 Hotel Road. Tickets are $10. Free for children 15 and younger. The Elegance At Hershey runs through June 15. Visit theeleganceathershey.com for details.
Backpack picnic hike
Felton: Join Parks Naturalist Amber Carothers and walk through the forest to enjoy lunch at a breathtaking overlook on the Susquehanna River from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 14 at Apollo County Park, PA Route 425. Participants will meet at the Shenk's Ferry Road Parking Area. Participants must supply their own lunch, water and wear good hiking shoes. The program is free and registration is not required. For details, visit yorkcountypa.gov.
Rusty's Birthday Bash
Orrtanna: Don't miss a family and pet friendly event to benefit the Adams County SPCA from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14 at Adams County Winery, 251 Peach Tree Road. Games, music, food, vendors and demonstrations will be available. Guests can also get their pet's picture on a custom label and enter the Rusty Sidekick Competition. Admission is free. Visit adamscountywinery.com for more information.
Dauphin County Music and Wine Festival
Harrisburg: Bring a blanket and chair to enjoy national and local recording artists in a serene and beautiful park from 3 to 9 p.m. June 14 and 15 at Fort Hunter Mansion & Park, 5300 North Front St. Food and craft vendors and regional wineries will also be on site. Tickets are $30 at the gate and are good for both days. Visit forthunter.org for details.
Nature Discovery I
Springfield Township: Children ages 5 and 6 can learn about butterflies, flowers, trees, foxes, mink, bluebirds, turtles, frogs and more from 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 16 through 20 at Nixon Park, 5922 Nixon Road. Students will be introduced to a variety of nature topics through discovery learning, crafts, hikes, and more. Cost is $65 per child. Visit yorkcountypa.gov for details and additional dates.
"Budding Artist" Art Camp
Hershey: Students entering grades four through eight can explore their creative side in an outdoor studio from 9 a.m. to noon June 17 at Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road. Projects will incorporate natural objects found in the gardens. Whimsical watercolor word illustrations, pottery, graphic design and plein-air painting techniques will be taught by local art teacher, Steve Koons. Cost is $95 per student. For more information or to register, call 717-508-5970 or visit hersheygardens.org.
Made in America Tours
York County: Celebrate the Factory Tour Capital of the World from June 18-21 by touring various companies across York County. Step onto manufacturing floors for a first-hand look at American craftsmanship and find out first-hand how some of our favorite products are made. Tour times vary. Held rain or shine. Visit factorytours.org or call 1-888-858-YORK for details.
Day Out With Thomas
Strasburg: Friends of all ages are invited to ride on a train pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, from June 14-22 at the Strasburg Railroad, Route 741 East, Lancaster County. Related activities and a selection of Thomas merchandise will also be available. Tickets are $21 for those 2 and older. For details, visit strasburgrailroad.com.
Celebration of quilts
West Manchester Township: The York Quilters Guild will showcase their work from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 20 and 21 at the York Expo Center, Old Main Building, 334 Carlisle Ave. Beautiful quilts will be on display, along with demonstrations, vendors, and a silent auction. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger, and free for children 4 and younger. A portion of the proceeds will benefit ACCESS-York. Visit celebrationofquilts.com for details.
Book Nook Bonanza
York City: Stock up on bargain books June 20, 21 and 22 during the Book Nook Bonanza in the York City Ice Arena, 941 Vander Ave. Most hardbacks are $2 and paperbacks are $1, with various specials throughout the weekend. DVDs, CDs and puzzles will also be sold. Proceeds benefit charitable programs within WellSpan. For more information, visit wellspan.org.
Downtown York: Taste local wings and vote for your favorite from noon to 7 p.m. June 21 at Santander Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way. Activities will also include a bounce house, dunk tank, Chicken Chunkin' and Chicken Bowling. General admission tickets are $8 at the door, free for children 3 and younger. Tickets include three wings, entertainment and People's Choice Vote. Proceeds benefit the Crispus Attucks association of York. For more information, visit wingstockyork.org.
Penn-Mar Irish Festival
Glen Rock: Enjoy Irish music, Irish foods, vendors and children's activities from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 21 at The Markets at Shrewsbury, 12025 Susquehanna Trail. Tickets are $10 in advance or $13 at the gate. Free for children 15 and younger. For details, visit pennmaririshfestival.com.
Codorus Blast Festival
Hanover: Have a blast with food, entertainment, dock dogs shows and more June 20, 21 and 22 at Codorus State Park, off Sinsheim Road near the Band Shell. The festival features a nature tent, wood carving, family fun area and more. Money raised benefits the park. For more information, visit codorusblast.com.
Nature Discovery II
Springfield Township: Children ages 7 and 8 will learn the ins and outs of the world around them through experiments, games, crafts, stories and activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23 through 27 at Nixon Park, 5922 Nixon Road. Discover animal adaptations, habitats, metamorphosis, migration and more during this fun-filled week. Cost is $85 per child. For details, visit yorkcountypa.gov.
Rock 'n' Roar at the zoo
Philadelphia: Pack a comfy blanket and snacks and enjoy a children's sing-along with Yosi and the Superdads at 11 a.m. June 24 at the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Ave. The concert will take place on the Impala Lawn and is included with Zoo admission of $20 for adults, $18 for children 11 and younger, and free for children 2 and younger. Visit philadelphiazoo.org for details.
Harrisburg: Children ages 3 and 4 can experience a blend of science and storytelling from 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 25 at the Whitaker Center, 222 Market St. Parents and children will explore the science behind stories as they construct houses for the Big Bad Wolf to blow down or learn about spider webs from the Very Busy Spider. Cost is $15 for members, $18 for non-members. Visit whitakercenter.org for more information.
Team Ghost Riders at York Revolution
Downtown York: Check out the most talked about act in minor league baseball as Team Ghost Riders, also known as the "Cowboy Monkeys," perform at 6:30 p.m. June 26 during a York Revolution game at Santander Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way. Between innings, you'll see monkeys riding dogs and herding sheep around the outfield. Following the game, they'll do a longer demonstration where the Cowboy Monkeys herd the sheep into a corral at home plate. For more information, visit yorkrevolution.com.
Airville: Enjoy a demonstration by Bobb Kapp, Avocational Archaeologist from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 27 at Indian Steps Museum, 205 Indian Steps Road. Flintnapping is creating spear points in the authentic Native American style. The demonstration will be followed by a campfire and marshmallows. Admission is $5 per person. Visit indiansteps.org for details.
Antique, Art & Craft Show
Columbia: Look for a mixture of crafts, antiques, food and entertainment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28 as more than 200 vendors fill Locust Street Park and line the main thoroughfare. Admission and parking are free. Shuttle service is available. This event is held rain or shine. For more information, visit parivertowns.com or call 717-684-5249.
Lantern Tour at Historic Crystal Cave
Kutztown: Enjoy a re-creation of the original Crystal Cave tour from the 1870's by the glow of hand-held lantern light at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday during the summer months at Crystal Cave, 963 Crystal Cave Road. Guides, wearing period clothing, will present folklore, stories and history of Crystal Cave that has never been part of the modern day tour. This tour is recommended for those 8 and older. Call 610-683-6765 or visit crystalcavepa.com for details.
Crazy Cool Sock Hop
Lancaster: Brush up on your dance moves as a live deejay plays oldies from 2 to 5 p.m. June 29 at DJ's Taste of the 50s, 2410 Old Philadelphia Pike. The Crazy Cool Sock Hop will include a hands-on investigation to determine how many people can fit inside a telephone booth. Visit djstasteofthe50s.com for details.
Springfield Township: Children ages 5 and 6 will discover why snakes stick out their tongues, plus answers to other questions from 9 to 11 a.m. June 30 through July 3 at Nixon Park, 5922 Nixon Road. This class will feature a special Bob's Critters show just for students. Cost is $65 per child. For additional Reptile Week activities, visit yorkcountypa.gov.
Sunset Scramble Bike Ride
Glen Rock: Take a 12- to 15-mile, moderately paced bike ride along the rail trail from 6:30 to 9 p.m. July 1. The ride will depart the Glen Rock parking area, along Water Street. Riders should bring a light and water. For details, visit yorkcountypa.gov.
Kutztown Folk Festival
Kutztown: Celebrate the Pennsylvania Dutch Culture with food, folklore, crafts and a quilt sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 28 through July 6 at the Kutztown Fairgrounds, Route 222 between Allentown and Reading. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors 55 and older, $5 for children 17 and younger and free for children 12 and younger. For more information, visit kutztownfestival.com.
Fishing for prizes
Hanover: Grab your fishing gear and join a "lunker" tournament from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 3 at Codorus State Park, 2600 Smith Station Road. Each angler will weigh in their largest bass of the evening for a chance to win prizes. Entry fee is $20 per person. Registration starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Main Launch Ramp. Call 717-637-2816 for details.
Fourth of July Blast
Jacobus: Don't miss the annual Fourth of July BLAST event, kicking off at 8:45 a.m. July 4 with a children's parade at the Jacobus Community Park, South Main Street. Additional activities include pageants, contests, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, face painting, battle of the bands, and more. Fireworks will take place at dusk. For more information, visit jacobuspa.com.
Gardners: Pennsylvania residents and non-residents are invited to legally fish with no fishing license on Pennsylvania's waterways from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. July 4 at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, 1100 Pine Grove Road. All other fishing regulations still apply. Free loaner fishing gear and tackle will be available at the park office. For details and additional locations, visit fishandboat.com/fishforfree.htm.
Pirates on the Pride
Harrisburg: Wee lads and lasses can dress in their finest pirate outfits and prepare for the battle of the summer from 3 to 5 p.m. July 5 on the Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat, departing from 11 Championship Way, City Island. Come armed with your most trustworthy water gun and expect real pirates and a lot of water. Tickets are $25 for adults and $19.50 for children. Each ticket includes a 2-hour cruise, pizza, soda and ice cream. Visit harrisburgriverboat.com for details.
Hershey Adventure Sports
Hershey: Enjoy family fun featuring go-karts, miniature golf, bumper boats, batting cages, video arcade and snack area at Adventure Sports in Hershey, 3010 Elizabethtown Road. Open daily through Sept. 2. A 20-acre, lighted driving range with 24 practice stations is also available. Parking is free. Call 717-533-7479 or visit adventurehershey.com for more information.
Mt. Gretna Lake & Beach
Lebanon: Cool off with swimming and picnics at Mount Gretna Lake & Beach, 130 Lakeview Drive, just 12 miles from Hershey. Enjoy eight acres of beach and a safe, clean recreational environment from 11:30 a.m to 6:30 p.m. daily. Visit mtgretnalake.com for prices and more information.
Carlisle: Young teens will enjoy recreational activities with an environmental focus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 8, 9 and 10 at Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, 500 Kings Gap Road. Each day of this actively-paced program will include hiking, kayaking, orienteering and swimming while appreciating and conserving natural resources. Cost is $65 per person. For more information, call 717-486-5031.
Delta: The Mason Dixon Fair runs July 7-12 in southeastern York County with rides, entertainment, food and vendors. The youth program encourages both boys and girls to exhibit in all categories of baking, canning, cooking, needlework, vegetables, plants and animals. Free parking, and free admission for children 6 and younger. Visit masondixonfair.com for more information.
Bacon Brothers in concert
Harrisburg: Actor Kevin Bacon and composer Michael Bacon will take the stage as the musical duo The Bacon Brothers at 7:30 p.m. July 10 at the Whitaker Center, Sunoco Performance Theater, 222 Market St. Although they have played music together since they were boys in Center City Philadelphia, the brothers have only been a working band since 1995. Tickets are $38.50 and $48.50. Visit whitakercenter.org for more information.
North York: Take a trip into the future or back in time during the StarWatch Planetarium program at 7 p.m. July 11 at the York Learning Center, 300 E. 6th Ave. The planetarium hosts programs the second Friday night of each month. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children and seniors. Admission to any second show is $1. Visit ycas.org for details.
ChiliBrew & BBQ2
Gettysburg: Enjoy a variety of lip-smacking samples from noon to 6 p.m. July 12 at Gateway Gettysburg, Routes 15 and 30. Local fire companies will also bring the heat in a Chili Competition. Tickets are $10 at the gate. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Adams County Arts Council. Visit adamsarts.org for more information.
Arts & Crafts Fair
Fayetteville: Spend the day browsing through a unique variety of crafts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 12 at Caledonia State Park, 101 Pine Grove Road. Nearly 150 crafters and artists will display their wares from jewelry, pottery, baskets, Indian and southwestern crafts to birdhouses, handcrafted furniture, food and music. Free admission. Call 717-352-2161 for more information.
Red Lion/Felton Band
Airville: Enjoy a nostalgic day at the park from 2 to 4 p.m. July 13 at the Indian Steps Museum, 205 Indian Steps Road. The Red Lion/Felton Band will perform classic, contemporary and patriotic concert band music. Bring your own lawn chair and relax in the shade. For details, visit indiansteps.org.
Can-Am Police-Fire Games
York County: Police, firefighters, EMS, emergency responders and other service personnel from across the United States and Canada will celebrate camaraderie during an Olympic-style competition from July 13-20 at a variety of York County's world-class athletic facilities such as Graham Aquatic Center, York Barbell Co. and Santander Stadium. The games, which occur every two years, feature swimming, softball, golf and cycling, as well as profession-specific challenges such as SWAT, police service dog, and toughest firefighter alive. Admission is free to the public. For details, visit yorkcanamgames.com.
Circuit Extravaganza camp
Harrisburg: Students in grades three to five will explore how electricity is generated, its powers and dangers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 15 and 16 at the Whitaker Center, 222 Market St. Each camper will receive a snap circuit kit to take home so they can explore more electrical projects. Cost is $162 for members, $180 for non-members. For more information or to register, call 717-724-3862 or visit whitakercenter.org.
Codorus Township: Enjoy great food, games, rides and entertainment July 14-19 during the Jefferson Carnival, 57 Hanover St. The carnival is the biggest fundraiser for the Jefferson Sportsmen's Association. Gates open at 5:30 nightly. Visit jeffersoncarnival.com for more information.
Whitewater Adventure Camp
Wrightsville: Boys and girls ages 14 to 17 who have some paddling experience and want to venture into moving water kayaking can participate in Whitewater Adventure Camp July 15, 16 and 17 at Shank's Mare, 2092 Long Level Road. Cost is $269 for members, and $299 for non-members. Visit shanksmare.com for details.
Wine Down Friday
York Township: Treat yourself to a glass of wine and enjoy some live music from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. July 18 at Naylor Wine Shoppe's Queensgate location, 2035 Springwood Road. This week's Wine Down Friday will feature York's own Kayla Kroh, a 16-year-old indie artist, singer and songwriter. Admission is free. For more information, call 717-755-9397.
Blues & Brews
Manheim: Enjoy the taste of Maryland with an all-you-can-eat menu featuring crabs, brisket, beer and more during Blues & Brews on July 19 at Mount Hope Estate, 2775 Lebanon Road. This summer staple welcomes guests to enjoy fresh seafood and other favorites while live music fills the outdoor feasting glen. Two sessions will be available, noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $49.95 for adults and $19.95 for children 11 and younger. Free for children 4 and younger. Visit parenfaire.com for details.
Historic Horse, Steam and Gas Show
West Manchester Township: Bring the family for country cooking, crafts, antiques and steam and gas engines July 19 and 20 during the Menges Mills Historic Horse, Steam and Gas Show at the York County 4-H Center, 771 Stoverstown Road. Pedal tractors will also be available for kids. Admission and parking are free. Visit mengesmillssteam.com for more information.
Adventure Camp on horseback
Airville: Kids ages 10 through 16 can take trail rides, drive a horse drawn cart, learn trick riding and play cowboy polo from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 through 25 at Muddy Creek Meadows, 699 Frosty Hill Road. Cost is $285 per person. For details, visit muddycreekmeadows.com.
Spirits at Sunset
Gettysburg: Experience the transformation of Gettysburg from beautiful and nostalgic to mysterious and scary from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 22 during a Sunset Investigation at Sachs Bridge where you will witness the personality of the bridge and surrounding areas go from warm and inviting to threatening and filled with dark shadows. All the paranormal equipment you will need to communicate with the dead will be provided. Recommended for those 10 and older. Cost is $20 per person. Please call for a meeting place at 717-420-5441.
Mason Dixon Summer Star Party
Wellsville: Join the York County Astronomical Society to camp out and observe the stars July 23-27 during the Mason Dixon Star Party, 380 Kralltown Road. A star party is a large gathering of amateur astronomers who meet, typically for a weekend for observations, education and presentations. For registration and fees, visit masondixonstarparty.org.
Shippensburg Community Fair
Shippensburg: Head to Shippensburg July 21-26 to enjoy great food and entertainment at the Shippensburg Community Fairgrounds, 10131 Possum Hollow Road. The fairgrounds are located in both Cumberland and Franklin counties, making it the largest bi-county fair in Pennsylvania. Visit shippensburgfair.com for details.
Friday Nite Unwind
Wrightsville: Grab some friends and gather on the river from 6 to 9 p.m. July 25 at Shank's Mare, 2092 Long Level Road. Enjoy some live alternative rock and blues from Screamin' Melinas Duet. The Lock 2 Café will feature dinner specials for each concert. BYOB welcome. No reservations are required. Visit shanksmare.com for details.
Hanover: Don't miss more than 300 arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, children's activities, live German entertainment, antique and classic car show, and more from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26 during the Hanover Dutch Festival. This event is held rain or shine in Center Square, Hanover. For more information, visit hanoverchamber.com.
Outdoor Art Show
Lititz: Enjoy an Outdoor Art Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26 at the Lititz Springs Park, Route 501. The park is located between the square and the railroad track. This juried art show will be held rain or shine and is open to all artists. This is an art show and not a craft show. Admission is free. For more information, visit thevaaoflititzpa.com.
A Comedy of Errors
Manchester Township: Learn a fast, funny lesson about the dangers of travel, with a side dash into the perils and promise of romance at 6:30 p.m. July 27 as Dreamwrights Theatre Under the Trees brings Shakespeare's "A Comedy of Errors" to Cousler Park, Church and Greenbriar roads. Admission is free. Visit dreamwrights.org for additional dates and locations.
Art in the Park
York City: Create an art project from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 28 through Aug. 1 at Penn Park, 100 W. College Ave. Open to children age 6 to 16. Registration not required. Admission is free. This free art program will be held at various York City parks and housing communities through Aug. 15. For more information, visit yorkarts.org.
Zumba, Sangria & Skinny Jeans
Biglerville: Zumba your way to skinny jeans and have a glass of wine from 6 to 9 p.m. July 29 at Hauser Estate Winery, 410 Cashtown Road. The cost of the class is $5 for one hour or $10 for the two-hour class. A specialty glass of wine or hard cider will be available for an additional $5. Bring a water bottle, comfortable clothing and some good sneakers. Visit hauserestate.com for details.
Arooga's Wing Night River Cruise
Harrisburg: Enjoy Aroogas' famous wings and a fully-stocked cash bar from 6 to 8 p.m. July 30 during a sunset cruise on the Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat, departing from City Island Docks, 107 North St. Be at the docks ready to board by 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.50. Visit harrisburgriverboat.com for details.
Glen Rock: Taste some delicious, fresh peach treats made by local vendors July 31, Aug. 1 and 2 during Peach Days at The Markets at Shrewsbury, 12025 Susquehanna Trail. Stop by the market for various specials and to purchase York County Peaches. Visit marketsatshrewsbury.com for details.
Baseball and fireworks
Harrisburg: Head to a baseball game as the Harrisburg Senators take on the Akron Rubber Ducks at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 at Metro Bank Park, City Island. Day of game tickets range $9 to $16. Make sure to stick around post-game for the best fireworks show in Central PA. For details, visit senatorsbaseball.com.
Catoctin Zoo birthday celebration
Thurmont, Maryland: Celebrate the honorary birthdays of some big and tall, short and small Zoo-lebrities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, 13019 Catoctin Furnace Road. From a sun bear to a Galapagos tortoise, don't miss a party with the animals. Visit cwpzoo.com for ticket prices and more information.
Music on the Mountain
Carlisle: Enjoy Music on the Mountain as bluegrass bands perform from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, 500 Kings Gap Road. Admission is free. Bring a blanket or chair. Held rain or shine. Food will be available from several vendors. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hellam Township: Campers age 10 through 13 will participate in actual excavations and learn how artifacts are preserved and interpreted in a museum setting from Aug. 4-8 at the Horn Farm, 4945 Horn Road. Cost is $130 for York County Heritage Trust or York County Parks members; $150 for non-members. For details, visit yorkheritage.org.
3 Doors Down acoustic concert
Hershey: Mississippi rock quintet 3 Doors Down will perform acoustic hits from their Songs From The Basement tour at 8 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave. Fans will enjoy hearing favorites such as "Kryptonite," "When I'm Gone" and "Here Without You." Tickets are $37.85, $47.85 and $67.85. Visit hersheytheatre.com for details.
Historic Church Tour
Gettysburg: Enjoy a walk along old town streets of Gettysburg as volunteer guides take you inside various churches and discuss what happened there during and after the Battle of Gettysburg. These 90-minute tours take place every Wednesday evening during the summer months. Tours depart at 6 and 6:30 p.m. in front of the Presbyterian Church, 208 Baltimore St., Gettysburg (two blocks from the square). Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Park free behind the church. For details, visit historicchurchwalkingtours.org.
Ballroom with a twist
Lancaster: Fans of "Dancing with the Stars," "So You Think You Can Dance" and "American Idol" can enjoy spectacular dancing and singing Aug. 5-10 as Ballroom With a Twist takes the stage at the Fulton Theatre, 12 N. Prince St. Hosted by Sharna Burgess and Val Chmerkovskiy from "Dancing with the Stars." Tickets are $45, $55 and $65. For showtimes, visit thefulton.org.
Bridges and Beer Tour
Strasburg: Take a guided tour on a 50cc scooter through the countryside of Lancaster County at 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Strasburg Scooters, 242 Gap Road. The tour continues by van to the Lancaster Brewing Co. for a special five-course small plate meal paired with tastings of Lancaster Brewing Co. beer. Tickets start at $159. For more information, visit strasburgscooters.com.
Craley Days Celebration
Lower Windsor Township: Bring the family for great food, rides, live music and games from 4 to 10 p.m. Aug. 8 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 9 during the Craley Days Celebration, held on the grounds of Water's Edge United Methodist Church, at the corner of Route 124 and 425. For more information, call 717-244-5237 or email Robdkline@yahoo.com.
By the Light of the Moon Tour
Lititz: Take a Full Moon walk with a campfire at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Wolf Sanctuary of PA, 465 Speedwell Forge Road. August is the month of the Sturgeon Moon. Children 16 and older welcome to attend. Cost is $20 per person. No reservation needed for this tour. Visit wolfsanctuarypa.org or call 717-626-4617 for more information.
Red Lion Street Fair
Red Lion: More than 150 local businesses and vendors will fill the Red Lion square with crafts, food and art from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 9 during the Red Lion Street Fair. Historical displays, plus hot rods and dance performances are also planned. Free shuttle service between the parking at Red Lion Area Senior High School and the street fair will be available all day. Visit redlionpa.org for more information.
York County 4-H Fair
West Manchester Township: Family and friends are invited to enjoy a showcase of local 4-H members' hard work Aug. 10 and 11 at the 4-H Center, 771 Stoverstown Road. The fair will include bounce houses, face painting, a balloon artist, entertainment and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit extension.psu.edu/york/events or call the York County Cooperative Extension Office at 717-840-7408.
Fun with Painting & Crafts
Lititz: Children can experiment with acrylic and watercolor during Painting and Crafts Week, Aug. 11 through 15 at Crystal Reflections Art Studio & Gallery, 1726 Old Rothsville Road. All supplies are included. Cost is $142.50 per child. Open to ages 7 through 16. Morning or afternoon sessions are available. For details, visit crystalreflectionsart.com.
Kutztown: Treat the family to rides, games, food, entertainment and more during the Kutztown Fair, running Aug. 11-16 at the Kutztown Fairgrounds, 450 Wentz St. Gates open at 4 p.m. weekdays and 2 p.m. Saturday. Treasure the Memories is the theme of this year's fair. Visit kutztownfairgrounds.com for more information.
Indigo Girls on stage
Harrisburg: The Indigo Girls, featuring Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Whitaker Center, 222 Market St. Together, they've written, arranged, recorded and performed music over the course of 25 years. Tickets are $37 and $47. For more information, visit whitakercenter.org.
Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
Gettysburg: Enjoy live Bluegrass music Aug. 14-17 at the Granite Hill Camping Resort, located along Route 116 between Gettysburg and Fairfield. The festival features music on two stages, workshops, arts and craft vendors, jam sessions, and more. For details and a list of performers, visit gettysburgbluegrass.com.
South Mountain Fair
Arendtsville: Don't miss the South Mountain Fair, located 10 miles northwest of historic Gettysburg, PA on Route 234. This agricultural country fair runs Aug. 12-16 with rides, entertainment, games, food, livestock shows and sales, homemade needlework exhibits, photography, home-canned fruits and vegetables, fresh produce and more. For details, visit southmountainfair.com.
Learn to build with natural materials
Hershey: Natural willow furniture builder and book author Bim Willow will teach the basics of building with natural material from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road. Program fee includes materials and is based on item chosen to construct. Bent willow chair, $230; Garden bench, $100; End table, $65; a Trellis and a Sweet Pea Tripod Trellis, $70. No experience is necessary. Completed projects will be ready to take home. Call 717-508-5970 or visit hersheygardens.org to register.
Summer Craft Market
Lebanon: Shop for quality American-made handcrafts and original art pieces from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 16 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17 during the Summer Craft Market at Mount Gretna Lake & Beach, 130 Lakeview Drive. Food vendors will be onsite both days. For details, visit mtgretnalake.com and click on Craft Market.
Olde Tyme Days
Dover: Bring the family to an old-fashioned fun fair Aug. 15, 16 and 17 during Olde Tyme Days at Canal and Mill Creek roads. Activities include petting zoo, tractor pulls, hayrides, food, entertainment and kids' games. This year's feature is International Harvester and antique walk-behind tractors. Admission is $2, free for children 10 and younger. For details, visit oldetymedays.org.
Make and Take Clock Workshop
Columbia: Take time home with you by participating in a Make and Take Clock Workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 18 at the National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St. Participants can choose the clock they want to make for themselves or for a gift. Cost is just $6 per clock. This workshop takes place every Monday, from June 2 through Aug. 25. Visit nawcc.org or call 717-684-8261 for details.
Lake Tobias Wildlife Park
Halifax: Spend an exciting day at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park, 760 Tobias Road. Enjoy a Safari Tour in an open-air cruiser that takes you across 150 acres of rolling hills to see herds of wild and exotic animals from around the world. Park admission is $6; Safari Tour is $6. Children age 2 and younger are free for all attractions. Visit laketobias.com for details.
Farm fresh market
Gettysburg: From fresh fruit and produce to wine and flowers, enjoy the the best of Adams County from 2 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday at the Gettysburg Heritage Center, 297 Steinwehr Ave. Shop for a variety of herbs, artesian cheese, grass fed meats, alpaca yarns, farm eggs, pumpkins, homemade soap, baked goods and more. The market is also open at The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg on Fridays and Saturdays. For details, visit acfarmersmarkets.org.
Stand-Up Paddleboard class
Wrightsville: Get an introduction to the sport of Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Shank's Mare, 2092 Long Level Road. On-land, learn handling your paddle, mounting the paddleboard and proper body position for balance. On-water instruction includes launching, various stroke techniques, maneuvering the board and safety and rescue techniques. Fee is $41 for members, $46 for non-members. Registration is required by calling 717-252-1616.
Dirty Dancing - The Broadway Tour
Spring Garden Township: Experience heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22 at The Pullo Center, 1031 Edgecomb Ave. Seen by millions across the globe, this classic story based on the hit movie features songs like "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby" and "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life." Tickets are $30, $45 and $60. Visit pullocenter.yk.psu.edu for more information.
Sweet Corn Festival
Dover: Enjoy fresh sweet corn on the cob, chicken corn soup and more during the Sweet Corn Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 23 at Newberrytown Peddlers Market, 700 York Road. Admission and parking are free. The market is also a place to find fresh local produce, fine crafts and collectibles and many flea market treasures. For details, call 717-932-4264 or visit newberrytownpeddlersmarket.com.
Corvettes at Carlisle
Carlisle: Don't miss the largest and most fun-filled Corvette event in the world, going on Aug. 22, 23 and 24 at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road. The annual Corvettes at Carlisle event features more than 5,000 Corvettes representing all generations of America's classic sports car. For ticket prices and details, visit carsatcarlisle.com.
Explore & More
Gettysburg: Bring the kids to enjoy fun and developmentally appropriate activities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at Explore & More, 20 E. High St. This hands-on center is especially for children ages 3 to 8, but is enjoyed by children of all ages. Admission is $5 for adults, $7 for children 14 and younger, free for children 2 and younger. Visit exploreandmore.com for details.
Shop Roots Market
Manheim: Find fresh food, family fun and a wide variety of items for sale from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 26 at Root's Market, 705 Graystone Road. Don't miss a produce auction, plus fresh meats, deli, bakery items, flowers, handmade crafts, antiques, collectibles and household items from over 200 vendors. The market is open every Tuesday. Visit rootsmarket.com for details.
Wildlife Kayak Tour
Hanover: Enjoy a guided kayak program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at Codorus State Park, 2600 Smith Station Road. The trip is a leisurely paddle through the coves of Lake Marburg to quietly observe wildlife on the water's edges. Turtles, eagles and osprey, waterfowl and wading birds abound. Boats, paddles, vests and binoculars are provided. Cost is $15 per person. Reservations are required. Call 717-637-2816 for details.
'Hairspray the Musical'
Lancaster: Enjoy a musical about a big girl with big hair, a big heart and a big passion to dance at 1:15 and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, 510 Centerville Road. It's 1962 in Baltimore with teens and sock hops and the ultimate feel-good family show piled bouffant high with laughter and romance. The show runs Aug. 14 through Sept. 20. Visit dutchapple.com for details.
Green Dragon Farmers Market
Ephrata: Visit the Green Dragon Farmers Market and Auction, 955 N. State St. from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every Friday to experience an indoor and outdoor farmers market. Browse through seven large market buildings and many other smaller shops with over 400 merchants, craftsmen and local growers on more than 20 acres in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Plenty of free parking. Call 717-738-1117 or visit greendragonmarket.com for details.
McLain Celtic Festival
Carlisle: The Cumberland County Historical Society will host a family-oriented event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 30 at the The Two Mile House, 1189 Walnut Bottom Road. The festival will feature Highland Athletics, Border Collie demonstrations, Scottish Clans, vendors with Celtic goods, and entertainment such as Celtic folk singers, bands, dancers and international performers. For details, visit historicalsociety.com.
Chili Cook Off
Hanover: Spend the day tasting award-winning chili from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 during the Hanover Chili Cook Off at the Good Field Complex on North Forney Avenue. The event is held rain or shine, and will also offer live entertainment and family fun. Proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations. General admission tickets are $8.50 in advance and $10 at the gate. For more information, visit hanoverchilicookoff.com.
Kipona Wine, Art and Blues Festival
Harrisburg: The annual Kipona Festival will take place Aug. 30 and 31, and Sept. 1 at Riverfront Park along Front Street. Events include the annual Keystone Regional Chili Cook-off, Wine Village, Native American Pow-Wow, Fishing Tournament and more. Visit harrisburgrec.com for more information.
Early Bird zoo tour
Hershey: Observe the animals as they start their day from 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 2 at ZooAmerica, 201 Park Ave. Join a Zoo educator to get an up close and personal look at select zoo species, enjoy an enrichment activity, help feed the animals, and more. Tickets are $49 for anyone 3 and older and includes same-day admission to the zoo. The Early Bird Tour takes place every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Call 717-534-3900 to register or for more information.
Family fun at Dover Firemen's Fair
Dover: The entire family will enjoy rides, games, exhibits and food as the Dover Firemen's Fair kicks off at 4 p.m. Aug. 30. The fair is closed Aug. 31, but will continue Sept. 1-6. Nightly musical entertainment and carry-out dinners will be available. Parking is free on fire company grounds. For details, visit unionfireandhose.com.
Amish Markets At Hanover
Hanover: Discover exceptional values in a unique market ambience and support local farmers, craftsmen and artisans from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 4 and 5, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Amish Markets At Hanover, 1649 Broadway. This authentic market features fresh baked goods, meats, organic products, local produce, antiques, collectibles and a selection of traditional Amish and modern American furniture. Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Visit amish-markets.com for more information.
Sports and Outdoor Show
Carlisle: Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy a wide array of interactive and hands-on events Sept. 5, 6 and 7 at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road. Whether you hunt, fish, hike, race, camp or just love to enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer, this event is just for you. For ticket prices and details, visit carsatcarlisle.com.
Gospel Musical Festival
Hershey: Don't miss the first ever, three-day, five-session Gospel Musical Festival, going on Sept. 5, 6 and 7 at the Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave. Performers include Legacy Five, Tim Lovelace, Todd Allen Family and more. Tickets for all five sessions are $79, $99 and $129. Individual session tickets are $28 and $35. Visit hersheytheatre.com for details.
Whoopie Pie Festival
Strasburg: Who can resist a Whoopie Pie? Enjoy a delicious day that includes more than 100 different flavors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 6 at Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn, Route 896, Lancaster County. Crafts, face painting, pony rides, and a whoopie pie eating contest will be available. Visit whoopiepiefestival.com for more information.
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Manheim: Experience the fantasy of jousting knights and royal delights at the 2014 Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Aug. 2 through Oct. 26. The faire features colorfully costumed characters, handcrafted wares, music, dancing and more. Visit parenfaire.com for details.
West Manchester Township: Bring the family for fun and entertainment Sept. 5-14 during the York Fair, 334 Carlisle Ave. Don't miss food, livestock exhibits, games, carnival rides and live music on the grandstand. Visit yorkfair.org for details.