There is no shortage of things to do in and around Franklin County in April 2022. Here is a selection of events to add to your social calendar, listed in order by date.
International Food Crawl
When: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 2
Where: Downtown Chambersburg
This event is the perfect opportunity to get a taste of the many restaurants that serve food from around the world right in downtown Chambersburg.
Hosted by Downtown Chambersburg Inc., the International Food Crawl will feature up to a dozen restaurants including Veroni Café, Falafel Shack, La Joya Mexican Restaurant, Bori Delicias and others.
Each ticketholder will get a “passport” giving them access to the event. Guests will begin the crawl in two waves, at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Details on how the crawl works will be provided to those who buy tickets.
When: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, April 3
Where: Laird Hall, Wilson College, Chambersburg
Dozens of local dancers will showcase their talent at the Chambersburg Ballet’s inaugural Dance-a-thon. Students and company dancers will perform 24 pieces, ranging from classical to modern styles and featuring solos, multiples and large ensembles. All pieces were choreographed by students of the Chambersburg Ballet Theatre School or by dancers with the Chambersburg Ballet.
The Dance-a-thon is a fundraiser for the Chambersburg Ballet Guild, a nonprofit organization that supports the Chambersburg Ballet. Students are raising money using the crowdsource platform givebutter. You can donate at https://givebutter.com/l9LORo.
Fundraisers like this help to keep the Chambersburg Ballet affordable and accessible to dancers and people who come to watch them perform. Tuition and ticket sales cover about half the costs of the organization’s productions.
For more information, check out chambersburgballet.org/dance-a-thon.
Wood carving events
The Franklin County area will host two wood-carving events in April.
Keystone State Chainsaw Carving and Vendor Event: April 13-16 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday), Cumberland Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Association Grounds, 1501 Criders Church Road, Chambersburg. Check out chainsaw carvers from around the world, bid on carvings at the auction on Saturday, and browse vendors. Also: There will be a carnival featuring Snyder’s Amusements 5-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 2-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and helicopter rides on Friday and Saturday starting at 11 a.m. The proceeds will benefit Protection 4 Paws, Search 93 and Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation. Get more info at bit.ly/3tKrtLg.
Central PA Chainsaw Carvers Festival: April 21-23 (4-8 p.m. Thursday, 3-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday), Shippensburg Fairgrounds, 10131 Possum Hollow Road, Shippensburg. There will be wood carvings for sale, “speed carvings,” auctions, vendors, food and more. Tickets are required; $5 per day or $12 for the whole event if purchased in advance, or $10 per day or $20 for the whole event if purchased at the gate. Kids under 6 may attend for free. For tickets and more information, go to bit.ly/3Nvc5u5.
Greencastle Craft Beer and Wine Festival
When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 23
Where: Antrim Way Honda parking lot, 200-221 South Antrim Way, Greencastle
Cost: $40 in advance, $45 at the door
After a two-year pandemic pause, the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce will bring back its popular craft beer and wine festival for the eighth year. Featuring local beer, wine and spirits as well as live music and food, vendors will include Spirits of Gettysburg Distillery/Battlefield Brew Works, Cold Spring Hollow Distillery of Mercersburg, Hidden Key Brewing Co. of Greencastle, Lakehouse Distilling
Company of Waynesboro, Rough Edges Brewing Company of Waynesboro, Roy Pitz Brewing Co. of Chambersburg, and a number of other brands from around Pennsylvania and beyond. Guests must be 21 to attend and must show ID to enter.
For tickets and more information go to greencastlepachamber.org/community/cbwfest/.
Spring Fling tractor and craft show
When: April 22-24
Where: Cumberland Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Association grounds, 1501 Criders Church Road, Chambersburg
The whole family will find something fun to do at Cumberland Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Association’s annual spring celebration. The event begins Friday morning with a flea market and consignment sale, followed by a weekend full of activities including tractor parades, tractor pulls, baby barnyard, toy show, tractor and steam engine display, demonstrations, food vendors, and more. The CVAEMA kitchen will open at 7 a.m. each day for breakfast; switches to lunch/dinner at 10:30.
For more information, including an event schedule, go to cvantiqueengine.org/spring-fling.
Boozed and Confused festival
When: 12-6 p.m. Saturday, April 30
Where: Waynesboro Moose Lodge Picnic Grounds, 11440 Koons Road, Waynesboro
Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the gate
Lake House Distilling Co. and Rough Edges Brewery, both of Waynesboro, will host this outdoor music and drink festival. Local singer-songwriter Josh Morningstar, who hails from Funkstown, Md., will bring his brand of country to the stage.
A variety of food trucks will be on site. Also, try your arm at ax throwing with AxGard and check out handcrafted wood furniture and signs from Wasted Wood.
Advance tickets must be purchased in person at Lake House Distilling Co. (218 W. Fifth St., Waynesboro) or Rough Edges Brewery (91 W. Main St., Waynesboro).
Find more information on the event’s Facebook page, bit.ly/3uD4MrB.
Comedy and Magic Spectacular
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30
Where: Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg
The Exchange Club of Chambersburg will host this 33rd annual show to support efforts to prevent child abuse in Franklin County. Featured magicians and comedians will include Scott Alexander, who was a finalist on “America’s Got Talent” and headlined at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for eight years, appearing with his wife Jenny; Pittsburgh-based Mincone, who has toured nationally and internationally; Chuck Thomas, a regional magician who aims to amaze audiences with his blend of magic and storytelling; The Magic of Puck, a comedy hypnotist; and David Wayne Byers, a magician for more than 25 years. R.C. Smith will be the master of ceremonies.
For tickets and more information, go to thecapitoltheatre.org.