Summer Solstice guide: Make the most of the longest day of the year.
– Set your alarm and greet the sun Saturday during the Solstice Celebration at Highpoint Scenic Vista in Lower Windsor Township. The event starts at 5:30 a.m. Summer Solstice takes place at 6:51 a.m. [Register at 717-428-1961]
– Catch the opening ceremony of the 14th Annual Penn-Mar Irish Festival Saturday at The Markets at Shrewsbury, 12025 Susquehanna Trail, Shrewsbury Township. Hear up-and-coming traditional Irish musicians and stars. [$10 in advance; $13 at the gate]
– Stock up on summer reading during the Book Nook Bonanza event at the York City Ice Arena, 941 Vander Ave., York. It runs 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. [Most hardbacks are $2 and paperbacks are $1, with special sales occurring throughout the weekend]
– Get to Wingstock to see wing winners crowned. Take in food, live entertainment and kids activities at Santander Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York. Gates open at noon Saturday. The wing-eating competition starts at 5 p.m. [$6 in advance; $8 at the gate; Kids younger than 3 get in for free]
– Finish the long say Saturday at the Summer Solstice Celebration at Roundtop Mountain Resort, 925 Roundtop Road, Warrington Township. Enjoy food from the grill and fireworks at dusk. [Free; Mountain Adventure packages are available for $20]
Festivals and fairs:
– Enjoy an annual tradition during the Jubilee Day Street Fair through 9 tonight along Main and Market streets in Mechanicsburg. It will feature live music, food, arts, craft vendors and children’s activities. [Free parking and shuttle service available]
– The gardens will be open for the Pennsylvania Lavender Festival 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Willow Pond Farm, 145 Tract Road, Fairfield. Pick your own lavender and enjoy lavender cookies, lemonade and ice cream. [Free]
– The 11th annual Harrisburg Brewers Fest might sell out. Get tickets while you can for two sessions that will bring music and dozens of brews to the state capitol streets Saturday. [Tickets are $50 in advance; benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation]
– York Little Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St., Spring Garden Township, presents “Gypsy” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. It also plays next weekend. [$25, with discounts for seniors, students and kids]
– Dress up in anything that reminds you of the 1930’s for the 42nd Street Costume Party. Enjoy a buffet and performance of “42nd Street” at 8 p.m. Friday at the Allenberry Playhouse, 1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs. Prizes will be awarded to those who dress in costume. [$49.95 for adults]
– Learn some new moves during the Swinging with the Unforgettable Big Band event 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Elks Lodge, 223 N. George St., York. A Charleston lesson will kick off the night. Open dancing begins at 9 p.m. [$10; free for Elks members]
– There are four shows on tap at American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster. Classic groups, including Charlie Thomas & The Drifters hit the stage 8 p.m. Saturday. REO Speedwagon will perform 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
– See Center Stage Opera’s performances of “Dido and Aeneas” and “La serva padrona” 7:30 p.m. June 21 at Covenant Moravian Church, 901 Cape Horn Rd., York. [$20 for adults and $10 for students]
– “Help” yourself to a “Magical Mystery Tour” of classic rock hits during “RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles” 8 p.m. Saturday at Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., York. [$49 to $69]
– Get a behind-the-scenes look at how products are crafted in the area during the 2014 Made In America Tours Event, which runs through Saturday [Most of the tours are free and don't require reservations]
– Codorus State Park hosts its annual Codorus Blast Friday to Sunday. It includes boat rides, food vendors and a variety of other attractions for visitors of all ages. Check out the lineup.
– The community is invited to fill Litter Letters with collected trash starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at the corner of South George Street and Rathton Road in York. Read more about the project.
– The York Quilters’ Guild changed its annual Celebration of Quilts. Check out demos, enter raffles and see a “skinny quilt” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., West Manchester Township. [$5 to $10]
– Learn how your ancestors cooked during the Tavern Day, Baking the Colonial Way hands-on workshop 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Colonial Complex, 157 W. Market St., York. [$20 for Trust members, $25 for non-members; registration required at 717-848-1587]
– Kate Hufnagel will conduct an all-ages artist trading card workshop noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the York Art Associatio, 220 S. Marshall St., Springettsbury Township. Supplies will be provided, and participants can bring their own. [$15 for association members, $20 for nonmembers and $5 for children younger than 12]
– Amateur and professional powerlifters will compete in the Summer Strength Spectacular Saturday and Sunday at York Barbell Company, 3300 Board Road, Manchester Township. [$12 for adults; $5 for children 10 and younger; free for children 4 and younger]