Festivals & Picnics

Festivals & Picnics


Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Cornwall will hold its Summer Festival July 6-8 from 5-10 p.m. Music by Spinn City DJs and QuickDraw. Pork BBQ dinner Thursday and fish dinner Friday, starting at 4 p.m. Outside food and drinks and beer garden with 6 beers and wine. Basket raffles, skill games, games of chance, money wheels, caricatures. Kids’ section with face painting, bouncy houses, and games. For more info, call Jeff at 717-389-0878.

Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Middletown will hold its 15th annual community festival July 6-8 from 6-10 p.m. at 360 East Water Street. Games for kids and adults, car show Thursday from 5-8 p.m., Bingo, flea market, basket raffle, cash raffle. Food includes hamburgers, French fries, hot dogs, sausage, chicken fingers, funnel cakes, milk shakes, ice cream, fried Oreos. Homemade dinners served in the cafeteria from 5-8 p.m. include pierogi, halushki, halupki, stuffed shells, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmesan, cheesesteak, meatball subs, fish and pulled pork BBQ, all with sides and desserts. The CCW will have a baked good table in the school lobby. Entertainment by DJ Joe Trojcak on Thursday, Rita Angelucci from Class Act on Friday, and “Fresh Ayre” on Saturday.

St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Quarryville will be having a church picnic on Sunday, July 9 from noon-3 p.m. With an outdoor picnic under the pavilion, what could be more fun while eating hamburgers, hot dogs, and all the picnic food our parishioners are sharing with each other! With plenty of fellowship, games for the kids and adults, there will not be a dull moment.

Prince of Peace Parish in Steelton will hold its picnic July 9 from noon-8 p.m. at Emerick Cibort Park in Bressler. Our menu consists of lamb, pork, cabbage and noodles, sarma (pig in the blanket), hot dogs, barbecue, French fries and ice cream as well as assorted beverages plus lots more. Entertainment for you listening or dancing pleasure, raffle tickets, basket raffle and pull tab instant tickets will be available. Come and enjoy the day with family, friends, parishioners and renew friendships from years past. For information, contact the Prince of Peace Parish Picnic Committee at 717-985-1330

St. Cecilia Parish in Lebanon will hold its festival July 13-15 at 750 State Drive. Festivities begin with dinners at 4 p.m., with spaghetti on Thursday, fish on Friday, and roast beef on Saturday, all in air-conditioned comfort. Baked goods sale and flea market also begin at 4 p.m. Food court opens at approximately 5-5:30 p.m., and games of chance, kids’ entertainment, train ride and bounce rides start at 6 p.m. Dinners conclude at 7 p.m. in time for bingo inside, and the bands start outside. Thursday night is DJ Jim Payne, Friday is Swisher and the Sweets, Saturday is Firestorm.

The Adams County Ancient Order of Hibernians is holding the 17th Annual Adams County Irish Festival on Saturday, July 15 (rain or shine) from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at Moose Park in Straban Township (100 Moose Road, Gettysburg). The festival features family fun for all, with Irish music all day, dancers, Irish merchandise and food vendors. The festival benefits area hunger-relief groups. Admission is $10 per person; children age 12 and under are free. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and join the fun! Visit for more info.

The good ole fashion Conewago Picnic will be held July 15 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at 3113 Centennial Rd., Hanover. Carry-outs for our famous homemade chicken corn soup, which is made in kettles over a fire, begin at 9 a.m. Bake Sale begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until the homemade goodies are sold out. Our family-style chicken dinner begins at 3 p.m. There will be kids’ games, small games of chance, Bingo, raffles, hamburgers, hot dogs, soda, funnel cake and live entertainment by the “Gann Family Band.” Come out for a day of fun, food and fellowship!

St. Ann Byzantine Catholic parish in Harrisburg Come and party Slavic Style at St. Ann Byzantine Catholic Parish’s annual Slavic Festival on Sunday, July 16 on the church grounds at 5408 Locust Lane, Harrisburg, from noon-9 p.m. Enjoy great homemade Eastern European foods to eat in or take out. Dance to The Polka WHOOOO and The Polka Quads. Take a church tour and see world class iconography, hear chanting and singing demonstrations. Shop in the Eastern European market. Play games for young and old, bingo, win at the huge theme basket and cash raffles. Free admission and parking. 717-652-1415 or “No one leaves hungry!”

The 34th Annual San Juan Bautista Hispanic Festival in Lancaster will be held July 26-29 at San Juan Bautista Catholic Church, 425 South Duke Street, Lancaster. Wide variety of food, native costumes and the ever-popular Latin music, bingo, inflatable rides and much more. This year’s festival culminates at 11 p.m. Saturday with the Grand Raffle of a 2017 Honda Fit or $12,500. The festival also boasts a wide variety of traditional Hispanic cuisines. Admission to the festival is free and hours are: Wednesday 6-9 p.m.; Thursday 6-10 p.m.; Friday 6-11 p.m., and Saturday 4-11 p.m. For more information, contact: Milzy N. Carrasco at 717-392-4118.


The Annual Family Picnic of Our Lady of Mercy Church in Slabtown (near Ideal Park) will be held on the church grounds on Aug. 4 from 6-11 p.m. and Aug. 5 from 6-11 p.m. Two popular bands will play throughout the picnic: “Kartune” (classic rock band) Friday evening, and “The ‘60’s Boys” (with some former Mudflap members) Saturday evening. There will be delicious food, games, fine music and dancing. Everyone is invited.

Holy Angels Parish in Kulpmont will hold its picnic Aug. 4 and 5. Games, basket bonanza, bake sale, yard sale. Entertainment by “Memory Lane” on Friday from 7-11 p.m., and by “The Shoreliners” on Saturday from 7-11 p.m. Fireworks display Saturday at 10 p.m. $3,000 in cash prizes! Fantastic menu.

St. Joseph Parish in Berwick will hold its Italian Festival Aug. 4-6 on the parish grounds. Friday and Saturday from 4-9 p.m., and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. Porkette, fireballs, meatballs, sausage, haluski, chicken parmesan, eggplant parmesan, potato pancakes, chicken fingers, French fries, hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel fries, deep fried pierogi, deep fried ravioli, pizza, wedding soup, baked goods and ice cream. Fried dough available Friday and Saturday only. Adult beverage pavilion, pasta dinner Sunday, money raffle, basket raffle, kids’ games, and games of chance. Entertainment by “The Shoreliners” Friday, “The Legends” Saturday, and “Polka Punch” Sunday. No pets permitted.

St. Patrick Parish in Trevorton will hold its 20th Annual Parish Festival Aug. 11 and 12 from 5-10 p.m. each evening on the grounds behind the church. The theme for this year’s festival is “Who is in the Garden?” Come join us for free, live entertainment nightly, delicious ethnic foods, games for all ages, cash raffle and spectacular theme baskets.

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Elysburg will hold its Fourth Annual Lobster Fest on Aug. 26 from 5-11 p.m. on the Church grounds. You do not need a ticket to attend. This year the festival will feature hamburgers, hot dogs, Italian porkette, halushki, delicious soups including lobster bisque, and beverages. There will be an expanded game and activity area for children as well as drawings and raffles for adults. Chances available for a variety of theme baskets, gift cards and large prizes. Entertainment by local talent, “Double Talk.” Ultimate Penn State Package tickets will also be available, which includes 4 game tickets, parking pass, and entire tailgate package. Lobster dinners, which include a whole steamed Maine lobster, corn on the cob, potatoes, coleslaw or cucumber salad, and two beverages are available for $25. Live and steamed lobsters are also available for pickup during the afternoon from 1-3 p.m. All lobsters and lobster dinners must be preordered by Aug. 3. Orders may be placed by calling the parish office at 570-672-2302, emailing, or by going to and clicking on the dancing lobster. The event will be held rain or shine with plenty of seating and tents. To accommodate those attending Lobster Fest, the weekly Saturday Mass has been moved ahead one hour to 4 p.m. for that weekend only.


Corpus Christi Parish in Chambersburg will hold its Church Picnic on Sept. 10 from noon-5 p.m. at Chambersburg AMVETS Post 224 Picnic Pavilion and Grounds, located at 750 5th Avenue. The parish will also hold its International Food Festival on Oct. 21 on the Parish Center grounds. The food festival will feature music, games, and cuisine from various countries represented in the parish. For information on either event, call 717-264-6317.

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