The Last Bit of Summer

It’s time to enjoy the last bit of summer before school starts again and hectic schedules fill up our weeks and weekends. Take the month of August to pack in as much family fun as you can. The Events Calendar is full so you’ll have a ton of options.


View a sampling of end of summer events below and find a complete list of events and other things to see and do at

Music in the Garden @ Pomfret Street
Saturdays through September, Pomfret Street, Carlisle
Aug 8- Reggae, Aug 15 - Funk/Soul/R&B, Aug 22 - Blues/R&B/Jazz, Aug 29 - R&B/Soul/Rock/Funk
BYOB and listen to free, live music every Saturday evening on Pomfret Street in downtown Carlisle. Be sure to bring your chairs!

Carlisle Truck Nationals @ Carlisle Fairgrounds
Aug 7-9, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle
The weekend is a must-attend event and has been the epicenter for all things truck since 1991. Come to Carlisle for a great array of lowered mini trucks, lifted 4x4s, chromed out big rigs, SUV’s, custom vans and the perfectly restored classics.

Peach Fest @ Hollabaugh Brothers Fruit Farm
Aug 8-9, 545 Carlisle Road, Biglerville
Join in the peachy fun with home-made peach ice cream sundaes, wagon rides, kids play area, delicious food, peach samples galore and peachy deals on peach products.

Kid’s Night @ Williams Grove Speedway
Aug 14, 1 Speedway Drive, Mechanicsburg
Kids’ Night is one of the biggest events on the schedule at Williams Grove Speedway and is growing every year. There are games, activities, tons of prizes, candy, face painting, bike and big wheel races too! Almost every driver on hand that night will have their car on display in the infield and be signing autographs. Last year, some drivers even allowed kids to writer their names and hand prints on the cars.

Farm Food Festival & Pizza Garden Party @ Paulus Farm Market
Aug 16, 1216 South York Street, Mechanicsburg
Free farm games for kids of all ages, corn on the cob eating contest, watch the “Harvest Hiccup” pumpkin chunkin’ cannon, free hayrides around the farm, pizza garden tour/make your own mini pizza, free produce samples and recipe ideas and enjoy the play area and farm animals.

Kayak Long Pine Run Reservoir @ Michaux State Forest
Aug 16, 500 Kings Gap Road, Carlisle
Novice and experienced paddlers are welcome to participate in a relaxed 1.5 hour exploration of this quiet reservoir located in Michaux State Forest near Caledonia State Park.

Corvettes at Carlisle @ Carlisle Fairgrounds
Aug 28-30, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle
The largest and most fun-filled Corvette event in the world. The annual Corvettes at Carlisle event features more than 5,000 Corvettes representing all generations of America’s classic sports car. Corvette enthusiasm is contagious with participation in autocross, burnouts and the parade through historic downtown Carlisle.

35th Annual Shippensburg Corn Festival @ Downtown Shippensburg
Aug 29, King and Earl Streets, Shippensburg
Shippensburg’s downtown main streets are closed to vehicular traffic and transformed into a huge street fair for the day. Crafts, an antique car show, food booths, entertainment and children’s activities offer something for the entire family.

57th Annual Steam Engine and Tractor Show
Aug 29 – Sept. 7, 1 Steam Engine Hill, Mechanicsburg
The event will include steam traction engines, an old PRR steam train, antique tractors, working saw mill, model train exhibit, food, flea market stands and live music.

McLain Celtic Festival @ Two Mile House
Sep 5, 1189 Walnut Bottom Road, Carlisle
Join us once again for the 21st Annual McLain Festival. This is a great family-oriented event. There will be Highland athletics, events for children, Border Collie demonstrations, Irish and Scottish Dancers, re-enactors, Irish and Scottish musicians, bag pipes, kilts, vendors with gifts from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and of course, delicious food

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