OPENINGS AND EXTRAS
The 15th annual Mason-Dixon Fair at the Delta fairgrounds along Route 74 runs July 8-13 with the midway opening each night at 5. The fun includes live music, rides, animal exhibits, tractor pulls, children's activities, the Karaoke Idol contest and more. Admission: $4-$6 for ages 7 and up, free for 6 and under. Information: www.masondixonfair.com.
First Friday serves up a full slate of festivities from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 5, in York City for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Check out new art exhibits, enjoy chair massages and henna tattooing, listen to live music and sample mini-doughnuts, fresh granola, smoothies and more. Get started on North Beaver Street between West Market and West Philadelphia streets, and find fun as far west as The York Emporium, 343 W. Market St., and as far east as the growing arts groups in the 100 block of East King Street: The Parliament, Kings' Courtyard and Philosophy Collective. Information: 717-849-2331 or downtownyorkpa.com.
Pennsylvania musicians AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle will present the Simon & Garfunkel Retrospective, an acoustic performance of the legendary duo's classic hits and lesser-known gems, at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, 195 Stock St., Hanover. Tickets: $22. Information: 717-637-7086 or theeich.org.
The free Sounds of Summer concert series continues at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 7, with the Uptown Band's brand of playful audience interaction and decade-spanning hits at the Springettsbury Township Park amphitheater, 1501 Mount Zion Road. The second concert of the week will feature Eagles tribute band 7 Bridges at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 717-505-0406 or www.springettsbury.com.
The York County Parks' popular Reptile Week runs through Sunday, July 7, at Nixon County Park, 5922 Nixon Drive, Springfield Township. A variety of programs with live reptiles will be featured. Special events include a feeding time program at 1 p.m. Friday, July 5, and a habitat walk at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7. Remember to leave your own pets at home. Admission: $2 per person, free for ages 5 and under. Information: 717-428-1961 or www.yorkcountyparks.org.
Wingstock, a festival to benefit the Crispus Attucks Association, runs from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 6, on the plaza at Sovereign Bank Stadium in downtown York. The fun includes hot wings competitions, chicken bowling, live music and more. Tickets: $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 11 and under. Information: 717-848-3610 or www.crispusattucks.org.
The Box Lunch Revue concert series features free live music from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Cherry Lane adjacent to Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia St., York. The next performers are Brian Fitzgerald with pop and jazz fusion on Tuesday, July 9, and indie artist Kayla Kroh on Thursday, July 11. Information: 717-849-2217 or www.yorkcity.org/boxlunchrevue.
Jacobus: Free fireworks Thursday, July 4, at dusk at Jacobus Community Park, with events starting with the children's parade at 9:15 a.m. Food, crafts, games and music all day. Information: 717-428-3983 or www.jacobuspa.com.
Red Lion: Free fireworks Wednesday, July 3, at dusk at Horn Field, with live music by Bluestone Bluegrass Band from 7 p.m. onward. Car show, flea market and other fun starting at 8 a.m. Thursday at Fairmont Park. Information: 717-244-6896 or redlionpa.org.
Stewartstown: Free fireworks Wednesday, July 3, at 9:30 p.m. at the Stewartstown Community Fairgrounds, with live music by the JC Fisher Band and concessions from 7 p.m. onward. Information: 717-993-2255 or www.harp-online.org.
York City: Free fireworks Thursday, July 4, at 9:30 p.m. at Sovereign Bank Stadium, with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and featuring a family-friendly carnival, playground, car show and movie. Live music by the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors from 8 p.m. onward. Information: yorkrevolution.com.
Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek has two big shows in the area this weekend. On Thursday, Lincoln Speedway will play host to the Kevin Gobrecht Memorial Race - a contest that offers $7,000 to the winner. On Friday at Williams Grove, the winner will earn $10,000 in the Mitch Smith Memorial Race. Action starts both nights at 7:30 p.m.
The War of the Roses series will continue this weekend when the York Revolution and Lancaster Barnstormers do battle at Sovereign Bank Stadium in York. Games times are 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.