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Carlisle, PA is All About Wheels

Among the rolling hills of Cumberland County, Carlisle offers a glimpse of history in a scenic rural setting. Historians and military buffs are drawn to the area, which includes the Military History Institute and is just a short drive from historic Gettysburg. For something more modern, check out the many automotive exhibitions at the Fairgrounds in Carlisle, PA, including the Corvette Show in August and the Summer Bike Fest in July.

If the outdoors is more your style, you'll find ample opportunity for fishing in the area's many creeks and streams, as well as beautiful hiking along the Appalachian Trail. Swimming, boating and more are all available nearby. Local activities also let visitors enjoy local and regional artists in visual and performing arts.

Hotel Carlisle's convenient location is just 4 miles from Carlisle Fairgrounds, the Army War College, Dickinson College and Penn State Dickinson Law School. Find many of the wonderful attractions to explore below.


Carlisle Car Show

This world-renown automotive swap meet and car corral spans 82 acres. Spring Carlisle is a true collector car swap meet with vendors selling the total gamut of automotive accessories, parts and automobilia. Auto enthusiasts from around the world come to Carlisle to find anything related to the automotive hobby among the 8,100 vendors and car corral spaces. They can even find the car of their dreams or their next restoration project in the 1,500-space car corral.


Apple Harvest Festival

Annual festival held during the first two weekends in October. An old-time festival of apple products, live country music, arts and crafts, antique autos, steam engines, orchard tours, and food. The fair is held each year at the South Mountain Fairgrounds, located 10 miles northwest of historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on Route 234, near Arendtsville, PA (Adams County Pennsylvania) . Contact: 717-677-9663.


Amani Festival

The Amani Festival is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring people from various cultures together and provide a forum for enjoying, sharing and learning more about each other's culture.


Main Stage Entertainment

The main stage features performers of varied ethnic flavors including Klezmer, Mexican, Reggae, Salsa, African, Celtic and more.  The festival's opening ceremony and poetry contest are held at the main stage. Please direct any questions, to our message line at 717-240-8373.


Carlisle Summer Fair

Anything Floats race, children's activities, craft show, tours, tournaments, fishing derby, 5K run, fireworks, parade, concerts, music, plays, dances, entertainment and so much more.


McLain Celtic Festival

Sponsored by the Cumberland County Historical Society. Festival includes music, entertainment, dancers, re-enactments, vendors with Celtic goods, food and more. Contact: 717-249-7610.


Jubilee Day at Main Street

Starting in 1923, Jubilee Day is one of the largest one-day street fairs held in the eastern US with activities, food vendors, music and more. Approximately 60,000 people attend this event.


Pennsylvania Farm Show

Farm Show Complex, Cameron & Maclay Streets, Harrisburg, PA - located 2 blocks south of Exit 67-A on I-81. (Dauphin County Pennsylvania) An Agricultural Tradition for Generations.


Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Lancaster, PA. We're especially proud of our interactive street life. Performers here perform not only on the many stages but on the streets as well, all day, interacting with our guests and making them feel "known" and most welcome, as though they, too, are citizens of the Shire of Mount Hope.


ABC Lanes, Inc.
(bowling alley)
6454 Carlisle Pike
717-766-7601

Army War College
122 Forbes Avenue
717-245-3131

Carlisle Theatre
40 West High Street
717-258-0666

Carlisle Barracks – Bradley Museum
1777 Hessian Guard House
717-245-3434

Carlisle High School
623 W. Penn St
717 240-6800

Cumberland Valley Gallery & Studio Council
P.O. Box 518
717-240-8747

Cumberland County Historical Society
21 North Pitt Street
717-249-7610

Dickinson College
P.O. Box 1773
717-243-5121

Kings Gap Environmental Educational Center
500 Kings Gap Road
717-486-5031

Mayapple Golf Links
1 Mayapple Drive
717-258-4088

Penn State Dickinson Law School
1170 Harrisburg Pike
717-240-5000

Regal Carlisle Commons Stadium 8
250 Noble Blvd
717- 249-5511

Sports Emporium
29 South Middlesex Road
717-258-4741

Tours to Grow on
1804 Walnut Bottom Road
717-766-3248

Two Mile House

21 N. Pitt Street
717-249-6931

Army Heritage Education Center 
950 Soldiers Drive
717-245-3971

For information about local events in Carlisle, PA, including the Summer Bike Fest and Corvette Show, please refer to the Central Pennsylvania Events Calendar.

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Hotel Carlisle 1700 Harrisburg Pike Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17015 Phone: 717-243-1717 Toll Free: 1-800-692-7315 Fax: 717-243-6648