Kick off the summer season in the Cumberland Valley this June with two car shows (and car parade), festivals, performances concerts and the largest-running one day street fair on the east coast. See the Top 10 below!


 

1. Carlisle Ford Nationals

The entire family will enjoy the largest and most thrilling all-Ford event in the world. Ford, Mercury and Lincoln fans will have a showcase of over 3,000 vehicles to check out on the National Parts Depot showfield. During this event, you will enjoy great indoor displays of concepts, customs and historically-significant cars and trucks; test drives by Ford Motor Company, a burnout competition, activities for the kids, industry guests, giveaways, NHRA drag racing, autocross for all skill levels and club gatherings. The excitement continues with a shopping experience you won’t soon forget as part of the enormous swap meet, car corral and the Manufacturers Midway for the best in parts buying.

Date: June 2-4, 2017 • Time: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM; closes at 3:00 PM on Sunday
LocationCarlisle Fairgrounds
Address: 1000 Bryn Mawr Rd., Carlisle
Phone: 717-243-7855 • Website: http://www.carlisleevents.com/carlisle-events/carlisle-ford-nationals

2. Foundry Day Arts & Crafts Festival

The Foundry Day Arts & Crafts Festival, held the first Saturday in June surrounding Children's Lake, has over 100 juried craftsmen and artists, mouth-watering food concessions, children's activities, live music, historic walking tours, and nature programs at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Free parking and shuttles are available to all events from Boiling Springs High School parking lot. 

Date: June 3, 2017 • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Historic Boiling Springs
Address: Located off Rte 174, Boiling Springs
Phone: 717-243-6343 • Website: https://www.facebook.com/foundrydayboilingsprings

3. 89th Annual Jubilee Day

Jubilee Day is the largest, longest running one-day street fair on the East Coast, attracting up to 70,000 attendees. This annual event features more than 325 vendors from near and far offering food, games, arts & crafts, business information, retail products, carnival rides and more. There is a Children's Area with activities for the very young, and live entertainment on two stages. The festival takes place on Main Street from York Street to Walnut Street and on Market Street from Simpson Street to Strawberry Avenue. Free parking and shuttle service are available from the Mechanicsburg High School (500 S. Broad Street) and Immanuel Alliance Church (800 S. Market Street). Due to large crowds, please do not bring your pets or bicycles. 

Date: June 15, 2017 • Time: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
LocationDowntown Mechanicsburg
Address: Main Street and Market Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Phone: 717-796-0811 • Website: www.mechanicsburgchamber.org/event/jubilee-day

4. Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's June Series

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) closes its 2016/17 season with its legacy of crowd-pleasing classics and contemporary new works: June Series.

June Series will include the world premiere of Alan Hineline's nostalgic Jukebox, celebrating the hits of the 50s and 60s. George Balanchine meets Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the CPYB revival of Divertimento No. 15.

Adding to CPYB's repertoire, the dancers of CPYB will perform Balanchine's passionate "Élégie" from Tchaikovsky's Suite No. 3 and debut a new work from emerging choreographer Rex Wheeler with live music from the YOUTH of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.

Ages span 5 to 20 in this showcase that includes 21 ballets. Each performance in June Series is programmed to enrich the lives of ballet novices and loyal patrons alike with performances of classic and modern-day works of art while showcasing the dancers' versatility and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet vast repertoire.

June 14 @ 7:00 PM -- CPYB Premiere: "Elegie" from Tchaikovsky's Suite No. 3

June 15 @ 7:00 PM -- World Premiere: As I Walked Out One Evening and Saudades

June 16 @ 7:00 PM -- World Premiere: Jukebox

June 17 @ 1:00 PM -- World Premiere: Dance! Dance! Dance!

June 17 @ 6:00 PM -- Last Dance/Last Chance Grand Finale

Date: June 14 - June 18, 2017 • Time: 8:00 AM
LocationWhitaker Center for Science and Arts
Address: 222 Market Street, Harrisburg
Phone: 717-796-0811 • Website: www.whitakercenter.org

5. Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals

In 2017, we are following the lead of one of the biggest automakers in world, Chevrolet, as we proudly announce the all-new Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals. This is meant to reflect the ever-growing number of enthusiasts who buy and enjoy Chevrolet products. Of course the weekend isn't limited to bow-tie branded cars and trucks either. The Chevrolet Nationals also encourage the inclusion of any and all makes and models produced by General Motors. Throughout our history, Carlisle Events has enjoyed very strong support from Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Cadillac fans, so we certainly want to remain a prime location for your club meets, your show cars and...you! This new approach will produce a bigger and better showfield and vendor base for all of our participants to enjoy, regardless of which type of GM they love the most.

With a new event comes a new date as well. The Chevrolet Nationals will be held June 23-25 of 2017, meaning it falls back to a date that you're very familiar with, the old GM Nationals date. This is meant to avoid our overlap with Father's day as well as help alleviate some conflicts with other events in the area. We hope that you can check out the show and enjoy this fresh new event with tons of new features! Tell a friend and register today!

Date: June 23 - June 25, 2017 • Time: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM; closes at 12:00 PM on Sunday
Location: Carlisle Fairgrounds
Address: 1000 Bryn Mawr Rd., Carlisle
Phone: 717-243-7855 • Website: www.carlisleevents.com

6. SHAPE's 12th Annual Solstice Arts Festival

Looking for a bustling, unique, and downright eclectic festival? Look no further than Shippensburg's 12th annual Solstice Arts Festival. Designed for art lovers, artists, and music enthusiasts, this dynamic festival is sure to appeal to everyone in your family. The festival features fine art, music, good food, children's art activities and creative outlets for all ages. The festival also emphasizes the importance of environmental sustainability as well as personal health and wellness. 

Several local and regional artists can be found crafting their magnificent creations and selling them at the festival. Festival attendees can watch artists work in a variety of mediums, including pottery, glass blowing, fiber arts, painting, photography, jewel-crafting, and sculpture. Returning attractions this year include The Art Wall, the Eco Village, and the Wellness Circle.

Date: June 17, 2017 • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Shippensburg Township Park 
Address: 304 Britton Road, Shippensburg
Phone: 717-532-2559 • Website: www.shapeart.org

7. Newville Fountain Festival

The theme for 2017 is "Television Comes to Newvile." Entries will be accepted for the "TV Personality Contest". Dress up or impersonate your favorite TV celebrity or personality and win a prize! The annual car show will expand this year and will re-locate from Parsonage Street to the Newville Community Park on West Street. The show will also feature antique farm tractors and hit and miss engines. In conjunction with the car show, an auto parts flea market will also be held. There will be food and refreshments available throughout the car show, along with a live DJ. Newville Historian Robert F. Over will return once again for a slide show and presentation on the history of Newville. The presentation will be held on Friday evening, immediately following the parade at the former Farmers National Bank. Craft vendors, a wide variety of food vendors, and plenty of live entertainment will be provided throughout the two day event.

Date: June 16 - June 17, 2017 • Time: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: Downtown Newville
Address: Big Spring Avenue and Parsonage Street, Newville
Phone: 717-776-7633 • Website: www.newvilleborough.com

8. Music on the Mountain

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. All spring and summer concerts begin at 3:00 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m. Don't worry if rain is in the forecast; they'll have the same great concert, just a bit cozier with music moved into the Mansion.

The first of the summer outdoor music concerts will feature the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners and Vinegar Creek Constituency.

Date: June 4, 2017 • 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

9. The McCartney Years

Hailed by the original Beatles promoter as ‘THE BEST ON THE SCENE’, The McCartney Years is a period-true, technically stunning and explosive live concert show that performs the music of Paul McCartney spanning two decades from The Beatles to Wings. Songs include hits like “Hey Jude,” “Jet,” “ Let It Be,” “Band On The Run,” “The Long And Winding Road,” “Live And Let Die,” “Lady Madonna” and many, many more, plus some of the deep cuts that McCartney wrote during the 1960’s and 1970’s; all performed to their original arrangements by a band that has entertained audiences worldwide and even has a personal accolade from former Wings Guitarist Denny Laine.

Date: June 3, 2017 • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
LocationLuhrs Performing Arts Center
Address: 475 Lancaster Drive, Shippensburg
Phone: 717-477-SHOW • Website: http://www.luhrscenter.com

10. CCHS Block Party

Join CCHS for our annual block party in conjunction with the G.C.P. Heart & Soul initiative; an evening of living history. There will be games, food and fun for the whole family.

Dates: June 2, 2017 • Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
LocationCumberland County Historical Society
Address: 21 North Pitt Street, Carlisle
Phone: 717-249-7610 • Website: www.historicalsociety.com

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