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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

Visit the Vines

09/08/2019 - 4:18pm

The Pennsylvania Winery Association has teamed up with the PA Bed & Breakfast Association to bring you the PA Wine Month Getaway Giveaway. 

October is Pennsylvania Wine Month! You'll have a chance to WIN a $100 B&B Gift Certificate and a PA Wines Swag bag during...

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Adams County Pour Tour

08/30/2019 - 11:31am

Juicy grapes, crisp apples, natural honey, peaches, blueberries, cherries, and so much more are all grown in abundance in Adams County, giving rise to a bustling craft beverage scene that is worth looking into. The best way to experience it all is on the Adams County Pour Tour. The self-guided journey through Adams County’s scenic coun...

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Snack Attack: Bring Your Appetite to Lancaster County

07/27/2019 - 11:53am

From the decadent chocolates of Hershey to the legendary cheesesteaks of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is well-known for its good eats. But besides those ones, we’ve got plenty more, whether you’ve got a sweet tooth for whoopie pies or a serious craving for the saltier side of things. Lancaster County is the best place to indulge on those salty sna...

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Shop Fine Art & Handcrafted Wares in Central Pennsylvania

07/06/2019 - 5:11pm

July is one of the best times of the entire year to find yourself exploring the scenic landscape of central Pennsylvania, especially if you’re an art lover. Start planning your trip to the State College area for two of the region’s most popular art festivals where you can shop the fine art and hand made crafts created by hundreds of ar...

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The Inside Scoop on Pennsylvania's Ice Cream Trails

06/18/2019 - 8:59am

Pennsylvania is prepared for the hot and humid months that loom ahead of us with the sweetest way possbile: the Pennsylvania Ice Cream Trails. The self-guided tours explore PA’s back-country roads by taking you to its local farms and creameries serving homemade ice cream. Find your favorite flavor or try something totally new; either w...

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Restaurants with a View in Pittsburgh

05/27/2019 - 9:45pm

Following some serious upgrades to Market Square and grant-funded incentives in the last decade, restaurants and fine dining venues in Pittsburgh have fixed up their facades, added awnings, and moved some of the tables outdoors. So if you’re looking for a breathtaking view alongside your mouthwatering main course or want to experience...

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The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

04/29/2019 - 9:00am

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is one of the region’s most exciting theatre events of the entire year with multiple world-class performances and Broadway actors in some of the biggest titles ever. Fall in love with the passionate epic of Antony and Cleopatra (July 10-Aug. 4), explore the thrilling historical drama of Henry IV, P...

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Visit the Carlisle Car Shows

04/14/2019 - 9:21am

You could say all roads lead to Carlisle or maybe it’s all in the name, but Carlisle is the perfect place to host one of the largest car shows on the planet. With the 85-acre Fairgrounds and a great location in Central Pennsylvania, Spring Carlisle kicks off the show and swap meet season with an exciting, fun-filled weekend.

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

03/20/2019 - 8:58am

Baseball is one of our favorite pastimes here in Pennsylvania and our ballpark roots are still growing strong. With two Major League teams, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies, as well as nine Minor League teams, our state has a reputation for having some of the most talented baseball players in the world. PA was also the birthplace...

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Take a Factory Tour in the Snack Food Capital of the World

03/02/2019 - 4:24pm

In and around the cities of York and Lancaster, you’ll find the factories that create Martin’s, Herr’s, and UTZ potato chips, and Snyder’s of Hanover and Julius Sturgis pretzels. It’s this reason that the region has earned itself the moniker, “Snack Food Capital of the World.” With National Potato Chip Day quickly approaching (it’s one...

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