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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

Discover PA's Summer Stock Theatres

06/28/2018 - 3:50pm

What better way to wind down from a day exploring the outdoors than by enjoying a musical comedy. Pennsylvania is home to a number of summer stock theatres with all types of performances ranging from musicals to comedies to dramas. Many of these theatres use professional theatre companies. Below are few to check out this summer.

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Summer Festivals & Events in Butler County, PA

06/09/2018 - 4:06pm

Summer brings more than warm weather to Butler County; enjoy major fairs and festivals all summer long! Kick off the festival season in Slippery Rock with the Annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, complete with...

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Visit York’s Historic Central Market

05/13/2018 - 5:20pm

Some of Pennsylvania’s (and the nation’s) most historic and significant moments occurred in York. From the adoption of the Articles of Confederation to the 250-year-old York Fair, the White Rose City has a storied history that shares its first days with America’s own. And the heart of the city, both socially and economically, has been the histor...

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Butler's Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival

04/30/2018 - 10:39am

Hundreds of Jeeps are set to make a pilgrimage back home for the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival in Butler, the Pennsylvania town where the iconic American vehicle was first crafted for the U.S. military. You'll meet over 15,000 other Jeep-lovers as you enjoy off-road trails, test your mettle in Jeepardy!, vote for Best of Bantam, shop hundreds of...

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PA Shakespeare Festival

04/18/2018 - 11:10am

Each summer, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival celebrates the greatest writer ever known with a series of six or more plays and special one-night-only performances. Performed in two theaters in The Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has brought hundreds of thousands of visitors...

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Chainsaw Carver’s Rendezvous in Ridgway, PA

03/29/2018 - 6:55pm

Famous for a landscape of dense hardwood forests that once covered almost 100% of the state, Pennsylvania has long nurtured a relationship between wood and the rest of the world. Historically, wood was one of the first materials worked by early humans and developed alongside civilization into the modern age of industrial machinery, rapid transpo...

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Golf in Southeast Pennsylvania

03/16/2018 - 6:22pm

Pennsylvania is home to some of the best golf courses in the country.  In every corner of the state, you’ll find hundreds of courses to choose from at all playing levels. From the most challenging pro-designed links, to the perfect public course for a lazy Sunday afternoon. What makes Pennsylvania golf courses different is the variety of terrain...

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Sweet Talk Yourself into a PA Maple Syrup Celebration

03/14/2018 - 9:45pm

For Pennsylvanians, spring is sweet - wildflowers bloom, rivers swell with fresh water, and our thousands of sugar maple trees are tapped for the savory syrup held within. Maple syrup can be enjoyed in many ways, and it doesn’t have to be pancakes, either. From salad dressing to cotton candy and popcorn, Pennsylvania knows what goes best with ou...

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Pittsburgh Celebrates 125 Years of Phipps Conservatory

03/05/2018 - 11:28am

Amidst metal and machinery in unimaginable quantities, Phipps Conservatory has served as Steel City’s green oasis for more than a century. It connects Pittsburghers to the beauty and importance of nature while also researching, educating, and innovating within the fields of ecology, botany, and sustainability. Besides its impressive and stunning...

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Experience Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh

02/15/2018 - 11:55am

When he sold Carnegie Steel to J.P. Morgan for half a billion dollars in 1901, Andrew Carnegie became the world’s richest person and the wealthiest man in the history of the country. And then gave it all way. From the noxious fog that spewed from Carnegie’s foundries and steel mills along the banks of the Three Rivers rose an incredibly modern,...

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