Events

No matter the time of year, there is always a lot happening in Gettysburg. From celebrating our rich heritage to the start of the apple season, there isn’t a month that goes by that we’re not coming together to commemorate something. While visiting Gettysburg and staying at The Gaslight Inn, you won’t want to miss these annual traditions.

Spring

Irish at Gettysburg

March 15, 2014
An afternoon walking tour of the Irish Brigade in Gettysburg with licensed battlefield guide Rich Kohr followed by an Irish themed dinner at the Fairfield Inn.

Gettysburg First Fridays

April 4 and May 2, 2014
Join local merchants for an evening of fun in downtown Gettysburg! Business’ displaying “first Friday flags” allow guests to take advantage of specials for the event.

Apple Blossom Festival

May 3-4, 2014
The Apple Blossom Festival is located at the South Mountain Fairgrounds in the heart of Apple Country, USA, and is hosted by the Adams County Fruit Growers Association. Come enjoy the beautiful views of Adams County, Pennsylvania, and the apple orchards which are in bloom the first weekend of May.

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

May 15-17, 2014
The Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival is an internationally-acclaimed multi-day music festival held every May and August at Granite Hill Camping Resort. The festival typically presents as many as two dozen different traditional and contemporary bluegrass artists during the course of the four day event.

Spring Outdoor Antique Show

May 17, 2014
Sprawling out from Gettysburg’s historic Lincoln Square, this antique event is billed as a “buyers and sellers” paradise with more than 120 antique dealers and collectors from the North and South with high quality antiques and collectibles.

Summer

Gettysburg First Fridays

June 6, July 4 and August 1, 2014
Join local merchants for an evening of fun in downtown Gettysburg! Business’ displaying “first Friday flags” allow guest to take advantage of specials for the event.

Gettysburg Festival

June 11-14, 2014
The Gettysburg Festival celebrates our historical town with the arts, culture and cuisine that will produce some fabulous events bringing audiences from across the Mid-Atlantic region. There are many events planned including music by nationally known recording artists, culinary highlights, children’s activities, art, and theatre.

History Meets the Arts

June 12-14, 2014
Located at Lord Nelson’s Gallery, meet over 30 artists exhibiting work as painters, sculptors, and traditional 18th century period accoutrement makers.

Pennsylvania Lavender Festival

June 14-15, 2014
An annual festival held at Willow Pond Farm, a family-owned herb farm in Fairfield, Pennsylvania, located fifteen minutes west of Gettysburg. It is the only festival of its kind in the eastern USA, offering many activities, including tours of the lavender fields and demonstrations. In addition, there are gardens to stroll through, lectures and workshops held by nationally known experts, and a cut-your-own lavender option.

Re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg

July 4-6, 2014
Let the history books come alive with the 151st Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment. You can see battle reenactments, field demonstrations, a large living history village, living history activity tents, guest speakers, and an extensive Sutler area. Thousands of reenactors from across the nation and around the world will be staging the battle reenactments for this very special reenactment. Visit the camps, learn about Civil War Medicine, Music, Weapons and Daily Life during the conflict that defined our nation and saved the Union!

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

August 14-17, 2014
The Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival is an internationally-acclaimed multi-day music festival held every May and August at Granite Hill Camping Resort. The festival typically presents as many as two dozen different traditional and contemporary bluegrass artists during the course of the four day event.

Fall

Gettysburg First Fridays

Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 5, 2014
Join local merchants for an evening of fun in downtown Gettysburg! Business’ displaying “first Friday flags” allow guest to take advantage of specials for the event.

Fall Outdoor Antique Show

September 27, 2014
Sprawling out from Gettysburg’s historic Lincoln Square, the antique event is billed as a “buyers and sellers” paradise with more than 120 antique dealers and collectors from the North and South with high quality antiques and collectibles.

Apple Harvest Festival

October 4-5 and October 11-12, 2014
The National Apple Harvest Festival, which is held during the first two weekends in October, has been celebrating beautiful crafts, great music and wonderful food for forty-nine years. The festival has something for everyone with hundreds of arts and crafts dealers, demonstrations, contests, food stands, and entertainment.

Winter

Gettysburg First Fridays

December 5, 2014
Join local merchants for an evening of fun in downtown Gettysburg! Business’ displaying “first Friday flags” allow guest to take advantage of specials for the event.

Gettysburg Remembrance Day

November 15, 2014
Remembrance Day is an annual event held in conjunction with the Gettysburg Address anniversary. A parade of Civil War living history groups begins at 1:00 p.m. and ends at the National Park. The Civil War ball sponsored by the SVR/SUVCW will be held at the Wyndham Hotel.

Dedication Day

November 19, 2014
Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address featuring prominent speakers, annual recitation of the Gettysburg Address, and candidates taking the Oath of Citizenship. Sponsored by the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Foundation.

Holiday House Tour & Tasting

December 13, 2014
Take the Holiday House Tour and see various historic properties located in Gettysburg, the surrounding area and the quaint town of New Oxford. Each structure is steeped in local history and has a story to tell, whether it be tied to the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg, or to colonial times during our nation’s birth. The proprietors of each stop along the tour will open their doors for the day to share the rich history and charm as well as their unique holiday decorations.

Annual Innkeeper's Ball

January 24, 2015
Once a year, the Inns of the Gettysburg Area (IGA) sponsors a Civil War ball for their guests and the Gettysburg community. The tickets for the complete ball package are $75 per guest or $140 per couple and include the morning dance lessons, dinner at the ball room, and the Civil War ball. Dancers who wish to go to the ball only may purchase dance tickets for $35. Advanced reservations required.

Lincoln at Gettysburg

Last weekend in February
Relive Lincoln’s historic visit to Gettysburg with a walking tour and historic dining experience with nationally renowned Lincoln impersonater, James Getty.

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