Mount Gretna is a small Victorian community founded in the late 1800s as a summer resort. Initially the only way for residents to reach their cottages in the woods was to travel by train. Gretna was a stop along the Cornwall/Lebanon line. Our streets were footpaths until automobiles became the mode of travel. Many of the original cottages surround an open-air playhouse where numerous cultural events are held. Our quaint atmosphere attracts many visitors every summer for music, theater, a visit to the local ice cream shop or just a walk in the woods and, of course, to the Art Show!
Outstanding local musicians add to the festivities with Jazz, Bluegrass, Folk, and Pop music performed on a stage adjacent to the food court patron seating area. Strolling performers will delight children of all ages.
Enjoy lunch or a snack while listening to some of your favorite songs. Our food vendors will impress you with their variety and quality.
The Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show provides free parking to our patrons. In 2020, we will offer several locations. There will be parking in Chautauqua’s Soldier’s Field and an additional adjacent lot. The Mount Gretna Volunteer Fire Department will be directing parking in this lot. We offer golf cart shuttle service for handicapped visitors and those needing assistance to the gate.
To ease traffic congestion, we are offering offsite parking courtesy of WellSpan Philhaven Hospital. Shuttle service is sponsored in part by the Lebanon County Commissioners. This parking opportunity is designated for the Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show exclusively. The concurrent free craft market is not affiliated with our juried show.
Lebanon County is a place rich in history and outdoor adventures. We recommend visiting Visit Lebanon Valley for great recommendations for where to stay and enjoy an extended visit.