York County’s 19th Annual Pawpaw Fest

Join us for the 19th annual York County Pawpaw Festival – an outdoor, family-friendly festival celebrating York County’s beloved pawpaw.

Pawpaws are the largest edible fruit native to the Eastern United States. This delectable fruit grows in abundance right here in the Susquehanna River region.

The 2023 York County’s Pawpaw Festival will be held on September 23th & 24th from 10am-3pm at the Horn Farm Center.

At the event, pawpaw fruit (both wild and cultivated varieties) and trees will be available for purchase, alongside pawpaw-themed t-shirts and cookbooks. Visitors will also enjoy a plethora of local and regional food trucks, artisans, nurseries, small businesses, and environmental organizations. Both event days are interspersed with free tours of the farm and pawpaw orchard led by Horn Farm Center staff and orchard manager Dick Bono, including kid-friendly farm walks.

New to 2023, we’re bringing in guest speakers and added programs, enhancing the educational experience of the event. We’ll also be offering ONLINE TICKET PRE-SALES starting in July. Stay tuned for updates!

All proceeds support local regenerative agriculture practices and educational programs at the Horn Farm Center. All pawpaw fruits, trees, produce, and vendor products will be available while supplies last. Given the natural limitations of pawpaw supplies, fruit availability for purchase is likely but not guaranteed.

Note: while all of us at the Horn Farm adore our furry friends, we manage a working farm and do not permit dogs at the festival. We appreciate your consideration!

The York County Pawpaw Festival is part of York County Watershed Week in partnership with the Watershed Alliance of York.

Planning an overnight visit?

Book your stay in York County using this travel link, and check out all that York has to offer by visiting Yorkpa.org!

Arrival Note: Horn Road will be closed to local traffic at the intersections of Millstone Road and Tracey School Road. Festival-goers will be asked to enter at Millstone Road only and exit towards Tracey School Road Only.

2022 Vendors  – Details for the 2023 Festival will be updated soon!

Cash & Credit Cards will be accepted dependent upon individual vendors. No ATM on site.

  • 4 Herb & 7 Spices Ago
  • Aplacas of York/Soap Treasures
  • Audubon York Chapter (Sunday only)
  • BeeBees All Natural
  • Calyx Native Nursery (Sunday only)
  • Candi J. Duda Stained Glass & Garden Art
  • Character Coffee
  • Eastern High School Spanish Club
  • Future Forest Plants
  • Gardener of the Owl Valley
  • Gino’s Nursery
  • Heart and Hands Homemade
  • Heartwood Nursery
  • Historic Wrightsville
  • Horn Farm Center
  • Josh Brandstadter (author: The Adventures of Fuzzy and Buzzy)
  • Joy-Full Creations from Joyful ViBraytions (Saturday only) 
  • Kilgore Family Farm
  • Lancaster Composting Co-Ops
  • Lancaster Conservancy
  • Leg Up Farm
  • Locally Seasoned
  • Native Roots Farm Foundation (Sunday only)
  • Nomadic Inspiration
  • Off the Beaten Path Nursery
  • Ort Family Farm
  • Penn State Extension: Native Plant Habitat Team
  • Stoney’s Burgers and Fries
  • Swallowtail Forest Farm (Saturday only)
  • The Sweet Botanist (Saturday only)
  • Virtue Local Art Market
  • Watershed Alliance of York
  • West Shore Wildlife Center
  • Wildwood Lavender Farm
  • York County Solid Waste Authority (Saturday only)
  • York Hiking Club (Saturday only) 
  • York Water Company
  • Lancaster Conservancy
  • Nomadic Inspiration
  • Lancaster Composting Co-Op
  • York County Solid Waste Authority (Saturday Only)
  • Future Forest Plants
  • Eastern High School Spanish Club
  • Leg Up Farmers Market

We Need Your Help!

We are looking for volunteers to help with many aspects of the event, including set-up/clean-up, parking, overseeing the registration table and kids’ activities, pawpaw sales, engaging visitors, and more. If you are able to help out that weekend, sign up below!


Our Sponsors

The 2023 Pawpaw Festival is supported by local businesses who believe in our mission to foster learning through ecological land stewardship, experiential education, and community partnership. We thank the following sponsors for supporting regenerative agriculture and education at the Horn Farm Center: