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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Viewing the Immigrant Experience: Going Behind the Scenes in New York City
August 1, 2015
Departure from Ephrata Cloister parking lot 7:30am; Arrival back to Ephrata Cloister 11:30pm
$175 per person

Please join us for a very special bus trip and fundraiser to benefit the educational programs of the Historic Ephrata Cloister, the Ephrata Cloister Associates. The itinerary includes some rare opportunities and behind the scenes experiences in New York City that you will not want to miss including a private tour of the Tenement Museum with hors d'oeuvres! Tour goes will start off the day with a visit Battery Park City and travel from there to Ellis Island. Following the visit to Ellis Island, one will travel by bus to the High Line and experience a tour with one of the architects of the High Line, Jordan Rogove. The day will finish at the Tenement Museum! Please spread the word to friends and family members and consider joining us. You can register here or Call Andrea at (717) 733-6600 or email her at

Eventbrite - Viewing the Immigrant Experience: Going Behind the Scenes in New York City


Ice Cream Social
Sunday August 2, 2015
$4 A.Y.C.E. Ice Cream with featured Ice Cream Dipper WGAL News 8 Jere Gish and banjo artist Conlan Kerschner

The popular Ice Cream Social returns with all you can eat ice cream provided by Turkey Hill (while supplies last), live music by award winning banjo artist Conlan Kerschner, and guest star ice cream dipper WGAL celebrity Jere Gish. Tickets available to purchase in the Museum Store.


Colonial Summer Camp August 11-14, 2015
Ages 6-12 (age groups divided according to ages 6-8 & 9-12 during program)
Snack break provided 11-11:30am daily
Pre-register by July 31, 2015
ECA Member rate: $100 per child; Non-member rate: $125 per child

Registration available through Eventbrite, in person at the Cloister, or by calling (717) 733-6600
Additional forms such as photo releases (optional), basic emergency information, and dietary concerns/restrictions will be distributed.

Experience hands on historical activities once part of the lives of the Colonial residents of Ephrata! Role play, arts, and crafts will be explored through individual and team projects Tuesday through Friday. Make paper lanterns, have a special music lesson, make paper, a small weaving project, and learn basic museum practices. Before and after care is not provided. Registration confirmation will be sent by mail or email once payment has been processed. If cancellation on your part is necessary, $25 of your processed registration for the weekly rate will be non-refundable. If the Ephrata Cloister cancels the summer camp program, your registration will be fully refundable.

Eventbrite - Colonial Summer Camp August 11-14


Founder's Day Block Party
Saturday September 12, 2015
10:00am to 4:00pm
$30 all inclusive tickets
include upstairs tours, print, an exclusive commemorative t-shirt, and site admission (Limited Ticket Availability)
$20 artist tours of upper floors 10AM, 11:30AM, 1PM, 2:30PM with exclusive Andrew Wyeth print of "The Cloisters" (1948) and site admission. Limited Ticket Availability
Special program rates of $10, $9, $7, $5 for general site admission

All event tickets include access to local food trucks (11AM-1PM), opportunity to bid on silent auction items, live music, Cloister themed family games and art activities. Join us for a block party in a light cast only by the Ephrata Cloister. Exclusive upstairs tours. Food Trucks. Family Games. Silent Auction. Live Music. A mock "turtledoves" vs. "distelfinks" baseball game and more.

Upstairs Tours Exclusive:Guest Curator Virginia O'Hara, Curator of Collections and Coordinator of Curatorial Affairs, Brandywine River Museum will join us to offer exclusive upstairs tours about artist Andrew Wyeth, during the 10AM and 11:30AM tours. Thematic upstairs tours will continue at 1PM and 2:30PM. Tours will discuss Howard Pyle, Andrew Wyeth, Henry Rankin Poore, and Joseph Pennell, artists who visited and interpreted the Ephrata Cloister during the upstairs tours. Upstairs tours include an additional Q&A with our curator Kerry Mohn about Henry Rankin Poore's Plowing of the Brethren. Tickets for the upstairs tours include an exclusive full color print of Andrew Wyeth's The Cloisters (1949) from the Art Institute of Chicago.

We're seeking donations towards our silent auction. Interested businesses and individuals can download a donation form here. All proceeds go to the Ephrata Cloister Associates.


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.


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.


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


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


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