8 must-see events in Lancaster County this weekend, from a barbecue festival to the last concert in Longs Park this summer | entertainment

With barbecue competitions, fairs, concerts and fairs this weekend, it’s safe to say there’s something for everyone in Lancaster County.

This weekend marks the final concert of the 2022 Long’s Park Summer Music Series, featuring Delaware County native Devon Gilfillian. And a classic rock band that hasn’t performed together in about 45 years will reunite this weekend to belt out some classic tunes.

For whole food lovers, the Mountville Makers Market doubles as a food truck festival. Or, if you’re more of a barbecue lover, 48 grill masters will compete to see who can cook the best meal.

Here are eight must-see events in Lancaster County this weekend.

Elizabethtown Fair

The Elizabethtown Fair kicked off the Lancaster County Fair season this Monday with games, agricultural displays, rides, live entertainment and more. The fair will continue until Saturday. Some recommended events include:

Thursday: The Joey Vincent Show on Stage 2 from 5pm to 9pm; Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods on the Kiwanis Stage at 7 p.m. Attractions are held from 14:00 to 18:00.

Friday: pedal tractor pulls at 18.00. Rides are available for the price of one from 2 to 6 p.m.

saturday: Corn Pit Tournament at 4 p.m.; LUV GODS on the Kiwanis Stage at 7 p.m. Rides are priced for one price from noon to 5 p.m

Additional information: Runs Thursday through Saturday, fireworks close the fair at 10:45 p.m. | Elizabethtown Fair, 900 E. High St., Elizabethtown | Price: Entrance is free | Additional information

New Holland Summer Festival

Barbecue lovers rejoice: this weekend you will have the opportunity to taste home-cooked meals from 48 chefs who have mastered the art of grilling. While you enjoy your meal, 48 chefs will compete in categories such as beef brisket, pork, chicken and pork ribs for a chance to win trophies or cash prizes. There will also be live entertainment and a raffle for a $1,200 smoker from Lancaster BBQ Supply. Learn more about this event in the LNP|LancasterOnline preview.

Proceeds benefit the New Holland Community Park and Garden Fire Department.

Additional information: Friday from 10.00 a.m., Saturday from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. | New Holland Community Park, 400 E. Jackson St., New Holland | Price: Entrance is free | Additional information

Paws and prints of puppies

Artist Lauryn Spangler-Jones will host a National Dog Day event where dog owners can bring their four-legged best friends into the studio and leave with a custom paw print. The studio will provide non-toxic paint and baby wipes to clean your dog’s paws afterwards. Some of the proceeds from this event will go to the Lancaster Animal Rescue Center, formerly the Humane League of Lancaster County. .

Additional information: Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | LSJ Studios, 104 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster | Price: $25 | Additional information

Mountville Farmers Market

The Shank Shoppe will host a maker’s market and food truck festival this weekend in Mountville with more than 70 vendors. Items for sale include home decor, candles, baked goods, woodworking, crystals and more.

Additional information: Saturday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM | Froelich Park, 350 W. Main St., Mountville | Price: Entrance is free | Additional information

Children’s cookie fest

Kids Cookie Break Fest will celebrate its 10th year with food, bounce houses, carnival games, vendors, covered wagon tours and more. There will also be demonstrations from Slugs & Bugs, Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary and First Capital Drum Line, among others.

Check with the event coordinators to see if there are any tickets left. No tickets were available for the 10 a.m. screening at press time.

Additional information: Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (sold out) and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Junction Center, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim | Price: Donate diapers (sizes 4, 5 & 6), Pull-Ups, baby wipes or a $10 Walmart gift card to Align Life Ministries | Additional information

Play the readings

Creative Works of Lancaster and Lancaster Dramatists’ Platform will partner to bring plays to Tellus360 this weekend. Local actors will perform readings by five playwrights — David Nice, John Reshetor, Tyler Joseph Rossi, Rachel Luann Strayer and Bruce Walsh.

Additional information: Saturday from 13:00 to 15:00 | Tellus360, 24 E. King St., Lancaster, second floor | Price: Pay what you decide | Additional information

Classic rock concert

While there are several professional cover bands playing around Lancaster County this weekend, this concert impressed us with its Lancaster connection. Two local classic rock bands, Tuesday Rains and Andora, will be performing at the Marietta Arts Center this weekend. This is Andorra’s first performance in 45 years.

Additional information: Saturday at 18:30 | Marietta Center for the Arts, 133 W. Market St., Marietta | Price: $5 | Additional information

Devon Gilfillian

Blues/soul artist Devon Gilfillian will perform at the final Long’s Park Summer Music Series concert in 2022. The Delaware native was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for his 2020 album Black Hole Rainbow.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs for this outdoor concert.

Additional information: Sunday at 19:30 | Longs Park, Route 30 and Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster | Price: Free, although donations are encouraged | Additional information

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