Find festivals for music, history, cars, food, art, tea, beer and wine this September in the Cumberland Valley!

1. Heritage Festival Weekend

Cumberland County's first Heritage Festival Weekend will take place with various events around the region. The festival will celebrate the heritage and history of our region with residents and visitors.

Thursday, August 31: McLain Festival Reception, 6pm to 8pm @ Two Mile House

  • This ticketed fundraising event kicks off the activities of Heritage Festival Weekened as well as the 23rd Annual McLain Celtic Festival scheduled for Saturday, September 2. Click here to purchase tickets.

Friday, September 1: Whiskey Tasting, 5:30pm to 8pm @ Cumberland County Historical Society

  • This ticketed even includes whiskey tastings, snack, and entertainment. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online.

Saturday, September 2: 23rd Annual McLain Celtic Festival, 9am-5pm @ Two Mile House

  • Celebrate Cumberland County's Scots-Irish heritage with Highland games, Celtic music, Celtic vendors & more. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the gate or online.

Sunday, September 3: 1st Annual Whiskey Rebellion Festival, 10am to 5pm, Downtown Carlisle

  • This family-friendly event features a tour on the history of the Whiskey Rebellion, an18th century historical interpretation in Cumberland County Historical Society's Pocket Park, and a reenactment of Present George Washington's entry into Carlisle. There will be children's craft activities, vendors, and a used book sale. Stop by 1794 The Whiskey Rebellion at Comfort Suites Downtown from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm for whiskey tastings.

Dates: August 31 - September 3, 2017
Location: Carlisle, PA
Phone: 717-249-7610 • Website: http://heritagefest.historicalsociety.com/schedule/

2. Fall Carlisle

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.

Date: September 27 - October 1, 2017 • Time: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM: closes at 3:00 PM on Sunday
LocationCarlisle Fairgrounds
Address: 1000 Bryn Mawr Rd., Carlisle
Phone: 717-243-7855 • Website: www.carlisleevents.com/carlisle-events/carlisle-fall-swap-meet-corral-auction/default.aspx

3. Uprise Festival

It's more than just an outdoor music festival. It's an experience with bands, artists, activities, food, merchandise and more. Performers include Skillet, TobyMac, The Newsboys, and more!

Dates: September 15-16, 2017 • Time: 9/15: 4:00 PM to 11:00 PM / 9/16: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
Location: Shippensburg Fairgrounds
Address: 10131 Possum Hollow Road, Shippensburg
Phone: 717-491-1955 • Website: https://uprisefest.com

4. 36th Annual M&T Harvest of the Arts Festival

The 36th Annual M&T Bank Harvest of the Arts has grown in quality and size. Join us this year to experience the art, music, theater, kid's fun and great food. We will host over 100 artists in historic downtown Carlisle. The Sheetz Kids Alley provides non-stop children's fun and the CRMC Star Stage on Dickinson Campus is a great place to go for music. We welcome Dickinson College and Penn State Dickinson Law School's Alumni and Parents, and all our US Army War College families. See the Art of the Car Meeting of the Marques. Stop by and admire the European Sports cars along with pure Rolls-Royce luxury. The Farmers on the Square will be set up on the Square with the freshest of produce and foods.

Dates: September 23, 2017 • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Historic Downtown Carlisle
Address: West High Street between Hanover and College Streets, Carlisle
Phone: 717-245-2648 • Website: www.harvestofthearts.com

5. 32nd Annual New Cumberland Apple Festival

Join us for the 32nd 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.

Dates: September 30, 2017 • Time: 9:00 PM to 3:00 PM
LocationNew Cumberland Borough Park
Address: Front and Bridge Streets, New Cumberland
Phone: 717-774-1260 • Website: www.applefestivalnewcumberlandpa.com

6. Jersey Boys

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard...and the radio just couldn't get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story -- a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.

Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony award-winning true-life musical phenomenon, JERSEY BOYS. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that's just too good to be true.
Featuring the Legendary To Ten Hits: "Sherry" * "Big Girls Don't Cry" * "Walk Like A Man" * "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" * "December 1963 (Oh What A Night)."

Dates: September 27, 2017 • Time: 7:30 PM
LocationH. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
Address: 475 Lancaster Drive, Shippensburg
Phone: 717-477-SHOW • Website: www.luhrscenter.com

7. Don McLean

Always a bit of a troubadour, Don McLean developed his style of Folk music at an early age.

In 1969, McLean recorded his first album, Tapestry, in Berkeley, CA. While student riots were going on outside the studio door, Don was singing "And I Love You So" inside. The transition to international stardom began in 1971 with the release of the album "American Pie." The title single charted within a month of release and quickly ascended to #1 in the USA. The song is believed to be an impressionistic ballad inspired partly by the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) in a plane crash in 1959. The second single from the album, "Vincent (Starry Night)" was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh's painting of "Starry Night." As McLean studied a print of the painting, he realized that a song could be written about the artist through the painting. Other hits include "Crying," "Castles in the Air," "Wonderful Baby," and more.

Dates: September 30, 2017 • Time: 8:00 PM
LocationH. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
Address: 475 Lancaster Drive, Shippensburg
Phone: 717-477-SHOW • Website: www.luhrscenter.com

8. Pennsylvania Tea Festival

We are delighted to be the host for the first annual Pennsylvania Tea Festival. This premiere event will be held in the herb gardens of The Rosemary House and Sweet Remembrances and celebrates the wide variety of specialty teas, herbal tisanes, tea preparation and tea culture. A range of tea merchants and vendors selling all things TEA will be on hand to share their knowledge about tea and tea culture. This two day event will feature lectures on tea, specialty workshops and tea tastings plus musical entertainment. Whether you are a beginning tea enthusiast or a seasoned tea guru, there will be something for everyone.

Date: September 29-30, 2017• Time: 9:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: The Rosemary House
Address: 120 South Market Street, Mechanicsburg
Phone: 717-697-5111 • Website: www.teafestpa.com

9. Peter and the Starcatcher

The 5-time Tony-award winning play PETER AND THE STARCATCHER will take you on a magical journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This epic origin story of popular culture's most enduring and beloved character proves that your imagination is the most captivating place in the world! PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is a hilarious flight of fancy that brings the magic of theatre to life, and this swashbuckling grownup prequel to Peter Pan will have you hooked from the moment you let your imagination take flight!

Dates: Sep 8 - 10, Sep 14 - 16 2017
LocationThe Allenberry Resort
Address: 1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs
Website: http://keystonetheatrics.com/2017-2018-season

10. Shippensburg Beer & Wine Festival

The Shippensburg Beer and Wine Festival is a collaborative event with three organizations working together to host this event including the Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce, D.O.I.T. (Downtown Organizations Investing Together) and SADCO (Shippensburg Area Development Corporation). We are working together to continue making Shippensburg a great place to Work, Live, Invest, Learn, Shop and Play.

Enjoy beer & wine tastings, live music, games of chance, yard games & food!

Dates: September 23, 2017 • Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Shippensburg Fairgrounds
Address: 10131 Possum Hollow Road, Shippensburg
Phone: 717-516-1705• Website:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shippensburg-beer-and-wine-festival-tickets-35012394013?aff=efbneb

[Beer and wine enthusiasts can also check out the Annual Beer & Wine Festival at Central Penn College on Saturday, September 23rd. Learn more here.]

See the rest of the events happening in the Cumberland Valley here