Keep Your Budget in Check: Free Things To Do in Lancaster, PA This Spring

With Spring on the horizon, it’s safe to say that we’re all itching to get outside, enjoy the warmer weather, and explore our city. But, after a winter spent hibernating indoors, can your wallet handle all the items on your mental “want to do” list?

Whether you’re in the middle of a personal savings challenge or you are trying to reign in your entertainment spending, there are plenty of ways you can spend an afternoon or evening in your hometown without blowing your budget. To get you started, we’ve compiled a list of free things to do in Lancaster, PA this spring.

Celebrate PA’s Charter Day

Landis Valley Museum - Charter Day- Free Things to Do In Lancaster, PA

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Charter Day, celebrated on March 13, recognizes the day that William Penn received a charter from the King of England for the land that would become Pennsylvania. The state’s museums and historic sites celebrate Charter Day annually by offering free admission to visitors. On Sunday, March 12, 2017, you can visit one of Lancaster’s historic sites at no charge.

These include:

  • Ephrata Cloister, Ephrata
  • Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, Lancaster
  • Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg

Read the complete list of state museums and historic sites offering free admission to celebrate Charter Day.

Your Fridays Are Booked

Lancaster, PA First Friday - Live Music - Free Things to Do In Lancaster, PA

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Lancaster’s small town scenes are really hopping on Friday nights. Warm spring nights are a great time for strolling downtown, listening to live music, and maybe a little window shopping.

Follow this schedule for a month’s worth of free Friday night fun!

  • First Friday – Downtown Lancaster
  • Second Friday – Downtown Lititz
  • Third Friday – Music Friday in Downtown Lancaster
  • Fourth Friday – Main Street, Mount Joy

For an extra Friday treat … Celebrate Lancaster is happening on Friday, June 30. This all-day-into- all-night event features food trucks, live entertainment, and fireworks!

Free Movie Nights

If you’re looking to share a good laugh with your family, or you want to expand your cultural horizons, check out the free movie nights at the Lancaster Public Library.

  • First Tuesday of every month – Family Movie Night
  • Third Wednesday of every month – Foreign Film Night

A Taste of History

Lancaster Central Market, Free Things to Do In Lancaster, PA

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Lancaster is brimming with local history, but if you’re looking for more free things to do in Lancaster, PA this spring, you don’t want to miss these popular attractions.

Lancaster Central Market – Visit the 120-year-old Lancaster Central Market, open Tuesdays, Friday, and Saturdays, all year long. There’s no admission price to visit the Market, but you may be tempted to purchase a hot cup of coffee, fresh baked goods, local and seasonal produce, a variety of lunch options, or Lancaster souvenirs. So be warned.

Wheatland – A point of pride in Lancaster, PA is that we are the birthplace of James Buchanan, the only President to hail from Pennsylvania. At Wheatland, you can tour his residence and learn about his remarkable political career.  Although there is an admission price for adults, children 10 and under are free and there are discounted family prices.

What will be on your list of free things to do in Lancaster, PA this spring?


Liz Oliver
Liz Oliver

Liz Oliver is the Member & Loan Services Officer at Lancaster Red Rose Credit Union. She’s been a member of the LRRCU team since 2007.

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