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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
Shop Fine Art & Handcrafted Wares in Central Pennsylvania07/06/2019 - 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...Read More
The Inside Scoop on Pennsylvania's Ice Cream Trails06/18/2019 - 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...Read More
Restaurants with a View in Pittsburgh05/27/2019 - 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...Read More
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival04/29/2019 - 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...Read More
Visit the Carlisle Car Shows04/14/2019 - 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.... Read More
Take Me Out to the Ballgame03/20/2019 - 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...Read More
Take a Factory Tour in the Snack Food Capital of the World03/02/2019 - 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...Read More
Chocolate-Covered February02/10/2019 - 3:19pm
Honoring all things chocolate, you'll find a month-long celebration in Hershey, The Sweetest Place On Earth. A variety of chocolate events are planned throughout the month of February. Sneak away with that special someone to a chocolate-covered paradise. Events include: a chocolate dinner extraordinaire at The Hotel Hershey, Chocolate T...Read More
American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA12/29/2018 - 6:47pm
From your favorite Broadway shows to all-original tableaus, Lancaster’s historic American Music Theatre features more than 300 live performances throughout its year-round season. It’s the only one of its kind in the country, performing both its own original, in-house productions and hosting celebrity concerts. From leading stand-up comedians to...Read More
Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping at Pennsylvania's Outlets12/01/2018 - 1:10pm
In 1974, Vanity Fair opened the first outlet shopping center in America near Reading, Pennsylvania. Today, you can find outlet malls in every region of our state, providing much-needed retail therapy to residents, visitors, and tourists. Take a trip to one of these Pennsylvania outlet centers for some serious deals this holiday season; wrap up y...Read More