Plan Ahead And Send Summer Out In Style: Visit Lancaster County’s Arts And Crafts Festivals

June 15, 2015

Lancaster County is bursting with talented artisans and crafters of all varieties who spend all year
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creating inventories of exceptional works. This summer, plan ahead and schedule some time to take in some of the area’s most popular arts and crafts shows. There’s something for everyone at these events so bring your friends and family with you to experience them.

38th Annual Lititz Rotary Craft Show
Saturday, August 8, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Rain or shine

The Lititz Rotary Craft Show is one of the most noteworthy craft extravaganzas on the east coast. Held along seven blocks between Main Street and Broad Street and spilling into Lititz Springs Park, you’ll need every second to take in the unique creations from 700 vendors across the United States and even from Canada. And it’s only, at most, a mere 20 minutes from the Historic Smithton Inn. For more information, see the Lititz Rotary Club website.

41st Annual Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show
Saturday, August 15, 2015 (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Sunday, August 16, 2015 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Rain or shine
*Paid admission required

Mount Gretna is a quaint slice of the best Lancaster County has to offer. The Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show serves also as a community fundraiser, with all proceeds benefitting projects around the community. Enjoy food and art of all sorts, ranging from photography to sculpting and more by local Lancaster artists as well as talents from across the country, such as New Mexico and Oklahoma. They all come together to create an unforgettable event with approximately 260 vendors. Check out Mount Gretna’s art show website to view participating vendors and examples of what types of original art to expect. Held under the tall oak trees of Chautauqua, the event is located between Route 117 and Pennsylvania Avenue.

37th Annual Long’s Park Art & Craft Festival
Friday and Saturday, September 4 and 5, 2015 (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Sunday, September 6, 2015 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
*Paid admission required

On the outskirts of historic downtown Lancaster, this Labor Day weekend event is always an unforgettable time as one of America’s top 50 fine art and craft shows. Enjoy the beauty of one of the most popular parks in Lancaster County while taking in the talent of more than 200 artists and crafters from over 30 states across the country. All proceeds benefit the annual Long’s Park Summer Music Series, free concerts that take place in the park throughout the season. Long’s Park is only half an hour drive from the Historic Smithton Inn.

Ephrata Merchant’s 42nd Annual Arts, Crafts And Restaurant Fair
Saturday, September 12, 2015 (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Rain or Shine

Experience the deliciousness of locally grown produce and fresh food products made by the vendors themselves, and admire handmade crafts and artwork. With over 200 vendors, this event in Ephrata spans along Downtown Square, East and West Main Streets, and North and South State Streets. It’s sure to inspire your inner artist. This annual event is less than five minutes from our inn, so why wouldn’t you take the opportunity to discover our local talent?

Enjoy the closing of your summer at one or more of these exciting and unique festivals across Lancaster County. There’s sure to be something to please everyone, and at the Historic Smithton Inn, we’re more than happy to accommodate your overnight needs.

By Rebecca Gallagher

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