Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Festivals & Picnics

It’s summertime, and that means parish festivals! Enjoy food, games, raffles, live music and camaraderie at the many parish festivals taking place throughout the Diocese in the coming weeks. Check back often, as more festivals will be added when their information is received. (Submit your parish’s info to )

Immaculate Conception BVM Parish in York will have its cultural festival, June 7 and 8 at the parish. Hours are 5-9 p.m. on Friday, and noon-9 p.m. on Saturday. Experience the tastes, sounds and traditions of various North and South American cultures. Enjoy flavorful foods, listen/dance to live music, play a variety of children’s games, and celebrate the diversity of our city. Fun for all ages! Game and food tickets can be purchased the day of the event. Free parking available behind the church.

St. Joan of Arc Parish in Hershey will have its 50th annual parish festival, June 6, 7 and 8 from 5-9:30 p.m. each night. Children’s games, bingo, Magic of Tony Baroni (Fri/Sat), hot air balloon (Sat), silent auction (including an autographed Christian Pulisic jersey and a trip for two to Sicily), raffles, plants, bake sale, crafts and more. Musical entertainment by The Happy Slovenes on Thursday, CBS Band on Friday, and Crossing Abbey Road on Saturday.

St. Joseph Parish in York will have its 31st annual carnival, June 11-15 from 5-10 p.m. There will be food from local vendors and food trucks, rides, games, casino-style wheels, an hourly 50-50 raffle and bingo. New this year is a local business vendor market in the school. The St. Joseph Jamaican Mission Team will host the beer & wine garden. Nightly entertainment includes Ni Riain School of Irish Dance, DJ Dan, acoustic band Bring Us Mountains, beer garden trivia, and more. The annual dunk tank will be Friday and Saturday, family-friendly eating contests, and a water balloon competition. Grand prize raffle of $10,000, with additional cash prizes. All the details are available at Follow our Facebook page for nightly updates during Carnival Week:

Mary, Gate of Heaven Parish in Myerstown will have its annual MGH Summerfest, June 20-22 from 5-10 p.m. Food booths, a book sale and the area’s largest basket raffle. Bounce houses and games for the kids, as well as games of chance for the adults. Free parking and free admission.  Great musical entertainment, Thursday by Neon Cactus, Friday by Vertigo Vibe and Saturday by Galbraith, Briody and friends. Musical entertainment is 7-10 p.m. each night. More information can be found on Facebook at MGH Summerfest.

Divine Redeemer Parish in Mount Carmel will have its annual Summer Festival on the parish picnic grounds and in Divine Mercy Hall (400 Block of West Cherry Street) on Saturday, June 22, from noon-10 p.m. Delicious homemade ethnic and traditional foods, homemade baked goods and theme baskets, as well as live music from the band “Looker.”

The Historic Conewago Chapel Picnic will be held at the Basilica Picnic Grove, 3175 Centennial Road in Hanover, July 20 beginning at 11 a.m. The parish picnic for the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus has been an annual event for more than 100 years, and famous for its chicken corn soup. Event includes a family style chicken dinner, games and a live band.

Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra will have its parish festival August 2 and 3 from 5-10 p.m. each evening. The festival will include an array of picnic food and drinks, games, and fun festivities that include kids games and live music by four different bands. There will also be monetary raffle tickets and basket raffles available at the festival.

San Juan Bautista Parish in Lancaster will have its 41st Annual Food Festival, July 24-27. For information, call 717-392-4118.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish in Ephrata will have its parish picnic Sunday, June 30, rain or shine, on the grounds of St. Clement’s Mission House. International foods representing parishioners from Italy, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Thailand, Ghana, and the United States. Food served from noon until sold out. A magician will perform from 2-2:45 p.m. Park at church and walk through the Grotto to St. Clements (shuttle available for those unable to walk to picnic). There will be plenty of seating, but feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Event also features a bounce house, games, snow cones and more. Bring a dessert to share. For more information, contact Rita Pfautz at or 717-341-1211.

Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Middletown will hold its summer festival June 20-22, rain or shine, from 5-9 p.m. each night. Event includes a flea market, cash raffle, basket raffle, jewelry extravaganza, bingo and games for all ages. Patrons can sit indoors and enjoy great homemade meals of honey glazed chicken, halupki, pierogies, haluski, and baked goods in the cafeteria each night. Outside food includes Schmidt’s sausage, gourmet chicken cheese steaks, chicken tenders, grilled food, seasoned fries and more. Farm Show milkshakes available Saturday and Sunday only. Live entertain from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday by Occasions Disc Jockeys; Friday: Crossing Abbey Road; and Saturday: Ben Simcox. Friday and Saturday nights also feature fun for kids with a 60-foot long, two-lane obstacle course with a seventeen-foot slide and bounce house. Cornhole tournament on Saturday (registration required). Seven Sorrows School alumni night is Friday, June 21. For more information, visit

Holy Spirit Parish in Palmyra will have its parish festival August 2 and 3 from 5-10 p.m. each evening. The festival will include an array of picnic food and drinks, games, and fun festivities that include kids games and live music by four different bands. There will also be monetary raffle tickets and basket raffles available at the festival.

St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Annville will have its Annual Bazaar June 15 and 16 from 3-10 p.m. Enjoy a basket showcase, inflatables, kids’ games and prizes, food, a $5,000 cash raffle and other games of chance and fun. Music by Terry Corl on Saturday from 3-5 p.m. and the Large Flowerheads on Saturday evening starting at 6:30. On Sunday, enjoy the music of Matt Miskie from 3-5 p.m. and the Josh Squared Band at 6:30 p.m. Free admission and parking.

Prince of Peace Parish in Steelton will have its annual parish picnic on Sunday, July 14, at Cibort Park in Bressler from noon-6:30 p.m. Entertainment by our Kolo Club “Marian,” the Happy Slovenes and Second Time Thru. Food includes roast lamb on the spit, roast pork, sarma (pig in the blanket), sausage and sauerkraut, hamburger barbecue, baked beans, potato salad, cabbage and noodles, and desserts including strudels and walnut rolls.  Jimbo the Clown and a magician will entertain the children. Basket raffles, church raffle, pull tabs and much, much more. Free admission.

Mary, Mother of the Church Parish in Mount Joy will have a “Christmas-in-July” bazaar, Saturday, July 13 from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. There will be something for the entire family: a basket bonanza, raffle, baked goods, breakfast and lunch, chicken BBQ dinner (drive-thru), crafters and vendors, and a kids’ area. Help us to help others with our “Elves Fill the Shelves” donation program – bring a food pantry or school supply item and receive a free ticket to our basket bonanza! The event is indoors, with plenty of air conditioning.

Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Catawissa (Slabtown) will have its annual summer picnic on Friday and Saturday, August 2 and 3, from 4-9 p.m. both days. The food tents will feature pigeons, pierogies, potato cakes, beef bbq, haluski, hot dogs and hot sausage. Baked goods and homemade rice pudding will also be available. Be sure to check out the beer tent, kids’ games, hand-dipped ice cream, and the money wheel. Entertainment on Friday includes music by “Crazy Eddie & The Coalcrackers Band.” Entertainment on Saturday is music by “Muckdogs Band.” No coolers, pets or pre-orders.

The Sisters of Sts. Cyril and Methodius will have their annual summer festival, Saturday, July 13, from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on the grounds of Villa Sacred Heart in Danville. Food trucks, baked goods, kids’ games, scavenger hunt, flea market, bingo, arts and crafts, silent auction, and sales of religious items, books and furniture. Aria, the local bomb-sniffing dog, and her handler will give a demonstration. Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica at 5 p.m.

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