York's Best of September entertainment calendar
What the Food Trucks takes over York City's Penn Park, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, for the annual food truck extravaganza. This year, 40 food trucks will dish out everything from barbecue to gourmet reubens to meatballs to Latin-Asian foods, as well as ice cream, funnel cakes, cupcakes and so much more, to an expected crowd of 20,000. There's a beer garden that also will have wine, plus live music through the day. Free. Information: www.whatthefoodtrucks.com.
The York Fair brings 10 days of rides, exhibits and fried food to the York Expo Center, Sept. 7-16. Gates open at 11 a.m. Friday through Sunday, noon Monday through Thursday. Admission: $8 adults, $4 children 6-18 and college students with ID, children 5 and under free. There are different admission and rides specials each day. Parking $7. Check yorkfair.org for daily schedules of activities and entertainment. Among the highlights:
- Death metal legend Alice Cooper opens the grandstand concerts at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Tickets: $24-$689.
- Comedian Gabriel "Fluffy" Iglesias brings his One Show Fits All World Tour to the grandstand at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. Tickets: $34-$49.
- Contemporary Christian musicians MercyMe will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the grandstand. Tickets: $15-$30.
- "American Idol: Live! 2018" and special guest Forever in Your Mind take the grandstand stage at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12. Tickets: $15-$30.
- 5 Seconds of Summer and special guest The Aces perform at the grandstand stage at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. The band's newest album, "Youngblood," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The Australian band's first single was "She Looks So Perfect" in 2014. Tickets: $45-$195.
- Country stars Old Dominion and special guest Walker Hayes perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the grandstand. Tickets: $34-$49.
For concert tickets and more information, go to yorkfair.org.
Fashion takes center stage as York City Boutique Week returns, Sept. 7-14 throughout downtown York. The week features live mannequins, trunk shows and a progressive walking tour, culminating with the Fashion Show, 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Valencia Ballroom. Information and tickets: www.DowntownYorkPa.com/boutiqueweek.
Take in one of Shakespeare's histories as Orangemite Studios presents "Henry IV Part 1," Sept. 7-16 at the Orangemite barn, 2035 Tall Fir Drive, Dover. The play follows King Henry IV, his son Hal, Hal's friends Falstaff and company, and Hal's rival, Hotspur. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Tickets: $15. Information: orangemite.org.
Have you heard about the murder of a young woman walking home from Hanover or a love triangle that ended in strychnine poisoning? Those are two of the events author Joseph David Cress will discuss during "Murder & Mayhem in York County," 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Martin Library, 159 E. Market St. Free. Information: www.yorklibraries.org.
Take a quick trip to the islands as the Ewabo Calypso Band performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Pullo Center, on the campus of Penn State York. Ewabo is recognized as one of the top Caribbean calypso bands in the region, and their emphasis on the steeldrum, or pan drum, comes through in an array of traditional and contemporary music. Free. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
The Belmont Theatre begins its 2018-19 season with "West Side Story," Sept. 14-23 at the theater, 27 S. Belmont St. The story of love between members of two warring urban gangs follows the plot of "Romeo and Juliet" and adds in music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim to create one of the greatest musicals of all time. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $27 adults, $25 seniors 62+, $15 youth 18 and under. Information: www.thebelmont.org.
Chart-topping singer and songwriter John Ondrasik will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Strand Theatre in the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St. Ondrasik goes by Five for Fighting, and his music spans from "Superman (It's Not Easy)" to "Chances" and "What If" and has been featured in 350 films, television shows and ads. Tickets: $30. Information: appellcenter.org.
Celebrate York's most famous export with York Bike Week, Sept. 19-23, in conjunction with the Harley-Davidson York Vehicle Assembly Plant Open House. The free open house runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Springettsbury Township plant, with demo rides and tours. The 24th Annual Bike Night, organized by York City and sponsored by Harley-Davidson, runs 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, around Continental Square, with a parade at 4:30 p.m. from the York Expo Center, vendors, food and music. Information: yorkbikeweek.com.
See a story of adventure and romance told through dance and light as iLuminate comes to the stage at the Pullo Center. The show mixes high-tech effects with original music and hip-hop, Latin, contemporary and break dancing, all performed in the dark with customized wireless programs. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the center, on the campus of Penn State York. Tickets: $25-$42. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
The Eli Young Band comes to Hanover's Eichelberger Performing Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 21. The group has had many hits on country and Billboard Top 200 charts and an Academy of Country Music Song of the Year. Showtime: 7 p.m. at the Eichelberger, 195 Stock St., Hanover. Tickets: $30-$35. Information: TheEich.org or 717-637-7086.
The York Symphony Orchestra opens its 2018-19 season at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., with "Heroes and Superheroes." The selections include "Superman March" by John Williams, "Ride of the Valkyries" by Wagner and theme songs from such TV shows as "Dragnet," "Hill Street Blues" and "The Untouchables." Audience members are encouraged to dress in costume. Tickets start at $9 adults, $5 students. Information: www.YorkSymphony.org or 717-846-1111.
Children can learn about local people who make things during the Third Annual Kids Downtown Fall Makers' Tour, 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. The tour, held by Downtown Inc, focuses on the Royal Square District in York City, where children will visit four merchants with activities and programming. Information: www.downtownyorkpa.com/events.
Watch some of the top short films of the year as the Manhattan Short Film Festival comes to the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30. The festival screens its Final Nine at 350 venues around the world over one week, and the Best Film and Best Actor awards are determined by ballots cast by the audiences. Showtimes: 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St. Tickets: $10. Information: appellcenter.org.
Russian vocal ensemble Lyra will perform, 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, during the St. John's Concert Series at St. John's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Beaver St. The professional musicians from St. Petersburg, Russia, are focused on the musical heritage of the Russian Orthodox Church and Russian folk music. Free. Information: stjohnyork.org.