York's Best of September entertainment calendar

York Dispatch

Nostalgic science fiction fans can catch a showing of the 1982 film "Tron" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. Rated: PG. Tickets: $7. Information: www.appellcenter.org.  

What the Food Trucks at Penn Park in York City, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016.  Dawn J. Sagert photo
Ruth Motter, 7, carries her bacon-wrapped hotdog while she is carried by her father Leo Motter, both of Springettsbury Township, during What the Food Trucks at Penn Park in York City, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016.  Dawn J. Sagert photo


What the Food Trucks brings 41 food trucks to surround York City's Penn Park on Sunday, Sept. 3. This is the fourth year food trucks have come into the city for Labor Day Sunday, and organizers say 25 percent of the trucks are new to the event. In addition, the treasure Island Beer Garden has beer, wine and spirits, and the Spot Stage brings a lineup of local bands to the area around the splash pad. Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free shuttles will run from York College's Rail Trail parking lot off Grantley and from the Susquehanna Commerce Center on West Philadelphia Street. Parking at city garages and meters is free on Sundays. Information and menus: www.facebook.com/whatthefoodtrucks.

Eli Sackett, 2, of Dover, reacts after being awarded a fishing pole from a raffle during the Labor Day Fishing Derby at Kiwanis Lake in York on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016.  Dawn J. Sagert photo


Celebrate Labor Day at Kiwanis Lake with a variety of family-friendly activities. Monday, Sept. 4, begins with the annual Youth Fishing Derby, 8 a.m.-noon for children up to age 15, sponsored by the York-Adams County Central Labor Council. Entertainment begins at 5 p.m. with the jazz group Extremity, followed by a children's show by Forgotten Friends Reptile Sanctuary and Positive Flow R&B. Fireworks end the day.

York Fair in York, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo
York Fair in York, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo


The York Fair runs Sept. 8-17 at the York Expo Center, with a huge variety of games, rides, foods, contests, vendors and performances. Gates open at 11 a.m. Friday through Sunday and noon Monday through Thursday. Admission: $8 adults, $4 children 6-18 and college students with ID, 5 and under free, parking $7. For special deals on admission, check http://yorkfair.org.

Some of the highlights of the annual extravaganza:

Randolph Mantooth, star of the 1970s NBC show "Emergency!" will be at the York Fair Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10. Submitted photo

Randolph Mantooth, star of "Emergency!" on NBC, will hold fundraising autograph sessions for the public Sept. 9 and 10. He'll be present at the rededication of the York Fair Fire Department Station 51 and will be the grand marshal of the annual Salute to Heroes Parade.

In the grandstand this season:

► Frankie Ballard, Michael Ray and Danielle Bradbery kick things off at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. Bradbery, Season 4 winner of the TV show "The Voice," gets things going before Ballard and Ray — who have combined for five No. 1 country singles — take the stage. All tickets $20.

► Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy are together again, bringing their blue-collar comedy to the grandstand at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. Tickets: $39-$54.

Lynyrd Skynyrd will be returning to the York Fair in 2017 as part of the fair's concert series.

► Lynyrd Skynyrd rocks the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. The group's Southern-style rock classics include "Sweet Home Alabama," "Simple Man" and "Free Bird."  Tickets: $29-$44. There are also meet-and-greet and VIP packages available.

► Thomas Rhett, the Academy of Country Music's 2017 male vocalist of the year, performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. Tickets: $39-$69.

The fair hosts the Second Annual Monster Truck Fall Bash at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The event will showcase freestyle Moto X jumpers as well as fan favorite and nationally recognized monster trucks. There will be a pre-show meet-and-greet included with admission, and for a fee, fair-goers can ride in a monster truck. Tickets: $20/adults; $10/child (12 and younger).

Demolition Derby during York Fair in York, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

See who can last the longest as drivers take to the track at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, for the Demolition Derby. Tickets: $10 for ages 11 and older; ages 10 and younger are free.

Revel in the wackiness that is Mel Brooks' "Spaceballs." The "Star Wars"  spoof starring Rick Moranis and John Candy will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9,  at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. Rated: PG. Tickets: $7. Information: www.appellcenter.org

Enjoy the blooms of the season with Late Summer and Fall Flowers, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Nixon County Park. A naturalist will lead a hike to see the blooms and the animals that rely on them. Ages 10 and up. Information: yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.

The Vintage Wine Fest pairs wines from around the world with food from local restaurants in an afternoon of outdoor entertainment in downtown York. From 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, Cherry Lane will have tastes of more than 60 wines to go with bites from more than 10 restaurants, with some of the proceeds going to the Cultural Alliance of York County. Tickets: $45-$75, designated driver $25. Information: www.vintagewinefest.com.

The Belmont Theatre presents "Les Miserables: School Edition," Sept. 15-24 at the theater, 27 S. Belmont St. The beloved musical will be performed entirely by students. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $27 adults, $25 seniors 62+, $15 youth 18 and under. Information: www.thebelmont.org or 717-854-5715.

Christopher Reeve saves the world as the 1978 film "Superman" comes to the big screen at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16,  at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. Rated: PG. Tickets: $7. Information: www.appellcenter.org

The York County Heritage Trust  is now called the York County History Center.


The York County History Center is joining hundreds of museums across the country for Museum Day Live! on Saturday, Sept. 23, offering free admission to all sites. Go to www.smithsonianmag.com/museum day for a voucher that admits two to any of the center's sites. Information: 717-848-1587.

A hawk that spent a month with an arrow through its body was released Wednesday, April 13, 2016, just days after being treated. Look for migrating hawks during the Broad-winged Hawk Watch at Rocky Ridge County Park Sept. 23.
Photo by Bil Bowden


Look, up in the sky! Bird-watcher Randy Phillips will lead the Broad-winged Hawk Watch, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Oak Timbers Parking Lot North Overlook in Rocky Ridge County Park. Watch migrating fall raptors and practice identifying them. Bring binoculars, field guide and camp chair. Free. Information: yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.

James Stewart and Kim Novak star in Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo."

Craving a little Alfred Hitchcock? You're in luck. "Vertigo" will be shown Saturday, Sept. 23,  at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. Rated: PG. Tickets: $7. Information: www.appellcenter.org. 

The York Symphony Orchestra.


The York Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2017-18 season with Classical Night Fever, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St. The theme for the season is "World Tour," and this concert journeys through the disco music of the 1970s. Tickets start at $9 adults, $5 students. Information: 717-846-1111 orwww.yorksymphony.org.

"The Simon and Garfunkel Story" graces the stage at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. The concert-style theatrical performance tells the tale of the beloved duo and highlights many of their hits, including "Mrs. Robinson," "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "The Sound of Silence." Tickets: $43.88-$55.13. Information: www.appellcenter.org..

Red Hot Chilli Pipers
Red Hot Chilli Pipers logo


You won't look at bagpipes the same again after seeing the Red Hot Chilli Pipers at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. The all-ages show blends traditional Scottish music with rock/pop anthems. Tickets: $27-$47.25.  Information: www.appellcenter.org.

Chris Gibbons, of Mount Airy, Maryland tests drives a Softail Slim S during the Harley-Davidson Open House Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at the Harley-Davidson York Vehicle Assembly Plant in Springettsbury Township. The event will continue Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Amanda J. Cain photo
Hundreds of motorcyclists join in the York Bike Night parade along Market St. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. York Bike Night, with attractions in and around Continental Square, is sponsored by Harley-Davidson Motor Co. and The City of York. Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com


Get ready for the roar as bikers flock to York for the Harley-Davidson York Vehicle Operations Open House, Sept. 28-30 at the Harley plant, 1425 Eden Road. The event includes factory tours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day and free demo rides on 2018 Harleys, along with live music, stunt shows and more. Information: www.facebook.com.

The 2016 Bike Night parade Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Bill Kalina photo
The 2016 Bike Night parade Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. Bill Kalina photo


Harley-Davidson also sponsors York Bike Night, 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in and around Continental Square in downtown York. The night begins with The Bike Night parade, leaving the York Expo Center at 6 p.m. The theme this year is "To Protect and To Serve," honoring military, police, fire department and other first responders. Information: www.yorkcity.org.

York musician, magician and comedian Elijah Cross performs "Rise," a benefit for the York chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at the Pullo Center on the campus of Penn State York. Cross uses songs, sleight of hand and silliness to tell his story of parental abuse, mental illness and homelessness in the hope that others will be inspired to use their talents for the good of their communities. Tickets: $25. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu

Orangemite presents "Antony and Cleopatra," Sept. 29-Oct. 8.


Orangemite Studios brings Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" to life, Sept. 29-Oct. 8 at The Barn, 2035 Tall Fir Drive, Dover. The classic play features the enchanting Cleopatra of Egypt sparring with her lover, Mark Antony, while their empires war. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $13. Information: orangemite.org

Storm Large

Take in the music of Storm Large and Le Bonheur at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. The show, designed for mature audiences, includes selections from her Le Bonheur album, a collection of tortured and titillating love songs. Tickets: General admission, $35. Information: www.appellcenter.org.