The lights, the music, the crowd – there’s truly something amazing about the energy of a live performance. Whether you’re a fan of comedy, amazing stage productions, catching an intimate musical performance or big-stage concert, you can have it made in York County, PA. From historic performing arts centers rich in history that invite guests to experience the magic and wonder of the theater to tucked away stages where more intimate performances make you feel like you’re part of the action, you can find it here. AND, there are SO MANY incredible shows coming up to round out 2022. No matter when you plan your visit, you can count on adding an unforgettable show (or two or three) to your travel plans. If ticket stubs, playbills and show merch are your kind of trip souvenirs, read on and we’ll look forward to seeing you at the show!
Catch A Show
From awe-inspiring internationally touring performances to smaller more intimate productions whose energy will literally move you with the passion of their cast and crew, there are amazing performances for all interests coming up in York County, PA!
The beauty and grandeur of the historic Strand Theatre at the Appell Center is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable evening of entertainment and fun.
Craving amazing Italian food? Just steps away from the theatre, Tutoni’s makes everything completely from scratch. From crave-worthy soups and sauces to fresh, handmade pasta, check out their amazing menu filled with creative dishes and new spins on traditional Italian standards rooted in the local farm-to-table agricultural scene. After the show, be sure to stop by the King George Speakeasy on the lower level of Tutoni’s where they serve up amazing cocktails and live music.
This community hub for creativity and self-expression is a great spot to take in a show. Known for grand productions, there’s always something great to experience.
Just around the corner from the theatre, the Belmont Bean is the spot to grab some “Wicked Good Coffee.” or a delicious smoothie, tasty iced or frozen coffee creation or one of their many homemade sweet treats. As you sip your selections you can also enjoy the current art exhibit on display around the coffeehouse.
Experience the heart and soul of the community’s love of theatre and performing arts at Dreamwrights where performers of all ages and skill levels come together around a love of the arts to deliver shows that range from family-favorite stories to those that are meant to foster community conversation and dialogue.
Hamir’s Indian Fusion
Chef Hamir combines ingredients from around the world with Indian cuisine to create fusion dishes that are as gorgeous to look at as they are delicious to eat. Stop in for appetizers and cocktails or enjoy a fantastic lunch or dinner, but whatever you do, don’t skip dessert (trust us, you don’t want to miss it!).
“It is to be all made of fantasy, all made of passions, and all made of wishes…” – William Shakespeare, As You Like It. The magic of Shakespeare comes alive at Orange https://orangemite.org/Mite Studio where a passion for performance and love of sharing timeless stories collide in an unforgettable theatre experience.
Taqueria El Camino
Ok, let’s talk tacos….REALLY, REALLY good tacos. This modern “Cal-Mex” Taqueria is inspired by blending authentic Mexico City street food with Miami’s vibrant art culture. Fantastic food served surrounded by constantly changing art and live music and performances – we knew tacos made pretty much every day better, but this is really next-level good here.
Follow the Music
Whether you’re a fan of country, classical, rock, rhythm, blues, jazz or something in between York County, PA is lighting up stages large and small with must-catch performances you won’t want to miss.
From popular national acts to celebrations of cultures and community, there is so much to love about the dynamic lineup at The Pullo Center.
A pioneer in York County’s now thriving craft brew scene, Collusion pours some of the best local beer, cider and mead around. The constantly rotating taps mean you can enjoy new selections every time you visit. Plus, you can pair your favorites with fantastic pub fare that make Collusion the perfect choice to pair with your next concert adventure.
Whether you want to catch an epic show on the gorgeous Strand stage, take in a more intimate experience in the Capitol Theatre or truly get up-close and personal in the Studio, you’re sure to find your musical match at The Appell Center. The great events below are just the beginning. Click here to check out their full lineup of upcoming shows.
A visit to this sprawling 100-year-old farm will be a true treat for all the senses. Featuring a craft brewery and cidery pouring farm-crafted beer, cider, sparkling fruit wine and small-batch soda and a restaurant that delights in treating guests to an ever-changing menu of scratch-made dishes lovingly made with locally sourced ingredients – all surrounded by gorgeous views and a dynamic blend of art and entertainment.
The 100-year-old roots of “The Eich” run deep when it comes to presenting memorable live music experiences. The following are just a few of the great acts coming up. Be sure to check out their full schedule to see more.
The Altland House Grill & Pub
One of the oldest continuously operating taverns in the United States, The Altland House Grill & Pub is the total package, offering two amazing dining options, a fan-favorite in-house brewery with amazing selections and live music, and gorgeous guest rooms that are the perfect place to recharge after an amazing day exploring. Elevated menu options, pub fare, comfort food favorites the whole family will enjoy, and some true standouts like chicken and waffles make this a must-visit watering hole you’ve got to experience.
Folk music and dance take center stage at Susquehanna Folk, an organization deeply passionate about preserving and sharing this funky, fun and historic musical tradition.
Dead Lightning Distillery
Folk music and locally-made craft spirits – a perfect pairing since before prohibition. Rums, flavored vodkas, whiskeys and gins are available for tasting straight up or mixed into one of Dead Lightning’s signature cocktails. And a light food menu will make sure you have a delicious snack to pair with your spirit of choice. Enjoy yours on-site or grab a bottle to take home.
Hosted in York’s gorgeous historic Central Market House, Kable House Presents features up-and-coming national touring acts in intimate evening performances. Live music with top acts in the heart of York’s thriving downtown scene – it’s an energy and a vibe you won’t want to miss. New shows are constantly being added. Click here to check out the full schedule.
Liquid Hero Brewery
Just around the corner you’ll find Liquid Hero Brewery, a microbrewery with a laser focus on “bringing the flavor back to beer.” Small batches are available as drafts to enjoy on-site or in bottles and cans to enjoy later. For non-beer drinkers in the group, wine and selected spirits are also available alongside a pub menu that makes sure you can fuel up as you raise a glass.
And SO. MUCH. MORE. MUSIC.
The shows above barely scratch the surface of the dynamic music scene across York County, PA. From restaurants who bring in top talent to wineries who serve up fantastic performances alongside fine wines to historic sites like Dill’s Tavern who showcase everything from bluegrass to folk, there’s always an opportunity to turn up your adventure with live music.
Tucked Away Gems
If you want to know where the locals go or where the industry crew flocks on their night off, add these hot spots for art and entertainment to your travel wish list.
Creativity and inspiration take center stage at i-ron-ic, an eclectic coffeehouse that serves up amazing coffee, delicious dishes and treats alongside art, music and entertainment designed to create conversation and inspire imagination. See how a blend of art, coffee and community can make your trip shine.
Central Market York
When you step through the doors of this 125-year-old market house, your senses will be flooded with the sights, sounds, smells and feelings of a community gathering hub that connects guests to fresh, local flavor. From amazing food stops and farmers sharing local produce to retail locations with one-of-a-kind handmade pieces, you’ll find treats to fill your basket, your belly and your soul.
Home to artist collectives, galleries, eclectic retail, a mural walk, vibrant creations by local artists and a secret courtyard cantina, Royal Square is a can’t miss spot if art and entertainment are on your getaway wish list. Pop-up performances, concerts and special events are a regular occurrence. So be sure to click here to see what’s coming up.
Aviano’s Corner Trattoria & Bar
Wood-fired pizza, pasta, paninis, an Italian espresso bar in the morning and AMAZING brunch on weekends makes Avi’s the perfect spot to bring the family and stay a while. You’ll find great food, fun cocktails, wine, beer from around the world and a cozy atmosphere – the total package!
Can’t-Miss Events Sampler
If you’re a fan of festivals and events, York County has some one-of-a-kind celebrations to inspire a great getaway.
November 26 & 27 | Agricultural & Industrial Museum, York, PA
Shop super small and discover unique holiday gifts and treasures you won’t find anywhere else.
November 25 – December 30 (selected dates) | Rocky Ridge County Park
Stroll through this festive half-mile, ADA-accessible, woodland trail filled with sparkling Christmas lights and holiday scenes.
That’s a wrap – well not really – it’s only the beginning actually, but we know it was A LOT to take in. If you’re still following along (THANKS for hearing us out!), we hope you’ve seen something that gets your toes tapping. If you haven’t already downloaded the YoCo Arts & Culture Pass, hop over and check it out! It’s free and you’ll find some exclusive deals and discounts you can take advantage of during your entertainment-inspired visit.
If you need a little help dialing in your visit, the awesome team at Explore York are the ones to call. We can’t wait to see you at the show!