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What's happening in York this weekend
Yorkfest 2018 featured artist Robert Oughton York Dispatch
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.
Self-proclaimed witch doctor Christopher Strange presents at York Fringe performance of "Abraxas" at the Parliament Arts Organization. York Dispatch
The Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival is this weekend, Aug. 25-26, bringing select fine artists from around the country along with free entertainment and activities. Some of the highlights: the Yorkfest Juried Art Exhibition at Creative York, 10 N. Beaver St.; Yorkfest Youth Art and Literary Exhibits at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., with awards given out at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26; ChalkWalk, creating sidewalk murals Saturday along Market Street, between Pershing and Beaver streets; and a free community jazz concert, 6 p.m. Saturday in the William Penn High School auditorium. Free admission. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday around the Colonial Complex, at Market Street and Pershing Avenue, and along the Rail Trail through the city. Information: www.YorkCity.org/Yorkfest.
The ninth annual Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the York Emporium, 343 W. Market St. The event features 14 bands on two stages performing with homemade instruments. It opens with a jam session, 7 p.m. Friday, bring an instrument and join in, $10 for spectators. The main event on Saturday is free. Information: www.facebook.com/events/1596644023700649.
Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival pre-show jam at The York Emporium in York City, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.
Step back in time at a World War II encampment at the Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village, 1258 Muddy Forks Road, Airville. Re-enactors playing both U.S. and German troops will be camping in tents, cooking meals and sharing stories Saturday and Sunday, and there will be period vehicles, weaponry and an M20 armored car on display. Information: 717-927-9565.
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 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.