Summer is in full swing in Gettysburg, perfect for a getaway trip to disconnect and get inspired. Whether you’re looking to blaze a foodie trail or walk in the footsteps of history, Gettysburg is a short drive to amazing experiences.
August is packed with cool events. Authentically Adams County, check out the South Mountain Fair for a taste of country — complete with farm-fresh food, amazing livestock, carnival rides and live entertainment. Aug. 9 through 18, taste the farm fresh flavors during our take on restaurant week with Bounty of the County — a partnership between our local farmers and restaurants where interesting new dishes feature the freshest local fruits and veggies. While you’re here, check out the annual Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival featuring the top names in bluegrass performing over four days. Gettysburg will definitely keep your toes tapping.
Don’t miss the Adams County Pour Tour concert series as you enjoy our local craft libations along our beverage trail. With 20 stops, you are sure to find the perfect beverage and entertainment just for you. Even better, as you taste your way around Gettysburg and Adams County, you earn stamps for prizes to remember your adventure. Be sure to hit our newest brewery, Fourscore Beer Co. from the owners of Tommy’s Pizza. Tie your beverage trip into Gettysburg Brew Fest on Aug. 17 for a weekend of great brews, food and fun. Or, plan to stop by the annual Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival on Sept. 7 and 8 for tastings of Pennsylvania wines and ciders.
For the history lover, make time for the National Park’s free ranger programs held each day. These are great walks after taking an engaging tour of the battlefield — consider getting into the history with a horseback tour and see the fields as the cavalry did 156 years ago. Learn the story of the town and the civilians with guided experiences at the Shriver House Museum or on a walking tour of town. Get a full view of the Civil War at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center museum and cyclorama experience. And there’s nothing better to close out a day of history than a tribute to our soldiers with a Night of Taps at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.
History continues in Gettysburg beyond the Civil War. President Eisenhower and his wife Mamie invite you into their home and lives at the Eisenhower National Historic Site. Tour the home and property and bring the kids so they can become Junior Secret Service Agents. Plan your trip during World War II Weekend, Sept. 21 and 22, where the farm is transformed into a living history site with WWII tanks, encampments, demonstrations and speakers. Just a few minutes east in New Oxford, history comes to life that weekend with an Allied forces liberation event. You can even attend a USO dance to really take you back in time.
With fun stops like Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium, Land of Little Horses and ghost tours, you will be planning your return before you even leave.