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The Summer Arts Market returns to the Royal Square District of York City Saturday, Aug. 5. The event features more than 80 artisan vendors along with musical acts, food trucks and other entertainment. Sponsored by The Parliament Arts Organization. Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the 100 block of East King Street. Information: www.parliamentyork.org.

 

Clear your weekend, books lovers, as the York County History Center brings back Book Blast, Aug. 10-12 at the Agricultural and History Museum, 217 W. Princess St. History Center members get the first opportunity to take their pick of thousands of books available during a special sale, 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. The doors open to the public 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, with general category books selling for a buck a bag on Saturday. Information: www.yorkhistorycenter.org.

 

DreamWrights Center for the Community Arts brings the classic mystery "The Mousetrap" to stage, Aug. 11-20 at the theater, 100 Carlisle Ave. Agatha Christie's whodunit centers on a small group of strangers trapped together in a country house. Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sundays. Tickets: $10 general admission, $14 reserved in advance, $12 general admission at the door. Information: www.dreamwrights.org or 717-848-8623.

TAFE (Theatre Arts for Everyone) brings the timeless tale of "The Fantasticks" to the Capitol Theatre Aug. 11-12. The musical opened off-Broadway in 1960 and played for 42 years, and it features such songs as "Try to Remember" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain." Tickets: $30 reserved, $20 general admission adults, $15 seniors and students. Information: appellcenter.org.

 

The music of Johnny Cash comes to stage as the Belmont Theatre presents "Ring of Fire," Aug. 11-20 at the theater, 27 S. Belmont St. The musical about love, faith and struggle includes more than two dozen of Cash's hits, including "I Walk the Line," "A Boy Named Sue," "Folsom Prison Blues" and "Ring of Fire." Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $27 adults, $25 seniors 62+, $15 youth 18 and under. Information: www.thebelmont.org.

Take a close look at the summer skies as the York County Astronomical Society offers a free public starwatch, 8-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at John Rudy County Park. Members will have telescopes available to see stars, planets, nebulae and the moon, and participants can bring their own telescopes and use provided star charts. Information: 717 759-YCAS (9227) or www.ycas.org.

 

The legendary Ann Wilson of Heart comes to York Wednesday, Aug. 16, for a performance at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St. The singer and songwriter will perform songs from Heart as well as covers of other bands and new music she has written herself. Tickets start at $47.25. Information: appellcenter.org.

 

Discover the dances of the Nordic region as the Nordic Dancers of Washington, D.C., come to the Pullo Center for a free performance, 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. The informal program at the center on the campus of Penn State York will include a chance for audience members to learn typical dances from the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Information: http://pullocenter.york.psu.edu.

Enjoy an al fresco, five-course dinner on the grounds of Flinchbaugh's Orchard to benefit Susquehanna Heritage at Farm to Table: A Late Summer Field Feast, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. The event features locally sourced and prepared foods catered by The Accomac, wines and beers, live music by Jazz Me Band and a tour of the grounds at 110 Ducktown Road in Hellam Township. Tickets: $90. Information: www.susquehannaheritage.org.

 

Artists take over downtown York for the Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival, Aug. 26-27, with the Yorkfest Festival Marketplace taking place along the Rail Trail south of Philadelphia Street. The festival includes a juried art exhibition, youth art and literary exhibits, live entertainment and more. Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, opening reception Friday, community jazz concert, 6 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St. Information: www.yorkcity.org.

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Seventh Annual Pennsylvania Cigar Box Festival Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016 at The York Emporium.

 

Homemade instruments will take center stage for the eighth annual Cigar Box Guitar Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, in the parking lot of the York Emporium, 343 W. Market St. The festival features 14 bands highlighting cigar box guitars along with food, vendors and more. Information: www.facebook.com/Pennsylvania-Cigar-Box-Guitar-Festival-122995721068990/

 

The St. John's Concert Series opens Sunday, Aug, 27, with a concert by the Susquehanna Chorale, 4 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Beaver St. The group has appeared at the Washington National Cathedral and with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. Free. Information: www.stjohnyork.org.

 

The Free Hugs Project comes to the Pullo Center at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, as peace activist and YouTube personality Ken E. Nwadkie Jr. speaks on overcoming the differences that divide people to create a community. Free. Information: http://pullocenter.york.psu.edu.

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