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Summer Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

There’s not party like a PA party this summer! Happy Travelers are going to be on the go, crisscrossing the state from festival to festival. We’ve got the classics to celebrate art, food, and the birth of the nation; but we also some of the most unique – “never heard of that before” – gems that can’t be missed. So, gather up the gang, top-off the tank, and hit the road for that next great summer festival in Pennsylvania!

To see a full list of the events and festivals happening this summer, check out visitPA.com. If county fairs are more your flavor, visit the pafairs.org website for a complete list around the state.

1. Schuylkill County Fair

kid riding a toy tractor at Schuylkill County Fair
Schuylkill County Fair

Learn about the agricultural industry and its impact on our daily lives at the Schuylkill County Fair, a weeklong event filled with agricultural products, crafts, art, truck and tractor pulls, daily entertainment, and exhibits.

When: Jul. 30-Aug. 4

Where: Summit Station

Cost: $5, Free for children (ages 12 and under)

2. Lake Erie Cyclefest Weekend

people cycling at Lake Erie Cyclefest
Lake Erie Cyclefest Weekend

Take in breathtaking views as you experience the beauty of the Great Lakes during the Lake Erie Cyclefest Weekend. Join hundreds of other cyclists on a unique collection of weekend cycle tours from fast flat lake-plains to the rolling countryside that forms the gateway to the Appalachian Mountains. This event welcomes bicycling enthusiasts of all skill levels.

When: Aug. 2-5

Where: Erie

Cost: Costs vary

3. AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival

AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival
AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival

From bluegrass and jazz to rock ‘n’ roll and polka, the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival in Johnstown is set to offer more than 75 hours of nonstopentertainment from more than 20 national and regional acts. Gather your enthusiastic music fans friends for three days of live sounds across three stages.

When: Aug. 3-4

Where: Johnstown

Cost: Costs vary

4. Blues & Jazz Festival

women playing instrument
Blues & Jazz Festival

For three days and three nights, Erie’s Frontier Park comes alive with what has proven itself to be the region’s most dynamic musical event. The Blues & Jazz Festival attracts more than 20,000 visitors, featuring musicians that range from regional favorites to international superstars in a beautiful outdoor, family-friendly setting.

When: Aug. 3-5

Where: Erie

Cost: Free

5. Rib & Wing Festival

ribs and wings at festival
Rib & Wing Festival

The saucy Rib & Wing Festival in Erie is the ultimate backyard barbecue. Dig into mouth-watering ribs and wings cooked upfresh by award-winning ribbers from all over the country, rock out to live musical entertainment, cool off at the beer garden, play some games in the Kids’ Zone, and browse handmade crafts. Plus, at Seven Springs, you can ampupthe fun with heart-racing zipline adventures, a guaranteed blast at sporting clays, breathtaking views of a mountain-topgolf course, delicious dining, and relaxing spa treatments.

When: Aug. 3-5

Where: Erie

Cost: $7, Free for children (ages 11 and under)

6. Musikfest

guitar
Musikfest

Come out for the nation’s largest free, non-gated music festival: Musikfest. The 10-day Lehigh Valley extravaganza showcases more than 450 performances on 14 indoor and outdoor stages. Discover sultry salsa dancers, impromptu jam sessions, and singer-songwriters.

When: Aug. 2-12

Where: Bethlehem

Cost: Free

7. Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Participate in the mesmerizing re-creation of a 16th century country festival celebrating a visit from Queen Elizabeth I. The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Lancaster County features more than 75 shows, including a "Final Joust."

When: Aug. 4-Oct. 28

Where: Manheim

Cost: Costs vary for adults, Free for children (ages 4 and under)

8. Mifflin County Youth Fair

youth county fair
Mifflin County Youth Fair

Meet family and friends at the Mifflin County Youth Fair for event livestock exhibits, tractor pulls, horse shows, nightly entertainment, and rides.

When: Aug. 5-11

Where: Reedsville

Cost: Free

9. Greene County Fair

kids at Greene County Fair
Greene County Fair

Traditional fair attractions of livestock, home and garden, and 4-H competitions are at the heart of the annual Greene County Fair. Add the traditional entertainment of tractor pulls, demolition derby, monster truck rides, chainsaw carvings, and yummy treats.

When: Aug. 5-11

Where: Waynesburg

Cost: $8

10. Butler Farm Show

Butler Farm Show
Butler Farm Show

Celebrate the farming community with a visit to the 70th season of the Butler Farm Show. The event features a variety of exhibits, tractor pulls, crafts, rides, food, and demonstrations. Be sure to say hello to the farm animals.

When: Aug. 6-11

Where: Butler

Cost: $7

11. Cochranton Community Fair

horses at Cochranton Community Fair
Cochranton Community Fair

There is no shortage of family fun at the Cochranton Community Fair. Now in its 90th year, the six-day spree of fun, food, and farm animals concludes with a fireworks display.

When: Aug. 6-11

Where: Cochranton

Cost: N/A

12. Lithuanian Days

Lithuanian Days
Lithuanian Days

Mark your calendars for the longest consecutive ethnic festival in the nation. The 104th Lithuanian Days in Schuylkill County is a time to share, spread, and remember Lithuanian heritage through history, crafts, cuisine, song, and dance.

When: Aug. 11-12

Where: Frackville

Cost: Free

13. Lawrence County Fair

girl riding horse
Lawrence County Fair

The week-long Lawrence County Fair is a great agricultural showcase of livestock exhibits, farm products, machinery and allied equipment, and sustainable living and homemaking educational activities. There’s also entertainment for all tastes, including concerts, truck and tractor pulls, rodeo, and demolition derby.

When: Aug. 13-18

Where: New Castle

Cost: $10

14. Pittston Tomato Festival

Pittston Tomato Festival
Pittston Tomato Festival

We say tomato, you say tom-ah-to! More than 50,000 visitors will attend the Pittston Tomato Festival, a tasty local tradition that has been touted as one of the best festivals in northeastern PA. Delicious food, a variety of live entertainment, a parade, 5K run, games, rides, arts and crafts, bingo and of course home-grown Pittston tomatoes keepbringing an enthusiastic crowd to the festival year after year.

When: Aug. 16-19

Where: Pittston

Cost: Free

15. Celebrate Erie

people painting on roads for Celebrate Erie
Celebrate Erie

Where’s that Erie pride? Show it off at Celebrate Erie, an extravaganza showcasing the local food and drink, art, culture, music, and people that make Erie a great place to live, work and play — and a perfect place to visit.

When: Aug. 16-19

Where: Erie

Cost: Free

16. Philadelphia Folk Festival

Philadelphia Folk Festival
Philadelphia Folk Festival

The Philadelphia Folk Festival is a perfect four-day family event. The festival welcomes music fans, campers, puppeteers, jugglers, aerialists, and storytellers, in an all-encompassing experience of a uniquely American art form.

When: Aug. 16-19

Where: Schwenksville

Cost: Costs vary

17. Bloomfield Little Italy Days

pasta eating competition Bloomfield Little Italy Days
Bloomfield Little Italy Days

Bring your appetite to the region's largest heritage festival. The Bloomfield Little Italy Days is the perfect opportunity to learn more about Italian heritage, eat authentic Italian cuisine, and watch Italian-themed entertainment.

When: Aug. 16-19

Where: Pittsburgh

Cost: Free

18. Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair

Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair
Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair

Back for its 144th year, the “Grange Fair” is the only remaining tenting fair in the nation. Reunite with family and friends as you move into Grange Park to live for more than a week, developing lasting relationships with campsite neighbors. Experience livestock competitions and horse shows, enjoy daily motorsports, and munch on delicious fair food.

When: Aug. 17-25

Where: Centre Hall

Cost: $20 for the week, $7 for a day, Free for children (ages 11 and under)

19. Crawford County Fair

Crawford County Fair
Crawford County Fair

Make some time with family and friends to visit the Crawford County Fair. Known as the largest agricultural fair in the state, it boasts amusement rides, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derbies, and agricultural and livestock entries.

When: Aug. 18-25

Where: Meadville

Cost: $8, Free for children (ages 5 and under)

20. Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

Take a magical journey back to the old days with the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival. As you walk about the fairgrounds, hundreds of authentically dressed merrymakers create the illusion of a 16th century festival. Watch and be amazed as chivalrous knights compete in a joust or learn from artisans who have perfected their craft. And don’t forget about the food! From turkey legs to baked goods, you’ll be feasting like royalty.

When: Aug. 18-19 & 25-26

Where: Pittsburgh

Cost: $22 for adults, $11 for children (ages 5-12), Free for children (ages 5 and under)

21. Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

Pittsburg Comedy Festival
Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

Laugh your socks off at the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, a four-day celebration designed to bring standupcomedians and improvisers together. The festival offers informative workshops, programming for comedians and comedy fans young and old, and best of all, fantastic shows guaranteed to keepyou falling off your seat.

When: Aug. 22-26

Where: Pittsburgh

Cost: N/A

22. Butler Italian Festival

Italian pizza
Butler Italian Festival

Buongiorno! The Butler County Italian Festival, a four-day celebration of all things “molto Italiano,” debuts this year. From music and food to friends, family, and fine wine, get a true taste of Italy in all the red, white, and green trimmings that make Mediterranean merriment a splendor all its own.

When: Aug. 24-26

Where: Butler

Cost: Free

23. Shippensburg Corn Festival

Shippensburg Corn Festival
Shippensburg Corn Festival

The 38th annual Shippensburg Corn Festival returns to town with juried crafts, an antique car show, entertainment, food booths, and children’s activities all centered around a food staple: corn. This street and craft fair hosts more than 250 crafts and antique vendors and was rated the best one-day festival in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Festivals Association.

When: Aug. 25

Where: Shippensburg

Cost: Free

24. Heritage Day and Parade of Nations

Heritage Day and Parade of Nations
Heritage Day and Parade of Nations

Celebrate diversity with the 20th annual Heritage Day and the 19th annual Parade of Nations. Throughout the parade admire ethnic representatives in native costumes, then continue the festivities with ethnic foods, crafts, live entertainment, and games all along the Main Street in Schuylkill County.

When: Aug. 25

Where: Shenandoah

Cost: Free

25. Fonthill Castle Beer Fest

group of friends drinking beer at Fonthill Castle Beer Fest
Fonthill Castle Beer Fest

Drink like royalty at Fonthill Castle Beer Fest, a daytime beer extravaganza set against Bucks County’s beautiful outdoor countryside. Sample high-quality drafts from home brewers, local and regional breweries, and other breweries across the country and pair them with locally grown and prepared foods. Proceeds benefit the historic attraction’s educational programs.

When: Aug. 25

Where: Doylestown

Cost: Costs vary for participants, Free for designated drivers

26. Mason-Dixon Frontier Festival

Mason Dixon historical park
Mason-Dixon Frontier Festival

Celebrate history and culture at the 36th annual Mason-Dixon Frontier Festival. Explore a display of antique and classic cars, discover the ever-popular steam engines and antique tractors, learn how our frontier ancestors caught lunch with trapping techniques, and enjoy a diverse selection of musical entertainments on the cabin stage. When you are hungry after a day of exploring, try a famous Mason-Dixon Dog.

When: Aug. 25-26

Where: Mt. Morris

Cost: Free

27. Indiana County Fair

people riding gaint wheel Indiana County Fair
Indiana County Fair

If you’ve got a competitive spirit, then the Indiana County Fair is just for you. Throughout the week, local farmers and 4H members show off their livestock, crafts, and baked goods in numerous competitions. Additional fair highlights include tractor pulls, demolition derbies, live entertainment, carnival rides, and food.

When: Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Where: Indiana

Cost: $8, Free for children (ages 2 and under) and on Sunday

28. Wattsburg Agricultural Society Erie County Fair

Wattsburg Agricultural Society Erie County Fair
Wattsburg Agricultural Society Erie County Fair

Come out to enjoy the annual Wattsburg Agricultural Society Erie County Fair, the oldest and largest fair in the county. From thrilling amusement rides to truck and tractor pulls, there’s excitement for family members of all ages.

When: Aug. 27-Sept. 1

Where: Wattsburg

Cost: $8

29. Great Allentown Fair

Great Allentown Fair
Great Allentown Fair

The Great Allentown Fair offers a fun and educational experience for all in the family. 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.

When: Aug. 28-Sept. 3

Where: Allentown

Cost: $8 for adults, Free for children (ages 12 and under)