Fall is my favorite season, so Labor Day is when I can finally begin redecorating and buying pumpkin spice flavored coffee without feeling guilty. Maybe you are hanging on to every last minute of summer before the cooler weather rolls in. Regardless, there is a way for everyone in Lancaster County to have a safe, fun Labor Day Weekend.
August 31-September 5: 37th Annual Hispanic Festival – Takeout Edition: Enjoy authentic Hispanic Food from all over Central and South America. Order food online and pick up at 425 S. Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602.
September 4: First Friday in Downtown Lancaster.
September 4: FURst Friday at Spring House Brewing Company. Bring your dogs to Spring House from 5-7 p.m. and enjoy their dog deck, a wading pool, treats galore and an adoption clinic hosted by the SPCA. For every pint sold, Spring House will donate $1 to the SPCA.
September 4-7: Spookley the Square Pumpkin Weekend at Barnyard Kingdom from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission includes showings of the Spookley Movie, special story time sessions, corn maze and 30+ other farm activities.
September 5: Creatively Lancaster Makers Market at the Lancaster Barnstormers Clipper Stadium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
September 5: Barnstormers Cornhole Tournament for Charity. Grab a friend and participate in the Lancaster Barnstormer’s Cornhole Challenge from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Clipper Stadium. The winning team will win a $400 donation to the charity of their choice and a suite to a Barnstormers game in 2021.
September 5-7: PA Renaissance Faire’s Grand Opening Weekend. Due to capacity restrictions, tickets are only available in advance by online reservation. Best mask and costume competition, lots of interesting characters and delicious food.
September 5 & 6: Saturday Yoga on the Roof at Tellus360 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $10, cash only.
September 5-6: Petting Zoo Days at The Amish Farm and House from 12-4 p.m. Cuddle baby goats and kittens. Brush the donkeys and feed the horses. Enjoy other activities like their corn maze and hayrides.
Other Local Ideas
Enjoy drinks and the “last weekend of summer” with outdoor seating at local restaurants like Bube’s Biergarten, T.J. Rockwell’s, The Exchange or The Pressroom.
Pack up a picnic and head for one of Lancaster County’s beautiful parks.
Visit a local farm (like Cherry Crest Adventure Farm or The Country Barn) and get into the fall spirit with corn mazes and hayrides.
Pack up your summer decorations and break out the autumn wreaths and pumpkins. Need some new fall decor? Visit local shops like Prussian Street Arcade, Ville + Rue or Always Never Done.
Grab a scoop or two of local ice cream from Fox Meadows Creamery, Hayloft Ice Cream, Splits & Giggles, Penny’s or the many other creameries in Lancaster County.
Savor the last days of summer heat in the pool. With all the hard work you poured into keeping the pool clear and blue, Labor Day Weekend may be your last chance to truly enjoy it. If you don’t have one, hit up a local swimming hole or float down a nearby creek or stream.