As the days get longer, it’s time to enjoy some fun in the sun. York is the place to be this summer. Discover the festivals, entertainment, outdoor recreation and dining that you, your family and friends can explore in and around York and York County.
Discover Glen Rock’s Third Annual Arts & Brew Fest
Saturday, June 3
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Enjoy arts and crafts with a craft — beer that is. Glen Rock’s Third Annual Arts & Brew Fest will showcase vendors selling locally made, original art, crafts, and foods, as well as an area for craft beer and wine tastings. As you enjoy the sights and tastes at the vendors’ stands, you can also check out the live performances on various stages throughout the town, including musicians, storytellers and local historians. This fest is the ultimate combination of arts, entertainment and delicacies in southern York County.
More info > glenrockartsandbrewfest.com
Don’t Miss Creek Fire
Saturday, June 24; Saturday, July 22; Saturday, Aug. 26; Saturday, Sept. 30
Get down to a Creek Fire at Foundry Park Boat Basin, presented by the WeCo Business District, Cultural Alliance of York County, i-ron-ic, Stock and Leader, and York City Yacht Club. Every fourth Saturday of the month, enjoy food vendors, live music and fire performers, plus children’s activities starting at 7 p.m., all leading up to the illuminated art boats and floating fire pits on the water.
The Saturday, June 24, Creek Fire event will benefit the York County History Center’s Placing History at the Center capital campaign.
Foundry Park Boat Basin
200 W. Philadelphia St.
York, PA 17401
More info > downtownyorkpa.com
Explore the Heritage Rail Trail
Take a journey through history and nature on the Heritage Rail Trail. With tall shade trees and a paved path, the Rail Trail is the perfect way to avoid the heat and terrain of other hiking locations. The trail covers 176 acres throughout Pennsylvania and Maryland, so no matter where you are, the trail is rarely ever far from you!
For a list of locations to get on the trail > yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation
Head to Wisehaven Swimming Pool
Stay cool while soaking up the sun as a member of or guest at Wisehaven Swimming Pool. With three swimming areas designated for kids, adults and families along with diving boards and a spiral water slide, Wisehaven is the place for people of all ages to cool off. After you’re done making a splash, entertain yourself at the playground, basketball court and snack bar.
2989 E. Prospect Rd.
York, PA 17402
More info > wisehavenswimmingpool.com
Have a Ball with York Revolution Baseball
It’s not summer without a game of baseball. Bring your family and friends for the experience of a classic American pastime. At PeoplesBank Park, home of the York Revolution, you get the baseball experience without leaving your hometown. Each game is packed with food, drinks, prizes and activities for children. Catch the fireworks for July4York from the best lawn in York County.
Also this season, bring a nonperishable food donation to receive a complimentary ticket to a Monday game during the Revs season. You’ll help the York County Food Bank fight hunger as part of its Hunger Free Mondays campaign.
5 Brooks Robinson Way
York, PA 17401
More info > yorkrevolution.com
Dining and Entertainment
Savor Seafood in York
Rockfish Public House
If you’re seeking something special that unites downtown dining and fresh seafood, look no farther than Rockfish Public House (RPH). Located on North George Street in York, RPH brings the fresh catches from the coast to our hometown. All of Rockfish’s cuisine is wild caught, sustainably harvested or farmed. In the RPH bar, you’ll find 24 draft beers, most of which are crafted in local breweries. RPH LIVE features a stage for live performances in addition to a full bar. Book your summer parties here or indulge with friends and family any day of the week.
110 N. George St.
York, PA 17401
More info > rockfishpublichouse.com
Waterway Bar & Grill
Get a beach or harbor bar experience in downtown York. At Waterway Bar & Grill, you can enjoy your favorite beverages and meals as you dine overlooking the Codorus Creek. Waterway’s dishes range from signature half-pound burgers and oysters to Maryland crab cake sandwiches. You can also start off with one of their signature appetizers such as pickle fries, crab, Philly cheesesteak soft pretzels, or fresh shrimp or tuna. With different food and drink specials for almost every day of the week, you can indulge without breaking the bank. Waterway also hosts live music and karaoke events for those looking for dinner and evening entertainment.
220 W. Philadelphia St.
York, PA 17401
More info > waterwaybar.net
Get Golfing and Dine Out
Grandview Golf Club and brewvino
Soak up the sun while exploring a piece of York’s history at the longest operating public golf course in York County, Grandview Golf Club. Experience the course that has challenged players of all levels since the 1920s. Grandview’s course features quick greens with subtle breaks. After a day on the course, relax, refuel, and indulge in hand-crafted pizza, craft beer, and wine at brewvino. Located on the Grandview property, brewvino’s signature pizzas are anything but ordinary with topping options such as steak and bleu, Calabrian and taco. Additionally, brewvino also offers burgers and sandwiches such as the Philly cheesesteak and crab cake sandwich. With an ever-changing selection of craft beers, brewvino offers an attractive dining destination before or after a day on the course.
2779 Carlisle Rd.
York, PA 17408
Heritage Hills Golf Resort
Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, a day out with friends, or fun with the family, Heritage Hills Golf Resort is your summer dining destination. Heritage Hills Resort contains several restaurants including Knickers Patio Pub. The patio deck seating area overlooks the lush, green golf course. While indulging in fine appetizers, entrees and cocktails, and live music every Sunday evening. After your meal, you can play a game of traditional or mini golf with family and friends or simply enjoy the sunset, music, and good company of this luxurious dining getaway.
2700 Mt. Rose Ave.
York, PA 17402
More info > heritagehillsresort.com
Chill Out at the Snow Palace
Get ready for snow in summer! Snow Palace is a family-owned and operated ice cream, frozen treat and summer food shop best known for their Snows. Snow Palace’s Snows take classic shaved ice to the extreme with hundreds of flavors to choose from. You can create custom flavors by mixing various Snow flavors. Snows and ice creams get sweeter with toppings such as marshmallow cream, fudge, whipped cream, peanuts and more. You can turn your sweet treat into a meal with menu options like fried vegetables, mozzarella sticks, signature subs. Snow Palace has an easily accessible drive-through and outdoor seating available for enjoying sun and snow at the same time.
360 S. Richland Ave.
York, PA 17404
More info > facebook.com/Snow-Palace-72232028358/
Experience Live Music in Cherry Lane
What’s better than free music on the beautiful Cherry Lane stage in the heart of downtown York, PA? Free music at Cherry Lane every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. throughout the summer! Experience the talents of local artists as you enjoy your lunch with shade and a summer breeze. With musical genres including jazz, folk, indie, country, classic hits, Irish, Hawaiian, blues, cigar box guitar, hip-hop, and more, there’s sure to be something your friends and family will enjoy. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be moved indoors to Central Market. Check out #BLRYork for social media updates.
Download the schedule at yorkcity.org/BoxLunchRevue
Take to the River at Shank’s Mare Outfitters
If you can’t get enough of the outdoors and the local music scene, don’t worry. Shank’s Mare Outfitters has your dose of authentic music right along the Susquehanna River. Unwind with your friends and a cooler of drinks as you listen to tunes from a variety of artists. What could be more relaxing than watching the sunset glisten on a flowing river while listening to live music on a warm summer night?
2092 Long Level Rd.
Wrightsville, PA 17368
More info > shanksmare.com
By Brandi L. Mummert for YRK Magazine
Photography by Eric Forberger