Entertainment opportunities unlimited in Lancaster, Pa.

Martha Steger

Lancaster County has many live performance venues, including Downtown's historic Fulton Theatre.

Lancaster County is full of performing arts options from comedy and dinner theaters to music venues to historic venues. Among the best known is the Sight and Sound Theatre, which premiered Samson this spring. The play runs through December and brings the Biblical story to life.

“That was an amazing show,” said Melvin Boyd, who stopped at the theater with his wife, Lynette, on their way home from Niagara Falls. “I’d never seen anything quite like it.”

Lancaster County has many live performance venues, including Downtown's historic Fulton Theatre.
Lancaster County has many live performance venues, including Downtown’s historic Fulton Theatre.

The couple enjoyed their stay at the Fulton Steamboat Inn, as well. “It was a great way to experience the Lancaster area. We thoroughly enjoyed it,” Boyd said.

The Smucker family operates a variety of accommodations and attractions in Bird-in-Hand. The Bird-in-Hand Stage offers the election year spoof Josiah for President, a musical about a Lancaster County Amish farmer drafted as a write-in candidate. It runs through Nov. 5 and is followed by Our Christmas Dinner, Nov. 1–Dec. 31, a musical comedy about tradition, unexpected guests, and the real meaning of Christmas. Play, meal, and accommodation packages are available.

Varied performance venues, including the Fulton Theatre and Lancaster Marionette Theatre, are within a walk of downtown hotels — meaning plenty of entertainment options.

The Fulton is offering the thriller Veronica’s Room (by Ira Levin, the author of Rosemary’s Baby), Oct. 11–30. Take one of the theater’s Friday tours to learn about its resident ghost, then come back for Beauty and the Beast and ’Twas the Night Before Christmas in November or December. 

An 1850s historic building on North Water Street houses the 26-year-old marionette theatre, performing Peter Pan through Nov. 5, Calling All Spirits, Oct. 29–31, and Cinderella’s Christmas in late November. Arrive at least 20 minutes before the show for a behind-the-scenes tour.

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