Activities in Franklin County, Pennsylvania in September 2022

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Summer may be unofficially over, but there’s plenty to do in September. Consider these events in chronological order for your calendar.

Jamming in the Park music and arts festival

1-7pm September 4th

Main Street Park, 25 E. Main St., Waynesboro

Spend your Sunday listening to live music and participating in other activities to support the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro.

There will be two music stages with the bands [email protected]; Sussmann, Jankura & Hepfer; The loose screws; Lucky Punk; Big Whiskey; John Dolly; The Flying Matlocks; [email protected]; and The Note Riders.

Food trucks serve delicious dishes. Rough Edges Brewery and Lake House Distillery sell alcoholic beverages (no BYOB).

There will also be arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities and a 50/50 draw.

Tickets are $10 at the box office or in advance at bit.ly/3POmOQa. Children up to 10 years are free.

Proceeds support the Arts Alliance.

Learn more at artsalliancegw.org.

Beach Boys tribute

2 p.m. September 4th

Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg

Take a seat at the Capitol Theater and be transported to a world of sand, surf and fun fun fun as Beach Boys tribute band Sail On take the stage.

The world’s best-selling Beach Boys tribute band, Sail On performs the group’s classic hits as well as songs from the expanded Beach Boys catalogue.

Beer, wine and soft drinks and discounts are available.

Tickets are $35 for adults; $30 for 60+, military and frontline workers; and $25 for students under 18 and college ID students. Visit thecapitoltheatre.org to purchase online or call the box office at 717-263-0202.

Book sale of the Friends of Legal Advice

16 Sept (9am – 9pm), 17 Sept (9am – 5pm), 18 Sept (12pm – 4pm)

Former Burlington store, Chambersburg Mall

Whether you’re a book lover looking to increase your collection or just want to browse, this massive annual book sale will have something for you. Thousands of books, games, puzzles and other media are offered at bargain prices.

More than 40 titles and special pieces will be part of a silent auction; Bids will be accepted until September 17, 4:00 p.m.

The book sale is a fundraiser for Franklin County Legal Services.

For more information, see bit.ly/3cj8CAT

Thousands of books and other media are sold at bargain prices each year at the Friends of Legal Services annual book sale.  In 2022, the sale will take place September 17-18 at the former Burlington store on Chambersburg Mall.

Two Top Ruritan Steam and Gas Show

16-18 September

Two Top Ruritan Club, 12270 Two Top Road, Mercersburg

Spend your weekend browsing and shopping at the large flea market and craft exhibition. There will also be truck and tractor pulls and a pedal pull. Live bands perform on Friday and Saturday nights: Clearspring Bluegrass on Saturday at 6pm; Rob Lowe, Sunday 2pm-5pm and Sunday 7pm New Country. The Masters Trio and Pastor Ronnie Martin will be in attendance on Sunday at 9am.

There will also be home-cooked food, starting with breakfast at 7:30 am each morning

Admission is free.

For more information, see the flyer on Facebook at bit.ly/3cdLzHT.

Pour the trail bus tour

10:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. September 17

Around Franklin County

Hop on a bus and get ready to sample more than a dozen beers, wines, and spirits served by small businesses in Franklin County.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau created the Pour Trail during this year’s IceFest to highlight the county’s growing number of beer, wine and spirits producers. The bus tour is a way to get to know a selection of participating companies without having to drive.

The bus tour departs from the 11/30 Visitor Center in Chambersburg Memorial Square before continuing to:

  • Jan Zell Winery in Jim’s Country Market, Chambersburg;
  • GearHouse Brewing Co., Chambersburg;
  • Liquid Art Brewing Co., (formerly Roy-Pitz), Chambersburg;
  • Oktoberfest at Renfrew Park, Waynesboro;
  • James Buchanan Pub, Mercersburg;
  • Cold Spring Hollow Distillery, Mercersburg.
Cold Spring Hollow Distillery, 8 Findlay Drive, Mercersburg.

Each stop includes samples of alcoholic beverages. The stop at Renfrews Oktoberfest includes a German meal.

Guests receive a Pour Trail Passport that allows them to track points ($1 equals one point) from visits to Pour Trail locations that can be redeemed for prizes. All guests on the bus tour receive 100 bonus points.

Tickets cost $75 and include 15 samples, a signature cocktail and the meal. Purchase tickets online through Eventbrite (https://bit.ly/3R5sYfI) or call the Visitors Office at 866-646-8060.

There are 52 seats on the bus. Tickets were still available online on August 24th.

Learn more at explorefranklincountypa.com/franklin-county-pour-trail-bus-tour/.

Oktoberfest

Two Oktoberfest events will be held on September 17 at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro and Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville.

Renfrew: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., German music, silent auction, family fun area, beer garden ($5 for pouring), homestead activities and displays, and more. General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 17. “Full Package” tickets, which include a German meal served from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., are $35 for adults and $25 for 3-17 year olds; These tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit renfrewmuseum.org/oktoberfest for more information.

Totem Pole: 1pm-5pm German food, beer garden, “Costume Store Treasures Flea Market”, dance competition, German band and more. Bring a chair.

Mercersburg City Festival

9am to 3pm September 24th

Downtown Mercersburg

More than 120 artisans, food and other vendors and more than 8,000 guests attend Townfest each year. Community and school bands are entertained. Don’t miss the children’s activity area.

Franklin Fall Farm Fun Fest

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. September 24

Hollow Acres Farm, 6969 Upper Strasburg Road, Pleasant Hall

The Franklin County Farm Bureau hosts this event at a different farm or agricultural enterprise each year. Now in its 32nd year, Ron and Amy Wenger’s Hollow Acre Farms offers activities like cow milking, hay rides, ice cream and more.

Learn more at facebook.com/FranklinFallFarmFunFest.

Children had the opportunity to pet a bee at the 2018 Franklin Fall Farm Fun Fest, held at Musser Farm.

Traffic jam in the park

The gates open on September 24 from 10:30 am to 10:00 pm

Britton Park, 304 Britton Road, Shippensburg

Proceeds from the day of live music, food trucks and more will support the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance. There is a car show at 11am and a corn hole at 4pm. Small games of chance are offered.

Admission is $10 per person (children 8 and under are free).

Visit bit.ly/3Ra6DOq for more information.

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