Monster trucks, concerts, ColorVibe, and comedian Kevin James are all headed to the Cumberland Valley this August! See the Found It Top 10 for more information!
10. 29th Annual Grand Sousa Concert

 

The Carlisle Town Band will host the 29th Annual Grand Sousa Concert on Aug. 2nd. Town Band members from many communities in central Pennsylvania (mostly Cumberland County) will participate in this historic patriotic event. Every year we deck the halls of the historic Carlisle Theater with patriotic bunting and display a US flag that is large enough to cover the entire back wall of the stage behind the band. The Cumberland County Honor Guard (administered by the Carlisle Veterans’ Affairs Office) provides the Color Guard that “Posts the Colors” at the beginning of the concert prior to the playing of our National Anthem. The flags are supplied by the U.S. Army War College. This band concert is very well supported by the community – we usually have a “full house"!
Date: August 2, 2015 • Time: 6:30 PM 

 

Location: Carlisle Theatre
Address: 44 West High Street, Carlisle
Phone: 717-516-1705• Website: www.carlisleband.org
Admission: Free 
 
9. BBQ & Bluegrass
Silver Spring Township Parks & Recreation Department is teaming-up with the Veterans Committee to honor local veterans and raise funds for the Veterans Memorial of Silver Spring Township. Vendors will open at 5:00 pm and the “Hillbilly Gypsies” will perform on stage at 5:30 pm. The Hillbilly Gypsies are a nationally known bluegrass band recognized for their award-winning picking skills, musical arrangements, and high-energy performance! Bring a lawn chair or blanket and join us at the park. Vendors include food, drinks (non-alcoholic), arts & crafts, inflatables, and of course bluegrass music! Chicken BBQ Dinners will be for sale by the Silver Spring Fire Company (first come, first served). The Veterans Committee is accepting donations. You can also purchase a brick or plaque for the Memorial. Parking and Admission are FREE! This is a family-friendly event. Alcohol is prohibited.
Date: August 2, 2015 • Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Willow Mill Park
Address: 80 Willow Mill Park Road, Mechanicsburg
Phone: 717-766-1657• Website:  www.sstwp.org/607/BBQ-Bluegrass-Festival
Admission: Free 
 
8. Grease by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey
Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'", "It's Raining on Prom Night", "Alone at the Drive-In Movie" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley. An 8-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals places Grease among the world's most popular musicals. "It’s a winner . . . the songs are dandies with zip and charm. The sheer energy of Grease carries all before it." –N.Y. Daily News
Date: July 31, 2015 to August 16, 2015 • Time: Closed Mondays. Matinees @ 2 PM Tues., Wed., Sat., & Sun. Evenings @ 8 PM Wed. thru Sat.   

Category: Recurring Events
Location: Totem Pole Playhouse
Address: 9555 Golf Course Road, Fayetteville
Phone: 888-805-7056 • Website: http://totempoleplayhouse.org
Admission: $30 to $50; Groups of 10 or more 25 % off; Juniors (5 to 15) 30% off 
 
7. First Friday: Carlisle – Restaurant Walk
First Friday: Mechanicsburg
The first Friday of August is a celebration around the Carlisle and Mechanicsburg. Enjoy the unique downtown shops and restaurants.

Date: August 7, 2015 Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Carlisle) | 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Mechanicsburg)
Location: Downtown Carlisle and Mechanicsburg

6. 93rd Annual South Mountain Fair
A small county fair featuring rides for kids, barns filled with farm animals, many homemade needlework exhibits, photography, home canned fruits and vegetables, fresh produce and fruit, and beautiful flowers, all on display. In addition, there is nightly entertainment in the auditorium, a draft horse pull on Wednesday evening, a fireworks display on Thursday evening, and the antique tractor and farm machinery parade on Saturday evening. The admission prices includes unlimited carnival rides and all entertainment. Children under 36" tall ride free. 
Date: August 18, 2015 to August 25, 2015 • Time: Tuesday-Friday 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM; Saturday 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: South Mountain Fairgrounds
Address: Route 234, Arendtsville
Phone: 717-677-6993 • Website: www.emmitsburg.net/smf/index.htm
Admission: $7; children under 36 inches tall are free 
 
5. Music on the Mountain
Music on the Mountain will feature a bluegrass concert with Water Crider & The Old Time Way from 3-5 pm and Baileys Crossing from 5:30-7:30 pm. Admission is free. Bring your blanket or chair. There's plenty of room on the mountain! This event will be held rain or shine! Food will be available for purchase from several vendors.
Dates: August 2, 2015 • Time: 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Location: Kings Gap Environmental Education Center
Address: 500 Kings Gap Road, Carlisle
Phone: 717-776-3814 • Website: www.friendsofkingsgap.org
Admission: Free (donations appreciated)
 
4. Third Annual Mysteries in Military History
The USAHEC invites you to bring in your mysterious and family items pertaining to Army history, on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Let the professionals help you begin your research! Upon entering the event, visitors will receive help from the USAHEC experts positioned at different stations including: identification of unknown items, preservation of personal historic artifacts (such as photographs, manuscripts, books, uniforms, weapons, etc.), family genealogy highlighting military service, the conservation of objects, and research tips. Staff will also be onsite to help those interested in donating items. It is important to note that USAHEC staff are prohibited from placing a value on items and therefore, will not conduct appraisals. Please note that firearms are welcome, but they must be unloaded and will be checked and marked by safety personnel prior to entering the building. Those planning on attending the event with any weapon must call prior to arrival to arrange a safety check. They will need to provide their name, contact information, time of arrival, and information about the weapon they plan to bring. Explosive devices, ammunition, munitions, and containers for munitions will not be allowed at the event. If you are unsure whether an item is safe to bring, please call: 717-245-4427.
Date: August 8, 2015 • Time: 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM 
Location: US Army Heritage and Education Center
Address: 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle
Phone: 717-245-3972 • Website: www.carlisle.army.mil/ahec
Admission: Free 
 
3. Color Vibe 5k
Get ready for the most colorful, fun-filled day of your life! You'll have more color on you than you can handle! The point of this event is not to race, but to literally become a canvas of color, to be active, and to share a life experience with friends and family. So get your friends and family ready for this amazing color blast event at the Adams-Ricci Park in Enola. You'll be blasted at four color stations throughout the awesome 5k run. A typical race starts with packet pick-up/check-in the day before the event to to alleviate congestion on race day. On race day, an MC pumps everybody up by leading the crowd in stretches and occasionally zumba. The countdown begins and color is thrown in every direction as all runners take on their colorful adventure! After finishing the race, join the colorful party of dancing, craziness, and color throwing. Kids ages 1 to 12 years old get a free registration with a paid adult. Up to 3 kids may be registered for each paid adult. All kids must be registered in order to participate in the event.
Dates: August 15, 2015 • Time: 9:00 AM 
Location: Adams-Ricci Community Park
Address: 100 East Penn Drive, Enola
Website: www.thecolorvibe.com/harrisburg.php
 
2. Carlisle Truck Nationals
The Carlisle Truck Nationals and its show within the show, the Big Rig Show and Shine, are one of the largest and most action-packed truck events in the world. The weekend is a must-attend event and has been the epicenter for all things truck since 1991. Come to Carlisle for a great array of lowered mini trucks, lifted 4x4s, chromed out big rigs, SUV’s, custom vans and the perfectly restored classics. The weekend celebrates trucks of all kinds. Annually, more than 2,000 trucks are part of the judged showfield but more than judged excellence, there is something for the entire family to enjoy. Kids ages 12 and under are admitted free, allowing them and their families to enjoy monster truck shows. Better yet, attendees can climb in for a monster truck ride around the grounds. The family fun continues with the Kids at Carlisle Activity Center, shopping, parts buying at the Manufacturers Midway and much more. In addition to the family fun there will be various competitions with prizes awarded and celebrity guests. The pulse-pounding fun continues with special contests, including burnouts and beauty. The weekend features more than you can imagine.
Dates: August 7, 2015 to August 9, 2015 • Time: Varies by Day 
Location: Carlisle Fairgrounds
Address: 1000 Bryn Mawr, Carlisle
Phone: 717-243-7855 • Website: www.carlisleevents.com
Admission: Varies by Day 
 
1. Kevin James
Kevin James, producer, co-writer, and star of the hit comedies Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Zookeeper and the recently released Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, can also be seen in the new ensemble sci-fi comedy Pixels. James began his career as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom. The King of Queens, which premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and executive producing, and it garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The show concluded its run in 2007 but continues to air daily in syndication across the country and around the world. The Luhrs Center is excited to have the talented comedian, Kevin James, kicking off our 10th Anniversary season!
Date: August 21, 2015 • Time: 8:00 PM

Location: H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

 

Address: 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg
Phone: 717-477-SHOW • Website: www.luhrscenter.com