Exploring Cumberland Valley- September


The month of September is always busy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make time for a little family fun. The calendar is packed with concerts, food festivals, historical walks, seasonal festivities and more. Check your calendar and schedule an appointment to enjoy the beautiful Cumberland Valley.

Find a complete list of events and other things to see and do at VisitCumberlandValley.com.


Music in the Garden on Pomfret Street – Sep 5, 12, 19 & 26

BYOB and listen to free, live music every Saturday evening on Pomfret Street in downtown Carlisle. Be sure to bring your chairs too!

Music & A Movie in the Park - ATC’s Third Thursdays @ Children’s Lake – Sep 17

Enjoy an evening of entertainment at Children’s Lake with music at 6:00 pm. Then, enjoy a screening of the new film The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy.

Uprise Music Festival @ Shippensburg Fairgrounds – Sep 18 & 19

Come experience Uprise - featuring 22 bands, children’s tent, petting zoo, skatepark, art gallery, graffiti wall, laser tag, food and more. Schedule meet and greets with your favorite bands like Casting Crowns and Skillet and enjoy a weekend in Shippensburg.

Mugs & Music in Downtown Mechanicsburg – Sep 19

Hear music fill the air at the 2nd Annual Mugs & Music event in Mechanicsburg. Take in the sights and sounds of downtown as you explore local boutique shops, museums, and galleries.

The Orchestra - Starring ELO and ELO Part 2 former members @ The Luhrs Center – Sep 26

Many recall the original Electric Light Orchestra as a powerhouse stadium and arena band who toured between 1971 and 1986. ELO Part 2 toured from 1990 through 2000. The Orchestra has retained the unmistakable sound that fans have enjoyed.


Smoke in the Park @ Memorial Park Lemoyne – Sep 25 & 26

Come see competitors compete in a PA State Barbecue Championship sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Also enjoy music, vendors and food throughout the event.

30th Annual New Cumberland Apple Festival @ Borough Park – Sep 26

Hosted by the New Cumberland Olde Towne Association, this event features homemade crafts, vendors, foods, an apple pie contest and entertainment.


Fall Harvest Days @ Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouse – Sep 19-27

Children of all ages will enjoy Ashcombe’s expanded field area with more games, a corn maze, a giant slide, hayrides, swings, corn boxes, pick-your-own pumpkins and more.

Kayak Long Pine Run Reservoir @ Michaux State Forest – Sep 20

Novice and experienced paddlers are welcome to participate in a relaxed 1.5 hour exploration of this quiet reservoir. Single kayaks, paddles and life vests are provided.

Fall Down on the Trail 5k Race and Trail Hike @ Cumberland Valley Rail Trail – Sep 26

An out-and-back 5k on the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail beginning and ending at the Newville Trailhead.  All proceeds benefit the Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council.


Civil War Walking Tour of Carlisle – Sep 10 & 26

Learn about Carlisle’s Civil War history through volunteer guides. Meet at the Cumberland County Historical Society. Reservations required.

Underground Railroad Walking Tour in Boiling Springs – Sep 19

This walking tour will focus on the role of abolitionists and freedom seekers in Boiling Springs. Meet in Boiling Springs at the parking lot by the Iron Furnace. Reservations required.


4th Annual Art on the Farm @ Dickinson College Farm – Sep 12

Event-goers will enjoy an afternoon meandering around the farm and watching artists in action. The dinner menu features locally sourced ingredients,

wines and craft beer. Tickets are $40.

34th Annual M&T Harvest of the Arts Festival in Downtown Carlisle – Sep 26

Nearly 100 juried and non-juried artists will be exhibiting works in all mediums in downtown Carlisle. Experience the art, music, theater, kid’s fun and great food.

36th Annual Pennsylvania Watercolor Society International Juried Exhibit: Opening Reception @ Carlisle Arts Learning Center – Sep 27

Join CALC for the opening reception of the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Juried Exhibit. Prizes will be awarded at 3:00 pm.

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