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5 Ways to Squeeze in the Last Bit of Summer Fun in Gettysburg!

Published July 25, 2017

We’re in the middle of the summer season here in Gettysburg, and before you know it, it will be time for apple cider and hayrides. While there is still time left, take advantage of all that Gettysburg and the surrounding area has to offer to help squeeze in some more fun before you go back to school!

1 – Get Outside for a Hike or Ride a Bike

Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg is conveniently located amongst several national parks and is, of course, home to the Gettysburg Battlefields, all of which are within driving distance of the Gettysburg Hotel. Carl Whitehill with Destination Gettysburg has compiled a list of his top 5 choices of places to get outside and stretch your legs.  Do it quick, before summer runs out!
Take a hike! Our Top 5 Favorites Near Gettysburg, PA


2 – See a Show or Classic Film

If the idea of being out in the heat is too much, we completely understand. Fortunately, Gettysburg is home to the Majestic Theater and the Gettysburg Community Theater.  We are also centrally located to other prominent playhouses such as Totem Pole Playhouse and Eichelberger Performing Arts Center.  Here are a few of our favorites playing in August…

Million Dollar Quartet – Totem Pole Playhouse – Runs through August 20th
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – Eichelberger Performing Arts Center – Runs through August 6th
Summer Movie Series – Majestic Theater – Every Wednesday night at 7:30pm

  • August 2 – The Godfather
  • August 9 – South Pacific
  • August 16 – Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
  • August 23 – The Shawshank Redemption

3 – Visit a Festival

Whether you enjoy music, food, beer, contributing to a good cause or all of the above, Gettysburg has a festival for you. In August, take in one or all of these awesome events.

August 11-13, 2017 | Gettysburg Rocks
It’s music with a mission. Take your pick of over 150 live bands performing at multiple venues across Gettysburg! The money raised through this event will be donated to Four Diamonds, an organization working to “conquer childhood cancer”.

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

August 12-13, 2017 | Peach Fest
Enjoy peaches in every way. Featuring a peach bar, peach ice cream sundaes, tasty food, wagon rides, face painting…  It’s a day the whole family will enjoy!  Free admission too!

August 17-20, 2017 | Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
10 Bands, 4 Days, 2 Stages. It’s a family friendly long weekend complete with Bluegrass Academy for kids, food, vendors, crafts and of course, incredible music.

August 19, 2017 | Gettysburg Brew Fest
Experience a 3.5-hour sampling of unlimited local craft beers and hard ciders. The event is held by the Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary and proceeds benefit their organization.  Live entertainment by Jerry Rigged and food vendors will be on site.

September 3, 2017 | Hanover Chili Cookoff
Come hungry! This event includes a chili cook-off competition, entertainment, kids coloring contest and proceeds benefit a variety of Hanover Non-Profit organizations including The H.A.R.T. Center, Guthrie Memorial Library, Friends of Codorus State Park, Hanover Council of Churches and many more.


4 – Shop Till You Drop!

Gettysburg is a shopper’s dream. From the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg to the variety of specialty stores downtown, you’re sure to find the perfect gift or souvenir.  Here are just a few to get you started…

Shopping at Gallery 30, Gettysburg PA

Shopping at Gallery 30, Gettysburg PA


5 – Sample the Deliciousness at the Farmer’s Markets

Enjoy one of our classic farmer’s markets featuring fresh produce, crafts, soaps, flowers, oils, honey, wine and so much more. Here are a few of our favorites, all right here in Gettysburg.

Gettysburg Farmers’ Market, located on Lincoln Square

Gettysburg Farmers’ Market, located on Lincoln Square

Gettysburg Farmers’ Market
Located on Gettysburg’s Lincoln Square, Every Saturday (April through October) at 7am-12pm

Fresh from Adams County Farmers Markets
Located at Gettysburg Transit Center (Rabbit Transit) on Thursdays from 2-6pm and Saturdays 8am-1pm

Farm Fresh Saturdays
Located at the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg on Saturdays from 9am-3:30pm

Hollabaugh Bros Inc.
Open 7 Days – See website for hours

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