August 4 and August 18-19 | 34th Annual Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes & Gardens and The Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show
Summer isn’t summer without a trip to Mount Gretna. August offers two reasons to visit. The annual Tour of Homes & Gardens provides visitors with a fascinating glimpse into the architecture and style of Mount Gretna’s iconic homes. The self-guided walking tour includes homes of contrasting sizes and styles, many over a century old and others newly constructed. Many offer delightful gardens. Proceeds benefit Gretna Music. Hours for this August 4 event are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 717-361-1508 or gretnamusic.org/title/tour-of-homes.
Art is another reason to visit. The annual Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show, held in the Chautauqua section of Mount Gretna, features more than 200 juried artists. Promoted by the Pennsylvania Chautauqua, proceeds benefit community projects. Gates open at 9 a.m. on both August 18 and 19 and close at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday. Information: 717-964-3270 or mtgretnaarts.com.
August 4 | Rivertown Hops
This craft beer extravaganza will also feature cider, wine, spirits, small bites from local eateries, live music and more. The annual fundraiser benefits the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce in its mission to preserve and strengthen the Susquehanna Valley’s business and tourism environment. Locust and North Third streets. 4-8 p.m. Tickets are required. Information: 717-684-5249 or rivertownhops.com.
Through November 3 | Cherry Crest Adventure Farm Amazing Maize Maze
Board Game Madness is the theme of Cherry Crest Adventure Farm’s 23rd Annual Amazing Maize Maze. The farm features more than 50 family-fun activities, games and rides. Be sure to visit the Discovery Barn, the Farm Animal Center, Corn Crib and this year’s newest addition, Sproutsville – a miniature town. View the interactive Country Pig Races and catch a Farm Tour Wagon Ride. Check out the Pedal Tractor Pull from August 7-11. 150 Cherry Hill Rd., Ronks. Information: 866-546-1799 or cherrycrestfarm.com.
August 11 | 2018 Lititz Rotary Craft Show
Launched in 1979, this show has grown from having only local vendors located on one block in Lititz to one of the top craft shows on the East Coast, attracting approximately 700 crafters from throughout the U.S. and Canada. E. Main St., North & South Broad streets, Lititz Springs Park. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: lititzrotary.com/craft-show.html.
August 7 | Hands-on History Days
Kids can travel back in time and experience chores, crafts and a school lesson from a previous century. This year’s summer theme is the letter “W.” Workshops include a School House lesson “Washing the Sheep,” learning to play historic wooden games, wool working and making a simple toy. Activities are for all ages, making it a great idea for a day of family fun! Workshops run every 30 minutes, and reservations are not required. 2451 Kissel Hill Rd. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: 717-569-0401 or landisvalleymuseum.org.
August 3 | First Friday Beer Garden
BUiLDiNG CHARACTER will be hosting Cabalar Meat Co. and Voodoo Brewery Lancaster for a First Friday Beer Garden. Event will feature live music, burgers and sides, and a variety of beers on tap. 342 N. Queen St. (Rear Warehouse). Information: 717-394-7201 or buildingcharacter.biz/index.html.
August 16-18 | Lancaster Fiber Festival
The Lancaster Fiber Festival is a three-day retail and educational event. This unique event will bring together a wide range of mediums, including: paper crafts, Zentangle, calligraphy, quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting, felting, spinning and weaving, hand embroidery and other fiber crafts all at one location. Visitors will learn techniques and tips, as well as get a chance to try something new through in-booth demonstrations, stage demonstrations and available classes. Crafters will find a variety of unique and interesting supplies, books and patterns to enrich their craft. Classes will be offered on a range of topics from both nationally and regionally known teachers. Classes will be offered in two-, three- and five-hour time slots. 25 S. Queen St. 9:30-4 p.m. Information and class scheduled costs: 717-598-8019 or lancasterfiberfestival.com.
August 24-25 | New Holland Summer Fest
Enjoy this 19th annual event, which features the state championship barbecue cook-off. Enjoy food and live entertainment. 400 E. Jackson St., New Holland. Information: 717-875-1267 or nhsummerfest.org.
Through August 26 | 56th Annual Community Art Exhibit
This special exhibition celebrates the vast amount of artistic talent found throughout Lancaster County. Artists (age 16 and older) residing or working in Lancaster County were welcome to submit original artwork to this juried exhibition. Artwork of any medium, including photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, carved wood and mixed media, will be on display. First-, second-, and third-place awards were determined by this year’s guest juror, John Costanza. 135 N. Lime St. Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, 12-4 p.m. Information: 717-394-3497, 717-299-9940 or demuth.org.
August 25 | 6th Annual Lancaster Craft Beerfest
The beerfest will provide craft beer fans with a wide selection of unique beers from both local and national breweries. Come and enjoy craft beer, great food and live entertainment in one location. Every year a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales benefits the Schreiber Pediatrics Rehab Center of Lancaster County. Due to construction at Lancaster Square, the location was modified. So, in order to accommodate attendees, two full sessions are being offered, with no VIP. 120 N. Queen St. First session, 12-3 p.m.; second session, 3-7 p.m. All attendees must be 21 and up. Tickets are required. Rain or shine event. Information: lancastercraftbeerfest.com.