Lancaster County Events -
October, 2008

Here is a listing and description of some of the special October events taking place in Lancaster County in 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 plan to list more events as information becomes available.


17th Annual Stoudts Bier Garden Microfest - Sample 15 of Lancaster County's finest micro-breweries. Enjoy unlimited samplings, a hearty buffet and music from Daisy Jug Band.

  • Location: Stoudt's Black Angus Restaurant & Brew Pub, 2800 North Reading Road, Route 272, Adamstown, PA 19501
  • Phone: (717) 484-4386
  • Date: October 18, 2008
  • Time: Noon to 11:00 PM. The festival sessions are from noon to 4 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.
  • Admission:$28 per session; you must be at least 21 years of age to participate.


Apple Dumpling Day - Enjoy a tasty treat: a warm apple with cinnamon and sugar wrapped in a flaky crust. Funds raised at this event help purchase original Ephrata Cloister artifacts.

  • Location: Ephrata Cloister, 632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
  • Phone: (717) 733-6600
  • Date: October 11, 2008
  • Time: Begins at 9:30 AM

3rd Friday's A Charm - On every third Friday of the month, the shops of downtown Ephrata invite you to a special celebration. The monthly event serves as the perfect introduction to this Lancaster County city as well as something to look forward to for regular visitors.

Enjoy great deals on shopping, exciting entertainment, delicious local food and so much more. New events will be held each night.

Ride the Red Rose Historic Trolley to your favorite downtown destination for only 25 cents.

  • Location: Throughout Ephrata
  • Phone: (717) 738-5060
  • Date: October 17, 2008
  • Time: 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM
  • Admission: Free

Community Days - Discover the activities of the Cloister during this special hands-on educational program. Stations present a variety of activities such as colonial clothing, printing, and the life of Ephrata’s earliest residents. Advance registration is strongly encouraged.

  • Location: Ephrata Cloister, 632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
  • Phone: (717) 733-6600
  • Date: October 24, 2008
  • Time: 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Admission: Please call for Admission charge

Lancaster City

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.

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.

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
  • Date: October 3, 2008
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Admission: Free

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.

  • Location: North Museum of Natural History and Science, 400 College Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603
  • Phone: (717) 291-3941
  • Date: October 5, 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

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

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


Lovin' Litiz Every Second! - A great way to see historic downtown Lititz, Pennsylvania is to visit on the second Friday of every month when the town erupts for a special celebration for everyone.

Join downtown merchants in a lively evening of shopping, live music performances, art exhibits, poetry readings, jewelry shows, special dinner menus & local food tastings, and much more.

  • Location: Downtown Lititz
  • Phone: (717) 627-1919
  • Date: October 10, 2008
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Admission: Free


Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire- Welcome to the 27th season of the Renaissance Faire. Celebrate the traditions of music, arts and literature from 16th century England with hundreds of costumed merriemakers, Renaissance merchants, period foods, ales from a microbrewery, music, dance and over 80 stage shows including remarkably lifelike battles of lance and shield by the Faire's jousting troupe.

  • Location: Mount Hope Estate & Winery, 83 Mansion House Road, Route 72 & PA Turnpike Exit 20, Manheim, PA 17545
  • Phone: 717-665-7021
  • Date: Beginning the weekend of August 9, 2008 through the weekend of October 26, 2008. Every Saturday and Sunday as well as Labor Day Monday
  • Themes:
    • Weekend of Saturday, October 4, 2008:
      Wine Harvest Weekend: Celebrate the time-honored tradition of the wine harvest during the Shire's popular grape stomp, grape toss, wine-barrel rolling competitions, wine tasting and much more.
      Weekend of Saturday, October 11, 2008:
      Pyrate Invasion Weekend: Hide the gold and protect the ladies as the pirates, rascals and rogues come ashore to share their salty tales and sea shanties. Enjoy treasure hunts and plundering pyrates' gold.
      Weekend of Saturday, October 18, 2008 and October 25, 2008:
      Halloween Days & Spooky Knights Weekend: Come along with the Shirefolk and enjoy the All Hallows Eve party, as spooky creatures of every variety haunt the Shire. There will be tricks and treats for every age. Wear your favorite costume for fun and prizes.

  • Time: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Admission: Admission at the Gate: $28.95 for Adults, ages 12 and older; $9.95 for Children, Ages 5-11, Free for Young Children, Ages 4 and under. Discount tickets bought online in advance are recommended. Parking is free.

Friday Knights at the Improv Every Friday night until October 31, 2008, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire actors step out of their 16th century roles to provide improvised, modern day comic relief. Audiences never know what to expect.

  • Location: Mount Hope Estate & Winery, 83 Mansion House Road, Route 72 & PA Turnpike Exit 20, Manheim, PA 17545
  • Phone: 717-665-7021
  • Date: October 3, 2008, October 10, 2008, October 17, 2008, October 24, 2008, October 31, 2008
  • Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Admission: Adults only. $20 for adults, Ages 18 and up

Poe Evermore - Edgar Allan himself, along with bizarre characters from his tales of mayhem, fill the Mansion hallways.

You are sure to enjoy an evening of spine tingling tales of mystery in an unmistakable atmosphere of Gothic drama.

  • Location: Mount Hope Estate & Winery, 2775 Lebanon Rd., Manheim, PA 17545
  • Phone:(717)665-7021
  • Date: October 31, 2008 through November 9, 2008
  • Admission: $19.95 for weekend adult admission; $17.95 for weekday adult admission. No child price available.


2008 Millersville Community Parade : This annual parade is one of the largest in the area with more than 5,000 spectators and participants in attendance. Participants are encouraged to design their own parade entries using props, costumes, music, memorabilia or anything else that is available. The parade is sponsored by both the Millersville community as well as by the Millersville University and coincides with the university's homecoming festivities,

  • Location: Millersville University, Millersville, PA 17551 and throughout Millersville
  • Phone: (717) 872-3352
  • Date: October 18, 2008
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Admission: Free


Barefoot In The Park : Whether or not you have seen it before, you and your family will love Neil Simon's story of newlyweds Corrie and Paul, as they begin their marriage and start to walk the twisty road to love and life. If you've never seen it, you must; if you have, it's time to climb up five flights and visit their tiny apartment again.

  • Location: Rainbow Dinner Theatre, Route 30 East, Paradise, PA 17652
  • Phone: (717) 687-4300
  • Date: August 12, 2008 through November 1, 2008
  • Time: Please call for details.
  • Admission: Please call for details.


Wine & Cheese Train - Complimentary wine, cheese and crackers are provided with First-Class accommodations on the Parlor Car. Beer, mixed drinks, non-alcoholic hot & cold beverages are also available for purchase.

  • Location: Strasburg Railroad, Route 741 East, Strasburg, PA 17579
  • Phone: 717-687-7522
  • Date: October 4, 2008, October 11, 2008, October 15, 2008, and October 25, 2008
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Admission: $30.00. Note: People riding aboard the First Class Parlor Car on designated Wine & Cheese Trains must be 21 years or older. A photo ID is required to board the train.

Model Railroading Days - For fans of model railroad building, this event is for you. During the weekend you will be able to attend a great variety of exciting railroad model building workshops and activities. You will enjoy witnessing firsthand the complex operating layouts as well as demonstrations of the latest products at both the Railroad Museum and National Toy Train Museum.

  • Location: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
  • Phone: 717-687-8628
  • Date: October 10, 2008 to October 12, 2008
  • Admission: Included in regular museum admission fee. $8.00 for Adult, ages 18-59; $7.00 for Senior Citizen, ages 60 and over; $7.00 for Children and Teens, ages, 6-17; Free for Young Children, ages 6 and under

Garden Railway Tour -Take an enjoyable self-guided, private home tour of beautiful garden railways, operating layouts and special model train collections.

  • Location: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA 17579
  • Phone:(717)687-8628
  • Date: October 12, 2008
  • Admission: $6 per person for ages 6 and over

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