The Ephrata Cloister offers events throughout the year the whole family can enjoy, from children to adults!  Contact us for additional information!; 717-733-6600.

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Making History Workshops
Spring and Fall seasons, 3rd Saturday of each month
10am-12pm; registration available online or on-site

Our 2015 Schedule is:
February 26: Cloaks and Capes make a simple and servicable 18th century style winter garment. Fabric provided, an additional fee of $15 is required if a full cloak is to be sewn. Bring your own sewing machines if you prefer.
March 21: Fraktur Join tweens and teens from the Ephrata Public Library as you make your own Fraktur inspired by the 18th century art of the Ephrata community. This program is FREE. Other Making History Workshops require an additional fee.
April 18: Spinning Learn the art of spinning with spinning wheels and drop spindles as 18th century Colonists once did with wool. An additional fee applies to take home a drop spindle kit.
May 16: William Woys Weaver: PA German Kitchen Gardens & Heirloom Seeds


Join us in thematic tours, special lectures, and concerts at dusk or under the stars Thursday evenings at 7pm. Free; donations welcome.

Our Evening Conversation schedule is:
April 9, 7pm Introduction to Genealogy with Mike Emery, Museum Educator from the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum.
April 23, 7pm Shoes and Shoemaking with craftsman Marc Benedict
May 7, 7pm Ephrata and the Early Mormon Church: Baptism for the Dead- Possible Connections and Similarities with Nick Siegert
May 21, 7pm Indentured Servants in Lancaster County Trevor Kase will explore this often overlooked group of early county residents and examine how they shaped the community.
June 4, 7pm Pennsylvania German Women with Dr. Patricia Gibble


Ephrata Cloister Chorus Spring Concert
May 10, 2015 4pm

One hour long concert will include works by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, William Dawson, William Billings, Felix Mendelssohn, and Johann Bechler. In addition to works created by the Ephrata Community in the 18th century, Moravian and Shaker pieces will be performed. Admission tickets available at the front desk at the Visitors Center. $10/ticket. Complimentary admission to the Concert is provided to those registered for the Mother's Day Tea program.


Mother's Day Tea
May 10, 2015; 1-3pm
$25 tickets; includes admission to the afternoon chorus performance at 4pm

Enjoy teas, gourmet baked goods, and fruit while learning of the challenges and enjoyments of women's life in 18th century Ephrata, then take a special tour with Mother Maria and her Sisters in the Sisters' House. Tour goers receive a special pin and portrait card. Participants receive complimentary admission to the Ephrata Cloister Chorus concert at 4pm in the Meetinghouse.

Eventbrite - Mother's Day Tea at the Ephrata Cloister


Student Art Exhibit Ephrata Public Library
May 15, 2015; 6:30-8pm; Exhibit continues through June 15, 2015
Location: Ephrata Public Library

Join us for the opening reception of the exhibit of student art work created by public, private, and homeschool students during our Ephrata Cloister & Ephrata Public Library partnership series. Refreshments served.


Kauffman's Chicken BBQ
May 30, 2015; $8 tickets; 10am till sold out

Proceeds benefit the Ephrata Cloister Chorus trip and outreach fund. Purchase online tickets through Eventbrite.

Eventbrite - Kauffman's Chicken BBQ to Benefit Ephrata Cloister Chorus


Become a Master & Apprentice of Trades on Fathers' Day
Sunday, June 21 1pm-4pm Drop In; $6 per child and accompanying adult; $3 for each additional participant; Free with an ECA Family Level Membership

Sign an 18th century style contract and learn what it might be like to be an apprentice in the bakery, carpenter's house and print shop. Demonstraters will offer you simple make and take activities for all ages of the family.

Ephrata Cloister
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600