1 Lancaster County Best Kept Secrets Tour | October 6-22
Experience a unique shopping adventure featuring 41 off-the-beaten path businesses. Travel place to place in your own vehicle at your own pace. Participating businesses offer a range of refreshments, games, gifts, farm tours, demonstrations, workshop tours, make & take projects and more. Tickets are $11 each ($1 per ticket is donated to Lancaster Early Education Center) and are valid until October 22. Information: 717-721-9409 or bestkeptsecretstour.com/lancaster-county.
2 Legacy of Sleepy Hollow | October 6-November 6
Strasburg Rail Road
A professional cast of actors brings a new perspective to the classic tale, Legacy of Sleepy Hollow, with the help of grand special effects, live horses and the scariest train ride of the season. Join Isabel Crane, the great-great-granddaughter of the legendary Ichabod Crane, as she takes you on a frightful journey filled with sword fights, ghosts and a centuries-old curse surrounding her family. 301 Gap Road, Ronks. Information: 1-866-725-9666 or strasburgrailroad.com/special-events/legacy-of-sleepy-hollow.
3 Maize & Snitz Market Faire | October 7-8
Discover what life was like in Pennsylvania during the 1700s. Learn about Indigenous life in the area, engage with artisans demonstrating early American trades and tour the 1719 Herr House. Also, shop for hand-crafted items such as redware pottery, hand-dyed wool yarn, hand-turned wooden implements, wrought iron, bobbin lace and 18th-century paper goods. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children. Tickets can be pre-purchased online or at the event. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street. Information: 717-464-4438 or mennonitelife.org/event/maize-snitz-market-fair.
4 Apple Dumpling Sale | October 7-8
Nothing says fall like a warm, juicy apple wrapped in pastry and covered in sweet cinnamon syrup. Enjoy the delicious Pennsylvania Dutch treat (made by Achenbach’s Pastries) while supporting the Ephrata Cloister. All proceeds benefit the Back to the Cloister Fund, which is used to return original items to the historic site. Apple dumplings can be purchased for $5 each at the Museum Store. The sale will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on October 7 and 9 a.m. until sold out on October 8. 632 West Main Street, Ephrata. Information: 717-733-3733 or ephratacloister.org/events/apple-dumpling-sales.
5 Fallfest | October 8
Bright Side Opportunities Center
Celebrate fall with the community at this free family-centered event. Enjoy bouncy houses, vendors, raffles, face painting, crafts and more. Kids ages 9-17 can participate in a basketball skills contest to win cash prizes in three categories: three-point shooting, dribbling skills and a knock-out tournament. Bright Side Soul Food dinners will be available, including fried fish, chicken or pulled pork. 12-5 p.m. 515 Hershey Avenue, Lancaster. Information: 717-509-1342 or brightsideopportunities.org.
6 Blues & Brews Street Festival | October 8
Front Street, Marietta
From 1-6 p.m., Marietta will be shutting down Front Street from McCleary’s Pub to River Trail Brewing for an afternoon of beer and music. Between those two venues, attendees will be able to freely enjoy their brews, listen to music and visit various food trucks and vendors. At McCleary’s Pub, hear music by Moe Blues from 1-3 p.m. and Six Whiskey Revival from 4-6 p.m. Octavia Blues Band will perform at River Trail Brewing throughout the afternoon. Admission is free. Information: 717-426-2225 or marietta-pa.com/events/pub-crawl.
7 Harvest Days | October 8-9
Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
Join Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum for their oldest and largest event of the year. Explore demonstrations, exhibits, live music, a children’s discovery tent and other activities. Visitors can also taste heirloom varieties of apples, pick a pumpkin and experience horse-drawn wagon rides. Food will be available for purchase on site. Free parking. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster. Information: 717-569-9312 or landisvalleymuseum.org.
8 Past, Present, Pumpkins! | October 15
Learn all about the autumnal icon at this family-friendly event. Discover the historical origins of the pumpkin and why we decorate our front porches with them each year. Plus, decorate a small jack-o’-lantern. Tickets are $5 per child and free for adults. Advanced registration is required to guarantee supplies for everyone. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster. Information: 717-392-4633 or lancasterhistory.org.
9 Fall Artwalk | October 15-16
Lancaster Artwalk is a self-guided tour of the downtown galleries in Lancaster City. Stroll around at your own pace and enjoy special exhibitions, live demonstrations, meet-the-artist events, children’s activities and more. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Information: lancastercityartgalleries.com/lancaster-artwalk.
10 Yummie’s Boo Bash | October 29
Kitchen Kettle Village
Take the family to Kitchen Kettle Village for a fun day of Halloween festivities. Kids can get their picture with the Kitchen Kettle Village mascot, Yummie, participate in a costume contest, make a whoopie pie and go on a scavenger hunt for exclusive surprises and treats. Tickets are $12.95 for children and $19.95 for adults. Tickets also include a lunch voucher for use at the Harvest Café. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse. Information: 717-768-8261 or kitchenkettle.com.
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