September may signal the end of summer, but there's still so much fun to be had at events and festivals around the Cumberland Valley this fall! See our Top 10 ahead.
"Try to Remember a Kind of September." The world's greatest Autumn love story comes to Allenberry's stage for the first time in almost two decades. This charming story of star crossed lovers is the longest running musical in the world and has been an off Broadway perennial for 52 years. Come watch Matt and Luisa fall in love while their doting fathers play fun tricks to help bring them together. There is no better way to spend your Fall than with this fan favorite with such songs as "Soon it's Gonna Rain," "I Can't See It" and "They were You".
Dates: September 2 to October 4, 2015 • Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Allenberry Resort Inn and Playhouse
Address: 1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs
Phone: 717-258-3211• Website: www.allenberry.com
9. Smoke in the Park
Come see competitors compete in a PA State Barbecue Championship sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Also enjoy the music, vendors and food available throughout the event. Visit the website for the most up to date information on the bands and events at this two day event.
Dates: September 25 to September 26, 2015 • Time: Friday 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM; Saturday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
he event will include steam traction engines, an old PRR steam train, antique tractors, working saw mill, model train exhibit, food, flea market stands, and live music. Some highlights include:
- Car Show August 30, 10 am to 2:30 pm.
- Consignment Sale, September 5, 8 am.
- Tractor Pulls September 6, 12 noon
Dates: August 31 to September 7, 2015 • Time: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Address: 1 Steam Engine Hill, Mechanicsburg
Phone: 717-766-4001• Website: www.wghsea.org
7. 30th Annual New Cumberland Apple Festival
Join us for the 30th Annual New Cumberland Apple Festival. Hosted by the New Cumberland Olde Towne Association, this event features homemade crafts, vendors, foods, an apple pie contest, and entertainment.
Date: September 26, 2015 • Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
The 34th Annual M&T Harvest of the Arts Festival will host nearly 100 juried and non-juried artists exhibiting works in all mediums in beautiful historic downtown Carlisle. Join us this year to experience the art, music, theater, kid's fun and great food. Kids' Alley provides non-stop children's fun and the Star Stage is the place to go for great music. In conjunction with Harvest of the Arts, attendees can enjoy the the Artistry on Wheels Motorshow that is part of the Meeting of the Marques Festival. The show is a celebration of the automobile's cultural impact upon society as rolling sculpture, not merely as a transportation tool. Guests will have the opportunity to view British-made automobiles as well as sports cars and sports-touring cars representing a variety of geographic regions -- North America, Europe and Asia. Visit www.meetingofthemarques.com for more information.
Date: September 26, 2015 • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Downtown Carlisle
Address: West High Street between Hanover and College Streets, Carlisle
Phone: 717-245-2648• Website: www.harvestofthearts.com
Join us once again for the 21st Annual McLain Celtic Festival. This is a great family-oriented event. There will be Highland athletics, events for children, Border Collie demonstrations, Irish and Scottish Dancers, re-enactors, Irish and Scottish musicians, bag pipes, kilts, vendors with gifts from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and, of course, delicious food.
Date: September 5, 2015 • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Admission: $10 per person/children under 10 free
4. Vince Gill
With an extensive list of hits and awards, Vince Gill has been one of the most accomplished artists in country music history. Known for hits such as "Go Rest High On That Mountain," "Whenever You Come Around," "I Still Believe In You," "Tryin' To Get Over You," and many more, Gill is certainly prolific with his songwriting. Gill has sold more than 26 million albums. He has earned 18 CMA Awards including Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994. He is tied with George Strait for having won the most CMA Male Vocalist Awards (five), and is currently second only to Brooks and Dunn for accumulating the most CMA Awards in history. Gill is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and has received 20 GRAMMY Awards to date, the most of any male Country artist. An avid golfer, he helped create the annual Vince Gill Pro-Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament in order to help support junior golf programs throughout Tennessee. In 2007, the Country Music Association inducted Gill as the newest member of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame. Besides being known for his talent as a performer, musician and songwriter, Gill is regarded as one of the Country Music's best known humanitarians, participating in hundreds of charitable events throughout his career.
Date: September 10, 2015 • Time: 8:00 PM
Location: H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center
Address: 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg
Spend the day at the Shippensburg Fairgrounds and enjoy a fantastic line up featuring Tyler Farr, Eric Paslay, Parmalee, Trick Pony, Mo Pitney, Clare Dunn, and Dee Jay Silver. The evening will end with a performance by The Band Perry. Enjoy food, games, vendors and more.
Date: September 20, 2015 • Time: 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Admission: $65 in advance; $85 at the door
The Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral marks the end of the swap meet season each year and is an absolute must-attend event for thousands of enthusiasts who travel to Carlisle from all points of the globe to buy, sell and celebrate all things automotive. This is a fun-filled weekend the entire family will enjoy. While exploring the 150 acres and 8,100 vending spaces, you will marvel at one of the largest automotive swap meets in the world. Carlisle is the place to purchase any of the 2,000 vehicles at the car corral where you can slip behind the wheel and get a feel for the vehicle. Even better, you can deal directly with the car owner to work out the best price. This is where you can buy, sell and trade with total confidence. All roads lead to Carlisle, PA where you’ll find a community of passionate motorheads and a commitment to superb service that can only be achieved through more than three decades of know-how.
Dates: September 30 to October 4, 2015 • Time: Varies by Day
Location: Carlisle Fairgrounds
Address: 1000 Bryn Mawr, Carlisle
Phone: 717-243-7855 • Website: www.carlisleevents.com
Come experience Uprise - featuring 22 bands, speakers, inflatables, children's tent, petting zoo, skatepark, art gallery, volleyball, graffiti wall, laser tag, food and more! Schedule meet and greets with your favorite bands like Casting Crowns and Skillet and enjoy a weekend in Shippensburg.
Dates: September 18 to September 19, 2015 • Time: Friday: 4:00 PM; Saturday: 10:30 AM
Location: Shippensburg Fairgrounds
Address: 10131 Possum Hollow Road, Shippensburg
Phone: 717-491-1955• Website: www.uprisefest.com