York's Best of August entertainment calendar

York Dispatch
Kelley Kearn rehearses a scene in "Becky's New Car" at DreamWrights Center for Community Arts.

DreamWrights Center for Community Arts presents "Becky's New Car," the story of Becky Foster in the middle of a mid-life crisis, Aug. 2-12 at the theater, 100 Carlisle Ave. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $11 general admission in advance, $15 reserved in advance, $13 general admission at the door. Information: dreamwrights.org.

Brandon Flemmens and Jacquelyn Martin rehearse a scene from "Our Town"

TAFE (Theatre Arts for Everyone) presents "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder, Aug. 3-5 at the York Learning Center, 300 Seventh Ave. The classic American play gives a glimpse into life and death in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, between 1901 and 1913. Tickets: $8 in advance at https://ourtown2018.eventbrite.com or $10 at the door. Information: www.tafepa.org.

Lori Dewitt, of East Prospect looks at items by Wolf Wood Werks during the seventh annual Shank's Mare Art and Outdoor Festival Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, in Lower Windsor Township. Amanda J. Cain photo

Shank's Mare will hold its ninth annual Art & Outdoor Fest, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, on the grounds of the outdoor outfitters, 2092 Long Level Road. The event features information for outdoor and cultural clubs, local artisans, kids outdoor activities and more. Schedule: www.shanksmare.com/area-events.htm.

Grammy-winning guitarist Jeff Beck will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Strand Theatre at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., York. Tickets: $75.13, with VIP packages ranging from $225 to $375. Information: www.appellcenter.org.

Experience the great outdoors with a naturalist 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, for the season's final Woods Wander Program at Rock Ridge County Park. All ages welcome. There is no fee, but registration is required by calling 717-428-1961. Meet in Hidden Laurel Picnic area next to the Pheasant pavilion. Information: www.yorkcountyparks.org. 

Lila Fourhman-Shaull, York County History Center director of Library & Archives, arranges books for the 17th annual Book Blast at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. The book blast begins Thursday at 4 p.m. for center members, and is open to the public Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday features the Buck-a-Bag sales in which shoppers pay a dollar and can fill a bag with general category books. Bill Kalina photo


The York County History Center will host the Last Blast, the 18th Annual Book Blast, Aug. 9-11 at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St. History Center members get first crack at the used books for sale, with a special sale at 4 p.m. Aug. 9. The sale opens to the public 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, and will end with the Buck-A-Bag sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Information: https://www.yorkhistorycenter.org

Flinchbaugh's Orchard will host its annual Peach Festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 4 and 11, at the farm, 110 Ducktown Road, Hellam Township. The festival celebrates everything peachy, along with games, live music and wagon rides through the peach orchard. Free. Information: www.flinchbaughsorchard.com.

Come check out The Rat Pack on stage Aug. 10-12 and Aug. 16-19 at the Belmont Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St., York. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. It seems Frank, Dean and Sammy left some unfinished business back on earth and have one night to make things right with the owner of The Rat Pack Lounge. The show features more than 30 hit songs, including "My Way," "What Kind of Fool Am I?" and "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime." Tickets: $15-$27. Information: www.thebelmont.org.

Stroll through the Gardens at John Rudy County Park during an Open House Aug. 11.

Stroll through gardens tended by the York County Penn State Master Gardeners and York County Juvenile Probation during a Garden Open House, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at John Rudy County Park, 400 Mundis Race Road, adjacent to the stone house that is the York County Parks Administrative Headquarters. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions about the variety of plants, and produce will be available for purchase. Information: http://extension.psu.edu/york or call 717-840-7408.

Could you survive for weeks or months after a natural disaster? Those who want to prepare for the worst can check out the Survival Expo, Aug. 11-12 at Memorial Hall West at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., York. Vendors will be on hand to offer food storage solutions, solar power, bug-out kits and more. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10/adult, $2/child (12 and younger) until Wednesday, Aug. 8; After Wednesday, $14/adult and $3/child after. Information: www.rkpreppershows.com.

The York County 4-H Fair runs Aug. 11-12 at the York County 4-H Center, 771 Stoverstown Road. The theme is "join 4-H and Launch Your Future," and the fair will showcase more than 500 projects by members. Free. Information:  http://extension.psu.edu/4-h/counties/york.

Learn a little about caterpillars when you drop by any time between 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the  Nixon Park Nature Center. Drop-in programs are convenient nature programs with a naturalist and are suitable for ages 5 and older. Information: www.yorkcountyparks.org.

The York Fringe Festival runs Aug. 22-26, in tandem with the 2018 YorkFest Fine Arts Festival.

The first York Fringe Festival runs Aug. 22-26, in tandem with the 2018 YorkFest Fine Arts Festival. The Fringe Festival presents more than two dozen performances by local and regional artists in theater, music, spoken word, improv and more. Ticketing is by performance, and performances will be held in venues throughout downtown York. For the lineup, go to www.yorkfringe.org.

The third annual York Turtle Derby will be held Aug. 26 and will benefit Big Brothers Big Sister of York & Adams Counties.

Big Brother Big Sisters of York & Adams Counties will host the third annual York Turtle Derby, 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, in the Codorus Creek. The organization will have 4,000 rubber turtles available to adopt, and those who enter can win prizes. Single turtles are $5, six turtles $25, 25 turtles $100 and 50 turtles $195. Information: www.yorkturtlederby.com.

Irish Blessing will perform Aug. 26 at St. John's Episcopal Church.

Irish Blessing will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Beaver St., as the opening for this season's St. John's Concert Series. Free. Information: www.stjohnyork.org or 717-848-1862.

Jesse McCartney comes to the Pullo Center on Aug. 31.

The Pullo Center begins its 2018-19 season with Jesse McCartney, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at the center on the campus of Penn State York. McCartney is a singer, songwriter, producer and actor with many hits to his name. Tickets: $35-$60. Information: http://pullocenter.york.psu.edu.