York County’s 19th Annual Pawpaw Fest

Join us for the 19th annual York County Pawpaw Festival – an outdoor, family-friendly festival celebrating the wild and uncommon flavors of York County, Pennsylvania!

The centerpiece of the festival is the pawpaw: the largest edible fruit native to the Eastern United States, growing naturally right here in York County’s Susquehanna Riverlands! Similar in taste to tropical fruits, the pawpaw is a unique, nutritious, and ecologically-significant delicacy that ripens for a short period of time from mid-September to mid-October. 

The 2023 Pawpaw Festival is September 23th & 24th from 10am-3pm at the Horn Farm Center.


Creative, Flavorful, and Educational

At the festival, pawpaw fruit and trees will be available for purchase, alongside other pawpaw-themed merchandise, including t-shirts, crafts, artwork, and cookbooks!

Visitors will also enjoy local and regional food trucks, artisans, plant nurseries, small businesses, and environmental organizations. Both event days offer free tours of the farm and pawpaw orchard led by Horn Farm Center staff and orchard manager Dick Bono, including kid-friendly farm walks.

Online tickets will be available starting August 1st while supplies last.

  • General Pass ($5)
    • Includes one-day admission to the Pawpaw Festival
  • Premium Pass ($15)
    • Includes one-day admission, a t-shirt designed by York artist Joanna Tice, and automatic entry into a door prize drawing for Horn Farm Center class vouchers.
    • Premium Pass tickets only available until 5pm EST on September 8th, 2023.

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.

T-shirt designed by York artist, Joanna Tice, included in Premium Pass

For a listing of Frequently Asked Questions, scroll to the bottom of this webpage.

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


2023 Programs

To enhance the educational experience of the event, we’re bringing in new guest speakers and added programs!

Click the dates below to view the current schedule of speakers and topics.

Saturday, Sept 23rd

  • 10:30AM | Youth Nature Education Tour
  • 11:00AM | Pollinators and Pawpaws with the York County Master Gardeners
  • 12:00PM | Cultivated Pawpaw Orchard Tour with Orchardist Dick Bono
  • 12:30PM | Foraging Pawpaws with Riverbend Foraging
  • 1:30PM | “What Would Nature Do?”: Horn Farm Tour
  • 2:00PM | Pawpaws in the Kitchen with Locally Seasoned

Sunday, Sept 24th

  • 10:30AM | Youth Nature Education Tour
  • 11:00AM | A Forest from Scratch: Miyawaki Mini-Forest Tour with the Horn Farm Center.
  • 12:00PM | Cultivated Pawpaw Orchard Tour with Orchardist Dick Bono
  • 12:30PM | Pawpaws and PA Wildlife with West Shore Wildlife Center
  • 1:30PM | “What Would Nature Do?”: Horn Farm Tour
  • 2:00PM | pawpaw-themed program TBA

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.


2023 Vendors 

Discover the wild and uncommon at the Pawpaw Festival – made here in York County!

From small farmers and unique plant nurseries to culinary crafters and skilled artisans, the vendors at the Pawpaw Festival embody York County’s maker spirit.

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

CASH IS RECOMMENDED to account for any unforeseen issues with our farm Wi-Fi. We appreciate your consideration!

Food & Food Trucks

  • Character Coffee
  • 2Delicious – Gyro Fusion & Lemonade stand
  • Stoney’s Burgers and Fries
  • Brotherly Love Scratch Kitchen
  • Locally Seasoned
  • Historic Wrightsville
  • Safe and Sweet

Plant Vendors

  • Ort Family Farm
  • Gino’s Nursery
  • Swallowtail Forest Farm
  • Calyx Native Nursery
  • Heartwood Nursery
  • Future Forest Plants

Goods, Arts & Crafts

  • Nomadic Inspirations with Hexbotanicals
  • Virtue Local Art Market
  • Seek The Light Creations LLC
  • Heart and Hands Homemade
  • Wildwood Lavender Farm
  • The Gardener of the Owl Valley
  • BeeBees All Natural
  • Alpacas of York
  • Nodding Onion/Earthbound Artisan

Food Products & Home Goods

  • 4 Herb & 7 Spices Ago
  • Simply Ghee
  • Holla Vodka
  • Kilgore Family Farm
  • Burning Hell Hot Sauce

Educational & Community Vendors

  • West Shore Wildlife Center
  • Watershed Alliance of York
  • Lancaster Conservancy
  • York Audubon Society
  • Penn State Extension: Native Plant Habitat Team
  • York County Solid Waste Authority
  • Native Roots Farm Foundation
  • Pawpaw Project
  • Josh Brandstadter
  • Kreutz Creek Library

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.

As a “thank you” for your commitment, volunteers enjoy added perks like:

  • FREE admission to both days of the Pawpaw Festival.
  • Free lunch.
  • A goodie-bag containing pawpaw merch and foraged wild pawpaw fruit (supplies depending).
  • Priority access to purchase pawpaws before the festival opens (FULL-DAY volunteers only).

If you are able to spare some time to help the Pawpaw Festival thrive, sign up below!

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

What is your ticket refund policy?

No refunds will be provided; all ticket sales are final. The Pawpaw Festival is a fundraiser for the Horn Farm Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization. All ticket proceeds support regenerative land stewardship and educational programs at the Horn Farm Center.

What if the event is canceled?

The event will be held rain or shine. Only under severe circumstances will the event be cancelled. These include severe weather conditions, emergency situations, or catastrophic events. In the event of a cancelation, attendees will be notified by email and public announcements on Horn Farm Center’s website and social media.

In the unlikely event that the festival is canceled, Premium Pass Ticket Holders can pick up their t-shirts on site at the Horn Farm Center. Pick-up only, t-shirts will not be shipped.

Will pawpaw fruit be available for purchase?

All pawpaw fruits, trees, produce, and vendor products will be available the day of the event while supplies last. In order to ensure that all attendees can enjoy the pawpaw fruit that we have available, we will be limited pawpaw fruit purchases to 3 PER CUSTOMER. Also due to the natural limitations of pawpaw supplies, fruit availability for purchase is likely but not guaranteed. Thank you for your understanding.

Is this a family-friendly event?

Yes! Children under the age of 12 can attend for free. The event includes a children’s activity corner, with coloring, face-painting, and activities, as well as guided youth tours.

Are dogs allowed at the festival?

No. For safety, we do not permit dogs at the festival. We appreciate your consideration!

Is the event wheelchair accessible?

The Horn Farm is a working farm with variable accessibility. Accessible parking will be available at the event. However, many surfaces on site are grass, gravel, unpaved, uneven, and can present difficulty to those with limited mobility. Please plan accordingly.

What are the restroom facilities?

There are no indoor restroom facilities available. Portable toilets with hand sanitizer units will be stationed near the festival entrance.

Can I bring my own food and drink?

No outside food or drinks – refillable water bottles are permitted. We hope you enjoy the diverse offerings of our community vendors.

What is your alcohol policy?

The consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal substances is not permitted at the event. The Pawpaw Festival is a family-friendly event. Anyone consuming alcohol or illegal substances will be asked to leave the premises immediately with no ticket refund.


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:

We also thank the following businesses for supporting the Horn Farm Center:

  • Locally Seasoned
  • The Gardener of the Owl Valley