It's summertime in Cumberland Valley and you know what that means right? Festivals, fairs and all other wonderful outdoor activities are in full swing!

I know that festivals aren't for anyone - the food is greasy, the crowds are large, and the sun is hot. I just happen to be one of those people who doesn't mind and will happily scout out every festival in a 50 mile radius of my home.

Let's be honest. Some festivals are better than others. It's good to know what you're getting into ahead of time. With that being said, I thought I'd share my knowledge of Cumberland Valley's annual festivals with you so that you can pick the one that suits you best!

Mechanicsburg Earth Day Festival - This is for the eco-conscious visitor. Vendors line the street with their earth-friendly wares. This is a smaller festival, and when I attended it was not overly crowded so you could move around and talk to the vendors. Another perk - it's in April, so it's not too hot!

PA Greek Festival  - To be quite honest, this festival is all about the food. Be prepared to stand in line. The food is quite good and everyone comes to eat! Other perks of this festival: music, dancing, church tours, and more.

Army Heritage Days - Exhibits, living historians and special demonstrations make this event great for children (even the 60 year old ones!). My favorite part was the parachute demonstration held on Saturday.

Foundry Day - This may be my favorite festival in Cumberland Valley! The quaint streets of Boiling Springs are lined with tents boasting a wide variety of crafts. There is also a nice selection of food vendors - I suggest purchasing lunch and eating it lakeside at the Children's Lake.

Jubilee Day - This event is huge! Vendors are made up of community businesses, a few crafts and tons and tons of food! Be warned. The crowds can be quite heavy.

Carlisle Summerfair - This nine day event includes a wide variety of free and family-friendly events including a craft festival, concerts, kids' activities, and an ice cream social.

Pennsboro Pumpkin Fest - This is a true craft festival! There is also a nice selection of food and local business vendors, as well as kids' activities. A great plus for moms. The Adams Ricci playground is nearby!

Carlisle Events Car Shows - With eight shows to choose from every year, nearly everyone can find something of interest. Many of the shows also boast a Women's Oasis Tent and kid-friendly activities - truly a family event! 

Check our Events Calendar for more information and complete list of festivals.