Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Manheim: Experience the fantasy of jousting knights and royal delights at the 2016 Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Aug. 6 through Oct. 30. The faire features colorfully costumed characters, handcrafted wares, music, dancing, and more. Visit parenfaire.com for details.
Chili Cook Off
Hanover: Spend the day tasting award-winning chili from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 4 during the Hanover Chili Cook Off at the Good Field Complex on N. Forney Ave. The event is held rain or shine, and will also offer live entertainment and family fun. Proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations. For details and ticket information, visit hanoverchilicookoff.com.
100th Annual Kipona Festival
Harrisburg: The 100th Annual Kipona Festival will take place Sept. 3, 4 and 5 at Riverfront Park along Front St. Events include the Annual Native American Pow-Wow, canoe races, the Festival of India, karate tournaments, a Children’s Village, live music, delicious food, unique vendors and more. Visit harrisburgpa.gov for more information.
Early Bird zoo tour
Hershey: Observe the animals as they start their day from 8 to 10 a.m. September 6 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.
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. September 3 at Union Fire and Hose Co. #1, 30 E. Canal St. The fair is closed Sept. 4, but will continue Sept. 5 through 10. Nightly musical entertainment and carry-out dinners will be available. Parking is free on the fire company grounds. For details, visit unionfireandhose.com.
Yoga and Stand-Up Paddleboard
Wrightsville: Begin this class with an on-land yoga session, then head to the water for a basic session on stand-up paddleboarding skills from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Shank’s Mare, 2092 Long Level Rd. Put it all together in the last portion of the class by practicing your yoga movements on the boards. This is a great way to add the zen of water to the balance benefits of yoga. Bring your own mat for yoga. Cost is $44 for members and $49 for non-members. Visit shanksmare.com for more information.
Fun at Dover Firemen’s Fair
Dover: The entire family will enjoy rides, games, exhibits and food during the Dover Firemen’s Fair, open daily at 4 p.m. Sept. 3, and Sept. 5 through 10 at Union Fire and Hose Co. #1, 30 E. Canal St. Nightly musical entertainment and carry-out dinners will be available. Parking is free on the fire company grounds. For details, visit unionfireandhose.com.
Historic Colonial Day
East Berlin: The annual East Berlin Colonial Day event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 along West King Street at Routes 234 and 194. Vendors of traditional crafts will line the historic district, offering forged iron, tinware, baskets, handwoven textiles, copper and brass goods, woodenware, furniture and more. Free entertainment, plus a food court will be available. Sponsored by the East Berlin Historical Preservation Society. For details, call 717-259-0822.
Harrisburg: Catch a 60's and 70's focused musical fest from noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11 at Spring Gate Vineyard and Brewery, 5790 Devonshire Rd. Enjoy incredible food, wine, beer, cider, and a special offering for those who dress to participate. No tickets are required as this is an a la carte event. For more information, visit springgatevineyard.com.
See the York Fair
West Manchester Township: Billed as America’s First Fair, the York Fair will once again treat families to a variety of fun and entertainment Sept. 9 through 18 at the York Fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Ave. Don’t miss food, livestock exhibits, games, carnival rides, live entertainment and more. Visit yorkfair.org for details.
Open Mic Night
Biglerville: Bring your voice, your guitar, or both to join a night of music from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13 at Hauser Estate Winery, 410 Cashtown Rd. The hill is alive with the sound of music. Be part of the talented, local entertainment, or simply sit back and enjoy. No reservations are needed. For more information, visit hauserestate.com.
I Love the 90's Concert
West Manchester Township: The top names of the 90’s are coming to the Grandstand of Stars at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave. Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Coolio, Tone Loc, Young MC and Color Me Badd will perform. Tickets range $34 to $49. For details, visit yorkfair.org.
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 Wed., Thurs., and Fri. through Oct. 15 at The Freight Station Museum, 3 W. Allen St. 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. 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 $39 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 Rd. 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, 234 N. Front St. 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 Dr. 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, 14 E. North St. 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 Rd. 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 Rd. 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 Rd. 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 Rd. 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 Rd. 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, 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.
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 Rd. 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, 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.
Hershey: Seven-time Grammy winner and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Carrie Underwood will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Giant Center, 550 W. Hersheypark Dr. Special guest will be Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers. Tickets are $46 and $76. For details, visit hersheyentertainment.com.
Annual Women’s Show
West Manchester Township: Enjoy a girlfriends’ day out from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2 at Memorial Hall at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave. Take advantage of shopping, exhibits, health and fitness demonstrations, prizes and more. Admission is $4, but attendees can present a Weis Markets Preferred Shopper’s Club Card at the door for free admission or download a free ticket by logging on to wycr-fm.com.
Harrisburg: See archaeologists unearth prehistory and history from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays Sept. 7 through Oct. 7 at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, 5300 North Front St. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission staff will search for evidence of the 1750s French and Indian War fort. The excavation may be closed if it is raining or there was a heavy rain the day before. Admission is free. Contact Kurt Carr at 717-783-9926 for additional information or to volunteer.
Crooners on stage
Lancaster: A cast of multi-talented performers will celebrate the most popular and enduring songs from the 1920s through the 1950s at 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East. Experience the satisfying, serene sounds of these songs with soul and singers with style! Tickets are $32 for adults and $16 for children. The show runs through Oct. 8. Visit amtshows.com for details.
Jason Isbell with Josh Ritter
Hershey: Acclaimed, award-winning artist Jason Isbell will perform songs from his recent release of Something More Than Free at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave. Isbell will be touring with his band The 400 Unit. The concert will also feature special guest, Josh Ritter. Tickets are $30.35, $40.35 and $50.35. Visit hersheyentertainment.com for details.
Biglerville: Enjoy great food, and cider and wine tasting from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 6 at Hauser Estate Winery, 410 Cashtown Rd. Live entertainment will also be provided. Thirsty Thursday takes place every Thursday through the end of October. For more information, visit hauserestate.com.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Downtown York: Men are invited to walk a mile in her shoes from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 at L.S.C. Design, 320 N. George St. The walk and Kick Off Your Heels after party are designed to bring awareness to gender relations and men's sexualized violence against women. Proceeds will benefit York YWCA's Victim Assistance Center and ACCESS-York. For details or to register, visit ywcayork.org.
MyRuralRadio.com Fall Fest Eight
Stewartstown: Don’t miss more than 12 bands, wine tastings, food and more from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 8 at Naylor Wine Cellars, 4069 Vineyard Rd. Hay rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, face painting and grape stomping will also be available. Fireworks will take place at dusk. Tickets are $15. Free for children 15 and younger. Visit naylorwine.com for details.
National Apple Harvest Festival
Biglerville: Celebrate the best of the apple harvest from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2, and Oct. 8 and 9 at the South Mountain Fairgrounds, 615 Narrows Rd., near historic Gettysburg. The festival is held rain or shine and includes hundreds of arts and crafts dealers, demonstrations, contests, food stands, and entertainment. For details and ticket information, visit appleharvest.com.
Kid’s Geology Hike
Seven Valleys: A Parks Program Coordinator will lead a geology hike from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 10 at Rocky Ridge County Park, Pheasant Pavilion, 3699 Deininger Rd. The hike will involve rock and mineral activities. Take a look at the geology of the park through the eyes of a child. For children 8 and older. Visit yorkcountypa.gov for details.
James and the Giant Peach
Lancaster: Roald Dahl's fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant peach will run Oct. 11 through Nov. 11 at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, 510 Centerville Rd. Tickets are $17 for Lunch and Show for all ages. For details, visit dutchapple.com.
Dillsburg Farmers’ Fair
Dillsburg: Enjoy antique displays, flea markets, kids’ activities, games and more Oct. 10 through 15, with various events throughout downtown Dillsburg. The Annual Dillsburg Farmers' Fair will also include parades, a craft fair and a baking contest. Visit dillsburgfarmersfair.org for more information.
York Township: Take a 60-minute ride on a truck-pulled people-mover at at 10 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Oct. 13, meeting at the Brillhart Station Parking Area along Days Mill Rd. Pass through historic Howard Tunnel, learn history involving the Civil War and watch for wildlife. Parks Program Coordinator Jeri Jones will be your host for this 8 mile ride. Cost is $10 person. Please register by calling 717-840-7440.
Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart
Hershey: Follow your heart straight to adventure Oct. 13 through 16 at the Giant Center, 550 W. Hersheypark Dr. Just keep swimming with Dory, cheer with the Emotions from Inside Out, travel to Arendelle, and celebrate kindness and friendship with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends. For tickets and showtimes, visit hersheyentertainment.com.
Leg Up Farm Fall Festival
Mount Wolf: Don’t miss arts and crafts vendors, food, music and more from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at Leg Up Farm, 4880 N. Sherman St. The event also includes an open house and silent auction. Free shuttles will be available from Northeastern High School and Central York High School. For more information, visit legupfarm.org.
History on The Half Shell: Arts & Food Experience
York: Treat yourself to delicious oysters and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 at The Agricultural & Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St. This event will offer stewed, nude and fried oysters, baked goods and more. Additional activities include artisan demonstrations, gallery walks, and live music. Admission is free and food is a la carte. Visit yorkhistorycenter.org for details.
Pennsylvania National Horse Show
Harrisburg: Don’t miss a multi-discipline equestrian show Oct. 13 through 22 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, 2300 N. Cameron St. Nearly 60 vendors will offer a variety of horse show merchandise, leather goods, saddlery and tack, as well as antiques, jewelry, gifts and more. Parking, seminars and special events are included in the price of admission. For details, visit panational.org.
John Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken Tour
Hershey: Following a run of more than 100 sold-out shows, Mellencamp will perform during the seventh and final leg of the Plain Spoken tour at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave. Support artist Carlene Carter will also appear on this tour. Tickets are $49.50, $89.50, and $122.50. Visit hersheyentertainment.com for details.
Fall Foliage Train Tour
New Freedom: Enjoy all the colors of the season as you ride a train through the woods at 11 a.m. Oct. 19 at Steam Into History, 2 West Main St. The Fall Foliage Train Tour will occur on various days throughout the month. All rides will have a narrator or performer in period attire. For tickets, dates and times, visit steamintohistory.com or call 717-942-2370.
Concert 4 A Cause
Dallastown: Professor Louie & The Crowmatix will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Wyndridge Farm, 885 S. Pleasant Ave. This acclaimed band will be featured in a rustic setting for a great cause to support Jewish Family Services of York. Tickets are $35. For more information, visit concert4acauseyork.org.
Halloween in the Park
Hanover: Join the Friends of Codorus State Park for a Halloween event that will feature hayrides and other activities from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 at Codorus State Park, 1066 Blooming Grove Rd. Trick or treat will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $12 per car. For details, call 717-451-3635 or visit halloweeninthepark.org.
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Harrisburg: Part superstition. Part romance. Part high jinks. The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will present The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at 1 and 7 p.m. Oct. 22 and 2 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Whitaker Center, Sunoco Performance Theatre, 222 Market St. Based on Washington Irving’s spellbinding literary classic and set to Emmy Award-winning composer Lanny Meyers’ original score. Tickets range $20 to $43. Visit whitakercenter.org for more information.
Hersheypark in the Dark
Hershey: Experience thrilling "roller ghosters," spooktacular attractions, and exciting entertainment every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 through 30 at Hersheypark, 100 W. Hersheypark Dr. Admission also includes Hershey's Trick-or-Treat Adventure for kids 12 and younger. For ticket information and details, visit hersheypark.com.
Learn to Play Mahjongg
Dillsburg: Esther Atherholt will teach participants the basics of Mahjongg from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Dillsburg Area Public Library, 204 Mumper Ln. Mahjongg is a popular tile game that originated in China. Call the library at 717-432-5613 to register for this free and fun program.
Gettysburg Halloween Parade
Gettysburg: Don’t miss marching bands, floats, baton twirling groups, costumed individuals and more at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 during the annual Gettysburg Halloween Parade. The parade begins at the former Visitors Center parking lot along Steinwehr Ave., then north onto Baltimore St, into Lincoln Square, east on York St, south on Liberty, and disband at Lefever St. For more information, call 717-334-8151.
24th Annual Garlic Dinner
Mechanicsburg: Garlic! Garlic! and More Garlic! Treat yourself to a hauntingly delightful garlic dinner from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 26 at The Rosemary House, 120 S. Market St. Everything is made with garlic, including dessert. After dinner is Garlic Jeopardy. Come dressed for Halloween. BYOB. Tickets are $45. For details, visit rosemaryevents.blogspot.com.
Savor Gettysburg Food Tours
Gettysburg: Take a 3-hour Wine, Cider and Dine tour at 5 p.m. Oct. 27 along Chambersburg & South Washington Streets. Gettysburg is proud to showcase four distinctive wineries (Tasting Room Locations) conveniently located within our downtown area coupled with a handcrafted artisanal food experience. This is a one-of-a-kind tasting experience delivered in Gettysburg style. Tickets are $69. For details, visit savorgettysburgfoodtours.com.
Fall Foliage Dinner Cruise
Harrisburg: Don’t miss a breathtaking 2-hour cruise along the Susquehanna River while enjoying a delicious 3-course dinner at 5 p.m. Oct. 28 on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, departing from 11 Championship Way, City Island. This is the undisputed best way to see the beauty of Harrisburg’s autumn colors while enjoying the quiet serenity of the river. Tickets are $45. Visit harrisburgriverboat.com for details.
Seven Valleys: Tour the property of the 19th century York Iron Company mine and relive the life of a miner from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Raab County Park, 2600 Hoff Rd. Mining in those days was dangerous and loss of life was commonplace. Keep a watch for some of the spirits of the past who come back to visit their workplace. Please bring a flashlight. Hike distance is 2 miles round trip. Admission is free. To register, call 717-428-1961.
Annual York Halloween Parade
Downtown York: The Annual York Halloween Parade starts at 2 p.m. Oct. 30, heading down Market St., from Richland Ave. through downtown York to Broad St. The theme for this year's parade is "Dreams for a Future York". The Family Entertainment Zone will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. with inflatables, games, activities and music. Visit yorkhalloweenparade.com for details.
Halloween Trick-or-Treating at the Library
Glen Rock: Come by the library wearing your costume from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Arthur Hufnagel Public Library, 32 Main St. This is a community safe-stop to trick-or-treat on Halloween evening. For more information, call 717-235-1127.
Akropolis Reed Quintet
Gettysburg: The Gettysburg Community Concert Association will host a chamber music concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Gettysburg Area High School, 1130 Old Harrisburg Rd. Akropolis Reed Quintet is a cutting edge ensemble performing a living repertoire with acclaimed precision. Tickets are $20 at the door. For more information, visit gettysburgcca.org.
Kids’ Minecraft Competition
Hanover: Head to the library for a monthly building competition from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place. Mr. Adam will set a theme; children will build for 1 hour, then vote for a winner. How creative can you be? For children ages 7-12. Registration is required as space is limited. Library computers will be used. Call 717-632-5183 for details.
Dweezil Zappa on stage
Harrisburg: Catch Dweezil Zappa’s The Cease & Desist Tour at 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Whitaker Center, Sunoco Performance Theater, 222 Market St. As the son of Frank and Gail Zappa, it was inevitable that from the moment of his birth that his life would be filled wall-to wall with music. Tickets are $39.50, $49.50, $59.50 and $69.50. For details, visit whitakercenter.org.
Autos and Ales
Hershey: Enjoy the region’s best breweries and check out vintage cars from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 4 at the AACA Museum, 161 Museum Dr. Live music, a wing competition, beer themed novelties, and memorabilia will be part of the night. A 50/50 Cash Raffle and Door Prize Raffle will benefit JDRF. Tickets are $50, or $20 for designated driver. Visit aacamuseum.org for details.
Greater York Antiques Show
West Manchester Township: Nearly 85 art and antiques dealers will present Americana merchandise and accessories from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 5 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Utz Arena at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave. Inventory will include 18th and 19th century furniture, glass, fine antique jewelry, clocks, paintings, and more. Tickets are $12. For details, visit mitchelldisplays.com.
JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes
Harrisburg: Become part of the global movement to cure, treat, and prevent Type 1 Diabetes at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at City Island. 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 1p.m. To donate or create your own walk team, visit walk.jdrf.org.
Henry Rollins on tour
Harrisburg: Henry Rollins will mix timely commentary on the current state of politics with anecdotes on his latest L.A. experiences from 8 to 10 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Whitaker Center, Sunoco Performance Theater, 222 Market St. Always wanting to present fans with the best possible experience, Rollins’ live talking shows are known for their energy, wit, anger and humor. Tickets are $30 and $35. For details, visit whitakercenter.org.
International Gift Festival
Fairfield: Shop for fairly traded items from over 35 countries around the world from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 8 through 11, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Fairfield Mennonite Church, 201 W. Main St. Hosted by Ten Thousand Villages of Mechanicsburg, this event features an assortment of Oriental rugs, gift items, home decor, personal accessories, Christmas decorations, pottery, onyx and more. For more information, call 717-796-1474.
Manheim: Visitors can enter the world of Edgar Allan Poe Nov. 2 through 13 inside the imposing Mount Hope Mansion, 2775 Lebanon Rd. Experience his tales recounted by those who have lived the stories, spinning tales of mystery, horror and suspense that guests to the Mansion will long remember. Show only or meal and a show performances are available. Visit parenfaire.com for details and showtimes.
Dave Mason: Alone Together Again Tour
Harrisburg: Well-known for his time as a member of the British progressive rock band, Traffic who reached the height of popularity in the late 1960s, Dave Mason will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Whitaker Center, Sunoco Performance Theater, 222 Market St. Tickets are $35, $42 and $55. For details, visit whitakercenter.org.
25th Distelfink Country Christmas
Schaefferstown: This Christmas craft show is a unique, juried show featuring quality handcrafted items from noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Thomas Brendle Museum, 106 N. Market St. This show is designed to showcase the talents of local artists and craftspersons. Items will have a country and primitive charm. There will be door prizes all day Saturday and Sunday. Free Admission and a 25th Anniversary quilt raffle. Visit distelfinkcrafters.org for details.
Sip, Savor and Explore
Central PA and Northern MD: Go behind the scenes to learn about the just-pressed harvests and sample a selection of wine and cider from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13 at 20 wineries and distilleries on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail. The Wine Just Off The Vine event also takes place Nov. 19 and 20. Tickets are $20. Call 1-888-858-YORK or visit MasonDixonWineTrail.com for locations and details.
Bowers Baroque in Concert
Gettysburg: The Gettysburg Community Concert Association will host a baroque concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Gettysburg Area High School, 1130 Old Harrisburg Rd. Emerging from the Renaissance, Baroque music was perhaps the most openly innovative musical period to date in Western history. Tickets are $20 at the door. For more information, visit gettysburgcca.org.
Fall Fun at Paulus Farm Market
Mechanicsburg: Fall is extra special on the farm. Bring the family for fun daily activities Sept. 16 through Nov. 18 at Paulus Farm Market, 1216 S. York St. Kids can grow and be nurtured through exploratory and imaginary play with bouncy horses, mini maze, outdoor hay play and more. Admission is $3 for fall fun fort/hay play area; $5 during weekend hours of operation. Call 717-697-4330 for details.
Adams County Community Foundation Giving Spree
Gettysburg: The Sixth Annual Giving Spree presented by the Adams County Community Foundation will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Gettysburg Area Middle School, 37 Lefever St. The mission of the Giving Spree is to inspire a passion for charitable giving among the citizens of Adams County for causes that are close to their hearts. Come meet the faces behind these non-profits, learn about their needs and show your support for the organizations that strengthen our community. Visit adamscountycf.org for more information and to donate online.
Crafts with Liz
Hanover: Join Miss Liz for seasonal crafts from 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place. This event takes place on the third Wednesday of each month. All ages welcome. Visit yorklibraries.org for more information.
Holly Jolly Christmas: A Holiday Revue
Lancaster: Bring out the holiday spirit with this most enjoyable musical filled with dancing, holiday favorites and a visit from the big guy in red himself from Nov. 17 through Dec. 31 at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, 510 Centerville Rd. This show will make your holiday holly-er, jolly-er, merrier, and brighter. For tickets and details, visit dutchapple.com.
York Folk & Fine Art Show
West Manchester Township: Celebrate American artisans, craftsmen and collectors from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 19 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave. The show will feature a wide range of antique reproductions, repurposed sculptures and art work, and antiques that are redone to fit a new era. Tickets are $8 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. Visit yorkfolk.com for more information.
Christmastime in Loganville
Springfield Township: Visit local businesses, churches and organizations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 in and around Loganville. Find crafts, homemade food, gifts, door prizes and more, plus visit Santa at Brown's Orchard and Farm Market. Dallastown Area Intermediate School will hold a craft show, and Friedensaal's Lutheran Church will offer a Secret Santa shop for children. For details and additional locations, visit christmastimeinloganville.com.
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 Nov. 18 through 20 at the Strasburg Railroad, Route 741 East. Related activities and a selection of Thomas merchandise will also be available. Tickets are $21 for those 2 and older. Percy joins the No. 1 engine for the national tour; tickets are $27 and include Thomas Train ride, Percy Train ride and all activities. For details, visit strasburgrailroad.com.
‘Explore the Past’ Dinosaur Gallery
Lancaster: See dinosaurs up close and personal through Dec. 27 at the North Museum of Nature and Science, 400 College Ave. “Explore the Past” the newest exhibit at the North Museum includes and features a full size reconstructed dinosaur, a restored view of Pennsylvania 200 million years ago, and many dinosaur skulls. Get hands-on! This exhibit is sure to please dinosaur lovers young and old. Visit northmuseum.org for more information.
York City: 275 Years of History
York: Explore the significant events, people, and places of the city's nearly three centuries of history, from 1741 to today at the York County History Center, 250 E. Market St. The exhibit will feature nostalgic images and artifacts from various time periods in the city’s comprehensive and diverse past, and will run through Jan. 7, 2017. For hours and admission information, visit yorkhistorycenter.org.
The Machine in concert
Harrisburg: Jam out to one of the top U.S. Pink Floyd tribute bands as The Machine takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Whitaker Center, Sunoco Performance Theatre, 222 Market St.
The New York based band focuses on making every show an authentic Floydian experience for their fans. Tickets are $29 and $38. Visit whitakercenter.org for more information.
Turkey Trot 5K
Downtown York: Get your exercise in before the biggest meal of the year as the Turkey Trot 5K begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 24 at the Graham Aquatic Center, 543 N. Newberry St. The race raises funds to support YMCA Health and Wellness programs. Race participants are also encouraged to bring along donations for the Catholic Charities food drive. Visit yorkcoymca.org for registration fees and information.
New Freedom: Take a cozy train ride at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 25, 26 and 27 at Steam Into History, 2 W. Main St. Take a 45 minute ride, then get off the train to take a carriage to Bricker Tree Farm where you can select and purchase a Christmas tree, a fresh wreath or garland. Santa will also make an appearance. Tickets are $30 for adults and $16 for children. Rides also take place Dec. 3 and 4. Visit steamintohistory.com for details.
The Book of Mormon
Hershey: The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical, will delight audiences Nov. 22 through 27 at the Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave. The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." For tickets and showtimes, visit hersheyentertainment.com.
Advent Choral Vespers in Concert
Gettysburg: The Gettysburg Community Concert Association will host a choral concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at Gettysburg Area High School, 1130 Old Harrisburg Rd. Start off the holiday season with transcendental music of hope and expectation. Tickets are $20 at the door. For more information, visit gettysburgcca.org.
Book Discussion with the Glen Rock Literary Society
Glen Rock: Enjoy a book discussion from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Arthur Hufnagel Public Library, 32 Main St. This month's book selection is: The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd.
Registration is not necessary; light refreshments served. New drop-ins are always welcome! Visit yorklibraries.org for details.
Art for the Holidays Open House
Carlisle: Shop a boutique of local, hand-made, artisan-designed and original art during an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 29 at Carlisle Arts Learning Center, 38 W. Pomfret St. Find a unique collection of art, ceramics, jewelry, photography, and decorative and functional art for gift giving. Additional shopping hours run Nov. 22 through Dec. 31. Visit carlislearts.org for details.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Spring Garden Township: A must-see event, witness the world’s best dancers at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Pullo Center, 1031 Edgecomb Ave. The biggest Christmas experience of the year is the original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Tickets are $28, $37.50, $48, $68, $102 and $175. Visit pullocenter.york.psu.edu for details.
Pennsylvania Christmas & Gift Show
Harrisburg: The finest holiday decorations, arts and crafts will be on display from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4 at the PA Farm Show Complex, 2300 N. Cameron St. Shop for jewelry, toys, Christmas decorations, household accents and more. Food and entertainment will also be available. Tickets are $8, or $6 for seniors and admission after 4 p.m. For more information, visit pachristmasshow.com.
Light Up Night
Downtown York: Enjoy live entertainment, food, carol singalongs, lighting the tree and more from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 in multiple locations including Capitol Theatre, Continental Square, Central Market, Christ Lutheran Church, and Martin Library. Light Up Night will also serve as a collection point for Toys for Tots and guests are asked to consider bringing a new unwrapped toy. For details, visit yorkcity.org.
Grandma's Holiday Craft Show
Red Lion: More than 120 crafters and artisans will offer thousands of unique items every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 through Dec. 11 at the Red Lion Bed and Breakfast, 101 S. Franklin St. The selection includes ornaments, pottery, soaps, baked goods, santas, snowmen and more. Admission is free. For details, visit grandmasholidaycrafts.com.
Natural Ornament Workshop
Springfield Township: Join art teacher Kelly McBrien for a natural ornament-making workshop from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Nixon Park, 5922 Nixon Rd. Supplies will be provided for you to let your creativity run wild. See samples of natural ornaments and design your own. Kelly will be available to answer questions and provide inspiration. Please register by calling 717-428-1961.
All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
Marietta: Celebrate the holidays with a tale of camaraderie, music and peace Dec. 2 through Dec. 11 at Susquehanna Stage Company, 264 W. Market St. The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” A remarkable true story, told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. Visit susquehannastageco.com for details.
Hit the slopes
Lewisberry: Head outside to enjoy a day of skiing and snowboarding during the winter months at Roundtop Mountain Resort, 925 Roundtop Road. The resort’s First Class Learn to Ski and Snowboard program was rated #1 in the country by the National Ski Area Association. For more information and complete schedule, visit skiroundtop.com.
Elf the Musical
Hershey: Don’t miss a modern day Christmas classic, live on stage Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at the Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave. Based on the 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF, the show follows Buddy the Elf’s hilarious journey to New York City to discover his true identity, find his birth father, move Dad off the naughty list and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. For showtimes and ticket information, visit hersheyentertainment.com.
Tech Guru Visit
Hellam: Have questions about your computers, tablets, e-readers or smart phones answered from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center, 66 Walnut Springs Rd. Bring your list of questions and drop-in on a first come, first served basis to learn how to use your devices to their true potential. Visit the Tech Guru on the second Thursday of each month. Visit yorklibraries.org for more information.
The Night Before Christmas Train
Strasburg: Make family memories at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Strasburg Railroad, Route 741 East. Passengers will experience the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve as the train rolls along. Trains begin boarding at 6:30 p.m. The Night Before Christmas Train will also run Nov. 25, and Dec. 1, 2, 8, 15 and 16. For tickets and additional information, visit strasburgrailroad.com.
The Piano Guys
Hershey: Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys are four dads who became an Internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. They’ll perform at 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave. They’ve made more than 50 videos since early 2011. Tickets are $49, $59, $75 and $175. For details, visit hersheyentertainment.com.
An Old-Fashioned Christmas
Columbia: Think gingerbread decorating, cocoa, caroling, holiday decorations, carriage rides and home tours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at various locations throughout Columbia. Santa's Workshop will be open for children, and luminaries will line Locust Street into the early evening. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 regular admission. Visit parivertowns.com for more information.
Dutch Winter Wonderland
Lancaster: Families can enjoy rides, games, festive entertainment and more during select weekends and weekdays Nov. 19 through Dec. 30 at Dutch Wonderland, 2249 Lincoln Highway East. The park will feature a spectacular display of hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights dancing to the perfect holiday soundtrack. Visit dutchwonderland.com for tickets and details.
Christmas Magic at Rocky Ridge
Springettsbury Township: Walk a half-mile trail lined with 600,000 lights, visit Santa, and view holiday scenes from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday,
Nov. 25 through Dec. 31 at Rocky Ridge County Park, 400 Deininger Rd. Christmas Magic is closed Dec. 24 and 25. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 59 and older, $6 for children 4 to 12, and free for children 3 and younger. Discount tickets are available. Call 717-840-7740 or visit yorkcountypa.gov for details.
Holidays with the Celtic Tenors
Harrisburg: Enjoy the Celtic Tenors live show, an experience overflowing with vitality and variety from start to finish at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Whitaker Center, Sunoco Performance Theatre, 222 Market St. They have established themselves as the most successful classical crossover artists ever to emerge from Ireland. Tickets are $32, $40, $48 and $65. For more information, visit whitakercenter.org.
A Christmas Carol on stage
Gettysburg: The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future will visit miserly Ebenezer Scrooge Dec. 8 through 18 at the Majestic Theatre, 25 Carlisle St. Since its first presentation in 1987, this production of A Christmas Carol has been celebrated by thousands of theatergoers and has become a favorite holiday tradition for young and old alike. Tickets are $30, $33 and $36. Student prices are available. For more information, visit gettysburgmajestic.org.
TSO: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
Hershey: Don’t miss a performance by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at 3:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Giant Center, 550 W. Hersheypark Dr. The story follows the journey of a young runaway who, on Christmas Eve, breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter from the cold, and the ghostly visions she experiences from that concert hall’s past. Tickets range $36.35 to $76.35. Visit hersheyentertainment.com for details.
Festival of Trees
Harrisburg: Christmas trees and handmade ornaments will be available for sale and raffle from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26 through Dec. 18 at the Tavern House at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, 5300 N. Front St. Christmas trees will be coordinated by the Civic Garden Center of Harrisburg and decorated by local garden clubs. Free admission. For more information, visit forthunter.org.
Toys come alive in The Nutcracker
Hershey: Be delighted by the dazzling costumes, charming sets and accomplished dancers set to the magical music of Tchaikovsky at 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18 during Central
Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave. Tickets are $28, $33, $39, $44 and $52. For details, visit hersheyentertainment.com.
Koziar’s Christmas Village
Bernville, Berks County: Visit a top ten Pennsylvania attraction Nov. 5 through Jan. 1, 2017 at Koziar’s Christmas Village, 782 Christmas Village Rd. Take an unguided tour of indoor and outdoor Christmas displays and souvenirs. Open all major holidays. Tickets range $8 to $10. Free for children 3 and younger. Visit koziarschristmasvillage.com for details.
A Gallery of Arts and Crafts
Hanover: Local artists and craftspeople will offer handmade items for your holiday shopping needs every Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 22 through Dec. 31 at the Hanover Area Arts Guild, 32 Carlisle Street. Artists work in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, collage, photography, pottery, ceramics, fiber arts, jewelry, beadwork, sculpture, glass and much more fill the Gallery with original creations. For details, visit hanoverareaarts.com.
Hershey: The magic of the holidays comes to life through more than 4 million twinkling lights, rides for the family, festive decorations and a variety of Hershey’s characters Nov. 11 through Dec. 31 at Hersheypark, 100 W. Hersheypark Dr. Tickets start at $18 for all ages; free for children 2 and younger. For details and hours, visit hersheypark.com.
Go Snow Tubing
York Township: Bring the entire family to take part in some winter fun as snow tubing opens in December at Avalanche Xpress, 2700 Mount Rose Ave. Different rates are available for weekday or weekend/holiday tickets. Rates also vary for children 4 and younger and guests 5 and older. Season passes are available. Visit avalanchexpress.com for details and hours of operation.
Holidays at Mount Hope
Manheim: Enjoy two special Christmas tales told by Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig and their celebrity guests Dec. 10 through 23 at Mount Hope Mansion, 2775 Lebanon Rd. Enjoy a variety of adventures while Dicken’s A Christmas Carol springs from storybook to the stage. This interactive experience will create your new annual Holiday tradition. Visit parenfaire.com or call 717-665-7021 for details and ticket information.
Family Block Party
Glen Rock: Stop by the library and start building simple designs to engineering feats from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 24 at the Arthur Hufnagel Public Library, 32 Main St. There will be nine different sets of block materials children can use to build. This is a free program open to everyone of all ages. Visit yorklibraries.org for details.
A Holiday Drive-Thru Spectacular
Hershey: The spirit of the holidays will glow bright Nov. 11 through Dec. 31 as visitors travel through Hershey Sweet Lights, between Route 39 and Sand Beach Road. This winter wonderland features nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays that you can enjoy from the comfort of your car as you drive through two miles of wooded trails. For details and ticket information, visit hersheypark.com.
Learn to Skate Program
York: Looking for something fun for the kids to do during the holiday break? Register for the Learn to Skate Holiday Mini Session, 9:30 to 11 a.m. December 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 at York City Ice Arena, 941 Vander Ave. Cost is $55 for 5 days. Open to beginners only. For a registration form, visit yorkskate.com or stop by the main office.
Winter Wonderland on stage
Lancaster: Recapture the Christmas spirit with a live music production that will ignite your spirit and set your heart aglow Nov. 1 through Dec. 30 at American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East. This original show features the secular and sacred holiday songs you know and love. For show times, tickets and more information, visit amtshows.com.
Kid’s Christmas Bird Count
York Township: Children 8 and older can join with a birding mentor from York Audubon to participate in the annual Christmas Count from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 28 at Nixon Park, 5922 Nixon Rd. Mentors will lead teams while hiking, explain binoculars and help identify birds and submit your finds to eBird. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No fee. Register by Dec. 24 by calling 717-428-1961.
Springettsbury Township: Come out for a crisp, mid-holiday stroll through the winter woods to search for gifts from Mother Nature from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 29 at Rocky Ridge County Park, 400 Deininger Rd. Hikers will meet at the Hidden Laurel Picnic Area, Pheasant Pavilion. Afterward, warm up with hot chocolate and a toasty fire. Please register by calling 717-428-1961.
Noon Year's Eve Celebration
Harrisburg: Young children and their families are invited to welcome the new year from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 30 at the State Museum of PA, 300 North St. Families can also take in a seasonal planetarium show, make a craft, enjoy a snack, dance, and listen to storytime. The famous firefly and balloon drop will be in Memorial Hall at noon. This family-friendly event is free with museum admission and no reservations are required. For details, visit statemuseumpa.org.
New Year’s Revolution
Downtown York: With complimentary hats and noisemakers for youngsters, family-friendly entertainment, inflatables and more, ring in the new year beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 with a Children's Countdown at Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia St. Select vendors will be open with food and beverages for sale. At midnight, watch the white rose drop, followed by a fireworks display at Continental Square. Visit yorkcity.org for details.