Due to an impromptu trip to the Shore last weekend with my kids, I failed to put together a roundup of weekend events in York and Lancaster. I’m back this week to highlight a few of the many events going on in our area. It looks like the weather should be beautiful with highs in the low 80s and mostly sunny with a chance of thunderstorms. If you have an event you’d like to see on my weekly roundup, send it my way and I’ll take a look!
August 3 & 4 from 2pm-10pm
This is a two-day festival on the Moon Dancer Winery grounds. There will be eight reggae bands, wood-fire pizzas and other food, and wine for sale. It is a rain or shine event so bring your rain boots if your feet are scared of getting a little wet! Ticket price includes all the entertainment and a tasting glass but all else is pay as you go.
Cost: $20 (if purchased before the event) and $25 (at the door), $10 (13-20), free (12 and under)
August 3 & 4 from 12pm-6pm
Come celebrate Egyptian culture and food at the St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in Lancaster, PA. You can even pre-order your food so it’s ready for you to pick up when you get there! If I were you, I’d order the Tour of Egypt sampler which includes beef tenderloin kabob, chicken kabob, kafta, and all available sides for only $18. I’m drooling all over my computer. Drinks, individual food items, and desserts will also be available all day both days as supplies last. Note that there is a disclaimer stating if you aren’t able to redeem your pre-ordered meal then it will be considered a tax-free donation. My advice is to get there early to make sure you get your food.
Cost: free event, food items vary in price
First Friday in York and Lancaster
First Friday is always a great time to get out and mingle with friends and support local businesses. There are many events happening in downtown York and Lancaster, head over to their websites for specific information on the goings-on.
York – Dog Days of Summer
August 2 with seating between 6:30pm-7pm
Have yourself some wining and dining at Red Lion’s Red Brick Bakery. Chef Dani will be serving tasties like a yellow pepper, portabello and ricotta cannoli with garden tomato sauce and chicken piccata with artichoke hearts. Seating is very limited for Chef’s Table dinners so make sure to call ahead and make reservations. It is a BYOB event but I think I should talk to Chef Dani about having a Craft Beer Chef’s Table event where I can help her choose beers to go along with the meals. What do you think? Maybe that’s not even legal in our fine Blue Law state.
Cost: $32.50 (not including tax and gratuity)
August 3 from 10am-5pm
This art and outdoors festival is held outside along the beautiful Susquehanna River in Wrightsville, PA. Local outdoor and cultural clubs will be represented as well as some great artwork for viewing or buying. Live entertainment will be going on in the afternoon so bring a chair or blanket to sit on as you watch. Food and drink will be available (ice cream, too!).
Cost: admission is free
August 3 & 4 from 11am-8pm
This weekend is the grand opening of this season’s PA Renaissance Faire, recently named one of the country’s top 5 Renaissance Faires by The Family Travel Files. I agree because I worked there one season and had a blast! This weekend’s theme is The Grande Arrival of Queen Elizabeth Regina Gloriana and she’ll be unveiled along with all the shows, performances, food, drink, and shops. You can find two-for-one coupons for adult admission at various locations in the area for this weekend. Here that, honey? We can save money if we go this weekend! *wink wink* Make sure you try some beer that’s made on-site and get a giant turkey leg.
Cost: $29.95 (adults, door price), $25.95 (adults, online price), $10.95 (ages 5-11), free (4 and under)
August 3 from 10-4
Pick your own peaches, hop a ride on a hay wagon, eat a fresh peach sundae and more at one of my new favorite local orchards. This Saturday there will be a peach baking contest that I intended to enter but completely forgot about until now. There’s also a Farm Photo Scavenger Hunt going on that sounds like it would be a ton of fun for kids.
Cost: no admission but there is a charge for the “Pick your own” and maybe more. I’m not sure.
August 4 at 7:30pm
Fusion of country, bluegrass, jazz, and folk.
Enjoy your weekend!