Best of October York entertainment calendar
DreamWrights Center for Community Arts invites everyone to "Be Our Guest" for "Beauty and the Beast," Oct. 6-22 at the theater, 100 Carlisle Ave. This is the full Disney treatment of the tale as old as time, complete with dancing candelbra, growling beast and bookish Belle. Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets: $10-$14 in advance, $12 at the door. Information: www.dreamwrights.org or 717-848-8623.
Join fellow cinema lovers from around the world in screening this year's best short films as the Capitol Theatre at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St. York, presents The Manhattan Short Film Festival at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. This year's final 10 include a range of genres, including comedy, horror, animation and martial arts. The films hail from nine different countries, including the U.S., Spain, New Zealand, Netherlands and Syria. Tickets: $10. Information: www.appellcenter.org.
Country superstar Wynonna brings her Roots and Revival Tour to the stage at the Pullo Center, on the campus of Penn State York, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. Wynonna and & The Big Noise will bring their new album to life, with country roots mixed with blues, soul and rock. Tickets: $49-$69. Information: http://pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
Take in the glories of York County in autumn with fall foliage train rides, Oct. 8 through 22 at the Ma & Pa Railroad Village, 1258 Muddy Creek Road, Airville. The excursions run through southeastern York County. Times: hourly, noon-4 p.m. Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7 adults, $5 children. Information: www.MaAndPaRailroad.com.
Take in a little Broadway as "Jersey Boys" comes to the Strand Theatre at the Appelll Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St. York, at 7:30 p.m.on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The Tony Award-winning musical tells the true story of The Four Seasons, detailing how four blue-collar kids — Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi — became one of the biggest acts in pop music history. The show features hit songs such as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and Oh What A Night." Tickets: $69.30-$96.80. Information: www.appellcenter.org.
Hear seven-time Grammy Award nominee Joan Osborne at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, as the Capitol Theatre at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St. presents Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan. Tickets: $35-$45. Information: www.appellcenter.org.
Fairies will come out for fall as Spoutwood Farm Center presents its first Fall Fairie Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 14-15 at the center, 4255 Pierceville Road, Glen Rock. The festival will include many elements of the popular May Dy Fairie Festival, including live music, bubbles, magicians, goblins, fairies and drum circles, with the addition of autumnal elements such as pumpkin painting, bobbing for apples and scarecrow making. Admission: $15 adults, $5 children. Information: www.spoutwood.org.
Yorktoberfest brings a huge selection of beers and wines to the York Expo Center Saturday, Oct. 14, with more than 120 Pennsylvania wines and more than 80 craft ales and lagers available for tasting, along with local foods and live music. Time: noon-5 p.m. Tickets: $20 wine pass includes wine glass and limitless sampling; $35 beer pass includes souvenir glass and limitless sampling; $15 desginated driver includes T-shirt, craft sodas and water. Information: www.yorktoberfest.com.
Take in the Rail Trail with a Halloween twist with the Pumpkin Walk, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. A 0.6-mile stretch of the Heritage Rail Trail by the Seven Valleys parking lot will be decorated and lit with hand-carved pumpkins; pumpkin decorators of all ages are invited to participate in advance. Donation: $5. Information: yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.
Want to get into the Halloween Spirit? Enjoy silent films? You're in luck as the Capitol Theatre at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., presents Lon Chaney in the 1925 classic "Phantom of the Opera" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. There will be live organ accompaniment by Don Kinnier. Tickets: $7. Information: www.appellcenter.org.
The York Symphony Orchestra will begin its classical series with "Prost! A Toast to Oktoberfest," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Strand Theatre, 50 N. George St. The concert, the second of the "World Tour" season, will feature works by Brahms, Schubert and Mozart, the debut of concertmaster Denise Dillenbeck and works featuring the York Symphony Chorus. Tickets begin at $9 for adults, $5 students. Information: www.YorkSymphony.org or 717-846-1111.
Oysters take center stage at History on the Half Shell, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at the York County History Center's Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St. The event, formerly the Oyster Festival, features oysters stewed, nude and fried, as well as steamed shrimp, crab cakes, pork barbecue, mac and cheese, chicken corn soup, apple fritters and beer, wine and soda, along with music, historic crafts and the exhibits in the museum. Free, pay for food and drinks. Information: www.yorkhistorycenter.org.
The Spooky York Downtown Dark History Tour follows Scott Butcher's book "Spooky York" and former Gettysburg ghost tour guide Megan Feeser through downtown York's creepiest sites. Starting at Continental Square, Feeser will give some background York history followed by a 90-minute excursion to places such as the old York County courthouse on Market Street, where the hex murders were tried, and the former Lafayette Club, which Stuart, the caretaker, continues to haunt, according to accounts from York College employees. Admission: $20, $25 for Saturdays. Dates: Oct. 18, 21, 25, 29 and 30. Kristen Dempwolf, from Downtown Inc, was trained under Feeser and will lead the Oct. 29 and 30 tours.Time: 6:30 p.m. Each tour will admit 30 guests. Website: downtownyorkpa.com/spookyyork.
The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band's Rhythm in Blues jazz ensemble will bring American jazz to the Pullo Center for a free concert, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, on the campus of Penn State York. The 13-piece ensemble tours the Eastern U.S. to inspire patriotism and share the story of the Air Force. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
Get ready to laugh with Brian Regan at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Strand Theatre at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., York. The stand-up comedian presents material that is relatable to generations and suitable for all ages. Tickets: $49.50-$59.50. Information: www.appellcenter.org.
The Belmont Theatre brings some spooky to the month with "Frankenstein," Oct. 20-29 at the theater, 27 S. Belmont St. The classic story tells the tale of a doctor reanimating the dead. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $27 adults, $25 seniors 65+, $15 youth 18 and under. Information: www.thebelmont.org.
Enjoy one of the most clever and prolific comedy songwriters in the business as Pat Godwin takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. Tickets: $10. Information: www.appellcenter.org.
Learn all about trees in autumn with Fall Colors, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at Nixon County Park. The park has more than 30 species of trees, and a hike leader will explain the science and lore behind fall colors. Free. Information: yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.
The spirit of New Orleans is alive and well in the music of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Capitol Theatre at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., York. Tickets: $40. Information: www.appellcenter.org.
York loves a parade, and here's the biggest one of the year: The 68th Annual York Halloween Parade takes place starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. The parade runs east on Market Street, starting at Richland Avenue and ending at Broad Street, with a Family Fun Zone at Market Street and George Street. The parade features bands, floats, marching groups, vehicles and more, with the theme Graveyard Party. State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York City, is the grand marshal. Free. Information: www.yorkhalloweenparade.com.