Summer Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

Gear up, Happy Travelers — a summer full of events and festivals awaits! Get ready for county fairs, historic festivals, and tons of food and entertainment. Pursue your happiness soaking up the sunshine at a summer festival in Pennsylvania!

1. Roar on the Shore®

Motorcycle
Roar on the Shore®

Motorcyclists come from near and far to enjoy this ride in Erie. Roar on the Shore® is one of the fastest-growing charitable motorcycle rallies in the United States. Vendor alley, live entertainment, and the Bringing the Roar Parade are must-dos for attendees.

When: July 17-21

Where: Erie

Cost: Free

2. Portersville Steam Show

Portersville Steam Show
Portersville Steam Show

Replicating a wide variety of agriculture from the 1920s, the Portersille Steam Show features tractor pulls, steam engines, train rides, crafts, a flea market, and live demonstrations. Stay cool with some ice cream or a cold refreshment while strolling through the vintage village of Portersville.

When: August 1-4

Where: Portersville

Cost: $5

3. Das Awkscht Fescht

Das Awkscht Fescht
Das Awkscht Fescht | Photo Credit: Discover Lehigh Valley

Das Awkscht Fescht is one of the country’s largest antique and classic car shows held in the beautiful Macungie Memorial Park. The event features live music, food, arts, crafts and antiques, a flea market, kids’ activities, bingo, a toy show, and fireworks display.

When: August 2-3

Where: Macungie

Cost: $9

4. Corvettes in Carlisle

Corvettes in Carlisle
Corvettes in Carlisle

The largest Corvette event in the world, the annual Corvettes at Carlisle event, features more than 5,000 Corvettes representing all generations of America’s classic sports car. Corvette enthusiasts can participate in autocross, burnouts, and the parade through historic downtown Carlisle.

When: August 22-25

Where: Carlisle

Cost: Prices vary

5. 41st Annual Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree

vintage car
Annual Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree

Wheels of Time Rod & Custom Jamboree boasts more than 2,000 street rods and customs complete with bands, games, and special features in the Lehigh Valley. Kick off three days of nothing but classic cars on the cruise through Macungie and Emmaus.

When: August 23-25

Where: Macungie

Cost: $8

1. Jacktown Fair

horse pulling sled
Jacktown Fair

The decades-old saying of “You can’t die happy ‘til you’ve been to the Jacktown Fair” rings true in southwestern Pennsylvania. Deep agricultural roots bring livestock competitions to the highest level while carrying the friendly, competitive atmosphere throughout the fairgrounds filled with carnival rides, food, and games. Don’t miss the town-wide parade that kicks off the summer celebration.

When: July 16-20

Where: Wind Ridge

Cost: Free

2. Horse Trading Days

Horse Trading Days
Horse Trading Days

Horse Trading Days is a classic event full of music, games, food, and summer fun. The event, now celebrating its 53rd year, has grown to one of the largest in the area and welcomes as many as 40,000 guests each year. Tour the historic sites, enjoy free concerts, explore unique stores, and dine at fine restaurants and cafes.

When: July 18-20

Where: Zelienople

Cost: Free

3. 100 Mile Yard Sale

100 Mile Yard Sale
100 Mile Yard Sale

The 100 Mile Yard Sale offers an opportunity to find that hidden gem, item, antique, or treasure that you’ve always wanted. The best part is you’ll be able to explore the quaint towns of Clearfield, Frenchville, and Benezette — all while on the hunt for a new treasure.

When: July 19-20

Where: Beginning in Clearfield and continuing to Benezette & Surrounding areas

Cost: Free

4. Clearfield County Fair

Clearfield County Fair Aerial image
Clearfield County Fair | Photo Credit: Aerial Imaging Services

This year marks the 159th year of the Clearfield County Fair, and it’s sure to bring the same fun as every year before! Stock up on carnival food to enjoy while you watch live performances from artists like Chase Rice, Devin Dawson, and Kansas. Of course, you can’t miss the truck-and-tractor pull!

When: July 28-August 3

Where: Clearfield

Cost: Ages 3 & under: free | Ages 4 & up: $8

5. Greene County Fair

Greene County Fair
Greene County Fair

The Greene County Fair boasts a wide range of activities including carnival rides, live music, animals, livestock shows, home and garden competitions, and great food. New for 2019 is “Chaos in Coal Country” demolition derby and the Black Cat Hell Drivers stunt show.

When: August 4-10

Where: Waynesburg

Cost: $8 per person

6. 71st Annual Butler Farm Show

71st Annual Butler Farm Show
71st Annual Butler Farm Show

The Butler Farm Show is celebrating its 71st season and is a tradition for residents and visitors alike. It showcases the county’s farming community with a variety of exhibits, tractor pulls, crafts, rides, food, and demonstrations.

When: August 5-10

Where: Butler

Cost: $7

7. North Washington Rodeo

North Washington Rodeo
North Washington Rodeo

Grab your cowboy hat and cowboy boots as the North Washington Rodeo brings the excitement of professional rodeo to Butler County. This 60th annual event includes a rodeo parade, bareback bronc riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, bull riding, and team roping.

When: August 13-17

Where: Petrolia

Cost: $14

8. Centre County Grange Fair & Encampment

centre County Grange Fair
Centre County Grange Fair & Encampment

The Centre County Grange Fair & Encampment is America’s last fair encampment and dates back to 1874. The fair now encompass 264 acres and draws attention from visitors from around the nation to see more than 1,000 tents, 1,500 RVs, hundreds of concessions, 7,000 exhibit items, nationally-known entertainment, amusement rides, livestock competitions, equine events, and tractor pulls.

When: August 16-24

Where: Centre Hall

Cost: Single-day tickets: $7 | Weekly: $20

9. Indiana County Fair

Indiana County Fair at night
Indiana County Fair

During the week-long Indiana County Fair, local farmers, 4-H members, and community members gather to showcase their livestock, crafts, and baked goods in competitions. Additional activities include tractor pulls, demolition derbies, nightly entertainment, carnival rides, and food.

When: August 24-31

Where: Indiana

Cost: Ages 2 & under: Free | Monday through Saturday: $8 per person after 2pm | Sunday: Free

10. Great Allentown Fair

Great Allentown Fair
Great Allentown Fair | Photo Credit: Discover Lehigh Valley

The Great Allentown Fair offers a fun and educational experience, just in time for back-to-school. Dedicated to supporting the achievements of farmers, gardeners, and homemakers, the fair invites guests to learn about agriculture while spending an exciting time riding rides, playing games, and seeing shows. Music lovers can catch performances by Miranda Lambert, Brooks & Dunn, Why Don’t We, and Hall & Oates.

When: August 27-September 5

Where: Allentown

Cost: $8

11. York Fair

York Fair
York Fair

The York Fair is the first fair in America and traces its roots back to 1765. The fair has grown from an agricultural market on the town square to an end-of-summer tradition featuring live concerts, kid-friendly rides, livestock exhibits, and more delicious fair food than you could imagine.

When: September 6-15

Where: York

Cost: Adults: $8 | Ages 6-17: $4 | Ages 5 & under: Free

June is International Pride Month, and what better way to celebrate than with fun-filled parades and festivals? Pennsylvania and its vibrant LGBTQ communities invite you to join the festivities, share your pride, and pursue your happiness at these fun iconic events. If your June is already booked, no worries! Pennsylvania is celebrating Pride all summer long!

1. NEPA Rainbow Alliance Pride

NEPA Rainbow Alliance Pride
NEPA Rainbow Alliance Pride

NEPA Rainbow Alliance has something for everyone!. Take part in the alliance’s first pride parade, March to the Park on July 13. On parade day, walk or run the 5K in support of the region’s LGBTQ community and take in the entertainment, food, local vendors, and the annual drag show.

When: July 13

Where: Wilkes-Barre & Kingston

Cost: Pride Party - $5 cover benefitting Ruth’s Place Shelter for Homeless Women

2. Lancaster Pride

Lancaster Pride
Lancaster Pride

Join the celebration of Lancaster County’s LGBTQ and ally communities at Lancaster Pride’s 12th annual Festival on July 20. This year’s event will take place at Clipper Magazine Stadium in downtown Lancaster and includes live performances, plenty of arts and crafts and pride regalia to purchase, and a wealth of delicious food options.

When: July 20

Where: Lancaster

Cost: Free

3. Reading Pride Celebration

Reading Pride Celebration
Reading Pride Celebration

Show your pride and enjoy a fun-filled day at the 13th annual Reading Pride Celebration 2019 festival on July 21. The festival takes over Reading’s Centre Park and features exciting live performances. The inviting atmosphere and diverse crowd is inviting to everyone.

When: July 21

Where: Reading

Cost: Free

4. Pride Festival of Central PA

Pride Festival of Central PA
Pride Festival of Central PA

Enjoy a variety of live performances, street vendors serving up delicious local food, and a whole lot of fun at Soldier’s Grove Memorial Park on July 27. The 27 Annual Pride Festival of Central PA is ramping up to be the best event yet, with magnificent performers vying for their spot on the main stage during the event.

When: July 27

Where: Harrisburg

Cost: Free

5. Pride Franklin County

Pride Franklin County
Pride Franklin County

August 4 marks the second annual Pride Franklin County celebration being held at The Orchards in 2019. The event will incorporate traditional pride elements and activities including a beer garden for visitors 21 and older, drag performances by local entertainers, a kids’ area sponsored by Creative Minds Learning & Development Centers, and a food truck corner.

When: August 4

Where: Chambersburg

Cost: Free

6. Equality Fest York

Equality Fest York
Equality Fest York | Photo Credit: Equality Fest York

Also on August 4 is Equality Fest York, which is free and open to the public. The festival features speakers, music, dance, theater, poetry, spoken word and performance art. Plus, don’t miss the live visual art, strolling performers, a fully interactive children’s area with games, workshops and activities, retail vendors, informational and organizational displays, and a variety of international foods.

When: August 4

Where: York

Cost: Free

7. Pride in Erie

Pride in Erie
Pride in Erie | Photo Credit: Michael Mahler

The NW PA Pride Alliance has a slew of fun events celebrating the region’s LGBT community. The fun continues on August 10 when all are invited to the 2019 Pride Picnic, then bring friends and family to the final event of the season at the 2019 Pride Day at Waldameer Park & Water World for a day guaranteed to make you smile!

When: August 10

Where: Erie

Cost: Admission rates to Waldameer vary

8. Pride Picnic at Knoebels Grove

Pride Picnic at Knoebels Grove
Pride Picnic at Knoebels Grove

On August 10, prepare for a day of pride celebration and fun at the largest free admission amusement park in America. The 25th Annual Pride Picnic at Knoebels Grove brings the LGBTQ community together with a free picnic, speakers, information tables, door prizes, and raffles. Attendees are encouraged to bring a covered dish to share and wear red. Also, don’t forget to meet up for the “Gay Ride of the Day!”

When: August 10

Where: Elysburg

Cost: Admission to the picnic and park are free; Individual ride fees vary

9. Pride in the Park

Pride in the Park
Pride in the Park | Photo Credit: Discover Lehigh Valley

Be sure to save the date on August 18 for Allentown’s Pride in the Park 2019 celebrating achievements and progress made in and by the area’s LGBT community and beyond. Enjoy the LGBTQ Artist Promenade featuring artists and crafters, a DJ Tent with dance floor, Project SILK Teen Space designed by and for teens, and The Pride Pub featuring locally brewed beers and crafted mead. Many festival favorites are returning, including the wine bar, drag bingo, and the Kids Space for those under age 14, along with 150+ vendors and some top-notch entertainment.

When: August 18

Where: Allentown

Cost: $5, children ages 12 and under free, youth 14-21 can earn a free ticket to pride through participation in Project SILK

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1. Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

girls singing
Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

Enjoy top-notch performances on stage at Muhlenberg College’s Summer Music Theatre season. Programming for summer 2019 includes Bring It On: The Musical, Anything Goes, and Bohemia — A World Premiere All-Ages Circus Performance.

When: June 12-July 28

Where: Allentown

Cost: Prices vary

2. Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

enactment from Shakespeare classics
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

To attend the Shakespeare Festival or to not attend the Shakespeare Festival? It’s no question — you’ll be there! From Shakespeare classics and hilarious comedies to classic musicals and children's shows, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival brings world-class theatre to the Lehigh Valley. Performances include Crazy for You and Henry IV.

When: June 12-August 3

Where: Center Valley

Cost: Prices vary

3. Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts

couple looking at arts for sale
Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts

State College welcome more than 300 artists at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, or Arts Fest as many refer to it. You can also see both touring and local performers – everything from jazz to bluegrass, folk to rock, concert bands to choral groups, not to mention musical theatre, dance, and comedy. The festival has been rated one of the nation’s top five fine arts festivals several times by Sunshine Artist Magazine.

When: July 10-14

Where: State College

Cost: Free

4. Yuengling 190th Anniversary Summer Concert

Yuengling 190th Anniversary Summer Concert
Yuengling 190th Anniversary Summer Concert

In celebration of D. G. Yuengling & Son 190th Anniversary, fans of all ages are invited for a free concert performed by Better Than Ezra in Pottsville, home of America's Oldest Brewery. Come enjoy friends, food, live music, arts, and great beer. Following the live performance, a fireworks show will close out the evening.

When: July 13

Where: Pottsville

Cost: Free

5. Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show

Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show
Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show

Years ago, local artists began to informally display their work on the historic grounds of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua. Now 45 years and 20,000 visitors later, the Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show has become a true treat for the community, the artists, and of course, the visitors. Be a part of the excitement when this small hamlet comes to life with art, music, and food.

When: August 17-18

Where: Mount Gretna

Cost: Prices vary

6. Concerts at Hershey

Concert at Hershey
Concerts at Hershey

If you’re looking to hear musical artists spanning a variety of genres, then Hersheypark Stadium is the place for you this summer. Hershey will play host to artists like Luke Bryan, Blink 182 & Lil Wayne, New Kids on the Block, Thomas Rhett, Breaking Benjamin, Florida Georgia Line, Backstreet Boys, the Jonas Brothers, and Bebe Rexha.

When: June-August

Where: Hershey

Cost: Prices vary

7. Concerts at First Niagara Pavilion

oncert at First Niagara Pavilion
oncerts at First Niagara Pavilion

For concerts in the Pittsburgh area, you’ll want to check out the performers coming to the First Niagara Pavilion. Musical acts like Ozzy Osbourne, Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, and Train and the Goo Goo Dolls will take the stage in Burgettstown.

When: June-August

Where: Burgettstown

Cost: Prices vary

8. Concerts at The Mann Center

Concert at The Mann Center
Concerts at The Mann Center

The Mann Center is the place for outdoor concerts in Philadelphia. In June, the Roots Picnic is held at The Mann Center, which features the Roots, H.E.R., and 21 Savage. Some other performers gracing the stage in the City of Brother Love will be Lauren Daigle, Sublime, The Wonder Years, The Maine, Mayday Parade, Robyn, and JoJo Siwa.

When: June-August

Where: Philadelphia

Cost: Prices vary

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1. Moraine State Park Regatta

dock dogs
Moraine State Park Regatta

Sailing into its 21st year at Moraine State Park, the Regatta is packed with lakeside fun. This two-day event sees more than 15,000 visitors and offers land and lake activities, along with sailing races and live entertainment.

When: August 3-4

Where: Prospect

Cost: Free

2. Elk Expo

Elk Expo
Elk Expo

Get wild this summer at the Elk Expo in Benezette — the home of the largest elk herd in the northeastern U.S. Taking place at the Elk Country Visitors Center, the event will feature an elk calling contest, horse drawn wagon rides, and live music.

When: August 17-18

Where: Benezette

Cost: Free

3. Wally Lake Fest

boats in the lake
Wally Lake Fest

Lake Wallenpaupack is celebrated during this action-packed, three-day event featuring a boat parade, motorcycle ride, live music, vendors, and more to help the summer last a little longer. Come spend a few days on the water at the region’s biggest event and celebrate Wally Lake Fest’s 10th year!

When: August 23-25

Where: Hawley

Cost: Free

1. 19th Century Base Ball Festival

Base Ball
19th Century Base Ball Festival

Vintage baseball teams from around the country will gather in Gettysburg to compete in a different kind of baseball tournament. The 10th annual games will be played just as they were in 1863, using 19th-century uniforms and eschewing helmets and gloves. Spectators will have the opportunity to try their hand at 19th- century base ball between tournament games, which will feature 24 clubs from 11 states.

When: July 20-21

Where: Gettysburg

Cost: Free

2. Historic Bethlehem Museum & Sites Blueberry Festival

Blueberry Festival
Blueberry Festival | Photo Credit: Discover Lehigh Valley

Turn your tongue blue at the “sweetest festival of the summer!" The Blueberry Festival is a family-friendly event full of live music, children’s games and activities, colonial demonstrations, culinary contests, pie-eating contests, and even a pet parade.

When: July 20-21

Where: Bethlehem

Cost: Prices vary

3. Picklesburgh

Picklesburgh
Picklesburgh

Pittsburgh is the destination for all things pickled, and the festival is expanding beyond the Roberto Clemente Bridge this year! Voted the #1 Specialty Food Festival in America by readers of USA Today, Picklesburgh is three days of pickled products, live music, no-holds-barred contests, demonstrations, and of course, selfie opportunities with the 35-foot inflatable Heinz Pickle balloon.

When: July 26-28

Where: Pittsburgh

Cost: Free

4. International Little League World Series

kids playing baseball
International Little League World Series

Every year, the top 16 Little League baseball teams from more than 6,000 leagues from across the globe gather in Williamsport to compete for the World Series championship title. Enjoy the exciting youth baseball and visit the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum for a unique history of the sport and the birthplace of Little League.

When: August 15-25

Where: Williamsport

Cost: Free

5. Roasting Ears of Corn Festival

Roasting Ears of Corn Festival
Roasting Ears of Corn Festival | Photo Credit: Discover Lehigh Valley, Ang Caggiano

Don't miss a weekend of Native American drumming, singing, dancing, and food at the Roasting Ears of Corn Festival. See Native American cooking and flintknapping demonstrations, artifact displays, a Plains Indian tipi, and mountain man fur trade encampments. Experience throwing a tomahawk or using an atlatl (spear thrower). Peruse the marketplace for Native American jewelry, fine art, and clothing.

When: August 17-18

Where: Allentown

Cost: $5-10

6. Bituminous Coal Show

beauty queen posing standing next to vintage car
Bituminous Coal Show

Celebrate southwestern PA’s coal heritage and honor “King Coal” during the 66th annual Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Show. The weeklong celebration of tradition and family includes a carnival, child’s mini vehicle parade, pet parade, mine rescue competition, golf outing, 5K race, queen pageant, and live music.

When: August 17-24

Where: Carmichaels

Cost: Cost varies

7. Butler Italian Festival

Butler Italian Festival
Butler Italian Festival

Get a true taste of Italy right here in Pennsylvania at the Butler Italian Festival. This Italian-themed festival features food, entertainment, and crafts. While you’re at the festival, learn how to make a great dish at home with a cooking demonstration.

When: August 23-25

Where: Butler

Cost: Free

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