Top 10 To-Dos for June 2019

1 Through June 30 | Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

Franklin Square

This spectacular festival is a celebration of light and culture that features magnificent steel-framed and silk-wrapped giant lighted sculptures, created by hand using traditional Chinese methods. Twenty-nine larger-than-life illuminated displays made of 2,000 individual lanterns and 20,000 LED lights will glow in the square. The festival will also feature a 200-foot-long phoenix, a walk-through dragon tunnel and a host of interactive installations. Festival-goers will witness authentic cultural stage performances, such as martial arts specialists, a mysterious face changer, dancers, contortionists and jugglers.

Visitors can taste Asian cuisine and American favorites, drink a toast at the Dragon Beer Garden and shop for Chinese folk artists’ crafts as well as festival-themed merchandise. The proceeds that Historic Philadelphia, Inc., receives from the festival will provide funding for the operation and management of Franklin Square and its many free annual events. 200 N. 6th St., Philadelphia. Information: historicphiladelphia.org.

2 June 6 | Mini Pints for Pups

Twisted Bine Beer Co.

Humane Pennsylvania’s Mini Pints for Pups series is partnering with Twisted Bine Beer Co. Grab your well-behaved leashed pups and join them for a fun evening of lawn games, puppy pools and pints. You do not need to bring your dog or be a dog owner to attend this event. 93 E. Main St., Mount Joy. 4-8 p.m. Information: 610-750-6100 or humanepa.org.

3 June 15 | Lancaster County Benefit Auction

Leola Produce Auction

The Clinic for Special Children’s annual Lancaster County auction is a great day full of exciting auction items, such as handmade quilts, carriages, carts, farm sheds and more. 135 Brethren Church Rd., Leola. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 717-687-9407 or clinicforspecialchildren.org.

4 June 7-9 | Demuth Garden Party & Tour

Conestoga House

The Demuth Museum is hosting its annual fundraising event that kicks off with a Friday evening garden party – live music, a silent art auction, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails – starting at 6 p.m. and being held at Conestoga House and Gardens (1608 Marietta Ave.). The 36th annual self-guided Demuth Garden Tour will feature select Lancaster residences, offering a vast array of innovative urban gardens, distinctive architecture and unique home interiors, as well as the gardens at the Demuth Museum and Conestoga House. Reservations/tickets are required for the garden party. Advance ($18) and day-of ($20) tickets for the tour can be purchased at the museum (120 E. King St.). June 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The tour will be held rain or shine. Information: 717-299-9940 or demuth.org.

5 June | Long’s Park Summer Music Series

Long’s Park

Now in its 57th season, the Summer Music Series is regarded as a top musical entertainment destination in one of the best outdoor venues in Central PA. June’s lineup includes:

• June 2: John McEuen (founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band).
• June 8: Corty Byron & Friends (tribute to the Beatles).
• June 9: Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience.
• June 16: Allegro Orchestra Lancaster (tribute to the Superheroes of orchestral music).
• June 23: Liz Vice (70s funk/soul and indie rock).
• June 30: United States Army Band followed by fireworks.

All concerts are free and are held rain or shine (with only thunderstorms and dangerously high winds canceling the event) and begin at 7:30 p.m. Route 30 & Harrisburg Pike. Information: 717-735-8883 or longspark.org.

6 June 15-23 | Building Industry Association 2019 Parade of Homes

Various locations

Discover the latest trends in design, décor, creative floor plans and more at this year’s annual event being held weekdays from 5-8 p.m. and on weekends from 12-6 p.m. View the amazing craftsmanship of local building professionals. This year’s event also includes two new categories: apartments and renovations. Information: 717-569-2674 or lancasterparadeofhomes.com.

7 June 11-13 | Family Farm Days

Oregon Dairy

This community event helps to increase the awareness of the important role of farms and agri-business in the area. Family Farm Days provides educational, first-hand experiences on a third-generation, family-owned dairy farm. The Lancaster County Agriculture Council and The Farmstead at Oregon Dairy work together to present this agricultural outreach initiative that promotes the value of modern agriculture. Sample food, view ag exhibits and enjoy family fun, such as tractor and wagon rides, scavenger hunts, Barnyard Theatre presentations and more. 2900 Oregon Pike, Lititz. Daily from 10 a.m. Information: 717-656-2856 or oregondairy.com.

8 June 22 | Ephrata Brewfest

Whistle Stop Plaza

Enjoy food, live music and various brews at this year’s 4th annual brewfest. Nearly two dozen brewers are expected to participate. All proceeds from the Ephrata Brewfest support the Ephrata Public Library, Ephrata Rec Center and Mainspring of Ephrata. Tickets and valid photo IDs are required. Must be 21. 20 E. Main St., Ephrata. 1-4 p.m. Information: 717-738-9291 or ephratabrewfest.com.

9 June 1-8 | Lancaster Water Week

Various locations

Water Week celebrates the unique waterways of Lancaster County by educating people about the challenges we face and opportunities we can create and encouraging people to take action in their watersheds and communities. With over 20 events during the week, there are plenty of opportunities for you and your family to get involved. Information: lancasterwaterweek.org/events.

10 June 28 | Celebrate Lancaster

Downtown Lancaster

Regarded as the kick-off to Fourth of July festivities, this celebration of culture and diversity features two stages of live entertainment, more than 20 food vendors, two pub areas and fireworks. For the first time, Celebrate Lancaster will have its own signature beer, Celebrate Lancaster Ale, brewed by Spring House Brewing Company. Penn and Lancaster squares. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Information: 717-291-4758 or visitlancastercity.com.

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