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Summer Live Music in Lancaster, PA

Summer is practically synonymous with exciting concerts, so if you’re wondering where you can go to listen to some live music this summer in Lancaster, PA, we’ve got you covered! From large-scale amphitheaters to smaller-scale live entertainment at some of our favorite restaurants, you’ll be sure to get your music fix for this summer in Lancaster County.

Lancaster Summer Arts Festival

Lasting from June 1-July 24, this festival is a must! All entertainment is free, including shows for children and locally made films. You’ll be able to find something for everyone at the Lancaster Summer Arts Festival, and it’s a great way to support local artists. Check out their brochure online to see which artists will be performing at the festival.

Friday Events

Fridays signify more than just the end of a work week—they’re all about fun and entertainment! Did you know that there are events going on for every Friday evening of the month in at least one of the towns in Lancaster? If it’s the first or third Friday of the month, be sure to go make an appearance in Downtown Lancaster for some live music. You can also catch live music in Mount Gretna on the first Friday of the month. If it’s the second Friday of the month, try heading over to either Elizabethtown or Lititz for a fun-filled evening including live music. Finally, on the fourth Friday of the month, check out Mount Joy or any of the River Towns (Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville) for their Friday night events.

Music in the Vineyards

Grab a lawn chair and a wineglass for this fun outdoor concert venue! Located at Nissley Winery, this is the perfect date night spot that would make any wine and music lover swoon. Check out their website for more details on upcoming Saturday night band performances.

Additionally, you can check out The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey for a similar experience. They have their Decked Out Live event every Friday evening, which features live bands and serves wine and beer. We also recommend checking out their Straws and Stripes event July 14th, at which big names like Uncle Kracker and Puddle of Mudd will be performing, in addition to local bands. Don’t forget to add Merlot Day to your calendar for August 18th, especially if you’re a fan of O.A.R. and Matt Nathanson, as they’ll be performing while food trucks and beverage stations will be readily available. Minors are not permitted.

If you have little ones but still want to enjoy this sort of experience, you’re in luck! The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey is hosting their second annual Summer Splash event, which is family friendly. Another compelling reason to attend: all of the adult ticket proceeds support the Children’s Miracle Network. A great cause and a fun time; be sure to mark August 4th in your calendar.

Summer Music Series

If you want to check out one of the top musical entertainment destinations in Central Pennsylvania, now celebrating its 56th season, Long’s Park Amphitheater is for you. The shows are performed here by upcoming artists and long-time performers from an assortment of genres. With a unique outdoor venue carved into a hillside, the free Sunday night shows, starting at 7:30 PM, are great for any music lovers. We recommend bringing some lawn chairs or blankets to get comfy while listening!

Restaurants

Believe it or not, some of our favorite places to listen to live music double up as our favorite places to eat! Some good places to check out include Marion Court, which has live music Fridays evenings, Annie Bailey’s, and Tellus360, which has live music nearly every night of the week.

American Music Theatre

Not just for plays and musicals—this theatre also houses talented bands and singers. Check out their brand new all age Rock at the Park music festival located at Clipper Magazine Stadium on July 21st for great music, delicious food, and other fun activities including a mechanical bull, dunk tank, and carousel. Fuel, Eve 6, Sister Hazel, Long Beach Dub Allstars, and Fastball will be performing at this “must-see” concert. What better way to get in the summer spirit?

Hersheypark Stadium

Though not part of Lancaster County, neighboring town Hershey will be hosting concerts from many big names this summer, which we thought were worth mentioning. Artists including Harry Styles, Imagine Dragons, Zac Brown Band, and Kesha, to name a few, will all be performing there this summer.

Upcoming Shows in Lancaster, PA

Lights, curtain, action! Did you know that Lancaster is home to the oldest working theatre in the United States, The Fulton Theatre, and the largest faith-based theatre in the United States, Sight & Sound Theatres, as well as dinner theatres, comedy shows, and family productions? If you like theatre then you are in the right place. Lancaster hosts a number of Broadway caliber productions and high-profile performers throughout the year. If you are looking for an activity the whole family will love, or a special date night we suggest you take a look. This summer’s bill has a number of hot-ticket shows that appeal to a wide range of audiences. Plus, attending a show is a great way to keep cool when the temperature rises! Below is the list of shows coming to Lancaster this summer.

JESUS- Sight & Sound Theatres™ | March 10- January 5

JESUS is the musical stage adventure about the most famous person ever to walk the earth and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever. This action-packed experience will captivate your imagination as you take in the stories, scenery & sets, and elaborate costumes of this timeless production.

The Home Game- Bird-in-Hand Stage | March 27-October 27

The Home Game follows the story of Levi and his father. Levi must choose between his father’s expectation of an Amish life and his own deepest dreams of playing baseball in the major leagues. Filled with laughter and drama, this new musical is sure to hit it out of the park!

Magic & Wonder: Dream- Bird-in-Hand Stage | April 18- October 27

Inspired by the idea that magic can move outside the limits of reality, Brett creates a whimsical world where you can experience whatever you can dream. Whether your dream is to fly, join the circus, go back in time or venture into the future, you’ll discover that nothing is truly impossible when you unleash your imagination. This show is great for families!

Fun Home- Ephrata Performing Arts Center | April 26- May 12

Fun Home is a tragicomedy musical about growing up and coming out. The book and lyrics are written by Lisa Kron with Music by Jeanin Tesori. This show is a five time Tony Award Winner in 2015, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. It is recommended for teen and adult audiences.

Songs of the Silver Screen – American Music Theatre | May 1- October 5

Movie buffs of all ages will delight in this new original production at American Music Theatre. The cast and band will perform the biggest hits from movies past and present spanning decades of film making. Grab your popcorn and get ready for a harmonious, cinematic show!

Grease– Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | May 3- June 17

Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks, and take a trip back in time with Danny, Sandy, the Pink Ladies, and the T-Birds to the 1950s. This show features great dance numbers and popular songs such as You’re the One That I Want, Summer Nights, Greased Lightin’ and more from the hit movie. Race on over, you won’t want to miss this show. After all Grease is the word.

American String Quartet with Christopher Shih- Trust Performing Arts Center | May 3

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets, the American String Quartet will make their debut at The Trust Performing Arts Center this May. The Quartet is known for its performances of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartok, Mendelssohn, and Mozart. For this performance they will be joined by award-winning pianist Christopher Shih.

Songs For a New World- Prima Theatre | May 4-6, 11-13

Triple-Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown’s song-cycle musical offers a vibrant, thrilling and moving journey through the life-changing moments that define us. These unforgettable songs weave individual stories into an electrifying evening, illuminating the timelessness of self-discovery. Brown is a past PRiMA guest artist, whose Songs For A New World was PRiMA’s first staged production. This show features some of the most memorable songs from the early works of this celebrated composer-lyricist, known also for his work with The Last Five Years, Parade, Bridges of Madison County, 13 and Honeymoon in Vegas.

Joy Ike Trio at the Trust Trust Performing Arts Center | May 5

Polished and precise yet buoyed with an airy grace, Joy Ike will be performing with upright bassist, Jason Rafalak, and percussionist, Ryan Socrates to perform songs off of her new album Bigger Than Your Box.

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour- Pullo Center | May 26

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. Re-imagining La Bohème, and enjoy this inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

Getting Momma Married– Rainbow Comedy Playhouse | June 2 – August 11

A young woman and her husband live under Mom’s roof. When the stork is due to make an arrival, the kids must find their own nest. And what about poor Momma, all alone? Enjoy an evening of laughs and help make plans to get Momma married ASAP!

The Hunchback of Notre Dame– The Fulton Theatre | June 5- July 22

This Pennsylvania Premiere is based on the beloved Disney movie. Set in 15th century Paris The Hunchback of Notre Dame follows the life of Quasimodo, a deformed bellringer who is held captive by his caretaker at Notre Dame cathedral. That is, until he escapes has his own adventures and saves the day. See for yourself how magical and unforgettable this musical truly is.

Hank Williams: Lost Highway- Gretna Theatre | June 21-24

A spectacular musical biography of the legendary singer-songwriter and innovator of American music. The play follows Hand William’s rise from his beginnings to his triumphs at the Grand Ole Opry, to his eventual self-destruction. Throughout the show you are treated to favorites like I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry, Move It on Over, and Hey, Good Lookin’. If you are country music fan, this is the show for you.

The Wizard of Oz– Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | June 21- August 4

Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! See it all at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre this summer. From the yellow brick road to the Emerald City you can follow Dorothy, Toto, and their new friends on their magnificent adventures in Oz to learn there is no place like home. This 1939 classic is one of the greatest family musicals of all time, don’t miss the chance to travel Over the Rainbow.

Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike- Gretna Theatre | June 28- July 1

A 2013 Tony award winner for Best Play, this show is set in Bucks County, Pa. Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the farmhouse where they grew up. Their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns with her twenty-something boyfriend. This hilarious story will have you laughing from beginning to end.

She Loves Me- Gretna Theatre | July 12-21

Amalia and Georg are co-workers, who don’t see eye to eye and constantly bump heads on the job. Little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! With a moving score, join Amalia and Georg to discover the identity of their true loves. Nominated for Best Revival of a Musical Tony Award in 2016, She Loves Me features songs like Tonight At Eight and the favorite Vanilla Ice Cream.

West Side Story- Ephrata Performing Arts Center | July 19- August 4

West Side Story is an epic fan-favorite musical following the story of two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks as they face more than turf wars in 1950s New York. Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a forbidden romance buds between a boy and girl from different gangs. The groups must confront and overcome their racial tensions. This show will keep the you on the edge of your seat with intense choreographed fight scenes and have you singing into the night.

The 39 Steps- Gretna Theatre | August 2-5

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python, and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters, an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

Swing! – Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | August 9 – September 15

Jump and jive with over 30 fabulous songs from the Big Band Era of the 1930s and 40s and the dances that went with went with them. Classics such as It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Cry Me a River, and many more will be performed. Whether you are nostalgic about the past or new to swing, you’re sure to be swaying in your seat. This is the show for you if you love to watch Dancing  with the Stars.

Love, Lies and the Lottery– Rainbow Comedy Playhouse | August 18- October 27

Picture this, one winning lottery ticket, five people who think they own it, and one of the tickets has gone missing! Or has it… when there is $510 million dollars at stake sometimes the people you love may tell lies. Help the cast figure out who is the rightful winner of the money.

An Evening with Groucho- Gretna Theatre | August 23-26

Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity. An Evening With Groucho consists of the best one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray For Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.”  The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style.

For specific show dates, times, ticket information, and additional performances, be sure to visit each theatre’s website. You can also sign up for our e-news to stay in the know on what’s happening when around Lancaster County.

Top 10 Things to do this May in Lancaster, PA

The flowers are blooming and the weather is getting warmer. With the longer days come exciting events and things to do in May in Lancaster County. Here are some of our top recommendations for things to try while you are in town.

 

  1. Songs of the Silver Screens: Movie Buffs of all ages will delight in this new original production at American Music Theatre, opening on May 1. The cast and band will perform the biggest hits from movies past and present spanning decades of film making. Grab your popcorn and get ready for a harmonious, cinematic show!

 

  1. Step back in time at a Sheep Shearing Day: On both May 4 and May 11 you can watch live, professional sheep shearing at The Amish Farm and House, as well as see demonstrations from spinners and weavers who use the wool to make crafts. Learn how to make a horse shoe, take a buggy ride, sample Amish baked goods, and visit the petting zoo to complete your sheep-shearing day

 

  1. Ready, Set, Game!: From May 4-6 Zenkaikon will be at the Lancaster County Convention Center and the city will be abuzz celebrating anime, comics, games, science fiction, and fandom. From workshops to concerts, video gaming to table-top gaming this convention has got it covered. Even if you can’t attend the event, be on the look-out for elaborate costumes as you explore the city.

 

  1. Twist it up: Stroll through the shops of downtown Lititz and taste tantalizing treats along the way at the Lititz Pretzel Fest on Saturday, May 5. The festival will feature 10+ delicious pretzel treats, minute-to-win-it games, local musicians, and lots of small-town charm. While you are in town be sure to stop in at Julius Sturgis, the nation’s oldest commercial pretzel bakery. For more places to get pretzels in Lancaster check out this list.

 

  1. Celebrate ZooAmerica: ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park celebrates its 40th anniversary the weekend of May 5-6 with fun activities for the whole family. Guests can participate in educational scavenger hunts throughout the zoo, see desert tortoise hatchlings, watch historic videos and even visit Pinky the Gila Monster, an original animal since 1978.

 

  1. Get your Green-Thumb on: The Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum will host their annual Herb & Garden Faire on May 11-12. With more than 80 vendors of plants garden art and more you are sure to find something to give your garden a healthy start this spring. Plus, tours of the gardens will be run by the museum’s Heirloom Seed Project.

 

  1. Explore the open roads: What better way to explore Lancaster County in the spring than by bicycle? Intercourse Bikeworks is hosting a Bicycle Tour with a Farm-to-Table Amish Dinner on May 12. The casual bike ride will wind through some of the county’s most beautiful farmland and finish up with a farm-to-table meal outside as the sun sets. Along the way you will pass Amish schools, covered bridges, old mills and a historic mansion. Sounds picturesquely-perfect to us!

 

  1. Go on an Ultimate Amish Experience: If biking is not your preferred method of transportation, try taking a tour with Strasburg Scooters. Their Ultimate Amish Adventure tour on May 19 offers a close-up and personal experience with the Amish culture. You can interact with the Amish and get a first-hand experience of what their lifestyle is like, all while zooming around on Lancaster’s back roads.

 

  1. Get Rowdy with Rhubarb : Rhubarb is being celebrated this month at one of the biggest foodie-approved festivals. Kitchen Kettle Village’s annualRhubarb Festival will be held May 18 and 19 to pay tribute to this spring vegetable. This family-friendly festival features live music, a Rhubarb Race Car Derby, and a Rhubarb Dessert Contest. Stroll around the village, sample rhubarb-centric treats, and browse a variety of shops.

 

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  1. Celebrate Spring: Celebrate the arrival of spring at Rock Ford Plantation’s May Fair event on Sunday, May 20. You can take a guided tour of the mansion as well as learn about this traditional spring time celebration complete with period dancing around the Maypole, historical games and music, and open-hearth cooking demonstrations. You may feel as if Mr. Darcy himself is about to come around the corner at any moment.

For more ideas of what to do during your visit check out our events calendar, or sign-up for our e-newsletter to stay in the know.

 

Top Things to Do in Lancaster this January

It’s always good to try something new, and embrace new challenges each year. It helps us to continue to grow and learn new skills. To ring in the new year, why not learn some new things, try some activities you haven’t done before, or perhaps, take your family to try an experience you did as a child. There are so many things to do in Lancaster this winter, you’ll fill up every weekend. Below we have complied a list of are our top things to try in January.

Take on an Indoor Adventure
We have put together a list of some awesome indoor adventures you can partake in. Stay nice and warm while you tackle new challenges.

Go Snow Tubing
If you are a snow-bunny at heart, one of the most popular winter attractions in Central PA is AvalancheXpress Snow Tubing. Bundle up and beat your family’s cabin fever by heading over to the hills for some great outdoor fun.

Take in a New Cultural Experience
Think you aren’t cut out for arts and culture? Lancaster offers a number of high caliber theatre performance from Broadway-quality musicals, comedies, dramas, orchestra performances, and nationally renowned musicians. You can certainly find a show you will enjoy. Check out the schedules at the American Music Theatre, The Fulton Theatre, The Ware Center, and The Trust Performing Arts Center to see what fits your calendar. You may find you love the symphony after all, if you give it a try!

Embrace Your Inner Artist
Everyone can be an artist, some just need some coaxing to let their creativity flow. Head to Zole Art Factory to paint pottery or canvas and get your inner Van Gough on. Group classes for children and adults are also offered. Where professional instructors guide you through easy step-by-step instructions to create your personal masterpiece.

Savor Seasonal Flavors
Many of the restaurants in Lancaster change their food and drink menus seasonally to feature local ingredients that are currently being harvested. You might wonder, what can be harvested in January – actually a lot! Root vegetables such as beets, potatoes, and carrots are all in season and make for delicious, hearty dishes to share.

Test Your Baking Skills
Learn how to twist and bake your own pretzels at the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. At Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, you can get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting and learn the history of pretzel baking in the United States.

Experience Something First Hand
Lancaster has a number of great places for children to learn in a truly hands-on, interactive way. Depending on your child’s age and interest, try heading to Tiny Town, The Lancaster Science Factory, or The North Museum of Nature and Science for a day full of learning and fun.

Try a New Look
New year, new you! Spend the day shopping at Tanger and Rockvale Outlets to add some new pieces to your closet and shake up your wardrobe.

Discover a New Perspective
It’s always important to learn about new cultures that are different from our own. Whether you are a “from here” or a “come here” there is a lot we can all learn from and about the Amish community. Try one of our many Amish and Farmland tours that are available around Lancaster County to learn about a new way of life

Ten Things to Do in November in Lancaster

November embraces fall fun in Lancaster, but also marks to beginning of the holiday celebration. Whether you’re ready to get into the holiday spirit or are still holding on to the excitement of fall, there are plenty of events for you this month in Lancaster!

Gifts Galore:

Start your holiday shopping or find the perfect memento of your visit.

If pottery is what you please, Eldreth Pottery’s 29th Annual Christmas Open House, November 11 through 13, is the event for you. Featuring a great selection of handmade pottery and unique items, this is a wonderful opportunity to find gifts for loved ones or even an addition to your own home décor.

The Artisan Fair at Spooky Nook Sports builds on the tradition of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman, and features crafts and fine art from 80 local and national fine artists and craftspeople. November 12 and 13, the artists gather under one roof to display functional pottery, handmade jewelry, designer clothing, glass art, and more!

For one-of-a-kind Christmas items from local artists and craftspeople, be sure to visit Landis Valley Museum Store’s Holiday Open House on November 19 and 20. Browse items including Belsnickels, ornaments, Pennsylvania German paper stars, books, and more! Visitors can also learn how to make paper stars or punch a tin ornament.

Give Thanks:

Before sitting down to a delicious and filling Thanksgiving meal, take a spin around the county on a scooter or scoot coupe with Strasburg Scooters. Their Thanksgiving Day Tour takes place at 9:00 AM, and is a great way to experience the country side before a hearty family supper.

Celebrate Thanksgiving with family over a delicious meal in Lititz. At the General Sutter Inn, guests can enjoy either the Thanksgiving Buffet or Ala Carte menu featuring turkey, beef and seafood in Inn’s elegant dining room. Call ahead to guarantee your place at the table.

Enjoy a comforting meal with family without the hassle and dirty dishes. Lancaster DoubleTree’s Thanksgiving Feast features carved beef and ham, turkey, seafood, traditional sides, and scrumptious desserts. Reservations are required, so be sure to call ahead!

A Dash of Holiday Spirit:

The holiday season is right around the corner, and many theaters begin their winter-themed shows this month. From musicals to heartwarming holiday cheer, you’re sure to leave the theater humming a tune and ready for snow.

American Music Theatre presents The 2016 Christmas Show: Winter Wonderland, November 7 through December 31, for a feel-good holiday event that celebrates music, magic, and the meaning of Christmas.

A hilarious look at family tradition, holiday expectations, and the real meaning of Christmas, Our Christmas Dinner shines on the Bird-in-Hand Stage from November 11 to December 31.

Holly Jolly Christmas lights up the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre stage, November 17 through December 31, featuring dancing, holiday favorites, and a visit from the big guy in red!

Rainbow’s Comedy Playhouse presents Green Holly & Gray Potatoes, a Christmas comedy filled with family antics, now through December 28.

So whether you’re enjoying the final moments and events of fall or getting in the holiday spirit, there’s plenty to do in Lancaster. For a complete list of events, visit our complete online events calendar.

Get in the holiday spirit with American Music Theatre

The first time I visited American Music Theatre (AMT), it was love at first sight. I was so impressed with the gorgeous lobby, the elegant bathrooms (yes, the bathrooms are really elegant), and the staff in tuxedos, I told myself I had to work there. Five months later, I was fortunate enough to land a position as a member of their management team.

I had the privilege of working at this world-class theater for over two years, during which time I discovered AMT is much more than just a “pretty face.” In addition to the beauty and comfort of this state-of-the-art, 1600-seat theater, the shows they produce are of unparalleled quality. Besides hosting celebrity concerts such as Frankie Valli, Vince Gill, Foreigner, and more, they also write, choreograph and produce their own Original Shows, the most popular of which is the annual Christmas Show.

The 2013 show theme was “The First Noel.” While every year the show has a different storyline, they all have several things in common: top-calibre vocalists and musicians, talented dancers, and beautiful set designs and costumes. The show features both secular and sacred music, and is ideal for guests of all ages, from families with young children to seniors.

This year’s show did not disappoint and had the perfect blend of singing, dancing, and light-hearted moments. The vocals were fantastic, as was the AMT Orchestra. The set resembled a perfect family fireside, and everything from the lobby to the theater was decked out in lively red & green seasonal decor.

AMT’s annual Christmas Show rivals any holiday show you’ll find in a major market. They hire outstanding talent from all of the country (sometimes all over the world), and the scenery, lighting and costumes are some of the best I’ve ever seen.

Attending this production is a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit and spend a quality afternoon or evening with your family or significant other. There are so many restaurants nearby that it’s easy to make a night of it and eat out before you attend. But just in case you don’t have time, AMT does have a fully-stocked snack bar (as well as a gift shop with a wide variety of merchandise for last-minute holiday shopping).

Visit www.amtshows.com for more information on upcoming shows.

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