The Ephrata Cloister offers events throughout the year the whole family can enjoy, from children to adults! 

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Making History Workshops
April 26, May 24
10:00am to noon

Craft your own piece of history in these hands-on workshops. These introductory workshops will provide a lesson in history and tradition along with hands on art opportunities to explore the past. Tuition is $10 per workshop for members of the Ephrata Cloister Associates, $15 for non members.

April 26: Fraktur Cards This FREE workshop is taught by our teen Student Historians, the young volunteers at the museum. On this day you'll learn about Fraktur, the history of charity of the Ephrata Cloister, and lend your skills to creating a card for a person in the military service overseas.

May 24: Clay Tiles Pennsylvania German potters have been known for centuries for their creative works of redware pottery. Now is your chance to get your hands dirty while making a simple red clay tile and discover the heritage of redware.


Community Days School Program
Friday April 25, May 16
9:30am to 1:00pm

Students can explore actvities that made the historic community of Ephrata. Write with a quill pen, build a chair, and discover why the doctors of old were not hte first place to seek medical help. This open-house day features stations with 15 minute presentations. Travel at your own pace from station to station in any order. Tuition: $6.00 for students, one adult admitted free with every ten students, additional adults pay $9 each. No member discounts are offered. Reservations strongly encouraged.


Mother's Day
May 11
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Treat mother to an afternoon tea with mother's from Ephrata's past. Mrs. Fahnestock might have had some advice for raising children and Mother Maria certainly knows how to keep order in the house. Imagine the great conversations to be had over refreshments. Workshop fee $10.00 for a mother/daughter pair, $3 for each additional child.


Every second Wednesday of the month; upcoming: May 14
10:00am to 11:00am

Bring your preschooler and join us for a different story each month followed by a craft or activity related to the story. From ABCs, colonial inspired nursery rhymes, gardens, to other themes and images of the history of the Ephrata Cloister, we'll cover a wide range of topics and activities! A parent or guardian must accompany children. $6 for one adult and one child (3-5 years); $3 for each additional child- this even covers general admission fees! FREE for Ephrata Cloister Associate members at the Family Membership level. FREE if you show a Museum Pass from the Lancaster County Library System the day of the program.


Ephrata Cloister Chorus Spring Concert
May 17
4:00pm; Onsite: Meetinghouse

Admission to concert includes admission to entire site. $10 adults, $9 senior citizens, $7 age 6-17, $5 ages 3-5, members receive discounted admission.


Bus Trip to New York City The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
May 17
Depart Ephrata Cloister 7:00am; Depart Brooklyn at 7:30pm

$80 per ticket includes round trip transportation and admission to the The Cloisters Museum and Gardens. The coach will leave the Historic Ephrata Cloister at 7:00am and arrive at the Cloisters. At 12:15pm we'll depart the Cloisters and arrive to Times Square. Discount tickets to theater performances are available. At 5:00pm the coach will depart for Brooklyn Carrol Gardens for dinner. We'll depart at 7:30pm for an approximate arrival of 10-10:30pm at the Ephrata Cloister. There are 50 seats available, tickets are being offered first to members of the Ephrata Cloister Associates. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum Store 717-733-6600.


Ephrata Cloister Chorus Spring Concert at St. Paul's Lutheran Church
May 18
3:00pm; St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 220 West Orange Street, Lititz PA

Suggested donation: $10


Ephrata Cloister Associates Spring Banquet
Folk Customs & Traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch with Patrick Donmoyer

May 23
6:30pm; Reamstown Fire Company; Reamstown PA

Tickets available at the Museum Store 717-733-6600. Reservations accepted until May 9, 2014.


Kauffman's Famous Chicken BBQ to benefit the Ephrata Cloister Chorus
May 31
10am until sold out

Tickets available at the Museum Store 717-733-6600. Please call to reserve tickets. Chicken BBQ sales will occur in our parking lot past the Museum Store. Dine under the tent or take out. Tickets are $8 and includes chicken, a beverage, a side dish, and a baked potato.


Father's Day
June 15
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Householder fathers traditionally taught their sons new skills. Inspired by the printing and papermaking trades of the Bauman family in early 1800s Ephrata, as well as the Brothers' talents in printing and carpentry, we invite fathers and sons to explore activities together in this special hands on workshop. Workshop fee $10.00 for a mother/daughter pair, $3 for each additional child.

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