It’s fun to visit Gettysburg any time of the year, but in the springtime, festival season kicks off. While there is always something to do and something going on in the area, here is a list of Gettysburg’s annual springtime events and festivals that you may just want to plan your trip around.
No matter your interests, there’s a festival on the list below for you! These springtime festivals are listed in chronological order – pick your favorite and get ready to make your own history in Gettysburg this spring!
Gettysburg Festival of Races, April 28
If you’re in the running community, this is the festival for you. Whether you’re running yourself or supporting someone in the race, head to Gettysburg for the Festival of the Races, where you can for the first time choose from several races all in one weekend – the North-South Marathon, Blue-Gray 1/2 Marathon, Gateway 5K or Mobility Impaired Blue-Gray 1/2 Marathon.
Bees and Blossoms Festival, May 4-5
Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit Farm and Market holds a festival to celebrate one of the most beautiful times of the year in Adams County. The Bees and Blossoms Festival will feature wagon rides through the orchards, activities for kids, informational sessions about bees, pollination, and other pests on the farm, samples from local vendors and a local food truck. Head out to enjoy this free festival and a day on the farm!
Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, May 16-19
The Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival is a lively, four-day music festival held at Gettysburg’s Granite Hill Camping Resort. Bluegrass bands take the stage and produce fun, toe-tapping tunes all weekend long. Guests can also enjoy bluegrass workshops and food and craft vendors. Don’t miss a thing – make it a long weekend and camp at the resort during the festival. If you can’t make it in May, Gettysburg hosts a second Bluegrass Festival each August.
Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show, May 18
More than 120 antique dealers and collectors converge in Gettysburg annually for the springtime Gettysburg Outdoor Antique Show. Make your way through the streets surrounding historic Lincoln Square and browse the many treasures – you never know what will catch your eye. If you can’t make it in May, or love it so much that you want to come back again, head to Gettysburg in September for the annual fall Outdoor Antique Show.
Littlestown Wine Festival, May 18
Head just southeast of historic Gettysburg to Littlestown, Pa., for live music, food, crafts and of course, wine! The Littlestown Wine Festival will bring together local wineries to offer you a tasting event to remember. The event benefits community non-profit organizations.
Gettysburg BBQ Festival, May 25-26
Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with Gettysburg’s epic BBQ Festival! Make your way through the many BBQ food vendors and watch the BBQ competition. The kids can have fun in the kids’ zone while you take in the live music. Top it all off with a refreshing craft beer in the Appalachian Brewing Company beer garden.
Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies, May 27
One of the oldest continuing Memorial Day ceremonies in the country takes place in right here in Gettysburg. Start by watching the free Memorial Day parade that makes its way through downtown Gettysburg and then watch the day’s keynote speaker in Gettysburg’s Soldiers’ National Cemetery.
Strawberry Festival, June 1-2
Celebrate all things strawberry at Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit Farm and Market’s annual Strawberry Festival. Indulge your sweet tooth with strawberry sundaes, strawberry pie and strawberry shortcake at this free festival. Have fun with strawberry-themed activities for the kids, and be sure to shop in the retail farm market and take some fresh strawberries home with you.
Gettysburg Brass Band Festival, June 6-8
Brass bands from across the Mid-Atlantic come together in Gettysburg for three days of musical fun for Gettysburg’s Brass Band Festival. Brass bands perform their best tunes for all to enjoy at various locations in town. Take in the music for an hour, a day or even the entire weekend. Don’t miss the Brass Band Petting Zoo – children and adults can take their turn at trying out different brass instruments. This festival is free to enjoy!
These are just the events and festivals taking place in the Gettysburg area through June. Keep your eye out because summer brings in a whole new line up of fun to enjoy!
What festivals will you attend in Gettysburg this year? For our full event calendar, visit www.gettysburgcalendar.com.