Start fall off right this September with these 5 things to do in and near Franklin County
Fall will soon be in the air, and September brings multiple events to help you and your family welcome the most awesome season.
Here are our five picks for things to do in and near Franklin County this coming month. It's the start of the fall festival season, and the county has a few long-running ones that have become family favorites. If you're into live music and sampling (or, you know, just drinking) local beer and wine, you can spend two weekends doing just that - and you can even bring the kids to a couple of the events if you want. One is in a neighboring county, but wine lovers especially won't want to miss it.
Events are listed in chronological order.
Gettysburg Wine and Music Festival
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 and Sunday, Sept. 12
Where: Gateway Gettysburg Complex, 95 Presidential Circle, Gettysburg
Tickets: General admission is $25 at the gate or $20 when purchased by noon Sept. 10 at gettysburgwineandmusicfestival.com. Admission is $12 for designated drivers and youth 13+.
Take a drive across the eastern county line and spend the afternoon (or the weekend) sampling wines from 23 Pennsylvania wineries. Four distilleries will be there, too. Chill, dance or sway to the tunes of the six bands that will take stage throughout the festival.
Two Top Ruritan Steam and Gas Show
When: Sept. 17-19
Where: Two Top Ruritan, 12270 2 Top Road, Mercersburg
This community affair has been going strong for 35 years. Browse bargains at the flea market. Head to the dirt track for the event’s popular tractor pulls, which have been known to attract people from around the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Check out the live entertainment and the good food.
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When: 12-7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18
Where: Renfrew Museum and Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro
Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for ages 7-18. Biergarten tokens available for $5 each for those over 21 (limit four per person). Get tickets in advance at renfrewmuseum.org/oktoberfest/.
This family-friendly event honors the German roots of the Royer family that worked this land two centuries ago. Guests of all ages can enjoy live traditional music, retail and food vendors, a family fun area, farmstead activities, demonstrations, auctions and more. Adults can sample local craft beers in the Biergarten.
Blues, Brews and BBQ
When: 1-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18
Where: Capitol Theatre Center, in the back lot off West Washington St., Chambersburg
Tickets: $15 (plus processing fee). Go to thecapitoltheatre.org, Special Events, Buy Tickets.
Few things complement one another better than blues music, beer and barbecue. Even better, people coming to this event will also be supporting the historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Chambersburg, which is now selling tickets for the 2021-22 season after being hit hard by pandemic restrictions. Held outdoors in the parking lot behind Capitol Theatre Center, guests will be offered craft and domestic beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks. Soul Smoked BBQ and Whatta Jerk will serve up good food.
When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25
Where: Throughout Mercersburg
More than 120 crafters, artisans, food and other local vendors will post up along the town’s streets for this 42nd annual festival, hosted by Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce. Families, don’t miss the kids’ zone on the grounds of Mercersburg Elementary. Learn more at mercersburgtownfest.com.
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