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 list!
These summer festivals and events are listed in chronological order – pick your favorite and get ready to make your own history in Gettysburg this summer!
American Odyssey Relay Race, April 24-25
This 200-mile relay pits teams of 12 against one another for a two-day adventure in late April between two of the country’s most famous historic sites – Gettysburg and Washington, DC. The race starts early Friday morning on the outskirts of Gettysburg and takes runners through the rolling hills of Adams County, Pa., before heading south through Maryland and into Washington to finish near the National Harbor. Runners are responsible for three legs of the race – all varying distances. For many, the race has become a yearly tradition and a number of runners make this 200-mile race a short vacation.
Gettysburg Festival of Races, April 25-26
In 2018, the North-South Marathon joined its sister race, the Blue Gray Half-Marathon and 5K race for one united running event in late April. The oldest marathon in Gettysburg, the North-South Marathon – like the Blue Gray Half-Marathon – pits runners from the North and the South for a friendly competition. The marathon gives runners a taste of both Gettysburg’s historic backdrop as well as its scenic countryside, past horse farms, beautiful homes and back through East Cavalry Field, as part of the Gettysburg battlefield. The race is USATF-certified and attracts runners from around the country.
Spirit of Gettysburg 5K, June 20
Kicking off in 1990, this race is Gettysburg’s oldest. This 3.1-mile race is packed with rolling hills over the hallowed ground of the Gettysburg battlefield. Held the third Saturday of June, the race starts and ends at the United Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg and sends runners for a loop around the Eternal Light Peace Memorial at Gettysburg National Military Park. This race attracts nearly 1,000 runners each year from around the country.
PA Cider Fest, June 22
Immerse yourself in Adams County’s thriving hard cider industry at the 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 – Jack’s Hard Cider – home to one of Adams County’s very own ciders.
Celebrate Independence Day in one of America’s most charming small towns! Bring the entire family and join us in Gettysburg for our free 4th of July community event featuring live music, food and beverage vendors, and an epic fireworks show.
Blueberry Festival, July 13 & 14
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.
Adams County Irish Festival, July 20
Whether you are of Irish descent 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 20 & 21
This one-of-a-kind event 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.
Old-Fashioned Corn Fest, July 28
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 applewood 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 9-11
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.
Bounty of the County, August 9-18
Gettysburg’s version of a restaurant week – Bounty of the County celebrates the area’s farm culture and harvest season. Chefs at Gettysburg area restaurants turn donated, fresh-from-the-farm produce into dishes and meals that are not only visually stunning but also incredibly delicious. This is the perfect opportunity to support Adams County farms, restaurants and their farm-to-fork efforts.
Peach Festival, August 10 & 11
Celebrate one of the sweetest parts of summer – fresh peaches – at Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit Farm & Market’s Peach Festival. Enjoy a peach sampling bar, peach ice cream sundaes, face painting, live music, wagon rides and more family fun.
Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, August 15-18
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.
Gettysburg Brew Fest, August 17
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. Stay in Gettysburg and make it a long weekend – exploring all of Adams County’s craft beverages on the Adams County Pour Tour.
Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival, September 7 & 8
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 15
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.
WWII Weekend, September 21 & 22
Immerse yourself in all things WWII at Eisenhower National Historic Site – the Gettysburg home of President Dwight Eisenhower. See authentic recreations of Allied and German army camps, complete with original World War II vehicles. Watch living history volunteers present programs on World War II medical services, weapons and equipment, communications, military vehicles, and the life of the common soldier.
We hope you’re able to enjoy a few of these awesome summer festivals. Which Gettysburg festivals are you looking forward to this year?