The Long's Park Arts and Crafts Festival begins Aug. 30. (Provided photo)
By Sean Adams
on August 22, 2013
Labor Day is the un-official end of the summer season, but that's no reason to give up on the fairs and festivals as we go into September. Here's a few coming to the midstate area in the near future:
Top pick: Kipona Wine Arts and Blues Festival
The "sparkling waters" festival in downtown Harrisburg has expanded to include a wine tasting village as well as live music and art vendors.
When: Noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Where: Riverfront Park, Harrisburg
Food: Greek, Cajun, pulled pork, hot dogs, milkshakes
Entertainment: live music, canoe and motor boat racing, karate tournament, street soccer games, wine tasting, children's events
Details: Check out the interview with event chair Brenda Alton by clicking here, or visit the event website at www.harrisburgrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29581
Long's Park Art & Craft Festival
Long's Park will transform into an outdoor art gallery with over 200 artists and craftspeople displaying their works between August 30 and September 1.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 30-Sept. 1
Where: Long's Park Amphitheater, 1441 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster
Food: fine food, wine and craft beer
Entertainment: arts and crafts vendors: click this link for a list of exhibitors
Cost: $10, $15 multi-day pass; free for children 12 and under
Details: www.longspark.org/art.html, 717-295-7054.
McLain Celtic Festival
A celebbration of all things Irish, Scottish and Welsh, the McLain Celtic Festival is a perfect opportunity to bust out the old kilt and enjoy the bagpipe music.
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 31
Where: Two Mile House, 1189 Walnut Bottom Road, Carlisle
Entertainment: Highland Games, border collie demonstrations, living history presentations, food vendors , dance performances and musical entertainment -
Cost: $10/$9 in advance for ages 10 and older.
Details: www.historicalsociety.com, 717-249-7610
Shippensburg Corn Festival
The 33rd annual corn festival will transform downtown Shippensburg into a street fair with music, crafts and - you guessed it - corn-eating contests.
When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 31
Where: Shippensburg Fairgrounds, downtown Shippensburg
Food: aside from all types of corn-related foods, check this link for a list of food vendors
Entertainment: more than 300 craft, food and antique vendors, entertainment, children's activities, crafts demonstrations, an antique car show, and a corn eating contest
Details: shippensburgcornfestival.net/, 717-532-5634.
Juniata County Fair
"Harvest your dreams" at the Juniata County Fair, with agricultural events and displays, just as they've done every year since 1852 (only breaking the trend during the Civil War).
When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays; noon-9 p.m. Sunday; 1-9 p.m. Monday and Friday; 2:30-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 31-Sept. 7
Where: Juniata County Fairgrounds, 302 W. Sixth St., Port Royal.
Entertainment: amusement rides, horse show, livestock displays, harness horse racing, food and concerts - check here for a daily schedule
Cost: Admission: $4 per day; $15 weekly pass. Additional charge for some events.
Details: www.juniatacountyfair.com, 717-527-4414,