The York Weekend Best of July calendar features York County entertainment highlights for the month:
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, July 4, at Fairmont Park. Information: 717-244-6896 or redlionpa.org.
Springettsbury Township: Free fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, June 30, following the 7 p.m. Vocal Trash concert at the township park amphitheater. Information: 717-505-0406 or www.springettsbury.com.
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.
Going to the fair
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..
The Hanover Little Theatre closes out the season with "Snoopy" the musical, a lighthearted romp with the "Peanuts" gang. Shows start at 8 p.m. July 11-13 and 18-20 and at 2 p.m. July 14 at the theater, 360 Blooming Grove Road, Hanover. Tickets: $14. Information: 717-637-5297 or hanoverlittletheatre.com.
The 12th annual Musclecar Madness at the York Reunion will feature drag racing history, a car show, legendary racers, memorabilia, activities for the kids and more. The show runs from I to 8 p.m. Friday, July 12, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the York Expo Center. Admission: $15 for adults, free for children under 12. Information: 717-757-2720 or www.yorknostalgia.com.
Brace for belly laughs when the musical comedy "The Producers" arrives on the main stage at York Little Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St., Spring Garden Township. The off-the-wall show about a Broadway scam features some adult themes and language. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. July 12-13 and 18-20 and at 3 p.m. July 14 and 21. Tickets: $18-$23. Information: 717-854-5715 or www.ylt.org.
Dig into reading
The York County Libraries' Dig It! Faire highlights summer reading club fun with outdoor excitement from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Gifford Pinchot State Park. The all-ages adventures include meeting live animals and costumed characters, seeing puppet shows, making crafts to take home and more. Food available, but picnic lunches welcome. Information: 717-846-5300 or www.yorklibraries.org.
The annual Horrible Saturday spooks and scares return to The York Emporium, 343 W. Market St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 13. The free festival celebrates all things horror-themed with author appearances, panel discussions, a movie screening and the ear-piercing screaming contest. Information: 717-846-2866 or facebook.com/yorkemporium.
Both the Jefferson Carnival and the Stewartstown Carnival open July 15 and run through July 20 with rides, games, live music, food and more. The Jefferson Carnival at 57 Hanover St. raises funds for the Jefferson Sportsmen's Association. The Stewartstown Carnival at the fairgrounds, 16 College Ave., raises funds for the Eureka Fire and Ambulance Co. Information: www.jeffersonsportsmen.org and www.eureka54.org.
Enter the 'Dream'
Lovers encounter the magic of the fey folk in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at The Barn at Tall Fir Acres, 2035 Tall Fir Drive, Dover Township. OrangeMite Studios presents the Shakespeare in the Barn production at 7 p.m. July 19-21 and 26-27. Tickets: $8-$10. Information: 717-814-1151 or orangemite.com.
The Indian Steps Stomp Music Festival is an all-day extravaganza featuring nine bands and family-friendly fun. The free fun lasts from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at Indian Steps Museum, 205 Indian Steps Road near Airville. Food and drinks will be available. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Information: 717-862-3948 or www.indiansteps.org
Theatre Under the Trees returns with free performances of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" at parks throughout York County from July 26 through Aug. 4. Most shows start at 6:30 p.m. The all-ages tale of a strange island, an exiled duke, magical powers and romance kicks off at 6:30 p.m. July 26 at Gifford Pinchot State Park and winds down at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at DreamWrights Youth & Family Theatre, 100 Carlisle Ave., York. Information: 717-848-8623 or www.dreamwrights.org.
The David Bromberg Quintet will deliver an eclectic mix of blues, bluegrass, folk and more in a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, 195 Stock St., Hanover. Tickets: $25-$35. Information: 717-637-7086 or theeich.org.
'Shrek' times two
The beloved green ogre will take center stage in two local productions of "Shrek: The Musical" in July.
The ACTS of Kindness Theatre Company will present the fairy tale July 26 through Aug. 4 at New Oxford High School. Shows start at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $15-$17 for adults, $12-$14 for children. Information: 717-334-5006 or www.adamsarts.org.
The Stewartstown Summer Theatre will present the musical comedy July 31 through Aug. 10 at Stewartstown United Methodist Church. Evening shows start at 7 p.m.; matinees start at 2 p.m. Dinner and dessert bar options are available before some shows. Tickets: $14 for adults, $10 for ages 3-12, dinner and dessert at additional cost. Information: 443-682-4949 or www.stewartstownumc.org/summertheatre.
Nixon County Park celebrates Butterfly Weekend with events for all ages from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28. The free fun includes a story-guided stroll, a counting hike, butterfly gardening tips and more. Information: 717-428-1961 or www.yorkcountyparks.org.