10+ Things to Do in September in Lancaster, PA
September brings the beginning of fall, cooler weather, pumpkin flavored goodies, and great events to Lancaster. It’s time for football tailgates and evenings at the farm show, as the days get a little bit shorter and the air gets a little bit crisper. Whether you’re a local discovering what’s in your own backyard or in town to explore during the weekend, you’ll find something that strikes your fancy and gets you in the mood for fall’s exciting offerings.
Check out our list of over 10 things to do this month in Lancaster (just to name a few):
Kids will love…
The Corn Maze at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm | All Month
Find your way through the Amazing Maize Maze, an interactive corn maze filled with twists, turns, and clues along the way. Once you’ve found your way out of the corn, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm has loads of fun farm-themed activities, friendly farm animals, and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch to experience life down on the farm.
The Whoopie Pie Festival at Hershey Farm | September 8
Celebrate this Lancaster dessert at Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn. Treat yourself to a traditional whoopie pie or try a more adventurous combo while you enjoy games, activities, unique craft vendors, and more. It’s the most delicious day of the month!
Day Out with Thomas™ at Strasburg Rail Road™ | September 15-23
Thomas the Tank Engine is back in town for railroading fun. Join Thomas and his pal Percy for a ride on the historic railroad, activities, and more. This is a “must-do” for families with little train lovers. They’re sure to remember the time they got to meet Thomas the Tank Engine himself.
Foodies will love…
Fall Restaurant Week in Lancaster City | September 10-16
Explore the diverse culinary offerings Lancaster City has to offer during Fall Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants offer deals from $10 to $40 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including some offerings created just for this week. Be sure to come hungry, and share your delicious moments using #LCRW2018.
Oktoberfest at the Lancaster Liederkranz | September 21-23
For a taste of the German culture that is prevalent here in Lancaster, head over to Oktoberfest held by the Lancaster Liederkranz in Manheim. This celebration is the area’s oldest, traditional Oktoberfest, featuring German music & dance, food and drinks galore. It’s a little slice of German tradition, right here in America.
5th Anniversary Bash & Benefit at the Vineyard at Grandview | September 22
Sit back and enjoy an afternoon in the vineyard featuring live music, locally-crafted wines and brews (plus wine slushies!), and tasty fare from local food trucks. You can even try your hand – or foot rather – at grape stomping. Gates open at noon, with live music from The Cavern Club and Adam Blessing beginning at 1:00 PM.
Shoppers will love…
September Makers Market | September 8
An afternoon of local shopping is in store for you at the September Makers Market, held at the Lancaster Barnstormers Stadium. Browse the beautiful, original and unique wares offered by the 70 local vendors that make up this curated pop-up market. Delicious eats, local brews, and a playground for the kiddos make this event fun for everyone.
Wool Frolic & Yarn Sale at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum | September 15
Are you a fan of knitting, crocheting, or other fiber arts? Find yarn of every texture and color, fleece, and more at this artsy event. Crafting demonstrations will be going on throughout the day, along with hands-on activities for kids.
Fall Antiques Extravaganza in Adamstown | September 27-30
Find dozens of antique shops including outdoor markets as you explore the Antiques Capital in Adamstown. Browse the plethora of wares as dealers and shops extend their hours for this weekend. If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind item, chances are you’ll find it here.
Everyone will love…
Run, Ride & Soar Weekend in Bird-in-Hand | September 7-9
Lace up your sneakers for the annual Run, Ride, and Soar weekend in Bird-in-Hand. Runners can participate in the Bird-in-Hand Half Marathon or 5k, while bikers can take to the backroads for the Amish Country Classic Bike Ride. If you’d rather catch the action from above, the Amish Country Hot Air Balloon Fest features launches in the morning and evening for a birds-eye view of the farmland.
Lancaster MusicFest at Buchanan Park | September 8
Live music and good times are plentiful at this all-day, outdoor festival to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Local musical acts will fill the air, while tasty food from area food trucks and brews will fill your belly. Time to kick back, relax and enjoy!
Tailgate Festival at Kitchen Kettle Village | September 15-16
Touchdown! Time to get in the spirit of football season at Kitchen Kettle’s sports-themed festival. There will be tons of tasty homemade tailgate foods to sample, activities for kids and adults to enjoy, and lively musical performances along the shop-lined paths of the village. If you’re in the competitive spirit, participate in their Pumpkin Whoopie Pie filling Contest to test your skills.
Fairs & Farm Shows | All Month
September brings fairs and farm shows to the communities throughout the county. Time for funnel cakes, Ferris wheels, farm animals, and fun! Enjoy the brisk evening air as you stroll down the midway at the following fairs this month: York (September 7-16), Denver (September 11-15), Solanco (September 19-21), Ephrata (September 25-29), and West Lampeter (September 26-28).
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire | Weekends through October 28
Step back in time to an era of merriment at the PA Renaissance Faire. With over 90 shows daily, delicious food (yes- there are turkey legs), and colorfully costumed characters, you'll feel immersed in a fantastical world as you explore the 35-acre village.
For a full list of September events, check out our events calendar.