Festival season is upon us, and the Gettysburg area is delivering this summer with so many festivals to enjoy. We’ve rounded up a list of ones that can’t be missed – there’s something for everyone on this exciting list of summer festivals.
Gettysburg Brass Band Festival – June 8-10
Brass bands from across the Mid-Atlantic come together in Gettysburg for three days of musical fun for Gettysburg’s Brass Band Festival. Throughout the weekend at various locations in town, the brass bands perform their best tunes for all to enjoy. Take in the music for an hour, a day or even the entire weekend. And don’t miss the Brass Band Petting Zoo – children and adults can take their turn at trying out different brass instruments.
Explore all things natural and holistic at Gettysburg’s Illuminate Mind-Body-Spirit Festival. Through the festival’s 21 exhibitors and workshops, attendees can learn more about acupuncture, reiki, massage, essential oils and more.
PA Cider Fest – June 24
Immerse yourself in Adams County’s booming hard cider industry at the second PA Cider Fest. Join more than 20 cider makers and hundreds of fellow cider enthusiasts for a day dedicated to Pennsylvania-produced hard cider. Enjoy cider tastings and workshops, live music, an artisan market and food vendors. Take in the breathtaking views at the venue – Hauser Estate Winery – home to one of Adams County’s very own ciders, Jack’s Hard Cider.
Adams County Irish Festival – July 15
Whether you are of Irish decent, or just love Irish culture, check out the Adams County Irish Festival. From music and dancing, to food and drink and gifts and merchandise, celebrate Adams County’s Irish heritage at this fun family event.
Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival – July 15 & 16
The Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival is a truly one-of-a-kind event that can be enjoyed by those who love baseball, history or who are just looking for something fun and different to do. Vintage baseball clubs from around the county will gather in Gettysburg to compete in a different kind of baseball tournament. The game will be played just as it was in 1863 – following the rules and wearing the uniforms from the 19th century.
Blueberry Festival – July 15 & 16
Step into the Adams County countryside for Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit Farm & Market’s annual Blueberry Festival. Embrace all things blueberry at this family event – there will be blueberry samples, blueberry pies, ice cream and baked goods, pick-your-own blueberries and fun kids’ activities.
Blueberry Fest – July 22
Adams County Winery is kicking off their festival season with Blueberry Fest. Enjoy homegrown blueberries – grown right at the farm winery, live music with Saint Eloise, wood fired pizzas and appetizers, blueberry drink specials, a gourmet food truck and of course, wine tastings.
Old-Fashioned CornFest – July 23
You don’t want to miss the Historic Round Barn’s Old-Fashioned CornFest. Guests can chow down on homegrown sweet corn that’s been roasted over an apple wood fire and pulled pork made from a secret family recipe. There will also be live bluegrass music and games and activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Gettysburg Rocks – August 11-13
Listen to live music in Gettysburg all weekend long during Gettysburg Rocks. Even better, support a worthy cause while doing so. Gettysburg Rocks brings 140-plus bands to 14 different venues throughout Gettysburg for a three-day, live music event that benefits Four Diamonds – a group dedicated to conquering childhood cancer.
Peach Fest – August 12 & 13
Celebrate one of the sweetest parts of summer – fresh peaches – at Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit Farm & Market’s Peach Fest. Enjoy a peach sampling bar, peach ice cream sundaes, face painting, live music, wagon rides and more family fun.
Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival – August 17-20
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.
Pepper Fest – August 19
Celebrate pepper season – and the peppers grown at Adams County Winery’s farm winery – with the first Pepper Fest. Listen to live music from Finks Constant, taste scrumptious wood fired pizza and appetizers, try spicy drink specials and some Adams County Winery wine.
Gettysburg Brew Fest – August 19
For all craft beer lovers out there, get ready for the Gettysburg Brew Fest. 150-plus craft beers from 50-plus breweries will be on hand for unlimited sampling throughout the event. Enjoy food vendors and live music during the evening as well.
Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival – September 9 & 10
During the two-day Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival, guests can savor hundreds of wines, enjoy live music and food and art vendors. Browse and sample the vast selection of Pennsylvania wines – from sweet to dry and everything in between – from the 27 wineries that will be showcasing their finest.
Adams County Heritage Festival – September 17
The Adams County Heritage Festival celebrates Adams County’s multicultural atmosphere. Browse craft booths, try food from a variety of ethnic food vendors, take part in family-friendly games and activities, listen to music and dance, all in the name of learning about and appreciating the many cultures that make up Adams County.
We hope you’re able to enjoy a few of these awesome summer festivals. Which Gettysburg festivals are you looking forward to this year?