Best of September: From foodstruck to Bike Week, with York Fair in between
York City starts the month fashionably with York City Boutique Week, Sept. 1-5. The week will feature in-store promotions, trunk shows and activities from downtown retailers that will stay open until 7 p.m. each night, and it ends with a fashion show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St. Tickets for the fashion show: $10 adults, $5 children, strandcapitol.org. Information: www.downtownyorkpa.com.
Food trucks return to York City for the fourth foodstruck event, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at Penn Park. The event will bring 40 food trucks to the park with everything from barbecue, burgers, burritos and tacos to seafood, souvlaki, falafel, pizza and kimchi. For those with a sweet tooth, there will be a variety of ice cream, smoothies, cupcakes, cookies, funnel cakes and more, plus the beer garden will have craft beers, wine and wine slushies. With live music and the new playgrounds and splash pad at the park, expect to spend the day. Event free, food prices vary. Information: www.foodstruckyork.com or www.facebook.com/foodstruckyork.
Take a challenge at the Nixon County Park scavenger hunt, 2:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6. Participants will get a scavenger hunt booklet and pencil and hit the trail to find answers and maybe win a prize. Information: yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.
Two local chefs will compete in the Chef Challenge with you as the judge, 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at YorKitchen. The chefs will create dual interpretations of three courses starring a mystery ingredient. They will have 30-45 minutes to prepare each course, and each guest will have six plates of food to try. Tickets: $60. Information: yorkitchen.com/chef-challenge9.
The 250th York Fair runs Sept. 11-20 at the Expo Center. Along with deep-fried anything and the usual Ferris wheel, Tilt-A-Whirl and sideshows, fairgoers this year can see the racing pigs, Royal Hanneford Circus, Marvelous Mutts and Matt's Family Jam. The grandstand stage will host Brantley Gilbert on Saturday, Sept. 12; John Kay and Steppenwolf on Tuesday, Sept. 15; Cole Swindell and Clark Manson on Wednesday, Sept. 16; TNA Wrestling on Thursday, Sept. 17; Andy Grammer and American Authors on Friday, Sept. 18; Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 19; and Lauren Alaina on Sunday, Sept. 20. Ticket prices vary, and most concerts start at 7:30 p.m. The Radio Stage, sponsored by WGTY, will have free performances by country artists including Kelsea Ballerini, Chase Bryant, LoCash and Chris Janson. For the full schedule at the Radio Stage, check facebook.com/wgtystage/events. Fair gates open at 11 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at noon Sunday through Thursday. Tickets: adults $8, students 6-18 and college students with ID, $4, 5 and under free, discounts available most days. Parking: $7. Fairlong pass (admission for one plus parking): $75. Information: yorkfair.org.
Sneak a peek at some of York's treasures with the Hidden Art Walking Tour, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. The tour, led by JJ Sheffer and state Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, will go into several historic city properties with unexpected masterpieces. Tickets: $15. Information: www.downtownyorkpa.com.
Learn about the raptors making their way through York's skies with a Broad-Winged Hawk Watch, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 at Rocky Ridge County Park's Oak Timbers parking lot. Bird-watcher Randy Phillips will help identify the migrating birds. Bring binoculars, field guide and a lawn chair. Free. Information: yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation
Singer Nate Ruess will welcome students back to campus with his Campus Consciousness Tour, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the Pullo Center on the campus of Penn State York. Ruess is touring with his latest album, "Grand Romantic," which he said has more songs about falling in love instead of falling out of love. Tickets: $30. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
Get ready for the roar as the Harley-Davidson Open House, York City's Bike Night and White Rose Thunder converge at the end of September. It all starts with the Harley event, Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 24-26, at the Springettsbury Township plant, 1425 Eden Road, along Route 30. Harley enthusiasts can tour the factory, demo ride the new 2016 line, pick up HOG pins and listen to live music, all free.
Bike Night runs 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, beginning with a motorcycle parade at 6 p.m. from the York Expo Center to downtown York, where a street party with four stages, food vendors and more will center on Continental Square. The theme is Trikes, and a group of three-wheelers will be displayed, with voting for a crowd favorite. Information: www.yorkcity.org/bikenight.
The roar continues with White Rose Thunder on Sunday, Sept. 26, at the York Expo Center, featuring flat-track motorcycle racing, including the Randy Texter Memorial Flat Track race. More than 160 racers are expected. Tickets: $15, kids under 12 free with an adult. Information: www.whiterosethunder.com.
Moonlight strolls aren't just for lovers. Take your best friend for a Moonlight Dog Walk, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at John Rudy County Park's Canine Meadows. Parks Program Coordinator Jeri Jones will lead a walk through the park under a nearly full moon, with dog games, stargazing and other activities. Each human will receive a glow stick, and refreshment will be served. Registration: $5 per dog. Information: yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.
Join Jasmine, Aladdin, the Genie and their friends for "Disney's Aladdin Jr." on stage at York Little Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St. The musical features the magic you'd expect from Aladdin, even flying carpets. Performances: Sept. 25-Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Thursday, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: adults $25, seniors 62 and older $23, students $20, children 12 and under $12. Information: www.ylt.org.
Check out some of the best short films of the year on the big screen when the Manhattan Short Film Festival comes to the Capitol Theatre, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. Ten short films, both live-action and animated, will be screened at the Capitol and at more than 250 other sites around the world during this week, and audiences will judge them and award prizes. Tickets: $10. Information: strandcapitol.org.