Whistle Stop Party on the Plaza

2023 Event Dates are SET!!

Our Party on the Plaza event is a unique experience that brings together the local community for a FREE fun event where friends, family, and neighbors have the opportunity to gather in a festive atmosphere while enjoying the live music (dancing too!), local food vendors, and adult beverages. Local retail vendors offer a personal shopping experience for all attendees.


  • June 3, 2023
  • July 1, 2023
  • August 5, 2023
  • September 2, 2023

WHERE:  Whistle Stop Plaza, 16 E. Main St., Ephrata
TIME:       4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Established in 2017, the monthly community event quickly caught on with locals & visitors to Lancaster County.
The live music helps create a festive atmosphere and will have you tapping your toes & maybe even doing a bit of dancing!

Food is also a mainstay of the Party on the Plaza event. There’s a great assortment of things to eat at any one event!

This event is family-friendly.  Must be 21+ to enjoy an Adult Beverage (bring your ID… you could be 75 years old & using a walker & they still won’t serve you without your ID!!).  Adult Beverages will need to stay within the boundaries of the event.

In the event of inclement weather, we will be canceling the event.


What people are saying…

We had such a good time at the Whistle Stop on Saturday night.  We saw many friends, ate great food, had some good drinks and just loved the atmosphere provided by the band!! 
Thanks for all the time and devotion to those who planned, set up, and cleaned up afterward!!  Nicely done!!

~ Beth


We LOVE our Vendors!

Mainspring of Ephrata is excited to be hosting the Whistle Stop Party on the Plaza again in 2023.  While all of us (the organizers, volunteers, vendors, food trucks, musicians, and the public) have a role to play when it comes to promoting the event, we recognize that the MAIN responsibility for this effort falls to us, the organizers!

​We’ll be building off past events’ success, with OVER 500 people attending any given month & great feedback from vendors & attendees.  We have a robust marketing program to bring out even more attendees each month!

​We hope you’ll consider joining us!  Together we can make this a fun & profitable community event!

In the event of inclement weather, this year we will be canceling the event.


2023 Vendors & Food Trucks 

Food & Adult Beverage Vendors:

JR’s Brisket – July & September

Rad.ish Food Truck – June & September

Mad Dash Concessions – June

Boehringers Ice Cream Cart – June, July & August

Pour Man’s Brewing Co – ALL dates

Old Republic Distillery Ephrata – ALL dates

Rural City Beer Co – June & September

Truth Beer Co – July & August


2023 Retail Vendors

Aesthetically Made – June, July & August
Mosaics/Paintings – June
Inkonic – June
Sow and Sew Boutique – June
Lorah’s Handmade Chocolates – ALL dates
Ephrata Cloister – June & July

Sue’s Signs –August & September



GREAT tunes for 2023!

Easily Amused – June 3, 2023


Welcome Back, Easily Amused! Classic/Rock/Southern/Country/Pop/Alternative cover band based in Ephrata, PA




Steel Radiance – July 1, 2023


We welcome back Steel Radiance!

Steel Radiance was here for Ephrata’s first NYE celebration! Hailing from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the all-female band Steel Radiance is a classic rock and blues cover band.



Off Our Rockers – August 5, 2023


Welcome Off Our Rockers!

Off Our Rockers is Lancaster’s premier classic rock band. 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s Rock / British Invasion (their specialty)



All Weather Band – September  2, 2023



Welcome back, All Weather Band!

All Weather Band plays American music. We blend blues, roots, country, R&B, and more to create a dynamic “Americana” sound unique to Central Pennsylvania. We bend genres, go acoustic and electric, and mix five voices.



2023 Community Partner & Sponsors


Community Partners



Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Sue & Dan Burkholder

Pyfer Reese Straub Gray Farhar

Scott & Jan Eaby

Key Aid Ace Hardware

Edward Jones – Financial Advisor Jeff Burroughs

GSM Roofing

JD’s Pazzo Pizza

Marian Rutt Team, REMAX PINNACLE


Contact Us

Whistle Stop Party on the Plaza

16 E. Main Street
Ephrata, PA  17522

​Event Presented by:

16 E. Main Street
Ephrata, PA  17522
Phone:  (717) 721-6196

Email: lisa@mainspringofephrata.org

Have Questions or Suggestions?
email: lisa@mainspringofephrata.org