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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Artisans Faire and Antique Car Show
Saturday September 19, 2015
10:00am to 3:00pm

Mark your calendars and get your tickets now for the 3rd Annual Artisans Faire at the Historic Ephrata Cloister. Visitors will be able to see and purchase examples of traditional Pennsylvania German Folk Arts and Crafts, such as Fraktur and Scherenschnitte, as well as engage with artisans demonstrating weaving, pottery, wood carving, metal work, and furniture making. If you are an artisan, a food vendor, or a car collector, please contact us at (717) 733-6600 for an application and more information on how you can participate in this community favorite!

Eventbrite - Artisans Faire and Car Show

Vehicle Exhibitor Information:
Car Show Exclusive: Tour with Car Collector Calvin High. Join Calvin High, of High Industries for a special behind the scenes off-site tour of his private collection at his estate. A $35 ticket includes a behind the scenes tour with Calvin High, vehicle registration into the car show at the Cloister, and entrance fees for the Artisan's Faire & Car Show. A $20 ticket includes vehicle registration and site admission to the events. Automobile registration closes August 22, 2015. Download an Antique Vehicle Exhibitor Registration form here. Contact Deb Myers, (717) 314-1824 or for additional information.

Artisan's Exhibitor Information:
Each participant will be allotted one 12' x 12' space at $30 for the day; Participants are responsible for providing their own tables, chairs, and shelter Set-up may take place on Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday morning starting at 8:00 a.m.; The Historic Ephrata Cloister is not responsible for lost or stolen items on our grounds; Registration and Registration fees are non-refundable after August 31, 2015 (August 31st is the deadline for application). Artisan's Exhibitor Registration form here. Contact Maria Asin (717)733-6600 or for additional information.


Sunday Conversation Series

Join us in thematic tours, special lectures, and concerts Sunday afternoons from 3-4pm this fall season! Admission: included with paid general admission to site. ECA members receive complimentary admission.

Our Sunday Conversation schedule is:
September 20 3-4pm Early Pennsylvania Iron and the Legacy of Cornwall with Steve Somers Director of the Historic Cornwall Iron Furnace and Susan Dieffenbach, volunteer of Cornwall Iron Furnace as they share the story of the commonwealth's early industrial history and bring to life Margaret Buckingham, the last owner of Cornwall Furnace.
October 18 3-4pm The 1737 Walking Purchase with Doug Miller, Director of Pennsbury Manor. Miller will share the story of how the Lenape lost nearly 1,200,000 acres of land to the Penn family in a land transaction that was still being argued in 2006.


Achenbach's Apple Dumpling Sales Benefit
9:30am to 4pm or until sold out! $4 for each dumpling. Pre-orders accepted. Delivery welcome for orders of 20 or more (within a certain radius- please call)

Sales of the PA Dutch treat benefit the Historic Ephrata Cloister's Back to the Cloister fund, a fund designated for returning 18th century objects back to the Ephrata Cloister for preservation and education efforts. Drive in and pick up! Call 717.733.6600 for more information.


Day of Music with the Ephrata Cloister Chorus
Sunday October 11, performances at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm
Special Program Rates Apply


Community Days October 16, 2016
$6 for students, one adult admitted free for every 10 students
Homeschool Families, Public and Private Schools Welcome

Explore activities in an open-house format that bring 18th century Ephrata to life.


Gideon's Bones A Family Trick or Treat & "It's the Great Gourd [Conrad Beissel]" Outdoor Pumpkin & Gourd Exhibition
Saturday October 24, 2015
Family Trick or Treat from 1PM to 3PM
Special program rates for Family Trick or Treat $10, $9, $7, $5 apply
Outdoor Gourd Exhibition begins at 3pm Saturday and concludes Sunday at 5pm. Small submission fee.

Children in costume are welcome to come to the site for our second annual Gideon's Bones Family Trick or Treat event! Come in costume and "trick or treat" to each historic building. Stay for a paint or carve your own gourd activity and enjoy the gourd exhibition!

Calling all gourd and pumpkin artists! K-12 students, families, youth groups, and artists are invited to bring family friendly carved or painted pumpkins or gourds to the Cloister October 22 through the 23rd to set in place for It's the Great Gourd outdoor exhibition that opens Saturday October 24th at 3pm and continues through Sunday October 25 on the Cloister grounds. Small entry fee applies. Contact Rebecca Lawrence, or 717-733-6600 for more information


Candlelight Open House
Saturday, November 28, 2015 5pm to 8:30pm
$5 for every visitor ages 3 and above.

Take a leisurely stroll through the candlelit grounds of the Historic Ephrata Cloister and visit with friends and family to discover the sights, sounds, and crafts of the past and present under the stars. Meet local craftsman keeping the tradition of handmade art alive. Enjoy music by the Ephrata Cloister Chorus. Get a sneak peek at the popular Lantern Tours.


Christmas at the Cloister
NEW TIMES! Monday and Tuesday, December 14, 15, 2015 6pm, 7:15pm, 8:30pm each evening
Tickets available in advance to members of the Ephrata Cloister Associates beginning November 1 by mail or to purchase through the Museum Store. Tickets become available to purchase to the general public starting November 8.


Lantern Tours Saturday through Tuesday, December 26-29, 2015
Tours begin every half hour starting at 6:30pm until 8pm.
$10/9/7/5 admission rates. Reservations required.
Tickets available beginning December 1, 2015.
A Student Historian Production

Return to the year 1783 and join us as we remember Brother Amos, one of the founding members of the community. His colorful life will be recalled by his friends as they prepare a memorial Love Feast.


2016 Gala May 14, 2016
Meet Us At The Cloister: An Event To Experience
Bear Mill Estate, Denver

A gala to support the Ephrata Cloister Associates


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