2013 Gettysburg Events and Attractions Calendar
For More Information on Events and Attractions in Gettysburg ... Please Call The Convention and Visitors Breau at 717-334-6274 or 800-337-5015.APRIL-OCTOBER -- Each weekend encampments by living history units at the Gettysburg National Military Park and American Civil War Museum portray the many aspects of soldier and civilian life of the Civil War era.
MAY 4-5 -- APPLE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL. An annual event held the first weekend in May at South Mountain Fairgrounds 10 miles N.W. of Gettysburg on PA Rt. 234. 717-677-4444, www.appleblossomfestival.info.
MAY 16-19 – 66th SEMI-ANNUAL GETTYSBURG BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL - A Bluegrass tradition since 1979 featuring the world's top bluegrass artists in a beautiful outdoor setting just minutes from Historic Gettysburg at Granite Hill Campground. 717-642-8749. www.gettysburgbluegrass.com.
MAY 18 – GETTYSBURG OUTDOOR ANTIQUE SHOW – More than 120 antique dealers and collectors from the North and the South will converge in Gettysburg. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association. www.gettysburgretailmerchants.org.
MAY 27 -- MEMORIAL DAY PARADE & CEREMONIES 144th Annual, one of the oldest Memorial Day observances in the United States, with a parade at 2 PM, followed by a ceremony in Gettysburg National Cemetery with guest speakers.
JUNE 7-9 – LEAD SCENE EAST - Held at Oakside Park in Biglerville, PA. For more information, call 757-587-0905. www.leadsceneeast.com.
JUNE 8-16-- GETTYSBURG FESTIVAL – includes History Meets the Arts and a Brass Band Weekend. 717-334-0853. www.gettysburgfestival.org.
JUNE 8&15 -- PENNSYLVANIA LAVENDER FESTIVAL. The only Lavender festival in the mid-Atlantic Region! Experience tours of lavender fields and demonstration gardens, lectures and workshops, herbal cuisine, and pick-your-own lavender from the farm's fields. Willow Pond Farm 717-642-6387. www.palavenderfestival.com.
JUNE 15—BATTLE OF FAIRFIELD BUS TOUR. Guided tour to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fairfield. Provided by Stars and Stripes Tours. 1-877-723-1863, www.starsandstripestours.com.
JUNE 15 -- NEW OXFORD OUTDOOR ANTIQUE SHOW. One of the largest and oldest one day antique shows with 135 antique dealers, artists and craftsmen, food and entertainment. Held in New Oxford, PA 10 miles east of Gettysburg on U.S. Rt. 30, 9AM-5 PM. 717-624-2800. www.newoxford.org.
JUNE 20-22—MID-ATLANTIC WOMEN’S MOTORCYCLE RALLY. Days Inn Gettysburg. www.mawmr.org
JUNE 21-23 29TH ANNUAL EASTERN MUSEUM OF MOROR RACING FAIR. York Springs, PA. 717-528-8279. www.emmr.org.
JUNE 28-JULY 7—GETTYSBURG 150, REFLECTIONS OF HISTORY. A 10 day series of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. Events include: Annual Civil War Collectors Show, Prelude to Gettysburg: The Cashtown Road, A Sacred Trust – Talks and Book Signings, Eternal Light Peace Memorial Commemoration, Corbit’s Charge – Union Mills 1863, Confederate Triage – A Medical Living History Event, “Gettysburg: A New Birth of Freedom” Commemorative Ceremony, 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Special Battle Anniversary Park Ranger Programs, Grand Opening of the Seminary Ridge Museum-Gettysburg, Battle of Hunterstown Commemorative Event, Opening Action on the Road to Gettysburg – 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Hanover, Independence Day Parade, Gettysburg National Civil War Battle Reenactment, Gettysburg 150 “Battle of the Bands”, The Confederates Take the Shriver House, Dedication of the Culp Brothers Memorial, Special Battlefield Tours. For more information call 800-337-5015 or visit www.gettysburgcivilwar150.com for a full list of events.
JULY 11-14-- GETTYSBURG BIKE WEEK. Motorcycle event featuring guided motorcycle tours of the battlefield, observation rides, vendors, music and more. For more information, call 1-800-374-7540 or visit www.gettysburgbikeweek.com.
JULY 13-14—150 GETTYSBURG COUNTRY MUSIC TRIBUITE-THUNDER IN THE SKY. www.gettysburgcountrymusictribute.com 717-398-0939
JULY 20 -- ADAMS COUNTY IRISH FESTIVAL. Held annually at Gettysburg Moose Park, 4 miles east of Gettysburg, off US Rt. 30. Benefits Children's Friendship Project for Northern Ireland and the National Library and Museum (to be built in Gettysburg) Irish bands, music, dance, food, gifts, living history encampments by late 19th Century groups. 10:30 AM-8 PM. For more information please call The Convention and Visitors Breau at 717-334-6274 or 800-337-5015. www.adamscountyirishfestival.com.
JULY 20-21—19TH CENTURY BASE BALL FESTIVAL Featuring clubs from all over the United States who will compete for the tournament championship using the same style uniforms and equipment and playing by the same rules and customs as were used in 1864. Family fun for everyone. www.gettysburgbaseballfestival.com. 410-967-7482.
JULY 28—10TH ANNUAL OLD FASHSIONED CORNFEST. Enjoy Corn Roasted in the husk over an apple-wood fire, BBQ Chicken, Pulled Pork, Peach Sundaes, Apple Dumplings, and MORE!!! Free entertainment provided. Haywagon rides around the farm, as well as free games and activities for children will be available. Free Parking/No Admission Fee. Food will begin at 11:30am and entertainment will begin at noon. For more info call 717-334-1984 or www.roundbarngettysburg.com.
AUGUST 10-11—HOLLABAUGH BROS. INC. ANNUAL PEACH FESTIVAL. 717-677-9494, www.hollabaughbros.com.
AUGUST 15-18 – 63rd SEMI-ANNUAL GETTYSBURG BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL. Family fun featuring some of the country's best bluegrass music, held at Granite Hill Campground, 6 miles west of Gettysburg on PA Rt. 116. (717) 642-8749. www.gettysburgbluegrass.com.
AUGUST 17—19TH ANNUAL CIVILWAR MUSIC MUSTER. Performances by authentic Civil War musicians will fill the air for a special 150th anniversary program. This program is sponsored by the Gettysburg National Military Park. Free. For program schedules go to www.nps.gov/gett or call 717-334-1124.
AUGUST 20-24 -- SOUTH MOUNTAIN FAIR. A traditional country fair held at South Mountain Fairgrounds featuring live entertainment, agricultural exhibits, livestock competitions, carnival rides and great country food. 717-677-9663. www.southmountainfair.com.
SEPTEMBER 7-- EAST BERLIN COLONIAL DAY. Held in Historic Early-American East Berlin, 19 miles east of Gettysburg. This street fair, a 32-year tradition, features 18th Century crafts and demonstrations, and food from 9 am - 4 pm. 259-0822. www.ebhpspa.org.
SEPTEMBER 7-8—9TH ANNUAL GETTYSBURG WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL. Celebrate the grape harvest and enjoy a fantastic fall weekend in historic Adams County, while you savor the flavors of hundreds of Pennsylvania wines. The festival will feature fine wines from over 20 Pennsylvania wineries, great live music, spectacular food and vendors/artisans! One and two day passes are available with a discount for advanced tickets. 717-334-8151, www.gettysburg-chamber.org.
SEPTEMBER 18 -- ADAMS COUNTY HERITAGE FESTIVAL. Held annually in September at the Gettysburg Recreation Park 12 PM-5 PM. A celebration of music, food & the arts in recognition of ethnic diversity. (717) 334-8943. www.icpj-gettysburg.org.
SEPTEMBER 18-22 – CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR SOCIETY. It is significant that Gettysburg was chosen as the site for the convention as the Society will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the awarding of the first Medal of Honor in March of 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg (from where 63 Medals were bestowed), Lincoln’s historic Gettysburg Address and the 55th anniversary of President Eisenhower’s chartering of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.To celebrate this unique opportunity to host these distinguished Americans, there will be select events over the course of the convention that will be open to the public. Please be sure to check out our website – www.cmoh2013.org - . For questions concerning the convention, please call 202.587.2724 and request to speak with Samantha Meyer, or contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEPTEMBER 21-22 -- EISENHOWER WORLD WAR II WEEKEND. Held annually the third weekend in September at the Eisenhower NHS. A living history encampment featuring Allied soldiers, tanks, and military vehicles. Eisenhower National Historic Site. Call (717) 338-9114. www.nps.gov/eise.
SEPTEMBER 28—GETTYSBURG FALL OUTDOOR ANTIQUE SHOW. More than 120 antique dealers and collectors from the North and the South will converge in Gettysburg. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association. www.gettysburgretailmerchants.org.
SEPTEMBER 28-29 -- FAIRFIELD PIPPINFEST. Held annually the last weekend in September along Main Street in Fairfield, PA, 8 miles west of Gettysburg on PA Route 116,features apple products, music, crafts, and antiques in street fair setting (fair weather only). (717) 642-5640. www.pippinfest.com.
OCTOBER 5-9 & OCTOBER12-13 – 49th ANNUAL APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL. An old time festival of apple products. live country music, arts and crafts, antique autos, steam engines, orchard tours, and plenty of food. Celebrate with Adams County at the South Mountain Fairgrounds in the heart of Apple Country. www.appleharvest.com
OCTOBER 20—ANNUAL GETTYSBURG BLUE-GRAY HALF MARATHON. 866-329-9382, www.bluegrayhalf.com.
OCTOBER 27—NEW OXFORD HARVEST DAY AND PARADE. 717-624-2800. www.newoxford.org.
NOVEMBER 5-9 -- INTERNATIONAL GIFT FESTIVAL. Held annually at the Fairfield Mennonite Church, this sale offers exquisite, home decor, pottery, baskets, textiles, Oriental rugs, jewelry, and toys handcrafted by artisans from around the world. Fairfield Mennonite Church 717-642-8936 www.fairfieldmennonitechurch.org
NOVEMBER 19 – DEDICATION DAY. An annual event held in conjunction with the Lincoln Observance, with parade at 1 pm of Civil War troops to the Albert Woolson Monument for a wreath-laying ceremony, sponsored by the Sons of Union Veterans.
NOVEMBER 19 -- 147th ANNIVERSARY OF LINCOLN'S GETTYSBURG ADDRESS. An annual observance with brief memorial services in the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Sponsored by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania.
NOVEMBER 23—REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADE AND CEREMONIES. An annual event held in conjunction with the Gettysburg Address anniversary. A parade of Civil War living history groups begins at 1:00pm The parade will end at the National Park.
NOVEMBER 23—11th ANNUAL REMEMBRANCE ILLUMINATION. Visit the Cemetery from 5:30-9:30pm where luminary candles are placed on each Civil War soldier’s grave as a solemn commemoration of the sacrifices made on the Gettysburg battlefield. Sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park. www.gettysburgfoundation.org
NOVEMBER 30—HOLIDAY WREATHS AT THE SOLDIERS’ NATIONAL CEMETARY. Sponsored by the Sgt. Mac Foundation. 717-337-1728. www.sgtmac.org.
DECEMBER 1-31 -- GETTYSBURG HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES. Held annually weekends through New Year's Eve. Highlights include tours of decorated historic homes, a tuba fest, holiday concerts, arts and crafts, fireworks and many other events. For more information, call 800-337-5015 or visit www.gettysburg.travel.