It’s Jubilee Day! Here’s everything you need to know about the Mechanicsburg festival

A little rainy weather won’t stop Jubilee Day, the largest, longest-running, one-day street fair on the East Coast.

Celebrations in downtown Mechanicsburg kick off at 10 a.m. and run until 9 p.m. on June 18.

If you’re planning on heading down to Jubilee Day, however, there are a few things you should know. The following is from a post earlier this week:

WHERE TO PARK

Parking is free in downtown Mechanicsburg, but it’ll be hard for you to find a spot. Your best bet is to take advantage of the free parking available at Mechanicsburg High School (500 S. Broad St.) and Immanuel Alliance Church (800 S. Market St.). Both will be offering shuttles to get you to and from Jubilee Day festivities.

WHAT ROADS ARE CLOSED

Main Street between York and Walnut streets.  Market Street from Simpson Street to Strawberry Avenue.

WHAT TO BRING

Come prepared with ponchos and umbrellas. Also, bring lots of cash – not every vendor will take your credit card.

WHAT YOU’LL SEE

During Jubilee Day, there’s more than just dozens upon dozens of vendors on the streets. There will also be live performances. Here’s a schedule:

  • 10 a.m. Trez Music Rock and Jazz Bands at PA Lottery Stage at the Square
  • 10 a.m. West Shore Academy Martial Arts at Pinnacle Health Stage at Frankeberger
  • 11 a.m. The Kings Strings at Pinnacle Health Stage at Frankeberger
  • Noon Opening ceremony at PA Lottery Stage at the Square
  • 12:30 p.m. Jazz Me at PA Lottery Stage at the Square
  • 12:30 p.m. The Mixed Process at Pinnacle Health Stage at Frankeberger
  • 2 p.m. Keystone Musical Arts Center bands  at Pinnacle Health Stage at Frankeberge
  • 3:30 p.m. By the Way at PA Lottery Stage at the Square
  • 3:30 p.m. Colt Wilbur Band at Pinnacle Health Stage at Frankeberger
  • 5 p.m. Lindsey Erin at PA Lottery Stage at the Square
  • 5 p.m. REACH! Hip Hop Dance Troupe at Pinnacle Health Stage at Frankeberger
  • 6:30 p.m. Ty March at PA Lottery Stage at the Square (read our interview with March)
  • 7 p.m. Funktion at Pinnacle Health Stage at Frankeberger

WHERE TO EAT 

Looking to escape the crowd? Head inside with one of these Mechanicsburg area restaurants:

Diener’s Restaurant: Open til 1 p.m., this is the go-to spot for breakfast in Mechanicsburg. Its breakfast is so good, you will want to eat it for lunch too. That’s how awesome we’re talking. 135 W. Main St. Breakfast. dienersrestaurant.com.

Snapper’s Bar and Grill: A bit of a walk from the downtown festivities, Snapper’s  is the perfect place to stop, grab a drink and eat some seafood. They also have burgers, steaks and some delicious desserts. Read our review of the restaurant from 2013. 120 E. Allen St., Mechanicsburg. Snappersbarandgrill.net

JoJo’s Pizza and Pasta: Grab a slice from this neighborhood pizza joint. Right off Main St., you won’t have to trek too far from Jubilee Day. 107 W. Main St.Jojospizza.net.

Rakestraw’s Ice Cream: Be sure to stop at Rakestraw’s, home to 32 flavors of ice cream. How good is it? It made our list of the best ice cream shops in the area. Rakestraw’s will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Jubilee Day. 313 S. Market St. rakestrawsicecream.com.

Hellenic Kouzina: You may have to get your car to go to this Greek restaurant, but it’s worth it. Personal favorites on the menu include the dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and baklava ice cream. Read our review of the restaurant from 2012. 500 E. Main St. hellenickouzina.com

WHERE TO EXPLORE

If you’ve finished your Jubilee Day activities, consider sticking around Mechanicsburg to check out these attractions. There’s more to do in Mechanicsburg than just Jubilee Day. Here are a few places worth checking out:

Metropolis Collective: The art gallery/concert venue will be hosting its own indoor festival on Jubilee Day with arts vendors and live music (including Parallax Project). The event is free, but donations for the bands are appreciated. 17 W. Main St. metropoliscollective.com

The Frankeberger Tavern: Supposedly haunted, Frankeberger Tavern was built in 1801. It’s the oldest building in the borough and open for free tours on Jubilee Day. 217 E. Main St. mechanicsburgmuseum.org

Civil War and More: If you love history, this is a small shop you could get lost in for hours. It has books, music, prints, collectible memorabilia and more from and about the era. 10 S. Market St. civilwarandmore.com

Mechanicsburg Museum Association: Located at Passenger Station, the museum features free exhibits on local as well as railroad history. 2 Strawberry Alley. mechanicsburgmuseum.org. 

2nd Floor Gallery: An exquisite gallery with lovely surroundings, the 2nd Floor Gallery is a must-visit in Mechanicsburg. For Jubilee Day the gallery will be showcasing a special montage of past Jubilee Day photos. 105 S. Market St. 2ndfloorgallery.com

For more information on Jubilee Day, go to mechanicsburgchamber.org.

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