York's Best of August entertainment calendar
The New Power Generation will bring the music of Prince to stage at the Strand Theatre on Friday, Aug. 2. The group played backup for the musical legend for many years, and the set includes such hits as "1999," "Let's Go Crazy" and "U Got the Look." Showtime: 7:30 p.m. at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St. Tickets start at $29. Information: appellcenter.org.
Stephen Kellogg and Tyrone Wells will play the blues Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Capitol Theatre in the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St. Kellogg has given more than 1,500 concerts in the past decade and was nominated for a Grammy in 2017 for best contemporary blue album. Wells' music has been heard on more than 75 films and television shows. Tickets start at $24. Information: appellcenter.org.
The Belmont Theatre presents "The Buddy Holly Story," Aug. 9-18 in the Bon-Ton Studio. The musical covers the tragically short life of the rock legend. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at the theater, 27 S. Belmont St. Tickets: $27 adults, $25 seniors 62+, $15 youth 18 and under. Information: www.thebelmont.org/
See a huge collection of military vehicles from all eras during the History in Motion Military Vehicle Preservation Association 2019 Vehicle Display & Convention, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11, at the York Expo Center. The event features hundreds of restored and original vehicles, living history displays and vendors. Times: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets: $8 individual, $20 family in advance, $15 day of the event. Information: www.eventbee.com/event?eid=170982664#/tickets.
Music lovers, make plans to be at Unity Fest 2019, a multicultural music festival featuring international and regional entertainers in alternative rock, hip-hop, punk rap, Latin trap, reggaeton and bachata. Featured musicians include Grammy-nominated reggaeton singer and trap artist Noriel and Latin trap and reggaeton artist Juhn El All Star, plus a lineup of 18 other acts. Time: 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at PeoplesBank Park. Tickets: $20-$150. Information: http://unityfestpa.com.
Join the York County Astronomical Society for the annual natural fireworks of the Perseid Meteor Shower, 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Aug. 10, at the observatory at John Rudy County Park. Free. Information: https://yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation
Didn't get enough hot rods in June? The Goodguys 1st Grundy Insurance Great American Nationals will bring more than 2,000 classic cars to the York Expo Center Friday through Sunday, Aug. 16-18. The hot rods and more, all built before 1987, will be displayed at the indoor car show, along with vendors and live music, and outside, the meet features autocross racing and drag racing. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $18 Friday and Saturday, $15 Sunday, $6 for kids 7-12, free for ages 6 and under. Information: www.good-guys.com.
Learn an old art with Summer Family Maker Series — Quilling, 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St. The workshop by the York County History Center will teach about quilling, an artform in which strips of paper are curled and shaped, then glued together to create pictures, design or patterns. Ages 6 and up. Fee: Free for History Center members, $2 for nonmembers. Registration: Christine Cooper at 717-848-1587 ext. 306 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information: www.yorkhistorycenter.org
Celebrate the most beautiful pollinators with Butterfly Buzz, hosted by the Penn State Master Gardeners of York County. Highlights from the free event include an exhibit of live butterflies and caterpillars and the tagging and release of butterflies. The first 40 attendees will receive a free native pollinator plant, and native plant information will be available for everyone. Time: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Hanover Junction Station on the York Heritage Rail Trail, 2433 Seven Valleys Road, Seven Valleys, The station museum will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The second York Fringe Festival brings a wide variety of entertainment to venues around downtown York City, from Good Joke Bad Joke Bingo to "Lizzie Borden, Lizzie Borden" to Dancestreet at Foundry Park. The festival runs Wednesday, Aug. 21, through Sunday, Aug. 25. Ticket prices vary. Information: www.yorkfringe.org/home
Fine artists from around the country will descend on York City for the Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24-25. The free festival draws nearly 100 artists to the area around the Colonial Complex and the rail trail in York City, near the Codorus Creek. The festival features a juried art exhibit at the Craetive York gallery, 10 N. Beaver St.; youth exhibits at the Agricultural and Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St.; and ChalkWalk on Saturday along West Market Street. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Information: www.yorkcity.org/yorkfest.
Homemade instruments are all the rage at the 10th annual Pennsylvania Cigar Box Guitar Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the York Emporium, 343 W. Market St. The festival features 14 bands on two stages, with electrified cigar box guitars the stars. Free. Information: www.facebook.com/events/1309490172541945/
Shrewsbury will be blooming for the 2019 Shrewsbury Flower Show, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25. The theme is A Winter Wonderland, and more than 100 entrants are expected to exhibit their original designs and the prettiest plants from their gardens. Times: 1-5 p.m. each day at the Shrewsury Assembly of God, 234 N. Main St., Shrewsbury. Information: contact Alan Miller at 717-887-5375 or email River.Rock.Pa@gmail.com.