Shakespeare and zombies

Shakespeare's classic Scottish play gets an update when it's set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic wasteland - with zombies - in "Macbeth of the Dead," opening at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, in the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. This adaptation has been rewritten for a more modern, crowd-friendly appeal. An additional performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. Tickets: $10. Information: (717) 846-1111 or www.strandcapitol.org.

Concert for a cause

Join award-winning R&B artist Freddie Jackson for an evening of music benefiting H.O.P.E. For Cancer Patients and Families at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. Jackson's "Finer With Time Tour" will reacquaint the audience with his chart-topping hits, as well as new musical works. The evening will also feature performances from New Jersey-based vocal group Ju-Taun and local artist T-Shaw. Tickets: $51-$71. Information: (717) 846-1111 or www.strandcapitol.org.

Food and spirits

Bring your appetite and adventurousness for a Toast the Ghosts Dinner and Paranormal Investigation from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Indian Steps Museum, 205 Indian Steps Road, Airville. Share your paranormal experiences at dinner, followed by an investigation around the Indian Steps Cabin with paranormal investigator Jan Klinedinst of "In the Midst of Ghosts." Advance registration is required; this event is not suitable for young children. Tickets: $25. Information: (717) 862-3948 or www.indiansteps.org.

National Night Out

Various municipalities will have family-friendly fun planned for the National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 5, with many events kicking off at 5 p.m. Come out and meet local law enforcement, EMS and fire departments, as well as enjoy free games, music and entertainment at most locations. Information: www.yorkcity.org.

Digging up the past

See what students are digging up on an Archaeology Walk from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at Horn Farm Center for Agriculture, 4945 Horn Road, Hellam Township. The walk will be held in conjunction with the Archaeology Week Youth Program presented by York County Department of Parks and Recreation and the York County Heritage Trust. The children will discuss what they've discovered at an active excavation site on the farm. Registration is required for this free program. Information: (717) 428-1961.

'The Rememberer'

A young Indian girl is removed from her tribe and placed in a white boarding school in "The Rememberer," opening Friday, Aug. 8, at DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre, 100 Carlisle Ave., York. Joyce Cheeka serves as the tribe's rememberer, the one to pass on the stories, history and wisdom of her people. She must find a way to live in her new home while preserving the honor and memories of her own tribe. This show is suitable for all ages. Eight performances are scheduled for Aug. 8-10, and 15-17. Tickets: $8-$12. Information: (717) 848-8623 or www.dreamwrights.org.

Fluttering fun

The York County Department of Parks and Recreation will host a Butterfly Weekend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at Nixon County Park in Springfield Township. The event will feature a variety of interactive exhibits and programs including a butterfly storywalk, lunch with a caterpillar expert, an insect search in the sensory garden and more. Information: (717) 428-1961 or www.yorkcountyparks.org.

Fair fun for the family

The 38th annual Red Lion Street Fair kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, with food, arts and crafts, children's activities, music and more until 4 p.m. in downtown Red Lion. Information: (717) 244-0886, www.redlionpa.org or www.rlaba.org.

Exploring engineering

Explore cause and effect at the York Heritage Trust Children's Workshop Series - Build It Like an Engineer from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., York. Participants will engineer a complicated machine to complete a simple task using dominoes, marbles, string, straws and more. Registration is required for this event. Tickets: $5. Information: (717) 848-1587, ext. 301.

Just peachy

Come dressed like royalty for a Royal Peach Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Brown's Orchards & Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville. Bring the family for fun with alpacas, face painting, story time with Queen Bee, games, crafts, a peach pie eating contest and more. Information: (717) 428-2036 or www.brownsorchards.com.

Craft beer and kayaking

Craft beer meets kayaking at a Paddle Taste and Dine with Liquid Hero Brewery from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Shank's Mare Outfitters, 2092 Long Level Road, Wrightsville. Explore the Susquehanna by kayak with experienced guides from Shank's Mare, then retire to the banquet room and enjoy a craft beer tasting with the local brewery. Tickets: $55. Information: (717) 252-1616 or www.shanksmare.com.

World War II tribute

The Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society will pay tribute to local heroes at a World War II Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Dill's Tavern and Plantation, 227 N. Baltimore St., Dillsburg. The day begins with a number of displays, including reenactors and historians. A USO-style dance follows the exhibition beginning at 7 p.m. The Will Fisher Orchestra will peform big band hits of the 1940s. Guests should bring a lawn chair and are invited to wear period clothing. Tickets: $15. Information: (717) 502-1440 or www.dillstavern.org.

The time of your life

Have the time of your life at "Dirty Dancing" on stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at The Pullo Center, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., on the Penn State York campus in Spring Garden Township. The live show features classic hits such as "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby" and "Do You Love Me?" An additional performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22. Tickets: $30-$60. Information: (717) 505-8900 or www.pullocenter.yk.psu.edu.

Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival

Celebrate art in all its forms at the 16th annual Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, in and around the Colonial Court House, 157 W. Market St., York. Live entertainment, food vendors, walking tours of the city's murals and hands-on art projects for kids will highlight this event. Information: www.yorkcity.org.

Poetry in nature

Connect with nature through reading, writing and sharing during a Poetry in Nature Writing Retreat from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Spoutwood Farm, 4255 Pierceville Road, Glen Rock. York's former poet laureate Carla Christopher will once again lead the retreat, which includes meditation, art-inspired crafting and poetry writing in response to the natural world. Advance registration is required for this event. Tickets: $75. Information: (717) 235-9272 or www.spoutwood.org/education.