The historic town of Carlisle is noted for its restored architecture and tree-lined streets–once walked on by George Washington, Molly Pitcher, and other icons of early America. If history is your passion, this town offers landmarks such as the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, the Cumberland County Historical Society, and several self-guided walking tours that delve deeper into the town's rich history. For these reasons and more, Carlisle was voted #4 in USA Today's 10 Best Historic Small Towns.
The town is also close to the Appalachian Trail, which provides opportunities to escape into the great outdoors through hiking and also offers nearby biking trails throughout the town. Be sure to take part in tasting the unique flavors in the Carlisle area with their dine around the world experience and attending one of Carlisle's numerous car shows, such as Corvettes at Carlisle.
Home to Dickinson College, Carlisle also made the 2021 list of Safest College Towns in America by SafeWise.com, an online safety resource. Carlisle was ranked at #20 and was one of only two Pennsylvania college towns to make the list of 50 locations throughout the country.
Carlisle was one of 10 communities across the country to receive a 2021 All-America City Award from the National Civic League. The award recognized communities that overcame the overwhelming challenges of the past year to unite during difficult times and build equity and resilience.
To further encourage guests to explore, Carlisle Borough recently passed an ordinance amendment allowing downtown visitors to take their beer or wine with them in a non-breakable container while strolling downtown C-1 business district. (Due to current state laws, liquor is not allowed at this time.) This area extends from South Street to the intersection of Spring Road (just past Chen's) and from West Street (just before Dickinson College) to Bedford Street (just past the Old Jail.)
2024 Seasonal Events
The Downtown Carlisle Association just posted their events for 2024. There's plenty of fun planned throughout year!
DOWNTOWN PEEP SHOW
FORD PARADE PARK & PARTY
June 1 form 1-9pm
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
August 10 from 11am-2pm
CORVETTE PARADE PARK & PARTY
August 24 from 7-9pm
HARVEST OF THE ARTS
September 28 from 10am-5pm
MOLLY PITCHER BIRTHDAY BASH
October 12 from 2-6pm
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
MAKING SPIRITS BIGHT HOLDAY PARADE
December 5 at 7pm
HOLLY JOLLY JUBILEE
Featuring visit with Santa Claus and the traditional tree-lighting ceremony.
December 7 from 3-6pm
HOTCHEE NEW YEAR!
Decemebr 31 from 6-10pm
Second Saturday Block Parties & Sidewalk Sales
Featuring the corridor of South Hanover & Pomfret Streets.
Featuring the corridor of West High & Pitt Streets.
Featuring the corridor of North Hanover & East High Streets.