It’s the unofficial start to summer, a time when many visitors come to Adams County. Of course, many of these travelers are coming to experience the history and attend our big events like the annual Gettysburg Civil War Battle Reenactment, but new events are attracting a different group of visitors.

Theater is a big part of our community, and we’re thrilled that the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) is hosting its annual national theater festival, AACTFest, in Gettysburg this year. Twelve community theater productions with more than 600 attendees from across the United States will come to town June 18-23 to put on productions. This may not be something the community is aware of, but these attendees have fully booked four hotels in town, as well as renting space at the Gettysburg College.

Pontiac-Oakland Club International is bringing an astounding 1,300-plus attendees to its convention in Gettysburg this year. The club hosts an international convention each year and draws cars from throughout North America and Pontiac-Oakland-GMC enthusiasts from around the world. Last year the convention was held at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., and was attended by nearly 1,500 car enthusiasts. This year’s event is taking place July 16-21 at Gateway Gettysburg and the host hotels are already sold out for the weekend. These attendees will not only take part in the club’s events, but Destination Gettysburg assisted in helping the organizers book six battlefield tours, day trips to regional museums, a meal at Hickory Bridge Farm and a tour of the Seminary Ridge Museum.

Pennsylvania Municipal League (PML) is also hosting its 120th summit Oct. 3-6 in Gettysburg, bringing 200 attendees to downtown Gettysburg. The conference will take place exclusively in the Gettysburg Borough – with the conference theme being Walkable Communities. This statewide conference not only hosts elected officials from across the Commonwealth, but also hosts VIPs of statewide and national prominence.

Gettysburg continues to attract more groups to its destination like Pennsylvania Society for Association Excellence (PASAE)’s annual Educational Summit & Expo, which happened March of this year.

This is just a sampling of a few events that are happening in our community this season. These big events help bring awareness to our destination as attendees not only come to network and learn more about their industry, but to take time to explore the downtown, taste our culinary dishes and reflect on the history that happened here years ago.

For more details on events happening in Gettysburg, visit www.destinationgettysburg.com/event.

Natalie Buyny is the director of media and public relations at Destination Gettysburg.

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