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

CELEBRATE LINCOLN

February 21, 2015
Join us on Saturday February 21, 2015 for a celebration of Abraham Lincoln and his time in Gettysburg. Presented by the Inns of the Gettysburg Area, Celebrate Lincoln tells the story of President Lincoln's dedication of the National Cemetery on November 19, 1863 and the background behind the world famous Gettysburg Address. The day begins at 1 pm with a tour of the National Cemetery. In the evening we reconvene for a delightful meal and a performance by Abraham Lincoln himself!

Irish at Gettysburg

March 14, 2015
An afternoon walking tour of the Irish Brigade in Gettysburg with licensed battlefield guide Rich Kohr followed by an Irish themed lunch at the Fairfield Inn with entertainment by #1 local Celtic band, Across the Pond..

Gettysburg First Fridays

April 3 and May 1, 2015
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.

Firkin Fest

April 11, 2015
The Gettysburg Firkin Fest is for serious craft beer enthusiasts. The Gettysburg Brew Fest attracted 1,500 guests from 14 states and Canada to its inaugural event in 2014! In contrast, the Gettysburg Firkin is a more exclusive event, limited to 250 guests- who will sample rare, extremely small-batch and one-off brews. Admission includes a premium sampling glass and catered cuisine.

Apple Blossom Festival

May 2-3, 2015
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 14-17, 2015
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 16, 2015
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 5, July 3 and August 7, 2015
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.

History Meets the Arts

June 12-14, 2015
Located at Lord Nelson’s Gallery, meet over 30 artists exhibiting work as painters, sculptors, and traditional 18th century period accoutrement makers.

Re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg

July 3-5, 2015
Let the history books come alive with the 152nd 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 13-16, 2015
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. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, 2015
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.

Annual Wine and Music Festival

September 12-13, 2015
Celebrate the grape harvest and enjoy a fantastic fall weekend in historic Adams County, while you savor the flavors of hundreds of Pennsylvania wines. Find out more.

Fall Outdoor Antique Show

September 26, 2015
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 3-4 and October 10-11, 2015
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 4, 2015
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.

Chamberlain at Gettysburgl

November 17, 2015
Sponsored by the Inns of the Gettysburg Area, spend the weekend getting to know Joshua Chamberlain of the 20th Maine, who saved the left flank of the Union line during the battle of Gettysburg with his famous bayonet charge.

Dedication Day

November 19, 2015
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.

Gettysburg Remembrance Day

November 21, 2015
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.

Holiday House Tour & Tasting

December 12, 2015
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.