Skip to main content

Adams Heritage Festival offers music from many cultures

A "knee-slapping" American roots band, a local Chicano band and a Jewish klezmer band are just a few of the multicultural acts that will take the stage at this year's Adams County Heritage Festival.

The festival, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, will take place Sept. 18 from 12 to 5 p.m. at  the Gettysburg Recreation Park.

In addition to the six music acts set to perform, there will be crafters, food vendors and children's activities, according to a news release from the Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice.

The musical lineup includes Heritage Festival veteran Tom Jolin, who has been with the festival since its inception.

Jolin, a folk musician and "master of the hammered dulcimer," will open the show with some good old-fashioned  American roots music.

Next up will be Iranian santur player Roya Bahrami.

Bahrami will team up with a guitarist and flamenco dancer to perform Persian fusion for crowds around 1 p.m.

Following Bahrami's group, a klezmer band from Philadelphia will perform the "haunting music of Ashkenazi Jewish Europe."

And around 3 p.m., the eight-piece Mexican band Forastero Y Los Potrillos will play a set led by Jesus Contreras.

Finally, a Motown-style, R&B group led by Tyrone Burwell will close out the festival.

There will be many different types of food available for purchase at the event, along with picnic tables for seating.

If you go 

What: The 25th Anniversary Adams County Heritage Festival

Where: The festival grounds at Gettysburg Recreation Park 

When: Sept. 18, 12 to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free