Lancaster City Events - 2008




Are you thinking about visiting Lancaster City but don't know when yet? Here are some of the special Lancaster City events that will be taking place throughout 2008.

The dates, times, and admission prices are accurate as of the time of this posting. However, it is possible that changes may occur as the year progresses.

Therefore, please check back periodically to see if there have been any updates. We will plan to list more events as information becomes available.




Art Exhibits

In Tuscany - Fine Art exhibit focusing on the beauty of romantic Florence and the Tuscan region of Italy. There will be an Artist Reception on Friday, January 4, 2008 from 5:00-8:30 p.m

  • Location: Gallery dePaul, 226 North Arch Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
  • Phone: (717) 299-6846
  • Date: December 7, 2007 to January 26, 2008
  • Time: All day
  • Admission: Free



Local Artist Exhibition - View the art from four very talented local artists in four separate exhibitions: Shalya Marsh will present her clay sculptures; Thomas Scullin presents his paintings; Erik Miley presents his sculptures; and,Claire Giblin presents her painting. There will be a reception Reception Friday, January 4, 2008 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

  • Location: Lancaster Museum of Art, 135 North Lime Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: 717-394-3497
  • Date: January 5, 2008, 2007 to March 2, 2008
  • Time: Museum hours are:
    Mondays through Saturdays: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; and,
    Sundays: Noon until 4:00 PM
  • Admission: Free. However, $2 donations per person are suggested



Handcranked Film Projects : Boston-area filmmakers Jake Mahaffy, Bryan Papciak, Jeff Sias, and Dan Sousa will present independent films that have been shown at festivals worldwide. Their sculptures, drawings, photography and more will also be showcased.

  • Location: Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, 204 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
  • Phone: 717-396-7833
  • Date: February 1, 2008 – March 28, 2008



The Self-Portrait and the Artist Exhibit : Charles Demuth made several self-portraits during his lifetime which reflect his ever-developing style. This year the Demuth Museum’s Annual Invitational Exhibition features the work of over 20 local artists who have also explored the theme of self-portraiture.

  • Location: Demuth Museum, 120 E. King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: 717-299-9940
  • Date: February 2, 2008 – March 30, 2008
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Admission: Please call for admission charge.


2008 Senior Exhibition : Artwork from graduating seniors, including photography, illustration and graphic design.

  • Location: Pennsylvania College of Art & Design - 204 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
  • Phone: (717) 396-7833
  • Date: April 14 through May 30, 2008
  • Time: Please call for details.



Spring ArtWalk - The 24th Anniversary of the Lancaster Spring ArtWalk encompasses a wide variety of arts including: art exhibits/demonstrations, children's and student's art, some musical performances and returning this year, a Kid's ArtWalk.

During ArtWalk, Lancaster artists open their studios and galleries for the weekend and invite the public to stroll around downtown Lancaster and visit with the artists.

Area restaurants and shops will also open their doors with special exhibits.

  • Location: Throughout downtown Lancaster, Lancaster, PA 17603
  • Phone: (717) 509-9869
  • Date: April 19, 2008 and April 20, 2008
  • Time:
    Saturday, April 19, 2008: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Sunday, April 20, 2008: Noon to 5:00 PM
  • Admission: Free



Art in the Park:A free celebration of Art held in the relaxing environment of Musser Park. Over 40 artists will be featured. There will also be free hands-on projects for the entire family.

  • Location: Musser Park, Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: (717) 394-3497
  • Date: August 16, 2008
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Admission: Free




Auto Shows

Artistry in Motion, Vintage Grand Tour & Show : For connoisseurs of the automobile as an art form, the 2008 Lancaster Museum of Art's 10th Annual Artistry in Motion will be a feast for the eyes. Most pre-1974 vintage vehicles are invited to participate in the annual fund raising event to Lancaster Museum of Art.

The beautiful grounds of Bridge Acres Stables provide the backdrop as you listen to jazz, and stroll amid classic motor vehicles.

  • Location: Bridge Acres Stable - 1470 Hunsicker Rd, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 394-3497
  • Date: May 4, 2008
  • Time: The Tour begins at 9:00 AM as vintage vehicles assemble at the High Pavilion at Greenfield Corporate Center, Lancaster. From there the vintage vehicles will tour 35 miles to their final destination at Bridge Acres Stable, along the Conestoga River. Starting at noon at Bridge Acres, the touring participants will join non-touring show cars and the motorcycles for the rest of the festivities.
  • Admission: General admission for ages 5 and up is $10.00. Children under 5 are admitted free. There is also a Gourmet Luncheon which is $55 per person, including admission. Reservations for the luncheon must be received by April 26, 2008.



44th Annual Studebaker Drivers Club International Meet : Family Science Sunday is truly science fun for everyone. Various hands-on activities, science demonstrations, interactive events are available along with an opportunity to witness some of the animals a little closer than normal in our Live Animal Room.

  • Location: North Museum of Natural History and Science, 400 College Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603
  • Phone: (717) 291-3941
  • Date: September 7, 2008
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Admission:
    General Museum Admission: $7.00
    Children ages 3 to 12 years: $6.00
    Senior - over 65 years: $6.00
    Young Children - Under 3 years - Free



Community Celebrations

American Spirit Parade : Come celebrate at this patriotic parade which honors all the First Responders, including Military, Police, Firefighters and EMTs.

The parade starts at Lime and Orange Street, with a reviewing stand at Buchanan Park.

  • Location: Throughout downtown Lancaster, Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: (717) 397-4683 x4241
  • Date: April 26, 2008
  • Time: Starts at 1:00 PM
  • Admission: Free



Community Days at Buchanan Park - This community festival at Buchanan Park offers loads of activities and event, including carnival rides, games, music and food.

  • Location: Buchanan Park, 120 North Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17608-1599
  • Phone: (717) 392-4683
  • Date: April 30, 2008 through May 3, 2008
  • Time:
    Wednesday, April 30, 2008: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Thursday, May 1, 2008: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Friday, May 2, 2008: 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    Saturday, May 3, 2008: Noon to 11:00 PM
  • Admission: Free



Race Against Racism - 5K run/walk uniting people of all races to demonstrate their commitment to racial equality and opportunity.

As a 10th anniversary celebration, Humanity Fest, a free community event featuring a variety of multi-cultural entertainment, will be held at Musser Park after the race.

  • Location: Musser Park, Lime and Chestnut Streets, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 393-1735
  • Date: April 26, 2008
  • Time: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Admission: $20.00 to register for the race



54th Annual Sertoma Chicken BBQ - Join in for a day of great food, beautiful scenery and live entertainment at the 54th Annual Sertoma Chicken BBQ. Bring your family and friends, and relax in the beauty of Long's Park.

  • Location: Long's Park, Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (Route 30) across from Park City Mall
  • Phone: (717) 291-9100 x 224
  • Date: May 19, 2008
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Admission: $7 in advance at Turkey Hill Minit Markets or from any Lancaster Sertoma Club Member - $8 at the park day of BBQ



Back to the Past: A unique street celebration by the shops and restaurants of the 300 block of North Queen Street. Your entire family will enjoy the community spirit of the creative demonstrations, magic shows, exhibits, antique appraisals, auction, contests and more fun events taking place throughout the day.

  • Location: Downtown Lancaster at the 300 Block of North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: (717) 509-7660
  • Date: June 1, 2008
  • Time:
    11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Admission: Free



Long’s Park Summer Entertainment Series:Enjoy free concerts all summer long every Sunday between Memorial Day and Labor Day at Long’s Park.

  • Location: Long's Park, Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: (717) 735-8883
  • Date: June 3, 2008, June 10, 2008, June 17, 2008 and June 24, 2008
  • Time: Beginning at 7:30 PM
  • Admission: Free



Celebrate Lancaster! 2008 : Begin your Independence Weekend early. Entertainment and a huge fireworks display in downtown Lancaster will start your 4th of July off with a bang!.

  • Location: Downtown Lancaster, Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: (717) 291-4758
  • Date: June 27, 2008
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Admission: Free



Musser Park Old Fashioned 4th of July:An Independence Day celebration held in Musser Park with food, games, crafts, entertainment and fun.

  • Location: Musser Park, Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Date: July 4, 2008
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Admission: Free



Concerts

Lancaster Symphony Orchestra: Classic Concert Series - Celebrate the 60th anniversary season of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. Tango Meets the Blues. Unique concert series featuring: Marcelo Nisinman, bandoneon - The tango’s emotionally charged past and present will come together as South America’s leading bandoneon player, Marcelo Nisinman, returns to perform one of tango king Astor Piazzolla’s greatest works; Corky Siegel, harmonica - America’s master of the blues harmonica returns for the world premiere of his original composition; Ottorino Respighi - colorful and evocative tone poems will transport you to Italy; Graeme Koehne - Australia's preeminent contemporary classical composer will present the American premier of his innovative, entertaining new work.

  • Location: Fulton Theater, 12 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: (717) 291-6440 ext.235
  • Date: January 11, 2008 to January 13, 2008
  • Time:
    Friday, January 11, 2008: 8:00 PM followed by a reception where you can meet the musicians;
    Saturday, January 12, 2008: 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
    Sunday, January 13, 2008: 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
  • Admission: Tickets range from $21 to $58



Three Dog Night - Live performance from great 1970's classic rock super group with 21 hit singles and twelve consecutive gold albums from 1969 to 1975.

“One” became the band’s first Top Ten hit in 1969, while “Mama Told Me (Not to Come)” hit number one a year later. “Joy to the World” became the group’s biggest hit in 1971, spending six weeks on top of the pop charts, and their streak continued with their final number one, 1972’s “Black and White” and their final Top Ten, 1974’s “The Show Must Go On.”

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: January 20, 2008
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Admission: $45.00



Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge; Emil Stucchio & The Classics; and, The Shangri-Las - Live performance.

The Brooklyn Bridge, led by Johnny Maestro, was formed on Long Island in 1968. They are best known for their trademark strong vocal and horn arrangements. Their many hits include "The Worst That Could Happen," "Welcome Me Love, " "Blessed is the Rain" and "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Emil Stucchio & the Classics are known for such hits as "Till Then, Life is but a Dream," "The Way You Look Tonight," and others.

Along with the Shirelles and the Ronettes, the Shangri-Las were the greatest girl group of the 1960's. Their number one signature hit is "Leader of the Pack."

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: January 26, 2008
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $40.00



Oak Ridge Boys - Live performance from this legendary group with three decades of chart-topping hits, million-selling albums, an endless highway of personal appearances, and a permanent place in the pantheon of country music.

Their string of hits includes "Elvira," as well as "Bobbie Sue," "Dream On," "Thank God For Kids," "American Made," "I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes," "Fancy Free," "Gonna Take A Lot of River" and many others. They've scored 11 gold, three platinum and one double platinum album, and had more than a dozen national #1 singles.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: February 9, 2008
  • Time: 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM
  • Admission: $41.00



An Evening with Anne Murray - Canadian songstress Anne Murray has created over 31 albums and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. The album Snowbird earned her the distinction of being the first Canadian solo female artist to receive a gold record in the United States. Some of her hits include “You Needed Me,” “Could I Have this Dance,” “Love Song” and “Snowbird.”

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: Tuesday, February, 12, 2008 and Wednesday, February, 13, 2008
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $75.00



Lancaster Symphony Orchestra: Classic Concert Series - Celebrate the 60th anniversary season of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. Soundscapes of Grieg and Sibelius. Internationally acclaimed, Russian born pianist Yuliya Gorenman will perform Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor and Sigurd Jorsalfar as well as Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 2. The beautiful music is evocative of the Scandinavian landscape.

  • Location: Fulton Theater, 12 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: (717) 291-6440 ext.235
  • Date: February 15, 2008 to February 17, 2008
  • Time:
    Friday, February 15, 2008: 8:00 PM followed by a reception where you can meet the musicians;
    Saturday, February 16, 2008: 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
    Sunday, February 17, 2008: 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
  • Admission: Tickets range from $21 to $58



Miranda Lambert - Live performance from the Country Music Award nominee for Top Female Vocalist. Miranda Lambert's debut album Kerosene went to number one on the country charts. She is a singer songwriter with staying power, and a take-no-prisoners, old school, rockin’ country style. Her current album is entitled, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: February 15, 2008
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $49.50



Mark Lowry - Mark Lowry has been making people laugh, cry and think for over twenty years. Beginning in 1988, Mark’s antics on stage as the baritone with the Gaither Vocal Band were an instant hit with the Vocal Band audiences and their comedy evolved into the highlight of the evening when the Homecoming Tour was born. In 1984, Mark wrote the lyric to the beautiful song, “Mary, Did You Know?” which has become a modern Christmas standard, recorded by more than thirty different artists including Kenny Rogers, Wynonna Judd, Clay Aiken, Natalie Cole, and Donny Osmond.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: February 16, 2008 and February 17, 2008
  • Time:
    Saturday, February 16, 2008: 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
    Sunday, February 17, 2008: 3:00 PM
  • Admission: $30.00



Pure Gold Tour - The Pure Gold Tour features an eclectic blend of Country Music Legends, including: T.G. Sheppard (“Last Cheater’s Waltz,” “Do you Wanna Go to Heaven”), John Conlee (“Back Side of Thirty,” “ Before My Time,” “Friday Night Blues”), Ronnie McDowell (“The King is Gone,” “Older Women”), Exile (“Kiss You All Over”), and hosted by Steve Hall w/ Shotgun Red.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: February 23, 2008
  • Time: Saturday, February 23, 2008: 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $35.00



Rick Springfield - Live Performance by the multi-talented Australian-born Rick Springfield. Springfield has been a constant in the popular music scene since the early ‘70s, creating two monster albums, "Working Class Dog" in 1981, and "Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet" in 1982. These albums yielded the hits “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” and his signature song, “Jessie’s Girl.” He also performed as Dr. Noah Drake on “General Hospital" as well as in many TV movies throughout the years.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: February 24, 2008
  • Time: Sunday, February 24, 2008: 7:00 PM
  • Admission: $60.00



The Temptations and The Four Tops - Live Performance.

The Temptations were the most consistently commercially successful and critically acclaimed male vocal group of the 1960’s and early 1970’s. Some of their many hits include “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Ball of Confusion,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “It’s Just My Imagination” and “My Girl.”

The Four Tops were another of Motown’s most consistent hit-makers in the 1960’s, and its longest-lived lineup (40 years). The Four Tops also produced hit after hit including “Baby I Need Your Loving,” “I Can’t Help Myself,” “Reach Out and I’ll Be There” and “Standing in the Shadows of Love.”.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: February 27, 2008
  • Time: Wednesday, February 27, 2008: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $70.00



The Beach Boys - Live Performance by the legendary popular group whose classic songs epitomize the spirit of the California lifestyle. The Beach Boys’ first hit “Surfin’” launched a string of huge hit songs that span nearly forty years and includes eternal anthems of American youth: “Surfer Girl,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Good Vibrations,” “Rock and Roll Music,” “Kokomo,” and more.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: February 28, 2008
  • Time: Thursday, February 28, 2008: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $70.00



Teen Idols - Peter Noone, Micky Dolenz, Gary Lewis - Live performance.

Peter Noone: The Herman of the famed pop group, Herman’s Hermits sold 52 million records. the group is known for songs such as: “I’m into Something Good,” “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat,” “There’s a Kind Of Hush” and “Henry VIII.”

Micky Dolenz: Micky of the Monkees. Micky Dolenz has been in the spotlight nearly all his life. He started his career starring in the ‘50s television show “Circus Boy,” but it was years later, when he won a role in the TV show called “The Monkees,” that his life would change forever. “Last Train to Clarksville,” “I’m a Believer,” and “Daydream Believer,” are just some of the hits of the Monkees.

Gary Lewis: The son of Jerry Lewis performed in the 60's with his group Gary Lewis and the Playboys. In 1964, their first single, “This Diamond Ring” went straight to number one. Other hits like “Everybody Loves A Clown” and “Sealed with a Kiss.”

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: March 1, 2008
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $65.00



Little Richard: Live Performance - When Richard Penniman from Macon, Georgia transformed himself into the flamboyant phenomenon known as Little Richard, Rock & Roll would never be the same. A true American innovator, singer and pianist, Little Richard’s hits dominated the charts in the mid-50s. His renditions of “Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Long Tall Sally” and “Tutti-Frutti,” have no equal.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: March 8, 2008
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $53.00



Tracy Lawrence: Live Performance - Tracy Lawrence is known for his classic blend of Honky Tonk and Southern Rock. He first came on the scene in the early ‘90s, amongst the likes of Travis Tritt, Toby Keith, and Clint Black, and quickly became one of Country’s solid hit makers including top tens: “Runnin’ Behind,” “Today’s Lonely Fool,” and “Somebody Paints the Wall.”

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: March 11, 2008
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $45.00



The Golden Boys - Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell are together again. Frankie Avalon’s hits include “Venus,” “De De Dinah” and “Bobby Sox to Stockings.” Bobby Rydell’s hits include “Volare,” “Wild One” and “Kissin’ Time.” Some of Fabian’s hits include “Turn Me Loose,” “Tiger” and “I’m a Man.” The three stars also pay tribute to Elvis, Bobby Darin, Rick Nelson and Bill Haley.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: March 18, 2008
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $70.00




Smothers Brothers with Judy Collins - For over 45 years, Tom and Dick Smothers have been entertaining audiences with their popular singing and comedy act.

In her 40-year career, Judy Collins has performed worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: March 26, 2008
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $65.00




Lancaster Symphony Orchestra: Classic Concert Series - Celebrate the 60th anniversary season of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. A Sea Symphony . The Lancaster Symphony Chorus accompanied by renowned guest soloists perform Vaughan Williams, Symphony No. 1, “A Sea Symphony.” This optimistic expression of visionary rapture by Ralph Vaughan Williams was inspired by Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass."

  • Location: Fulton Theater, 12 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: (717) 291-6440 ext.235
  • Date: March 28, 2008 through March 30, 2008
  • Time:
    Friday, March 28, 2008: 8:00 PM followed by a reception where you can meet the musicians;
    Saturday, March 29, 2008: 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM
    Sunday, March 30, 2008: 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
  • Admission: Tickets range from $21 to $58


Spring Doo Wop Cavalcade - As seen on PBS, some of the greatest doo wop performers of all time - all in one remarkable lineup. Come enjoy the lush vocal harmonies of your favorite groups of the Doo Wop era, including the Del Vikings; Vito & the Salutations; The Happenings; Little Peggy March; The Tymes; Earl Lewis & the Channels; The Passions; The Quotations; The Eternals.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: Saturday, March 29, 2008
  • Time: 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $45.00



Bluegrass Fest: Live Performance - American Bluegrass music is known for its unique acoustic stringed instruments and vocal harmonies. Loyal fans of Bluegrass, as well as those experiencing it for the first time, will enjoy this full line-up including: Peter Rowan & the Tony Rice Quartet; Bobby Osborne & the Rocky Top X-Press; Rhonda Vincent & the Rage; and Dr. Ralph Stanley.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: April 5, 2008
  • Time: 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $35.00




Lancaster Symphony Orchestra: Audience Requests - Celebrate the 60th anniversary season of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. Experience a concert where the audience selects what songs the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra will perform.

  • Location: Fulton Theater, 12 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: (717) 291-6440 ext.235
  • Date: April 11, 2008 through April 13, 2008
  • Time:
    Friday, April 11, 2008: 8:00 PM;
    Saturday, April 12, 2008: 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM;
    Sunday, April 13, 2008: 3:00 PM;
  • Admission: Tickets range from $21 to $58



The British Invasion: Relive the biggest movement in pop music history with tributes to bands like The Beatles, Stones and Kinks. Come experience the British Invasion and enjoy the music that reintroduced America to the blues and shaped a generation. There has been nothing like it before or since.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: Every Friday and Saturday from May 2, 2008 through October 11, 2007.
  • Time:
    Friday Shows: 7:30 PM
    Saturday Shows: 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
  • Admission: Please call for ticket prices.



Classic Crooners: This show celebrates all the iconic crooners like Bing Crosby, Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney. It will recreate the infamous evenings with The Rat Pack when Frank, Dean and Sammy owned Las Vegas. Relax and remember the smooth sounds, the larger than life entertainers, the Classic Crooners.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: Every Tuesday through Thursday from May 6, 2008 through October 12, 2007.
  • Time:
    Tuesday Shows: 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
    Wednesday Shows: 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM
    Thursday Show: 3:00 PM
    There is also an occasional Sunday show at 3:00 PM. Please call for dates.
  • Admission: Please call for ticket prices.



The Essential Rachmaninoff & Ravel - Celebrate the 60th anniversary season of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. Come listen to Sergei Rachmaninoff’s majestic Symphonic Dances which exemplifies his gift for melody and his uncanny ability to capture orchestral color.

Likewise, you will enjoy La Valse which was originally composed by Maurice Ravel as a tribute to Johann Strauss, Jr. This choreographic poem holds up the beauty of the waltz in contrast to the cynicism and bitterness of wartime Vienna.

Also on display will be internationally distinguished pianist Ian Hobson who will showcase his virtuosity in the Pennsylvania premiere of Ignace Jan Paderewski’s rich, romantic, Chopin-like concerto,

  • Location: Fulton Theater, 12 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: (717) 291-6440 ext.235
  • Date: May 16, 2008 through May 18, 2008
  • Time:
    Friday, May 16, 2008: 8:00 PM;
    Saturday, May 17, 2008: 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM;
    Sunday, May 18, 2008: 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM;
  • Admission: Tickets range from $21 to $58



Gin Blossoms: Live Performance from the adult/alternative pop group whose sound can be compared in genre to the likes of the Wallflowers, Hootie and the Blowfish, Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket. They have produced several radio-friendly, chart topping hits including, “Hey Jealousy,” “ Found Out About You,” “‘Till I Hear it From You ,“ and “Follow You Down.”

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: May 19, 2008
  • Time:
    8:00 PM
  • Admission: $38.00



Travis Tritt: Travis Tritt was one of the leading new country singers of the early ‘90s, emerging on the scene with the likes of Garth Brooks, Clint Black, and Alan Jackson. Throughout the early ‘90s, he had a string of platinum albums and Top Ten singles, including three number one hits.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: May 29, 2008
  • Time:
    8:00 PM
  • Admission: $67.00



Herb Reed & The Platters; Kenny Vance & The Planotones; and,Shirley Alston Reeves: Live Performance.

The Platters, featuring original member Herb Reed, have recorded just under 400 songs, have sold over 80 million records, performed in over 91 countries and have received over two hundred and thirty awards from around the world. They are known for the following songs: “Only You,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “My Prayer,” “The Great Pretender,” “Twilight Time” and “The Magic Touch.”

Kenny Vance began his musical career by forming the successful group Jay and The Americans, and remained with them for their entire 11-year career. The Planotones were originally formed for the feature film American Hot Wax and were re-formed in 1992.

Shirley Alston Reeves, original lead singer of the Shirelles, will be performing many of their hits, which may include: “I Met Him on a Sunday,” “This is Dedicated to the One I Love” and “Tonight’s the Night.”

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: May 31, 2008
  • Time:
    8:00 PM
  • Admission: $40.00



George Jones: Live Performance by the country legend who continues to produce hits in every decade of the second half of the 20th century with his own unique brand of country music. In fact, Jones has had more charted singles than any other artist in any format of popular music. One of the greatest honky tonk singers of all time, his songs include: “White Lightning,” “Tender Years” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: June 1, 2008
  • Time:
    3:00 PM
  • Admission: $65.00



Bobby Vinton: Bobby Vinton's sentimental balladeering and orchestral, middle-of-the-road arrangements were a throwback to a decade before rock 'n roll had found its mass market. Among some of his biggest hits are "Melody of Love," "Roses are Red (My Love)," "Blue on Blue," "There! I've Said It Again," "Mr. Lonely" and "Blue Velvet."

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: June 7, 2008
  • Time:
    3:00 PM
  • Admission: $59.00



Peter, Paul & Mary: One of the most popular folk group of the 1960’s, Peter, Paul & Mary iare among the most durable music acts in history. During the first ten years they recorded about one album a year and many of the songs are classics – “Blowin’ In The Wind,” “If I Had A Hammer,” “Puff, The Magic Dragon,” “Lemon Tree,” “Where Have All The Flowers Gone,” “500 Miles,” “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” and “This Land Is Your Land.”

Over the last 40 years, Peter, Paul & Mary’s commitment to the struggles for social justice has never diminished.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: June 8, 2008
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Admission: 75.00



The Lettermen: Nine gold albums and scores of top singles attest to the enduring popularity of The Lettermen.

Whether singing acapella or backed by an entire symphony orchestra, The Lettermen continually showcase a wide variety of musical styles - adapting through the years to include whatever the current trend may be. From their first hit in 1961 - "The Way You Look Tonight" - through current hits of today, they have proven with their well-known harmony that love ballads have an appeal that knows no boundaries

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: June 27, 2008
  • Time:
    8:00 PM
  • Admission: $34.00



Riders in the Sky: Riders In The Sky are the multi Grammy Award winning Western music group whose music is firmly grounded in the rich American music traditions of such legendary cowboys singers as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and the Sons of the Pioneers—and whose fun-filled performances have enchanted audiences of all ages for nearly 30 years.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: June 29, 2008
  • Time:
    3:00 PM
  • Admission: $25.00



Jim Nabors: In addition to his famous role as television’s “Gomer Pyle,” Jim Nabors has enjoyed a successful career as a former cabaret signer and easy-listening balladeer. His beautiful baritone voice could be heard on contemporary, gospel and country efforts, and he has also hosted his own variety program, “The Jim Nabors Show.”

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: July 9, 2008
  • Time:
    8:00 PM
  • Admission: $47.00


Randy Owen: For over 25 years, Randy Owen, the front man and lead vocalist of the group Alabama has just about done it all. Alabama has had 21 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, 42 number one singles and more than 60 million records sold. Alabama has also received over 150 industry awards including 8 Country Music Association honors for "Entertainer of the Year", 2 Grammys, 2 People's Choice Awards and their very own star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame."

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: July 10, 2008
  • Time:
    8:00 PM
  • Admission: $73.00


Phil Vassar: Live performance by this contemporary country singer/songwriter. Phil Vassar has penned songs “Little Red Rodeo,” “Right on the Money,” and “Bye Bye,” for other country artists, and has had Top-5 hits of his own with “Carlene,” “That’s When I Love You” and “Just Another Day in Paradise.”

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: July 11, 2008
  • Time: 8:00 PM
  • Admission: 45.00


Mary Lou Metzger, Anacani, Ken Delo and Guy & Ralna: Fans of the Lawrence Welk Show will not want to miss this tour by former members of that long-running show.

The format is simple: easy-listening music, (what Mr. Welk referred to as “champagne music,”) and a “family” of wholesome musicians, singers, and dancers.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: July 12, 2008
  • Time:
    1:00 PM and 7:00 PM
  • Admission: $35.00




Summer Doo Wop Cavalcade: You're sure to enjoy this classic Doo Wop with Charlie Thomas & the Drifters; Johnny Tillotson; The Devotions; Johnny Farina of Santo & Johnny, the Fireflies; Special Guests: The Brooklyn Reunion, Starring the Classics, the Excellents, and the Emotions.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: August 2, 2008
  • Time:
    2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $45.00



Charley Pride: Live Performance by the silky-smooth baritone who ruled the country airwaves in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Discovered as a teenager by the great Red Sovine, Pride went on to tear down the accepted belief that country music’s primarily white audience would never accept a black performer.

To the contrary, Pride’s pure Nashville style has remained a staple of the scene. His better known hits include “Kiss an Angel Good Morning,” “Help Me Make it Through the Night” and “I Don’t Think She’s in Love Anymore

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: August 8, 2008
  • Time:
    8:00 PM
  • Admission: $65.00



Crystal Gayle, Roy Clark and Ray Price: Crystal Gayle, the younger sister of country star Loretta Lynn, is known for the the smooth country pop sound that was often a recipe for crossover success in the 1970’s. Her biggest hit is “Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.”

Popular country singer/musician, Roy Clark delights audiences with not only his vocal talents but with his accomplishments on the guitar, banjo and mandolin. He is also well known for his TV appearances on Hee Haw for 24 years. Several of his hit songs include “Yesterday, When I Was Young,” “Somewhere Between Love and Tomorrow” and “If I Had It To Do All Over Again.”

Country crooner Ray Price hit super stardom during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Favorite songs include “Crazy Arms, “ “Talk to Your Heart, “ “I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me), If You Don't, Somebody Else Will” and “Release Me. ”

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: September 20, 2008
  • Time:
    2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
  • Admission: $49.00



Lou Christie; The Duprees; Jay Siegel & The Tokens; and, Cleveland Still & The Dubs: Lou Christie was one of the 1960’s first singer-songwriters, and his unforgettable falsetto is unmistakable in his hits “Two Faces Have I,” “I’m Gonna Make You Mine,” “Rhapsody in the Rain” and of course, “Lightning Strikes.”

With their unique sound and outstanding vocal harmonies, The Duprees are still entertaining audiences in major venues throughout the world. Among their hits is the classic “You Belong to Me.”

Jay Siegel & The Tokens began their doo-wop career in Brooklyn, New York in the late 1950’s. The Tokens’ hits included “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “A Portrait of My Love,” “He’s in Town,” and “She Lets Her Hair Down.”

Cleveland Still & the Dubs will be performing favorites like, “Chapel of Dreams” and “Could This be Magic.”

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: October 5, 2008
  • Time:
    7:00 PM
  • Admission: $40.00



Engelbert Humperdinck: The reigning "Rex of Romance" has received four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for Entertainer of the Year (1988) and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His most memorable hits are: "After the Lovin'," "The Last Waltz," "Spanish Eyes" and "Release Me."

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: October 6, 2008
  • Time:
    8:00 PM
  • Admission: $70.00



Craft and Fine Art Shows


22nd Annual Craft Show, Sponsored by the Covered Bridge Charter Chapter: More than 90 exhibitors will be presnting local and national crafts.

Homemade baked goods, chicken corn soup, hot dogs & sauerkraut, and much more will be available.

All proceeds benefit the Covered Bridge Charter Chapter Scholarship Fund which provides educational funds for deserving local students.

  • Location: Conestoga Valley High School, Rill Gymnasium, 2110 Horseshoe Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Phone: (717) 354-9839
  • Date: March 8, 2008
  • Time: 8:30 AM until 2:00 PM
  • Admission: $2.00 for adults; free for children 10 and under


30th Annual Long's Park Art & Craft Festival - Recognized as one of American's top fine art and contemporary craft shows, this annual Labor Day weekend event features 200 exhibitors from across the country. Exquisite jewelry, magnificent paintings, trend-setting apparel and leather, beautiful ceramics and mixed media creations, stunning sculptures and much more will be on display. In addition there will be plenty of live music and gourmet cuisine all weekend long.

  • Location: Long's Park, Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: 717-295-7054
  • Date: August 30, 2008 Through September 1, 2008
  • Time:
    Friday, August 30, 2008: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Saturday, August 31, 2008: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Sunday, September 1, 2008: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
    Monday, September 2, 2008: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Admission: Advance tickets are $8 for a one day pass or $10 for a multi-day pass.



Family Fun

Jungle Jack Hanna - Former Executive Director of the Columbus Zoo, Jack Hanna brings his family-friendly animal show on the road.

Through his nationally syndicated television show Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, and hundreds of appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America and Larry King Live, animal expert Jack Hanna has become a household name.

Jungle Jack’s live show features many of his favorite animal friends, as well as fascinating and humorous stories and footage from his adventures around the world.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: March 15, 2008
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Admission: $29.00




Where The Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak in His Own Words and Pictures - Fun-filled family exhibit based on the work of the beloved children's author and illustrator, Maurice Sendak. Lots of hands-on elements are designed to provide insight into Sendak's vision and inspirations.

  • Location: Lancaster Museum of Art, 135 North Lime Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 394-3497
  • Date: April 5, 2008 to May 18, 2008
  • Time: Museum hours are:
    Mondays through Saturdays: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; and,
    Sundays: Noon until 4:00 PM
  • Admission: Free. However, $2 donations per person are suggested




Russian American Kids Circus : The Russian American Kids Circus is a breathtaking spectacle performed entirely by boys and girls aged 6 to 16. It is a professional Circus whose performers just happen to be kids. Their astonishing acts include: flying acrobatics, tightrope walking, juggling, spinning plates, unicycling, and of course, clowning.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: August 3, 2008
  • Time:
    3:00 PM
  • Admission: $22.00



Getting to Know Lancaster City



First Friday - It is always a great time to visit Lancaster City on the first Friday of each month. Experience the downtown as 0ver 60 galleries, museums, shops, and restaurants extend their hours.

  • Location: Downtown Lancaster City
  • Phone: (717) 509-ARTS
  • Dates: January 4, 2008, February 1, 2008, March 7, 2008, April 4, 2008, May 2, 2008, June 6, 2008, July 4, 2008, August 1, 2008, September 5, 2008, October 3, 1008, November 7, 2008, December 5, 2008
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Admission: Free



History Exhibits

Living the Experience: The Underground Railroad - Learn about the African-American experience of the Underground Railroad in Lancaster County. Discover the fascinating historical accounts of travelers as their stories are brought to life and listen to the spirituals of enslaved Africans for encoded messages.

  • Location: Lancaster Campus of the Harrisburg Area Community College, 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: 717-293-5000
  • Date: February 27, 2008
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Admission: Free



Nature Appreciation

Maple Sugaring Exhibit - Your entire family will enjoy this park naturalists' exhibit of showcasing the maple sugaring processes including its history, tree identification and selection, proper tapping, sap collection, sap boiling, syrup finishing and candy making.

  • Location: Lancaster County Central Park, Pavilion 11, 1050 Rockford Rd., Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 295-2055
  • Date: February 17, 2008, February 23, 2008, February 24, 2008 and March 2, 2008
  • Admission: Free



Herb & Garden Faire : One of the East Coast's largest plant and garden sales. Landis Valley's highly regarded Heirloom Seed Project celebrates its 23rd year with a large selection of heirloom tomatoes, roses and other plants.

On hand will be more than 80 vendors of herbs, annuals, perennials, roses, historic seeds and garden accoutrements. Feel free to pack a picnic lunch or purchase food on the grounds.

  • Location: Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Phone: (717) 569-0401
  • Date: May 9, 2008 to May 10, 2008
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Admission: General admission is $6.00. Children 5 and under are admitted free.



Demuth Garden Tour Weekend : Discover the history and heritage of Lancaster while touring seventeen city and suburban gardens in Lancaster, including Charles Demuth's garden, a horse farm and a unique cluster of seven city gardens.

  • Location: Throughout Lancaster, Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: Contact The Demuth Foundation at(717) 299-9940
  • Date: June 7, 2008 to June 8, 2008
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Admission: Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of the tour.




Pennsylvania Dutch Culture

Quilter's Heritage Celebration: A special event for quilt enthusiasts. Hundreds of beautiful and unique quilts will be on display. There will also be quilt-making demonstrations, classes and items on sale.

  • Location: Lancaster Host Resort & Conference Center, 2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717)299-5500
  • Date: March 27, 2008 through March 30, 2008
  • Time:
    Thursday, March 27, 2008: 9:00 Am until 5:00 PM
    Friday, March 28, 2008: 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM
    Saturday, March 29, 2008: 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM
    Sunday, March 30, 2008: 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM
  • Admission: $10.00 for a single day: $18.00 for multiple days



49th Annual Harvest Days Celebrate Pennsylvania German traditional fall harvest events. Over eighty demonstrations make the village come to life.

Tavern cooking, heirloom apple tasting, craft and trade demonstrations. Horse drawn wagon rides, scarecrow stuffing, children's activities in the Discovery Tent and a visit to the Pumpkin Patch to find the perfect pumpkin to paint or carve.

  • Location: Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Phone: (717)581-0591
  • Date: October 11, 2008 to October 12, 20088
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM





Religious-Themed Events

A Lancaster Christmas - Discover how Christmas traditions have evolved over time. Historically-recreated settings depict the many changing ways that Christmas has been celebrated for each decade from 1850 through 1960. There will also be a special tribute to F. W. Woolworth's first 5 & 10 store, established 125 years ago in Lancaster, PA.

  • Location: Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum, 37 North Market St., Lancaster, PA 17603
  • Phone: 717-299-6440
  • Date: November 17, 2007 to January 12, 2008
  • Time: 9:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Admission: $6.00 for Adults; Free for Children



The Christmas Show: Constantly compared to Radio City Music Hall, American Music Theatre’s Christmas Show is widely hailed as one of America’s best.

You will enjoy a wide variety of secular and sacred Christmas songs, ranging from outstanding a cappella renditions to powerful orchestral versions.

The comedy sketches are fun for kids ages 1 to 92. The graceful American Music Theatre dancers as well an appearance from Santa himself.

Make this holiday season the most memorable of all with Lancaster’s favorite Christmas show.

  • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
  • Date: The Christmas shows run from November 1, 2008 through December 30, 2008. There will be a show every day in November except for Mondays and on Thanksgiving.
  • Time:
    Saturday and Sunday Shows: 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
    Tuesday Shows: 3:00 PM only
    Wednesday Shows: 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM
    Thursday and Friday Shows: 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
    Note: On Thursday, November 6, 2008, there will only be a 3:00 PM show.
  • Admission: Please call for ticket prices.



A Christmas Carol : Journey back to Victorian London, 1843 for a classic tale that shows it's never too late to change.

  • Location: Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, 510 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Phone: (717) 898-1900
  • Date: November 6, 2008 through December 23, 2008
  • Time:
    Shows tend to begin at 1:15 PM, 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM with the meals beginning at 11:45 AM, 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM, respectively. Please call for details.
  • Admission: Tickets vary depending seating arrangements and other factors. Please call for details.



Country Christmas Village : Come warm your spirit at a Country Christmas Village and experience Pennsylvania German contributions to the holidays.

Warm up with some hot cider or hot chocolate and gingersnaps. Tour holiday decorated buildings and meet "der Belsnickel" - the folk character that evolved into the modern version of Santa Claus.

And, be sure to stop at the Weathervane, Landis Valley Museum Store, for unique holiday gifts.

  • Location: Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Phone: (717)581-0591
  • Date:
    Friday, December 5, 2008 through Sunday, December 7,2008
    Friday, December 12, 2008 through Sunday, December 14,2008
    Friday, December 26, 2008 through Sunday, December 28,2008
  • Time:
    Fridays and Saturdays: 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM
    Sundays: Noon until 4:00 PM



A Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas: Holiday at Landis Valley -Tour holiday-decorated buildings, sing traditional carols by the warmth of a bonfire and enjoy cookies and hot-mulled cider in the Yellow Barn.

  • Location: Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Phone: (717) 569-0401
  • Date:
    Friday, December 12, 2008
  • Time: 6:00 PM until 8:30 PM
  • Admission: Free admission. Donations of canned goods will be accepted at the entrance for the Lancaster Food Bank.



Romantic Evenings



Victorian Valentine Dinner: A night not like any other. Snuggle up to your loved one on a horse drawn ride to the Landis Valley Hotel, a charmingly authentic historic setting that's been serving travelers since 1855. Dine on a delicious romantic meal accompanied by a wandering violinist. Advance reservations required.

  • Location: Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Phone: Cindy Kirby-Reedy at(717)581-0591
  • Date: Saturday, February 9, 2008 and Thursday, February 14, 2008
  • Time: 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM





Science


Family Science Sunday : Family Science Sunday is truly science fun for everyone. Various hands-on activities, science demonstrations, interactive events are available along with an opportunity to witness some of the animals a little closer than normal in the Live Animal Room.

Please note that there is a Special Exhibit running from January 25, 2008 until May 30, 2008 called, "Snakes, Rattles & Holes." Look at life through a snake's eyes at this exhibit by Purdue University. Feel a snake's skin, see how snakes slither, or help a snake get his dinner - on a video game.

  • Location: North Museum of Natural History and Science, 400 College Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603
  • Phone: (717) 291-3941
  • Dates: March 2, 2008, April 6, 2008, May 4, 2008, June 1, 2008, July 6, 2008, August 3, 2008, September 7, 2008, October 5, 2008, November 2, 2008
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Admission:
    General Museum Admission: $7.00
    Children ages 3 to 12 years: $6.00
    Senior - over 65 years: $6.00
    Young Children - Under 3 years - Free



Shopping


Easter Egg Hunt & Sidewalk Sales - Your whole family will have fun at Lancaster's largest Easter egg hunt. Enjoy sidewalk sales during regular mall hours.

  • Location: Rockvale Outlets Lancaster, 35 S. Willowdale Drive, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: (717) 293-9595
  • Date: March 21-22, 2008
  • Time:
    March 21, 2008 - Sidewalk Sales during mall hours.March 22, 2008 - Easter Egg Hunt begins at 10:00 AM, Sidewalk Sales during mall hours
  • Admission: Free to attend




Sports

Lancaster Barnstormers Opening Day Home Game - The whole family will enjoying a day at the ballpark for the opening weekend of the fourth season, where the Barnstormers will take on the Bridgeport Bluefish Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  • Location: Clipper Magazine Stadium, 650 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603
  • Phone: (717) 509-HITS (4487)
  • Date: April 25, 2008 – April 27, 2008
  • Time: Please call for details
  • Admission: Tickets prices vary based upon seating. Please call for details.

  • Red Rose Run: Here's the chance to start running downtown and participate in this annual, five mile run benefiting the Southeast Lancaster Health Services and Bright Side Opportunities Center.

    Children under 10 can join the Kids Fun Run. Awards are given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in various categories.

    • Location: Downtown Lancaster, 25 N. Queen Street, Lancaster Square, Lancaster, PA 17603
    • Phone: (717) 291-4758
    • Date: May 31, 2008
    • Time:
      8:30 AM
    • Admission: Please call to find out how to register





    Theater and Shows

    STOMP - STOMP is a movement, of bodies, objects, sounds—even abstract ideas. But what makes it so appealing is that the cast uses everyday objects, but in non-traditional ways. There’s no speech, no dialogue, not even a plot.

    STOMP started stomping on the streets of Brighton, England. Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas the creators of STOMP were a group of street performers commonly know as “buskers.” Busking is an old custom in the UK, dating back to booth theatres erected at village fairs in the Middle Ages.

    Luke and Steve updated this historical custom and created a modern symbiotic marriage between movement and music.

    • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
    • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
    • Date: January 15, 2008, 2007 to January 17, 2008
    • Time: 8:00 PM
    • Admission: $49.50



    Bus Stop : Enjoy the famous play in which William Inge’s sparkling dialogue vividly brings to life a busload of colorful characters forced to spend the night at a 24-hour roadside diner.

    • Location: Fulton Theater, 12 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17608
    • Phone: 717-397-7425
    • Date: January 24, 2008 – February 10, 2008
    • Time:
      Evening shows usually begin at 7:30 PM or 8:00 PM
      Matinees usually begin at 2:00 PM. Call for details.
    • Admission: Tickets range from $20 to $45 depending on whether you purchase a student ticket, regular ticket, or senior ticket. The price also depends on the placement of your seats. Please call for details.



    All Shook Up : A fun musical about a young girl’s dream of hitting the open road. Into her life comes a charismatic guitar-playing roustabout who turns the whole town upside down with his hip-swiveling, lip-curling and sexy singin’. Featuring 24 classic Elvis Presley tunes, "All Shook Up" is surefire fun for rock n’ roll rebels of all ages.

    • Location: Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, 510 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
    • Phone: (717) 898-1900
    • Date: February 14, 2008 – April 5, 2008
    • Time:
      Shows tend to begin at 1:15 PM and 8:00 PM with the meals beginning at 11:45 AM and 6:00 PM, respectively. Please call for details.
    • Admission: Tickets vary depending seating arrangements and other factors. Please call for details.



    Treasure Island - A Musical Adventure : Join the Fulton Theatre for the world premiere of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island: A Musical Adventure. Witness all the suspense, excitement and laughs as young Jim Hawkins ventures into a world of cutthroat pirates—including the infamous, blood-thirsty culinary wizard, Long John Silver—to find where the "X" marks the spot.

    After years of extensive development at several theatres in Chicago and elsewhere, this is your chance to see the first full production of this all-new musical that is sure to set sail soon across the country.

    • Location: Fulton Theatre, 12 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
    • Phone: (717) 397-7425
    • Date: March 6, 2008 – March 22, 2008
    • Time:
      Evening shows usually begin at 7:30 PM or 8:00 PM
      Matinees usually begin at 2:00 PM. Call for details.
    • Admission: Tickets range from $20 to $45 depending on whether you purchase a student ticket, regular ticket, or senior ticket. The price also depends on the placement of your seats. Please call for details.



    Guys and Dolls : The classic story of small time gamblers and the ladies in their lives. Nathan Detroit bets his pal, the slick, high-rolling Sky Masterson, that he can’t get the next lady he sees to fall in love with him. Unfortunately for Sky, it’s the prim and proper neighborhood missionary Sarah Brown who is out to save their very souls. And while Sky is wooing Miss Brown, Nathan has trouble of his own with Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to Nathan for 14 years.

    • Location: Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, 510 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
    • Phone: (717) 898-1900
    • Date: April 10, 2008 through May 15, 2008
    • Time:
      Shows tend to begin at 1:15 PM and 8:00 PM with the meals beginning at 11:45 AM and 6:00 PM, respectively. Please call for details.
    • Admission: Tickets vary depending seating arrangements and other factors. Please call for details.



    Doubt: A Parable - The story of Sister Aloysius, the no-nonsense principal of St. Nicholas Catholic School in 1964, who suspects the Parish priest of inappropriate behavior. A firm adherent to church doctrine and procedure, and with no firm evidence of wrongdoing, Sister Aloysius must decide whether to trust her instincts or to accept Father Flynn's protestations of innocence. John Patrick Shanley's play won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play and was called the "best play of 2005" by over ten national newspapers and magazines.

    • Location: Fulton Theater, 12 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17608
    • Phone: (717) 397-7425
    • Date: April 24, 2008 through May 11, 2008
    • Time: Evening shows usually begin at 7:30 PM or 8:00 PM
      Matinees usually begin at 2:00 PM. Please call for details.
    • Admission: Tickets range from $20 to $45 depending on whether you purchase a student ticket, regular ticket, or senior ticket. The price also depends on the placement of your seats. Please call for details.



    Footloose : This hit captures the heart of America with its youthful spirit, electrifying dance and music including Holding Out for a Hero, Almost Paradise, Let’s Hear It For the Boy and of course Footloose.

    The musical tells the story of a Chicago boy who moves to a rural town where dancing has been banned by the town council and the preacher. It’s the youth of the town that teaches the parents the lesson that it’s no sin to be young, have fun and dance.

    • Location: Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, 510 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
    • Phone: (717) 898-1900
    • Date: May 29, 2008 through July 19, 2008
    • Time:
      Shows tend to begin at 1:15 PM and 8:00 PM with the meals beginning at 11:45 AM and 6:00 PM, respectively. Please call for details.
    • Admission: Tickets vary depending seating arrangements and other factors. Please call for details.



    "Laughter in Bloom:" Eddie Carroll as Jack Benny: Eddie Carroll’s loving tribute to the comic genius that was Jack Benny. Impeccable comic timing, subtle gestures, and his classic “Well,” are included in Eddie’s dead-on interpretation.

    Jack Benny’s routines always portrayed him as the perpetually 39-year-old cheapskate with a heart of gold. His show has the enthusiastic support of the Benny estate and the International Jack Benny Fan Club.

    • Location: American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602
    • Phone: (717) 397-7700 or(800)648-4102
    • Date: May 30, 2008
    • Time:
      8:00 PM
    • Admission: $20.00



    Brigadoon - Come visit a place where love and magic are one and the same. Brigadoon has become one of America's bestloved musicals. Two American tourists lost in the hills of Scotland stumble across an enchanted village that only appears for one day every 100 years.

    In this magical land called Brigadoon, replete with swinging kilts, bonnie lassies, Highland flings and Heather on the Hill, Tommy must choose between returning to his frosty fiancée in New York or remaining forever with the lovely Fiona in Brigadoon.

    The musical has plenty of clever dialogue as well as a catchy Lerner and Loewe score that features such classics as I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean, From This Day On and Almost Like Being in Love.

    • Location: Fulton Theater, 12 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17608
    • Phone: (717) 291-6440 ext.235
    • Date: June 5, 2008 through June 29, 2008
    • Time:
      Evening shows usually begin at 7:30 PM or 8:00 PMMatinees usually begin at 2:00 PM. Call for details.
    • Admission: Tickets range from $20 to $45 depending on whether you purchase a student ticket, regular ticket, or senior ticket. The price also depends on the location of your seats. Please call for details.



    The Sound of Music : Revisit this timeless family classic which touches the hearts of all ages and brims over with some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the stage.

    Maria always wanted to be a nun since she was a little girl, but she's always getting into trouble. When Mother Abbess sends her to be a governess for the seven rowdy children of Captain Von Trapp, Maria soon learns that all these children need is a little love. As she teaches the children to sing and play, she brings love back into the hearts and home of the Von Trapp family… including the Captain.

    • Location: Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, 510 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
    • Phone: (717) 898-1900
    • Date: July 24, 2008 through September 13, 2008
    • Time:
      Shows tend to begin at 1:15 PM and 8:00 PM with the meals beginning at 11:45 AM and 6:00 PM, respectively. Please call for details.
    • Admission: Tickets vary depending seating arrangements and other factors. Please call for details.



    Wonderful Town : Experience the rush of your first visit to New York City all over again. This entertaining tale of two sisters, Ruth, a would be writer and Eileen, a dewy-eyed bombshell. They’re fresh off the bus from Ohio, ready to follow their dreams, fall in love and live happily ever after in New York City.

    With a dazzling score by Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story), the show is full of misadventures and happy endings. This Wonderful Town makes for a wonderful time.

    • Location: Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, 510 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
    • Phone: (717) 898-1900
    • Date: September 18, 2008 – November 1, 2008
    • Time:
      Shows tend to begin at 1:15 PM and 8:00 PM with the meals beginning at 11:45 AM and 6:00 PM, respectively. Please call for details.
    • Admission: Tickets vary depending seating arrangements and other factors. Please call for details.



    World Culture Celebrations

    Chinese New Year Celebration : In celebration of the Chinese New Year, there will be games, performances and other fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.

    • Location: Harrisburg Area Community College - Lancaster Campus, 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602
    • Phone: 717-293-5000
    • Date: February 2, 2008
    • Time: Noon until 4:00 PM



    Multicultural Day : Celebrate and learn about diverse cultures during an afternoon filled with music, ethnic food and crafts from around the world.

    • Location: Harrisburg Area Community College - Lancaster Campus, 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602
    • Phone: 717-293-5000
    • Date: March 12, 2008
    • Time: 11:00 AM until 2:30 PM



    Puerto Rican Festival : Come and experience the wonderful food, art, and music of the Puerto Rican culture. There will also be rides and games at the festival.

    • Location: Thaddeus Stevens School of Technology
    • Phone: (717) 397-8597
    • Date: June 27, 2008 through July 1, 2008
    • Time:
      Tuesday-Thursday: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
      Friday: 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
      Saturday: Noon to 11:00 PM

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