The York Weekend Best of September 2013 entertainment calendar includes highlights of York County events throughout the month.
Fill your belly
The 18th annual Hanover Chili Cook Off features food, children's activities, live music and more from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Good Field Complex off North Forney Avenue in Hanover. Proceeds benefit local charities. Admission: $10 at the gate, children 12 and under get in free. Information: (717) 465-8935 or www.hanoverchilicookoff.com.
Take a day off
York City's annual Labor Day Festival at Kiwanis Lake off Parkway Boulevard starts with a flea market at 7 a.m. Monday, Sept. 2, and features a parade, fishing derby, food, games, music and more free, family-friendly activities. Fireworks will cap the event at 8 p.m. Information: (717) 854-1587 or www.yorkcity.org.
York City Boutique Week kicks off with First Friday events including a fashion show at Central Market on Friday, Sept. 6. Merchant specials, pop-up shops and more will be going on through Sept. 13. The fashion show starts at 7 p.m. Sept. 6; tickets are $5. Information: (717) 849-2331 or facebook.com/YorkCityBoutiqueWeek.
The annual York Fair runs Friday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, Sept. 15, at the fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Ave. Gates open at 11 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and at noon Monday through Thursday. The fair features rides, games, children's activities, farm animals, agricultural exhibits, live music, food, lumberjacks and more. Admission: $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-18, free for children 5 and under. Parking: $7. Information: (717) 848-2596, (717) 848-2033 or yorkfair.org. Grandstand shows have additional ticket costs.
Halestorm, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7, $29.
Florida Georgia Line, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10, $25.
Marshall Tucker Band, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12, $30.
Alan Jackson, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13, $44-$49.
Austin Mahone, 7 p.m. Sept. 14, $29-$32.
Get ready to rock
Rocker Kenny Loggins, the man behind hits including "Danger Zone" from "Top Gun" and "Footloose" from "Footloose," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York. He'll have his new country group, Blue Sky Riders, along for the show. Tickets: $59-$74. Information: (717) 846-1111 or www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Love your mutt
Animal Rescue Inc. will host the annual Dogs' Day in the Park and the Mutt Strutt on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Marge Goodfellow Park in New Freedom. The 1-mile walk starts at 9 a.m., and the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with games, contests, costumed dogs, food, vendors and more. Admission and parking are free. Information: (717) 993-3232 or animalrescueinc.org.
The second annual Art and Music in the Park will run from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in Hanover's Wirt Park. The festival features local musicians and artists. Information: (717) 637-6130 or hanoverchamber.com.
The 39th annual East Berlin Colonial Day celebrates the 18th century way of life with handmade crafts, antique reproductions, live music, food and more from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in downtown East Berlin, Adams County. Information: (717) 259-0822, (717) 259-7049 or www.ebhpspa.org.
Eclectic country-blues-punk band Deer Tick returns to the CapLive concert series for a new show highlighting their upcoming album "Negativity" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. Tickets: $21. Information: (717) 846-1111 or www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Under the sea
York Little Theatre's 81st season opens with Disney's "The Little Mermaid Jr.," the musical adventures of Ariel and her companions in a production by youth actors for all ages. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21 and 27-28 and at 3 p.m. Sept. 22 and 29 at the theater, 27 S. Belmont St., Spring Garden Township. Tickets: $17 for adults and $12 for children 17 and under. Information: (717) 854-5715 or www.ylt.org.
All revved up
York celebrates its longtime association with Harley-Davidson with the Bike Night parade and festivities from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in Continental Square and the White Rose Thunder motorcycle event Sept. 26-29 at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave. Harley's annual open house, featuring test drives of new models and factory tours, will run Sept. 19-21 at the Springettsbury Township plant. Bike Night admission is free and features four stages with live acts. White Rose Thunder admission is $10-$15 per day or $35 for a four-day pass and free for children under 12. White Rose Thunder offers racing, concerts, indoor and outdoor bike shows and more. Information: www.yorkcity.org and www.whiterosethunder.com.
The annual New Freedom Fest gives attendees a free slice of small-town America from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in downtown New Freedom. The festival features live music, arts and crafts, children's games, a pet parade, food and more. Admission is free. Information: newfreedomfest.org.
Dinosaur Weekend returns to Nixon County Park in Springfield Township with fun events for all ages from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. The science festival features hands-on activities, arts and crafts, a fossil pit, a coloring contest and special programs. Admission: $2 per person (good all weekend), free for children under 5. Information: (717) 428-1961 or www.yorkcountyparks.org.
The ninth annual Mother Earth Harvest Moon Fair celebrates food, farming, and arts and crafts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Spoutwood Farm, 4255 Pierceville Road near Glen Rock. The festival also features live music and workshops for children and adults. Admission: $5 for adults, free for children 12 and under. Parking: $3. Information: (717) 235-6610 or www.spoutwood.org.
The Songside in the Woods festival features live music and time for amateurs to jam Saturday, Sept. 28, at Elicker's Grove Park, 511 Roth Church Road, Spring Grove. Performers include Beggar's Ride, 3 Dollar Suit, Robinella and others. Food will be available for purchase. Gates open at 11 a.m.; the fun lasts until 6:30 p.m. Admission: $18 in advance or $20 at the gate, free for children under 16 with an adult ticket purchase. Information: www.songside.com or www.sfmsfolk.org.
The 30th annual Native American Festival will feature dancing, drumming, singing, arts and crafts, food and more Sept. 28-29 at Indian Steps Museum, 205 Indian Steps Road near Airville. Admission and parking are free, but donations are welcome. Information: (717) 862-3948 or www.indiansteps.org.