August's First Friday focuses on a Festival of Cultures from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in downtown York City. The free fun includes a square dance on North Beaver Street with music starting at 5:30 p.m., a “Yappy Hour” with pets welcome at the Yorktowne Hotel's Off Center Grill until 7 p.m., the author of “American Sideshow” at 7 p.m. at The York Emporium and a variety of other music, art, food and sales at downtown shops. Information: (717) 849-2331 or downtownyorkpa.com.
DreamWrights Youth & Family Theatre tackles a story about politics, justice and life in a small town when “The Gentleman from Indiana” comes to the stage. Shows start at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 4, 10 and 11 and at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at the theater, 100 Carlisle Ave. Tickets: $8-$12. Information: www.dreamwrights.org or (717) 848-8623.
OrangeMite Studios debuts “The Adventures of the Mysterious Tigerman,” an original musical tale of superheroes, on stage this month at Dover Area High School, 46 W. Canal St., Dover. Shows start at 7 p.m. Aug. 3, 4, 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m. Aug. 5 and 12. Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for students. Information: www.orangemite.org
Rock the Canvas
Springettsbury Township and the Art Institute of York join forces for the Rock the Canvas art and music festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, in the township park, 1501 Mount Zion Road. The fun includes live music, kids' crafts, fine arts and more. Information: www.springettsbury.com or (717) 505-0406.
The third annual Shank's Mare Art & Outdoor Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, with live music, food, demonstrations, local artists and more on the outdoor outfitters' property, 2092 Long Level Road near Wrightsville on the Susquehanna River. Information: www.shanksmare.com or (717) 252-1616.
Grammy winner Lyle Lovett brings his friends along for an acoustic concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. Country, blues, folk and more mingle for a night with an American original. Tickets: $54-$64. Information: (717) 846-1111 or www.strandcapitol.org.
The 12th annual York County Heritage Trust Book Blast blows the roof off the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., with thousands of books for sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, and Friday, Aug. 10, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Admission is free. Information: www.yorkheritage.org or (717) 848-1587.
An open house invites guests to explore the gardens at John Rudy County Park from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Master Gardeners will offer advice, give talks and demonstrations, and present exhibits on a variety of gardening interests. Produce, books, gardening tools and more will be available for purchase. Information: extension.psu.edu/york or (717) 840-7408.
The 36th annual Red Lion Street Fair features dozens of stands and plenty of family fun from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in downtown Red Lion. Information: (717) 244-0886, www.rlaba.com or www.redlionpa.org.
The Dallastown carnival runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 14-16 and 5 to 11 p.m. Aug. 17-18 in the community park behind the borough fire station off South School Place with live music, rides, games and food every night. Information: www.dallastownboro.com or (717) 324-0899.
The Wellsville Fire Co. carnival opens at 5 p.m. Aug. 16-17 and 4 p.m. Aug. 18 on the fire company grounds off Community Street in the borough. Expect live music, rides, games, food and an antique tractor show. Information: (717) 432-5428 or www.wellsvillefire.com.
The third annual Rootenanny joins Bring on Play for a full day of music and fun at The Terrace at Heritage Hills, 2700 Mount Rose Ave. The fun starts at noon Sunday, Aug. 19, with a playground, arts and crafts, entertainers and food. Musical acts Mark DeRose and The Way Home and Steven Courtney and the Suitcase Musicians will perform. Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Information: hhgr.com/rootenanny.php or Mark@MarkDeRoseMusic.com.
The annual Yorkfest festival celebrating fine arts in a free-flowing outdoor event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, in downtown York City. Streets will be closed to accommodate about 100 artists, children's activities, live music and more family fun centered where West Market Street meets the Codorus Creek. A pre-festival juried art and literary reception goes from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at the YorkArts Gallery, 10 N. Beaver St. Information: www.yorkcity.org or (717) 849-2217.
The third annual Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival boasts 14 acts on two stages for a full day of music on original instruments from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at The York Emporium, 343 W. Market St., York. The free festival features live music, vendors, and the chance to study the art of cigar box guitars. Information: (717) 846-2866, cigarboxguitar.com or facebook.com/YorkEmporium.
The 61st annual Shrewsbury Flower Show promises a wild ride with the theme “Viva! Las Vegas!” The show runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26, at the Shrewsbury Fire Hall, 25 W. Forrest Ave., Shrewsbury. The show features entries in 25 floral categories, a garden exhibit, a photo contest and more. Admission is by donation. Information: Sharon Hartenstein at (717) 235-1130 or Sherrill Trimpey at (717) 235-2715.
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