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With festivals, culture, shopping, and seven professional sports franchises, there are always exciting things to do in PA, no matter the season.

There are more than 300 golf venues, five of which appear on Golf Digest’s “Greatest 100” lists, more than 20 auto raceways, six horse racetracks, and numerous local baseball, hockey, and soccer teams.

For festivals, the list is endless. Perhaps the best known is Groundhog Day each February in Punxsutawney, but there are so many others with a large following.

For the horticultural-minded, the Philadelphia Flower Show is held each March. It is the nation’s largest indoor flower show.
Agricultural enthusiasts can visit the Bloomsburg Fair, the state’s largest agricultural fair, held each September. And the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event is the Pennsylvania Farm Show, held each January in Harrisburg.

For shoppers, the Kutztown Festival and America’s Largest Quilt Sale is held each June and July. And the December Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem is rated a Top 100 Event in North America by the American Bus Association.

History and military aficionados flock to the Gettysburg National Civil War Battle Reenactment which takes place in July at Gettysburg.

And for a late summer whimsy, there’s the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire which runs from August to November each year in Mannheim.

The International Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous attracts 25,000 people to Ridgway each year in February.

For music lovers, the FirstEnergy Berks Jazz Fest has featured smooth jazz each March for 20 years in Reading. Philadelphia Folk Festival is held each August. It is one of the oldest music festivals in the world and the longest continuously running U.S. festival of its kind.

More than 100,000 motorcyclists arrive for the Thunder in the Valley® Annual Motorcycle Rally each June in Johnstown.

These are just a few of the hundreds of events that are listed across the state each year.

Culture, Sports & Entertainment Blog

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Hershey

02/06/2017 - 8:16pm

Hershey is hosting the chocolate event of the year this month, Chocolate Covered February. With dozens of activities, events, and things to do all involving chocolate in an eclectic mix of forms, you’ll never get bored and the events go on all month long! Try chocolate tea, watch the parade, create your own treats, or even mix chocolate with a b...

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The 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show

01/08/2017 - 10:23am

The Pennsylvania Farm Show celebrates its 101st year this January as the world’s largest indoor agricultural fair. For some, it’s a place to see cute farm animals, grab some delicious mushroom burgers, and stroll through the exhibits with a milkshake and funnel cake. For others, the PA Farm Show represents and defines the state’s standards of co...

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A New New Year’s Eve Tradition

12/27/2016 - 8:10pm

Start a new New Year’s tradition this year with a stay at one of our bed and breakfasts and a viewing at one of central PA’s many unique object drops. Unlike most states—or all of them—Pennsylvania’s capital area including Carlisle, York, Lebanon, Lancaster, and Hershey all drop almost dozens of different objects. Maybe it’s the pride we take in...

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Holiday Horticulture: The Longwood Christmas Garden

12/12/2016 - 11:53am

"I think that if ever a mortal heard the word of God 

it would be in a garden at the cool of the day."
- F. Frankfort Moore

Visit the Brandywine Creek Valley this season for the famous Longwood Garden Christmas display, a festive demonstration of lights, music, and holiday cheer. As one of the premier displays of outdoor an...

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Winter Wine Tasting: The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail

12/12/2016 - 11:46am

Lift your spirits this holiday season on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail, eastern Pennsylvania’s fastest-growing wine region. The award-winning wine trail spreads its nine family-owned wineries and vineyards across six counties near the metropolitan area of Philadelphia. Known for its signature grape, Chambourcin, that all nine wineries grow, the L...

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Holiday Shopping at Grove City Premium Outlets

12/27/2016 - 8:34pm

In the scenic hills of Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County hosts one of America’s largest and most popular shopping centers, the open-air Grove City Premium Outlets. With the absence of a tax on clothing and shoes in PA, Grove City Premium Outlets is a can’t-miss opportunity for great savings this holiday season. Find regular discounts ranging f...

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Eastern State Penitentiary’s Halloween Attractions

10/23/2016 - 10:02am

Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary is a world-famous museum and National Historic Landmark that has kept within its walls notorious criminals such as Al Capone. Its wagon wheel design was revolutionary and its methods of reform through solitary confinement made it a pioneer for its time. Built in 1829, Eastern State was so innovative and...

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Harrisburg Happy: Central PA's Capital Wine Country

09/24/2016 - 3:24pm

The region of Central Pennsylvania around and to the east of its capital city may be world-famous for its chocolate and endless assortment of candy, but another product also gives this area its impeccable reputation for success: wine. The Hershey Harrisburg Wine Country contains 15 family-owned, award-winning wineries surrounded by world-class a...

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Waltz World: Manheim's Award-Winning Vineyard

08/27/2016 - 6:20pm

In Pennsylvania's Amish Country, a sprawling vineyard stretches itself across one of the many hills, blanketed in some of the world's best-tasting grapes. It is here, at Waltz Vineyard, that Pennsylvania produces its largest harvest of grapes. Fertilized by world-class soil and nurtured by the same family for six generations, the land is a true...

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Avenue of Artists: PA’s Route 6 Heritage

08/18/2016 - 9:25pm

The Route 6 Heritage Corridor is a 3,652 mile road from Cape Cod to Long Beach, California. In Pennsylvania, Route 6 stretches 427 miles and Galeton, a small town in Potter County, hosts the Pennsylvania Route 6 Tourist Association, a castle-like information center covered in ivy. Route 6 hosts the famous locations of the world’s first undergrou...

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