Kick off Car Show Season

April is the kick off to car show season in Cumberland Valley. The Valley is home to Carlisle Events who hosts eight annual auto events at the Carlisle Fairgrounds each year. Over half a million visitors travel throughout the car show season, April-October, to witness all things automotive.

These family-friendly shows feature something for everyone including special vehicle displays, part vendors, burnout contests, giveaways, stunt shows, live music, special guest appearances, industry professionals, and much more. Each show is specialized and customized trip ideas and dates for each can be found at

The Valley is also home to Williams Grove Speedway. This speedway has been open since 1939 and is known for some of the most competitive 410 sprint car racing in the world. Car classes include 410 Sprints, Champ Cars, 358 Sprints, 360 Sprints, 305 Sprints, Midgets, Super Sportsman, Late Models and Street Stocks. Races take place Friday nights, March – October.

For the true car enthusiast, Cumberland Valley also boasts a few unique auto museums including the Rolls Royce Museum in Mechanicsburg and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs. You can also visit the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in nearby Hershey.

For a thrilling adventure, try out the new Autobahn Indoor Speedway in Lemoyne. This 40,000 sq. ft. building features high-speed electric Italian pro-karts that can reach speeds of up to 50 mph.

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April is also filled with other fun events and happenings throughout the Valley. View a sampling below.
The Peking Acrobats 2016 30th Anniversary North American Tour “Year of the Monkey Celebration” @ The Luhrs Center – April 7th
The Peking Acrobats return to North American soil for their Gala 30th Anniversary North American Tour, and Year of the Monkey Celebration, where they will continue to impress audiences with their unique brand of ancient artistry.

Annual Spring Brew HaHa @ Market Cross Pub & Brewery – April 9th
Rally in the alley of the brewery with delicious brews paired with pub grub and live music.

Carlisle Indian Industrial School Walking Tour @ Cumberland County Historical Society – April 13th
Barbara Landis will lead a tour of the Indian School grounds on Carlisle Barracks. Reservations are required.

Cumberland Valley Race Series: 10th Annual Race, Run, Ride & Ramble @ Cumberland Valley Rail Trail – April 17th
The trail has a smooth crushed stone surface with long sweeping turns through beautiful farmland. Enjoy live music by the Neegly Brothers and a chicken BBQ. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council.

Spring Carlisle @ Carlisle Fairgrounds – April 20th-24th
Spring Carlisle – a collector and classic car swap meet, car corral and auction – marks the beginning of the Carlisle based show and swap meet season. The event plays host to thousands of collector and classic automotive enthusiasts, who travel to the 150-acre Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.

Celebrate Earth Day @ Earth Artisan & Outfitter – April 22nd-24th
In honor of Earth & Arbor Days, get a free evergreen sapling with your purchase, while supplies last. They will also have special guests & events throughout the weekend to inspire you to GET OUT and enjoy The Earth and The Arts, including their resident ISA Certified Arborist who can answer questions about caring for your trees, shrubs and landscape needs and their resident artist and art educator who will share her nature-based artwork and ideas for nature journaling.

Egg Hunt @ Meadowbrooke Gourds – April 23rd
Meadowbrooke Gourds hides tons of painted gourd eggs in the fields and turn you loose to search for them. There will be one $100 and two $50 cash prize eggs in each hunt along with prize eggs for gourds, $20 gift certificates for the store and gourmet chocolate from Sweet Jubilee. Admission to the hunt is one non-perishable food item per person.

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