October Events

Here is a listing and description of some of the special October events taking place in Lancaster County:

 

Columbia

19th Annual Bridge Bust - 300 vendors of crafts, antiques, art and food will display their wares along the one mile long Veterans Memorial Bridge linking Columbia and Wrightsville from Lancaster and York Counties. The bridge will be closed to ordinary traffic during this unique event.

  • Location: Rt. 462, Veterans Memorial Bridge between Lancaster/York Counties / 445 Linden St, Columbia, PA 17512
  • Phone: 717-684-5249
  • Date: October 6, 2007
  • Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Admission: $2:00 for Adults, ages 14 and over; Free for Children, ages 13 and under

Ghosts of Columbia Lantern Tours - Costumed guides will entertain you with spooky tales about the ghosts and spirits of Columbia's past as you stroll through Columbia's historic downtown. You will also visit old mansions by candlelight.

  • Location: Ghosts of Columbia Lantern Tours, Columbia, PA 17512
  • Phone: 717-684-6796
  • Date: October 20, 2007 and October 21, 2007
  • Please call for time and admission information

 

Conestoga

10th annual Fall Harvest Festival - Local master craftspersons will demonstrate Colonial arts & crafts as well as cider making, blacksmithing, open hearth cooking, squirrel tail oven baking and log sawing.

  • Location: Conestoga Area Historical Society, 51 Kendig Road, Ehrlich Park, Conestoga, PA 17516
  • Phone: 717-872-1699
  • Date: October 20, 2007 and October 21, 2007
  • Time: Saturday, October 20, 2007: 10.00 AM to 4:00 PmSunday, October 21, 2007: Noon to 4:00 PM


Lancaster City

Pumpkin Patch Days - Kids will have fun plucking a pumpkin from a patch and building their own scarecrow during these autumn days. The hands-on activities are both fun and educational.
  • Location: Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Phone: 717-569-0401
  • Date: October 4, 2007 and October 5, 2007
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Fall Art Walk - You will certainly enjoy this annual weekend celebration filled with art presented by forty regional non-profit organizations, businesses and artists from all over the downtown area.

  • Location: Downtown Lancaster, Lancaster, PA 17608-1599
  • Phone: 717-394-3497
  • Date: October 6, 2007
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Harvest Breakfast - Another celebration of the seasonal harvest in Lancaster County. This time the entertainment will take place in one of the country's oldest markets. There will be plenty of live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, and food tasting.

  • Location: Lancaster Central Market, 23 North Market Street, Lancaster, PA 17608
  • Phone: 717-291-4723
  • Date: October 6, 2007
  • Time: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Admission: Free

48th Annual Harvest Days -Celebrate Pennsylvania German traditional fall harvest events. Over eighty demonstrations make the village come to life.

  • Location: Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Phone: 717-569-0401
  • Date: October 6, 2007 and October 7, 2007
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

11th Annual Fall Farm Days - Your entire family will enjoy this old-fashioned weekend at the Amish Farm & House. The weekend is a celebration of Autumn and Pennsylvania Dutch traditions. There will be farm-themed children's activities including buggy and wagon rides, contests and tours of the Amish Farm and House.There will also be cooking demonstrations ranging from apple and snitz pie-making to apple cider, butter and apple butter-making. Plenty of samples will be available. Also on hand will be blacksmiths, woodcarvers, quilters showing off their skills. ul>

  • Location: Amish Farm and House, 2395 Lincoln Highway, Lancaster, PA 17602
  • Phone: 717-394-6185
  • Date: October 6, 2007 and October 7, 2007
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Admission: $7.25 for Adults, ages 12 and over; $6.50 for Senior Citizens, ages 60 and over; $5.00 for Children, ages 5 to 11; Free for Young Children, Ages 4 and Under


  • Lititz

    The 6th Annual Lititz Chocolate Walk - "Trick or Treat for grownups” is often how the Lititz Chocolate Walk has been described by visitors. During this one-of-a-kind experience, you can sample decadent delights prepared by local candy makers and pastry chefs. Over 20 chocolate tasting locations will be set up throughout downtown offering you chocolate treats as you stroll along enjoying the beauty and shops of downtown Lititz. There will also be live musical entertainment, a Chocolate Poetry Contest, and a Dark Chocolate Taste Test.
    • Location: Throughout Lititz, Lititz, PA 17543
    • Phone: 717-626-8141
    • Date: October 6, 2007
    • Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Admission: Chocolate Walkers need to purchase an official Chocolate Walk button and punch card. Buttons go on sale on July 1, 2007 at participating locations for the advance sale price of $12.00. Beginning October 1, 2007, the cost will increase to $15.00 per button. Button sales are limited to 2000.

      Lovin' Lititz Every Second - Enjoy an evening featuring art, history, shopping, fellowship and music throughout Lititz. Discover this historic town known for chocolate, historical buildings and great art. Musicians will perform, artists will exhibit works along the sidewalks and merchants will open their doors to visitors.

      • Location: Downtown Lititz, Lititz, PA 17543
      • Phone: 717-626-1919
      • Date: October 12, 2007
      • Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Admission: Free

      Artisans' Porchwalk - Private porches and lawns throughout downtown Lititz will offer displays of fine art and crafts which will be available for purchase. There will also be an auction specializing in authentic Chinese crafts and artwork.

      • Location: Throughout downtown Lititz, Lititz, PA 17543
      • Phone: 717-626-0214
      • Date: October 12, 2007 and October 13, 2007
      • Time: Friday, October 12, 2007: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PMSaturday, October 13, 2007: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
      • Admission: Free


      Manheim

      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 11, 2007 and August 12, 2007 Through the weekend of October 27, 2007 and October 28, 2007. Every Saturday and Sunday as well as Labor Day Monday
      • Themes:
        • Weekend of Saturday, October 6, 2007:
          Wine Harvest Weekend
          Weekend of Saturday, October 13, 2007:
          Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights, Week I
          Weekend of Saturday, October 20, 2007:
          Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights, Week II
          Weekend of Saturday, October 27, 2007:
          Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights, Week III
      • Time: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
      • Admission: Admission at the Gate: $27.95 for Adults, ages 12 and older; $9.95 for Children, Ages 5-11, Free for Young Children, Ages 4 and under. Tickets bought online in advance are$24.95 for Adults, ages 12 and older; $9.00 for Children, Ages 5-11. Parking is free.

      Millersville

      2007 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
      • Phone: 717-872-3352
      • Date: October 13, 2007
      • Time: Starting at 9:00 AM
      • Admission: Free

      Ronks

      The Amazing Maize Maze - As seen in Sports Illustrated for Kids, the Amazing Maize Maze is high on the list of "25 Cool Things To Do This Summer". Your kids will love trying to find their way out of a giant maze carved into a 5-acre corn field. The walls of the paths are made of giant corn stalks about 10 feet high. In addition to the maze, admission entitles you to all the regular farm activities such as hayrides, wagon rides, a hay chute giant slide, an obstacle course, a petting zoo, a bee hive observatory, plenty of games and much more. There is also a picnic area and lots of great fresh food.

      • Location: Cherry-Crest Farm, 150 Cherry Hill Rd, Ronks, PA 17572
      • Phone: 717-687-6843
      • Date: July 7, 2007 Through November 3, 2007
      • Admission: $13.95 for Adults, ages 12 and older; $10.95 for Children, ages 3-11; Free for Young Children, ages 2 and under 2
      • Special Note: In October, you will be able to experience the Amazing Maize Maze in spooky darkness. All you need is a few friends and some flashlights for a truly unique experience. The Flashlight Mazes will be held between 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM every Friday and Saturday night throughout October. Other activities include bonfires and wagon rides.

      Harvest Roundup Festival - Celebrate the end of the season and Lancaster County's harvest. Special events for kids include Scarecrow-making, face-painting, pony rides, pumpkin painting, and pumpkin slinging. And, of course, there will be plenty of food.

      • Location: Cherry-Crest Farm, 150 Cherry Hill Rd, Ronks, PA 17572
      • Phone: 717-687-6843
      • Date: Every Saturday from September 22, 2007 until November 3, 2007
      • Time: Noon to 6:00 PM
      • Admission: $13.95 for Adults, ages 12 and older; $10.95 for Children, ages 3-11; Free for Young Children, ages 2 and under 2

      Whoopie Pie Festival - Your whole family will enjoy this celebration to the whoopie pie, a unique Lancaster County treat. The fun activities include a whoopie pie treasure hunt; a whoopie pie relay race; an amateur whoopie pie eating contest; king & queen whoopie coronation; and creative whoopie pie making contest. Plus, live entertainment, pony and hay rides, antique car cruise, face painting and more.

      • Location: Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn, 240 Hartman Bridge Road, Route 896, Strasburg, beside Millennium Theatre, Ronks, PA 17572
      • Phone: 1-800-827-8635
      • Date: October 20, 2007
      • Time: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
      • Admission: Free. You can also register for the Big Whoop Whoopie Pie Package which includes a ticket for one hot meal, and a homemade whoopie pie as well as a full day of fun. The adult meal includes Hershey Farm’s Famous Fried Chicken, roll, mashed potatoes, drink, and a delicious homemade whoopie pie. The kids meal includes hot dog, roll, mashed potatoes, drink, and a delicious homemade whoopie pie. Registration for the meal is $7 for Adults; $5 for kids


      Strasburg

      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 Rail Road, Route 741 East, Strasburg, PA 17579
      • Phone: 717-687-7522
      • Date: October 6, 2007, October 13, 2007, October 20, 2007, and October 27, 2007
      • Time: 6:00 PM
      • Admission: $27.00. 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 13, 2007 to October 14, 2007
      • Admission: Included in regular museum admission fee. $7.00 for Adult, ages 18-59; $6.00 for Senior Citizen, ages 60 and over; $5.00 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 13, 2007 to October 14, 2007
      • Admission: Included in regular museum admission fee. $7.00 for Adult, ages 18-59; $6.00 for Senior Citizen, ages 60 and over; $5.00 for Children and Teens, ages, 6-17; Free for Young Children, ages 6 and under

       

      Willow Street

      Snitz Fest- This festival celebrates the value of the apple in everyday Lancaster County traditions and history. Watch cider being pressed and snitz being "cut and dried". Sample some 18th century recipes using apples in the Kuche of 1719 Herr House. You can also take a wagon tour of the museum's orchard of historic apple varieties.

      • Location: Hans Herr House & Museum, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, PA 17584
      • Phone: 717-464-4438
      • Date: October 6, 2007
      • Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM


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