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5 things to do in York this weekend

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Who else is ready for the weekend?

As we head into mid-October, it's a great time for fall beer, fall festivals and tasty fall foods.

Here are a few ways to enjoy all of those this weekend.


No, it’s not a traditional Oktoberfest. But how can you say no to a beer and wine festival?

Yorktoberfest will bring more than 60 beers from 28 breweries and 120 wines from 13 Pennsylvania wineries to the York Fairgrounds this weekend. From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, guests can sample beer and wine, snack on food from local food trucks, shop from area vendors and listen to live music.

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Pumpkin Walk

Take in the beauty of York County’s fall foliage on a leisurely 0.6-mile walk through the Seven Valleys section of the Heritage Rail Trail. From 6-9 p.m. Saturday, the trail will be decorated and lighted with hand-carved pumpkins.

A donation of $5 is suggested. All proceeds benefit the York County Rail Trail Authority.

Fall festivals

If pumpkin decorating, apple picking and trick-or-treating are on your fall bucket list, check out these fall festivals this weekend:

  • Flinchbaugh’s Fall Festival: Food, apple picking, wagon rides, kids activities and a corn maze from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Flinchbaugh’s Orchard and Farm Market in York.
  • Leg Up Farm Fall Festival: Trick-or-treat trail, pumpkin decorating, food trucks, craft vendors and equine demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Leg Up Farm in Mount Wolf.
  • Spring Grove Fall Festival: Pony rides, face painting, magician, bounce houses, kids’ games and rides from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Spring Grove Community Park. Tethered hot air balloon rides are available from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and a flashlight candy hunt will be held at dusk.

History on the Half Shell

Whether you like ‘em fried, stewed or nude, oysters served by the thousands are the highlight of Sunday’s History on the Half Shell event. The York County History Center’s longest-running fundraiser will bring a fun family festival to the Agricultural & Industrial Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with live music, gallery tours and artisan demonstrations.

Admission is free, and food – including plenty of non-seafood options – is a la carte.

While you’re there, walk through the community-built cardboard cityscape on display at the museum in honor of York’s 275th anniversary.

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Iron Chef

An “Iron Chef”-style event will pit four chefs from several York County fine dining establishments against each other at a benefit for the York County Food Bank on Monday.

Chefs will participate in a timed cook-off, where they’ll be challenged to create the best dishes possible using a surprise ingredient.

The cook-off starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Country Club of York and costs $110.

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