Festival season is in full swing and September highlights include celebrations of tea, apples, art, and sunflowers. With great concerts and shopping opportunities rounding out this month's events, September is the perfect time to plan a weekend getaway to Cumberland Valley.
See the Top 10 below!
1. First Annual Pomfret Street Champagne Stroll
Spend Sunday on the block, strolling from store to store, sampling brunch bites and sipping from your official Shop the Block Champagne glass. End your bubbly brunch stroll at Castlerigg Wine Shop, where there will be entertainment and some "succulent" door prizes!
Date: September 8, 2019 • Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Participating Locations
Address: First Block of West Pomfret Street, Carlisle 17013
Phone: 717-805-3519 • Website: thepomfretgroup.com
2. 2019 Oktoberfest
Soak in the history of distilling with local folks who make their own beer. Enjoy local craft beer tastings, live music, hand-rolled cigars, in-house smoked sausages, and fresh food, all amongst the scenery of Historic Dills Tavern. Guests must be 21 or older.
3. Uprise Fest '19: Celebrating 15 Years
We are excited for Uprise 2019 as we look back at the last 15 years in the best that Christian music has to offer and we look ahead at where the festival is heading. We invite you to join us on September 13th & 14th the biggest birthday party you have ever been to. It's always more than just an outdoor music festival. It's an experience with bands, artists, activities, food, merchandise and more.
Date: September 13 & 14, 2019
Location: Shippensburg Fairgrounds
Address: 10131 Possum Hollow Road, Shippensburg 17257
Phone: 717-491-1955 • Website: uprisefest.com
4. Napolean Dynamite Live (This event has since been cancelled)
The beloved indie classic "Napoleon Dynamite" was made almost 15 years ago. Since then much has changed; but the characters, as enduring as they are endearing, stay in our hearts. Napoleon Dynamite makes us laugh - and laugh hard - over and over again. This unique evening includes a full screening of "Napoleon Dynamite" followed by a lively, freewheeling, moderated discussion with fan-favorite cast members; Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico).
5. REO Speedwagon
REO Speedwagon's unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. Platinum albums and radio staples soon followed, setting the stage for the release of the band's explosive Hi Infidelity in 1980, which contained the massive hit singles "Keep On Loving You," and "Take It On the Run." Today, REO Speedwagon has sold 40 million albums around the globe and is still electrifying audiences worldwide.
6. Harvest Hop: Sip, Stroll, Shop
Great shopping and fun for all ages. Spend the day in downtown Camp Hill to kick off the fall season. Over 20 locally owned businesses are planning a day of activities and specials. Enjoy activities geared toward children in the morning such as Hopscotch and more adult-focused offerings in the afternoon such as brewed Hops sampling, dining, and shopping.
Date: September 21, 2019 • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Participating Locations
Address: Downtown Camp Hill 17011
Phone: 717-737-3456 • Website: camphillborough.com
7. Pennsylvania Tea Festival
This two-day annual specialty tea event will be held in the fragrant herb gardens of The Rosemary House and Sweet Remembrances in charming downtown Mechanicsburg. It will feature a variety of merchants and vendors; a range of teas and herbal tisanes; tea tastings and tea culture; informative programs; and musical entertainment.
8. 32nd Annual New Cumberland Apple Festival
The annual New Cumberland Apple Festival continues to entertain families with music, great food, handmade crafts, contests, and lots of activities. More than 350 craft vendors and 70 food vendors will set up in the Borough Park and there will be live musical entertainment throughout the day.
Date: September 28, 2019 • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: New Cumberland Borough Park
Address: 517 Front Street, New Cumberland 17070
Phone: 717-319-4421 • Website: applefestivalnewcumberlandpa.com
9. 38th Annual M&T Harvest of the Arts Festival
Experience art, music, theater, kid's fun, and great food when downtown Carlisle hosts over 120 artists. There will also be a Kids' Alley with non-stop children's fun plus live music can be heard throughout the day from great local and regional artists. There will be two large food courts and the Meeting of the Marques European Sports & Luxury Car Show returns again this year.
Date: September 28, 2019 • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Downtown Carlisle
Address: West High Street between Hanover & College Streets, Carlisle 17013
Phone: 717-245-2648 • Website: harvestofthearts.com
10. Sunflower Festival
The second annual Sunflower Festival is a great way to spend the weekend among sunflowers! Meadowbrooke Gourds has planted acres and acres of free sunflowers on our farm for you to enjoy. While you are here, be sure to catch a ride on Trevor's Trolley for a scenic sunset tour. There are also new cottages throughout the sunflower fields for you to explore and take photos with. Food trucks will be on hand and Hat Creek Winery will serve wines from Juniata Valley Winery. Plus, shop for discounted gourds at the OOPS sale.