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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

Lincoln Luncheon - First Saturday of February
Licensed Town Guide, John McTague will present "Lincoln at Gettysburg" and the President himself will join us for lunch followed by personal anecdotes on his 1863 visit to dedicate the National Cemetery. The cost is $40/person for the Lincoln presentation and luncheon. Call the Inn to make your weekend arrangements to celebrate President Lincoln.

Celebrate Lincoln Itinerary
Morning Presentation 11 a.m.: Meet in the Abigail Adams Ballroom at Dobbin House for a Power Point presentation by Licensed Town Guide John McTague. John is a veteran Licensed Town Guide and has spoken at numerous seminars, Civil War Roundtables, and conferences. An avid student of the American Civil War, John is an authority on Abraham Lincoln and his visit to Gettysburg.

Lunch 11:30 a.m.: Abigail Adams Ballroom Dobbin House. You are in for a real treat with Lincoln portrayer, James Hayney. He will circulate among the guests during lunch and will give a short speech following the meal.

Irish at Gettysburg - Third Weekend of March
The Inns of the Gettysburg area are sponsoring an Irish event the 3rd weekend in March which will include a Battlefield Walk and a dinner lecture at Dobbin House Restaurant in the evening.

Guests are invited to meet General Hancock at Auto Tour Stop #9 @ 1 p.m. for a brief walk in the Wheatfield where the General, portrayed by Randy Feranec who is a member of Confederation of Union Generals, will describe the actions of the Irish troops during that critical period of the battle. At 6:30 p.m. we meet at the Dobbin House for dinner with General and Mrs. Hancock followed by a presentation by Licensed Guide, Rich Kohr, who will give a detailed description of the Irish during the Battle. Tickets for this event are $50/person. Please call the Inn at 717-337-9100 if you are interested to participate in this fun evening. For more information visit the Irish at Gettysburg webpage.

Gettysburg First Fridays - April 6  and May 4, 2018
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.

Dublin Irish Dance "Stepping Out
March 18, 2018 @ 3 p.m.
Dublin Irish Dance is an all-star cast of world champion Irish step dancers, vocalists and instrumentalists who have performed throughout the world with Riverdance, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance, and Celtic Woman.  The show brings to life the epic tale of Celtic culture, carrying its traditional melodies and steps to the New World with a gala celebration of Irish music and dance. Tickets can be purchased at the Majestic Theater (717) 337-8200 OR visit the Majestic website

ROSFEST - The Rites of Spring Festival - May 4, 5 & 6, 2018
North America's Premier Prog Festival The Rites of Spring Festival in Gettysburg, PA is proud to feature 11 great bands over 3 days in the first weekend of May 2017. For tickets contact the Majestic Theater @ (717) 337-8200 OR visit the Majestic website.

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival - May 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2018
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. http://www.gettysburgbluegrass.com/may-festival/

Spring Outdoor Antique Show - May 19, 2018
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 1,  July 6  and August 3, 2018
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.

PA Cider Festival - June 25, 2018 - 12 o'clock-4 p.m.
Home to over 30 cideries and ranked 4th in the country for apple production, Pennsylvania is celebrating cider in a big way with a statewide festival. Join fellow cider enthusiasts for the PA Cider Festival located in the heart of Adams County apple country. Coined "Cider Town" because of its growing cider industry, historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania welcomes cider makers and enthusiasts to the PA Cider Festival.  This year to be held at Hauser Estate Winery home of Jack's Hard Cider.

Re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg - July 5, 6, 7 & 8, 2018
Let the history books come alive with the 155th 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! Visit the official website for tickets and schedule of events: https://www.gettysburgreenactment.com/

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival - August 16, 17, 18 & 19, 2018
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. Visit the official website for tickets and schedule of events: http://www.gettysburgbluegrass.com/august-festival/

Fall

Gettysburg First Fridays - Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, 2018
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 8 & 9, 2018
Celebrate the grape harvest and enjoy a fantastic fall weekend in historic Adams County, while you savor the flavors of hundreds of Pennsylvania wines.  http://www.gettysburgwineandmusicfestival.com/

Fall Outdoor Antique Show - September 22, 2018
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. http://www.gettysburgretailmerchants.com/gettysburg-outdoor-antique-show.html

Apple Harvest Festival - October 6 & 7 and October 13 & 14, 2018
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. http://www.appleharvest.com/

Winter

Gettysburg First Fridays - December 7, 2018
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 Gettysburg - Second Weekend of November
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, 2018
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 16 & 17, 2018
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.

Holiday House Tour & Tasting - Second Weekend in December
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.