11 Can’t-Miss Summer Music Festivals in Pennsylvania
Happy Travelers, are you dreaming of all-star musical lineups in the greater-than-great outdoors? Us too! Spanning a variety of genres, there are sweet melodies, toe-tapping tunes, and bumping rhythm for everyone to enjoy at Pennsylvania’s multitude of open-air music festivals. Get ready to dance your heart out this summer here in the Keystone State!
1. Pittsburgh Festival Opera
Whether you enjoy Wagner, Strauss, and Puccini or are in the mood for something light-hearted and whimsical, the Pittsburgh Festival Opera's season of summer concerts has you covered! There are even two one-act operas by Pennsylvania's own and beloved Fred Rogers, restaged for the first time since their original TV debut!
When: July 12-27
2. Camp Bisco
Three stages featuring 60 bands performing across three days and nights — this is Camp Bisco, a music and camping extravaganza! Dance all day to your favorite EDM performers including The Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Odesza, and Umphrey's McGee, then cool off in the adjacent Montage Mountain waterpark.
When: July 18-20
3. The Big Dub Festival
Now in its 10th year, The Big Dub Festival brings four days of EDM acts to Four Quarters Farm in Artemis. Catch performances by Boogie T, Cookie Monsta, and Caspa, and never miss a minute of the action by camping on-site!
When: July 24-28
4. Peach Music Festival
Greatly expand your music horizons at the ninth annual Peach Music Festival. With artists from alternative rock, bluegrass, electronica, country, jazz, and jazz fusion (and many other music genres), the festival is a veritable smorgasbord! Started by The Allman Brothers, this year's headliners include Phil Lesh & Friends and the Trey Anastasio Band, along with more than 35 other artists and bands at this four-day music and camping fest.
When: July 25-28
5. Ameriserv Flood City Music Festival
Celebrate American music — from rock to blues to indie — at Johnstown's annual Ameriserv Flood City Music Festival. Rock bands Gin Blossoms and Cowboy Mouth are this year's headliners, along with the jamband Ghost Light. The festival also features live performances 14 bands and music artists.
When: Aug. 2-3
6. Erie's Blues and Jazz Festival
For the past 26 years, Erie's Blues and Jazz Festival has been the place to be, and this year is no different! Enjoy the music of local favorites and world-renowned super stars during three jam-packed days, which feature art exhibits, workshops, lectures, and fun-filled children's activities and performances.
When: Aug. 2-4
With 16 stages and 500+ music and art performances over 10 days, it's no wonder USA Today's readers have deemed Bethlehem's Musikfest "THE BEST music festival in North America." And most performances are free! Phillip Phillips is this year's headline act, and The Chainsmokers, Brad Paisley, and Lady Antebellum are also set to perform. Free performances include alt rockers Guster, Broadway musical star Brandon "Taz" Niederaue, 2019 Blues Music Awards nominee Nick Moss Band, and hundreds of others.
When: Aug. 2-11
Cost: Most events are free, larger acts are ticketed
8. Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
Pull up a lawn chair, kick back, and enjoy live performances by some of the best bluegrass performers around at the 79th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. Come for a day of great music, or camp and enjoy the entire festival at the Granite Hill Camping Resort. Is there a budding bluegrass musician in your midst? Students can attend the festival's kid's academy, where they'll get some pointers and perform on the festival's main stage.
When: Aug. 15-18
9. Philadelphia Folk Festival
Celebrate the Philadelphia Folk Festival's 58th anniversary with headline act David Crosby & Friends, along with Margo Price, The Mavericks, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and many other local and national folk artists and bands. Puppeteers, jugglers, aerialists, storytellers, and crafters will be on hand to make this a truly memorable and fun experience at North America's longest continuously running outdoor folk festival!
When: Aug. 15-18
Where: Upper Salford Township
10. Citadel Country Spirit
Country-music lovers, get ready to show off your best two-step dance moves! Billy Currington, Little Big Town, Lee Brice, and Brothers Osbourne are just a few of the artists set to grace the stage at the second annual Citadel Country Spirit. Enjoy the show and know that a portion of all ticket sales are being donated to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
When: August 23-25
11. Made in America Festival
Plan to make your way to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this Labor Day weekend for the massive Made in America music celebration. Cardi B and Travis Scott headline this annual, two-day music fest, which is curated by Jay-Z and packed with top performers.
When: Aug. 31-Sept. 1
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