Things to do in Franklin County, Pennsylvania in September 2022


Summer may be unofficially over, but there’s no shortage of things to do in September. Consider these events, listed in chronological order, for your calendar.

Jammin’ in the Park Music and Arts Festival

1pm-7pm September 4

Main Street Park, 25 E. Main St., Waynesboro

Spend your Sunday listening to live music and participating in other activities in support of the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro.

There will be two music stages, featuring [email protected] bands; Sussman, Jankura & Hepfer; Loose screws; Lucky Punk; big whiskey; John Dolly; The Flying Matlocks; [email protected]; and The Note Riders.

Food trucks will serve you tasty dishes. Rough Edges Brewery and Lake House Distillery will sell alcoholic beverages (no BYOB).

There will also be arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities and a 50/50 drawing.

Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance at bit.ly/3POmOQa. Children 10 and under are free.

Proceeds support the Arts Alliance.

Learn more at artsalliancegw.org.

Tribute to the beach boys

2:00 p.m. September 4

Capitol Theater, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg

Take a seat at the Capitol Theater to be transported to a world of sand, surf, and “Fun Fun Fun,” as Beach Boys tribute band Sail On take the stage.

The most reserved Beach Boys tribute band in the world, Sail On performs the band’s classic hits, as well as songs from the extensive Beach Boys catalog.

Beer, wine and soft drinks and concessions will be available.

Tickets are $35 for adults; $30 for ages 60 and older, military, and front-line workers; and $25 for students 18 and under and those with college ID. Visit thecapitoltheatre.org to purchase online or call the box office at 717-263-0202.

Friends of Legal Services Book Sale

Sept. 16 (9 a.m. to 9 p.m.), Sept. 17 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Sept. 18 (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Former Burlington Store, Chambersburg Mall

Whether you’re a book lover looking to add to your collection or just want to browse, this massive annual book sale will have something for you. Thousands of books, games, puzzles and other media will be on sale at knockdown prices.

More than 40 titles and special pieces will be part of a silent auction; offers will be accepted until 4 p.m. on September 17.

The book sale is a fundraiser for Franklin County Legal Services.

For more information, visit bit.ly/3cj8CAT

Thousands of books and other media are offered for sale at great prices each year at the annual Friends of Legal Services book sale.  In 2022, the sale will take place on September 17 and 18 at the former Burlington store in Chambersburg Mall.

Two Best Ruritan Steam and Gas Shows

September 16-18

Two Top Ruritan Club, 12270 Two Top Road, Mercersburg

Spend your weekend browsing and shopping at the large flea market and craft fair. There will also be truck and tractor pulls and a pedal pull. Live bands will perform Friday and Saturday nights: Clearspring Bluegrass at 6 p.m. Saturday; Rob Lowe, Unwound from 2-5 p.m. Sunday and New Country at 7 p.m. Sunday. Masters Trio and Pastor Ronnie Martin will be on hand at 9 a.m. Sunday.

There will also be home-cooked meals, starting with breakfast each morning at 7:30 a.m.

Free entry.

For more information, see the flyer on Facebook at bit.ly/3cdLzHT.

Trail Bus Tour For

10:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17

Around Franklin County

Hop aboard a bus and get ready to sample more than a dozen beers, wines, and spirits served by small businesses in Franklin County.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau launched the Pour Trail at this year’s IceFest to highlight the county’s growing number of beer, wine and spirits makers. The bus tour is a way to experience a selection of participating businesses, all without having to drive yourself.

The bus tour will meet at the 11/30 Visitor Center in Chambersburg Memorial Square before traveling to:

  • Jan Zell Winery in Jim’s Country Market, Chambersburg;
  • GearHouse Brewing Co., Chambersburg;
  • Liquid Art Brewing Co., (formerly Roy-Pitz), Chambersburg;
  • Oktoberfest at Renfrew Park, Waynesboro;
  • James Buchanan Pub, Mercersburg;
  • Cold Spring Hollow Distillery, Mercersburg.
Cold Spring Hollow Distillery, 8 Findlay Drive, Mercersburg.

Each stop includes samples of alcoholic beverages. The Renfrew Oktoberfest stop includes a German meal.

Guests will receive a Pour Trail Passport, which they can use to track points ($1 equals one point) from visits to Pour Trail locations that can be redeemed for prizes. All bus tour guests will receive 100 bonus points.

Tickets are $75 and include 15 samples, a signature cocktail, and the meal. Buy tickets online through Eventbrite (https://bit.ly/3R5sYfI) or call the visitor desk at 866-646-8060.

There are 52 seats on the bus. Tickets were still available for purchase online on August 24.

Learn more at explorefranklincountypa.com/franklin-county-pour-trail-bus-tour/.

Oktoberfests

There will be two Oktoberfest events on September 17, at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro and the Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville.

Renfrew: 12-4 p.m., German music, silent auction, family recreation area, biergarten ($5 installments), farm activities and demonstrations, and more. General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 3-17. “All-inclusive” tickets that include a German meal served from noon to 3 p.m. are $35 for adults and $25 for ages 3 to 17; these tickets must be purchased in advance. Get more information at renfrewmuseum.org/oktoberfest.

Totem Pole: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. German cuisine, biergarten, “garage sale of treasures from the costume shop”, dance competition, German band and more. Bring a chair.

Mercersburg Town Day

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 24

Downtown Mercersburg

More than 120 artisans, artisans, food vendors and others and more than 8,000 guests come to Townfest each year. Community and school orchestras will entertain. Don’t miss the children’s activity area.

Franklin Fall Farm Fun Festival

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 24

Hollow Acres Farm, 6969 Upper Strasburg Road, Pleasant Hall

The Franklin County Farm Bureau hosts this event at a different farm or agricultural enterprise each year. In its 32nd year, Hollow Acre Farms by Ron and Amy Wenger will offer activities such as cow milking, wagon rides, ice cream and more.

Learn more at facebook.com/FranklinFallFarmFunFest.

Kids had the chance to pet a bee at Franklin Fall Farm Fun Fest 2018, held at Musser Farm.

jam in the park

Doors open 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., September 24

Britton Park, 304 Britton Road, Shippensburg

Proceeds from this day of live music, food trucks and more will support the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance. There will be a car show at 11 a.m. and a corn hole at 4 p.m. Small games of chance will be available.

Admission is $10 per person (free for ages 8 and under).

Get more information at bit.ly/3Ra6DOq.

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