Throughout the year, York County is home to a plethora (yes, we said "plethora") of special events! Be sure to check out the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau for a complete listing.

But, here’s a few to get you started. Every September, almost 700,000 people flock (they flock to initially, then flock off when they're finished!) to the York Expo Center for the Great York Fair, the nation’s oldest fair (dating from 1765)! Within the 125-acre complex you’ll find everything from rides to games to PA Dutch food to big-name entertainment in the 12,000-seat grandstand. September also brings the Harley-Davidson Open House and York Bike Night, an extremely popular event that attracts Harley-Davidson aficionados from all over the country!


In late November, Rocky Ridge County Park opens Christmas Magic: A Festival of Lights (and they mean lights – over 200,000 of ‘em!). First Night York occurs on New Year’s Eve at Continental Square. Late February brings the Mid-Atlantic Garden and Flower Show, while April brings The Antiques Show of York and York Folk Art & Craft Show and the East Coast Large Scale Train Show. May offers the Olde York Street Fair in center city York and the Greater York Antiques Show and Sale at the York Expo Center.


Fast-forward to the first weekend in June when the Street Rod Nationals East arrive in town, bringing thousands of pre-1949 street rods. June also hosts the Spring Wine Blossom Festival at Naylor’s Vineyards and the annual Manufacturers Days, when several dozen manufacturers open their doors to tourists. July brings the annual Hanover Dutch Festival, while August is home to the annual Yorkfest: A Celebration of the Arts, previously known as the Riverwalk Art Festival.


All these exciting events, like you needed a reason to visit York County!


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