Whether it's live music, beautiful cars, agricultural experiences, or family fun you seek this August, you'll find it in the Cumberland Valley. See the Top 10 events below!
The largest and most fun-filled Corvette event in the world, the annual Corvettes at Carlisle event features more than 5,000 Corvettes representing all generations of America’s classic sports car. Corvette enthusiasm is contagious with participation in autocross, burnouts and the parade through historic downtown Carlisle. In addition to the Corvette giveaway, the excitement continues with an incredible shopping experience, including a huge swap meet with a wide variety of vendors, an all-Corvette car corral, Manufacturers Midway and Installation Alley.
Dates: August 24-27, 2017 • Time: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM; closes at 3:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Carlisle Fairgrounds
Address: 1000 Bryn Mawr Rd., Carlisle
Phone: 717-243-7855 • Website: http://www.carlisleevents.com/carlisle-events/corvettes-at-carlisle
Shippensburg's downtown main streets are closed to vehicular traffic and transformed into a huge street fair for the day. Crafts, an antique car show, food booths, entertainment, and children's activities offer something for the entire family. There are more than 250 crafts and antique vendors. Food booths feature corn in every available form. Entertainers perform all day at three sites and there are a variety of strolling acts and demonstrations. The Corn Festival is easily reached off of Exits 24 and 29 of Interstate 81. Parking is available at the Shippensburg Fairgrounds located off South Fayette Street. A shuttle bus provides transportation from the fairgrounds.
Date: August 26, 2017 • Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Downtown Shippensburg
Address: King and Earl Streets, Shippensburg
Phone: 717-245-1355 • Website: www.shippensburgcornfestival.net
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 4-6, 2017 • Time: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM; closes at 3:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Carlisle Fairgrounds
Address: 1000 Bryn Mawr Rd., Carlisle
Phone: 717-243-7855 • Website: www.carlisleevents.com/carlisle-events/carlisle-truck-nationals
4. 2017 Cumberland Ag Expo
This annual agricultural fair, sponsored by the New Carlisle Fair Association, features plenty to do for the entire family. There are dairy and animal exhibitions, shows, 4H presentations, children's activities, tractor pulls, food, music and more.
The 2017 edition kicks off with excitement of the fifth annual running of the SFC Randall Shughart Memorial 5 Mile Run on the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail, and continues with the sport of kings - Tractor Pulling on Saturday night, August 5th! Miss Cumberland Ag Expo 2017 will be crowned on Monday after all of the home exhibits are checked in. The Blue Ribbon experience continues on Tuesday with judging of entries and entertainment by Central Pennsylvania's own Charles Lee! Indian Summer Jars take the stage on Thursday evening. Little Miss and Wee Little Miss will be crowned on Friday. Ryan Bridge "The Bugman" will bring his informative program out on Saturday afternoon, and Vulcans will be on stage Saturday night. Of course, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday the 11th - 13th are an excellent chance to see livestock up close at the Summer Showdown competitions.
Dates: August 5-13, 2017 • Time: Check website for details
Location: Newville Lions Fairground
Address: Highway 533, Newville
Phone: 717-422-8216 • Website: www.cumberlandagexpo.com
5. 95th Annual South Mountain Fair
A small county agricultural 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.
Dates: August 1-5, 2017 • Time: Tuesday-Friday 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM; Saturday 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: South Mountain Fairgrounds
Address: 615 Narrows Road, Biglerville
Phone: 717-677-6993 • Website: www.emmitsburg.net/smf/index.htm
6. BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
On Sunday, August 6th between 5pm and 9pm, Silver Spring Township is hosting an annual BBQ & Bluegrass Festival at Willow Mill Park, Mechanicsburg. This event honors local veterans and all proceeds benefit the Veterans Memorial at Willow Mill Park. Vendors will open at 5pm and the “Hillbilly Gypsies” will perform on stage starting at 5:15pm
The Hillbilly Gypsies are a nationally known bluegrass band recognized for their award- winning picking skills, musical arrangements, and high-energy performance! Bring your lawn chair and stay awhile! Vendors include food, drinks (non-alcoholic), arts & crafts, and of course Bluegrass music! Chicken BBQ Dinners will be prepared by the Silver Spring Fire Department (first come, first served). The Veterans Committee will have an area set-up for you to make donations to the Veterans Memorial or to purchase a brick or plaque for the Memorial. Admission is FREE! A $2 parking donation is accepted at the entrance. This is a family-friendly event.
7. First Friday: Carlisle | Mechanicsburg
Celebrate the first Friday of the month in downtown Carlisle or Mechanicsburg with family fun events, music, shopping specials, and more!
Dates: August 4, 2017 • Time: Check website individual times
Location: Carlisle and Mechanicsburg
8. Music on the Mountain
The lawn concerts are free, but donations are kindly accepted and we encourage you to sign up as a member of the Friends of Kings Gap. Bring your lawn chair or blanket to the top of the mountain and settle in for an evening of music at its best. The view will be spectacular. Food vendors will be ready to serve you. Music on August 6th will be Folk and Bluegrass with Baileys Crossing and Vulcans.
9. Final Summer Fling & Concert on the Lawn with Sonia De Los Santos!
Fredricksen Library welcomes award-winning, family-friendly musician, Sonia De Los Santos, recently named as one of the 5 Artists to watch at the Latin Alternative Music Conference. Sonia was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico and since 2007 has been touring the world and lighting up the stage with Grammy Award winning group Dan Zanes And Friends. Her unique collection of old and new songs shares a universal musical story and her messages of joyful community and cultural bridge-building inspire and excite children and grown-ups of all backgrounds. In addition, we’ll have some fun summer activities during the concert!
10. 31st Annual Grand Sousa Concert
Community music is front and center at the 31st Annual Grand Sousa Concert, where nearly 80 musicians from across south central Pennsylvania will perform favorite tunes from one of America’s most well-known composers.
The 31st Annual Grand Sousa Concert will take place Sunday, August 6, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Carlisle Theatre, 44 W. High St., Carlisle. Guest Conductor Dr. Jerry Rife will lead the ensemble made up of members of five community bands, including the Carlisle Town Band, Shippensburg Band, Greater Harrisburg Concert Band, Singer Band of Mechanicsburg and Keystone Concert Band. One performer is a retired member of the U.S. Army Band. Dr. Rife is professor of music at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J., where he teaches music history and serves as director of bands.
Check out the full list of events happening in the Cumberland Valley here.