York's best entertainment for July
Get your chills and thrills at Horrible Saturday, a festival of horror, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at York Emporium, 343 W. Market St. The event features signings by authors Chet Williamson and Brian Keene, a screening of "Christmas with the Dead" and a screaming contest at the end of the day. Free. Information: www.facebook.com/YorkEmporium.
The Dover Youth Shakespeare Academy presents "Romeo and Juliet," 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16 at OrangeMite Studios, 2035 Tall Fir Drive. The performances are the culmination of a two-week theater camp run by the organization. Tickets: $10, available at the door only. Information: www.orangemite.org.
Get out with the York County Libraries for Library Olympic fest, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Codorus State Park. The event includes Jesse Rothacker and Forgotten Friends Reptiles, Cookie Mouse, One you mark, get set, DANCE Camp performance, crafts, activities, storytelling and more. Bring a picnic lunch or buy food there. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Information: yorklibraries.org.
Celebrate the Irish at the 16th Annual Adams County Irish Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Moose Park, 100 Moose Road in Gettysburg. The festival features Irish music, merchandise, crafts, food and beverages, including instruments, tartan scarves and Irish Garda items. There will also be Civil War living history encampment, a whiskey display and the gentle giants of the Irish Wolfhound Club, Admission: $10, children 12 and under free. Benefits hunger relief organizations in York and Adams counties. Information: www.adamscountyirishfestival.org.
The Wallace-Cross Mill is the stage for a bluegrass jam session by the old mill stream, 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 17. The mill will have an open house, with guides explaining the history of the site. Bring an instrument or your voice and join in a jam session. Free, donations accepted. Information: yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.
Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band come to the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 21. The performance is sponsored by WXPN, and the group is touring in support of the new album "Sermon on the Rocks." Tickets: $31. Information: www.mystrandcapitol.org.
Spend a summer evening with Shakespeare as DreamWrights' Theatre Under the Trees brings "As You Like It" to parks and stages around York County, July 22-31. The show is bringing a modern twist to the classic play with show-specific music inspired by bands from the late '80s. Free, donations accepted. Show sites and information: www.dreamwrights.org.
Irish Blessing presents The Raw Bar Collective Irish musicians, 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Silver Fern Farm, 2750 Indian Rock Dam Road. The group is coming after a week of teaching at the Catskills Irish Arts Week, and they will return to Ireland after the concert. Bring chairs, snacks and instruments for a possible jam session after the concert. Donation: $20-$25, children half price. RSVP: Cushla.email@example.com or 717-968-0655.
Catch a traveling acrobatic troupe from Israel at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the York Jewish Community Center, 2000 Hollywood Drive. Camp Israel-USA brings Israeli youths 6-14 around the world during the summer to teach and demonstrate their abilities. The group will be around the community all weekend, but the performance shows off their tricks. Free. Information: www.yorkjcc.org.
The iconic band YES will perform Monday, July 25, at the American Music Theatre in Lancaster. The summer tour features the 1980 album "Drama" in its entirety and more of the band's greatest hits. Tickets: $69. Information: amtshows.com.
Fifth Fridays come five times a year, and downtown York is taking advantage of it with $5 bar snacks and drinks at five establishments: The Left Bank, White Rose Bar and Grill, Otto's Kitchen & Cocktails Mudhook Brewing Co. and Holy Hound Taproom. Information: www.facebook.com/yorkcitydining.
Steam Into History presents its first Civil War Weekend, July 29-31. The three-day event includes encampments, cavalry raids, music and dancing along with train rides around southern York County. Special events include a bluegrass festival at Glen Rock's Ruins Park, lunch with Gen. Robert E. Lee and his wife at the Glen Rock Mill Inn and a Civil War Ball at the New Freedom Community Center. Ticket prices vary. Information: www.SteamIntoHistory.com or 717-942-2370.
There's gold in that thar stream. Experts will be on hand 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Spring Valley County Park to teach all comers how to pan for gold in a local stream. Bring a pie pan and small container and wear old shoes or boots, bare feet are not allowed. Information: yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.
Step back in time for Colonial York Day, Saturday, July 30, at the Colonial Complex, 157 W. Market St. Living history interpreters from Dill's Tavern will share tips on distilling, rolling tobacco and gunsmithing, and soldiers and tradespeople will also be around for conversations. Kids can make a tin punch decoration, and there will be period music and dancing for everyone. Free. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: yorkhistorycenter.org.
Hanover also celebrates its heritage that weekend with the 33rd Annual Hanover Dutch Festival, sponsored by the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Center Square in Hanover will be the center for the event, with authentic German entertainment, festival foods and handmade crafts. Information: hanoverchamber.com/dutch-festival.
The Parliament Arts Organization brings on its inaugural Summer Arts Market, Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, around the Royal Square neighborhood in York City. The event brings together more than 50 local and regional artisan craft vendors with food truck, family activities and live music, from artwork, unique clothing and up-cycled items to small batch foods and more. Musical acts booked include Big thief, Boogarins, Strand of Oaks and Urban Guerrilla Orchestra. Hours: noon-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Free. Information: www.summerartmarket.org.
The Bacon Brothers, aka Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael, will perform their Philadelphia brand of rock Saturday, July 30, at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg. The brothers have been playing together since they were growing up in Philly, and they have a new 45rpm vinyl out this summer. Showtime: 8 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$59.950. Information: www.whitakercenter.org.