Still trying to figure out how we're halfway through September? Join the club. But since there's exactly 15 days left to enjoy this perfect month, we're offering up 15 ways to change things up and do something fun.
The Rise of the Baby Boomers
Mechanicsburg: Look back at the wonders of growing up in the 1950’s from noon to 3 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through Oct. 15 at The Freight Station Museum at 3 W. Allen Street. Known as the jet age/rocket age/atomic age, Baby Boomers reshaped the world as the world shaped us. Admission is free. For more information, visit mechanicsburgmuseum.org.
West Manchester Township: Don’t miss a laughter filled and entertaining evening with Jeff Dunham and his sidekicks at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave. Don’t miss Walter the Grumpy Retiree, the furry and manic Peanut who carries his own ventriloquist dummy, Little Jeff and the spicy pepper from south of the border, Jose Jalapeno. Tickets range from $44 to $54. Visit yorkfair.org for details.
Central Penn Parent Family Festival
Manchester Township: Catch a festival that will feature free family-friendly entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at Cousler Park, 1060 Church Road. Activities include live music, educational programs, pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, sensory activities, stuffed animal health check-ups, story time, exhibitors, arts and crafts projects, costumed characters and much more. Visit familyfavoritesfestival.com for more information.
River of Lights
Wrightsville: Don’t miss a twilight lantern launch in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, beginning with a festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18 at the John Wright Restaurant at 234 N. Front Street. Live music, food and drinks, a silent auction and children's activities will be available. Admission is free. Lanterns can be purchased for $5 in memory of or in honor of a loved one.
For details, call 717-252-0416.
Early Off-Roaders Exhibit
Hershey: Check out vintage SUV’s featuring 50 years of the Ford Bronco and over 75 years of the Jeep from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 15 at the AACA Museum, 161 Museum Drive. Sport Utility Vehicles today are often more luxury than sport or utility. Years ago, it was a completely different mindset. The AACA Museum salutes these icons and the vehicles begat from them. Visit aacamuseum.org for details.
Carlisle: Learn the basics of swing dance during beginner lessons from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at The Green Door Dance Venue, located at 14 E. North Street. Each lesson will cover the basic footwork and patterns, as well as several beginner to intermediate moves. Lessons are held every Tuesday and Saturday. Instructors rotate and the content varies. Cost is $6 per person. No partner is needed. For details, visit centralpaswingdance.org.
Wednesday Hike for the Work Weary
Carlisle: Enjoy a briskly-paced hike of 3 or 4 miles over uneven terrain from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 21, departing from the Kings Gap Hollow parking area at the Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, 500 Kings Gap Road. There will be a few stops along the trail for a snack and discussion. Hikers should always bring water, and sturdy boots or shoes are highly recommended. Call 717-486-3799 for details.
Harley-Davidson Open House
Springettsbury Township: Harley-Davidson York Vehicle Operations will host their annual Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 through 24 at the Harley-Davidson plant, 1425 Eden Road. The event will feature local dealer tents, traditional self-guided tours, 2017 motorcycle demo rides, food vendors, a H.O.G. Pin Stop, live entertainment and more. For details, visit harley-davidson.com.
York City Bike Night
Downtown York: Head to York’s Continental Square from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 23 for a street party featuring a 2,000-motorcycle parade, live entertainment on four stages, food vendors and more. This year's theme is Sportster motorcycles, which will be on display throughout the evening. Admission is free. For details, visit yorkcity.org/bikenight.
Fall Fun Fest
Hellam: Come check out the 2016 Corn Maze: Just Ride It, and enjoy a festival of fun from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Saturday, Sept. 24 through Oct. 22 at Flinchbaugh's Orchard, 110 Ducktown Road. Enjoy a trip to the Pumpkin Patch and Orchard to gather your pumpkins, apples and smiles, plus Wagon Rides, Straw Bale Jungle Gym and so much more. For hours and ticket information, visit flinchbaughsorchard.com.
Pro Motorcycle Hill Climb
Spring Grove: Pro riders will take on a 300 foot hill with a curve near the top on Sept. 25 at the White Rose Motorcycle Club, 5252 Hillclimb Road. These lightweight motorcycles feature high horsepower engines running on nitro-methane and/or nitrous oxide. Gates open at 10 a.m. Tickets are $15. Parking is free. For details, visit whiterosemc.org.
Vassily Primakov, Piano Concert
Gettysburg: The Gettysburg Community Concert Association will host a piano concert at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Gettysburg Area High School, 1130 Old Harrisburg Road. Vassily Primakov is an award-winning Russian concert pianist and recording artist known for his interpretations of Chopin. Tickets are $20 at the door. For more information, visit gettysburgcca.org.
Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake
York: See the full-length classic production of the world's most famous ballet, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake at 7 p.m. Sept 27 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, located at 50 N. George St. The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music all continue to reach new generations of audiences. Tickets start at $45. Visit mystrandcapitol.org for details.
York County 50-Plus Expo
West Manchester Township: Baby boomers, seniors, their families and caregivers will find timely information for living a happy, healthy and productive life from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave. The Expo will include seminars, door prizes, and health screenings, as well as live entertainment. Admission is free. Visit 50plusexpopa.com for more information.
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Wine & Wishes
West Manchester Township: Uncork a world of wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions at the first ever Wine & Wishes - A Wine Tasting Event from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Wyndham Garden York, 2000 Loucks Road. Held in the Crystal Ballroom, Wine & Wishes is a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Visit greaterpawv.wish.org for details.
White Rose Gameroom Show 2016
West Manchester Township: Don’t miss two big days of arcade fun Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the York Expo Center, located at 334 Carlisle Ave. Play pinball machines, video games, jukeboxes, slot machines and more. Door prizes will be available. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children, and free for children 5 and younger. Visit theyorkshow.com for more information.