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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

Celebrate the Year of Arts in the Lebanon Valley

06/23/2024 - 1:00pm

Here in the Lebanon Valley, we’ve officially designated 2024 as our Year of the Arts! From artisan makers to theatrical productions, we’re celebrating the essential creativity and lively heartbeat that the arts bring to our community. Join us at these arts events this summer to celebrate!

As one of the top art shows in the country and the...

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Burgeoning Art Scene in York County

05/25/2024 - 9:22am

York County has a burgeoning art scene that makes it a fantastic destination for lovers of street art. Beautiful works can be found all over the county.

In downtown York City, historic murals started popping up in the...

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Tours & Experiences

04/14/2024 - 7:03pm

Lancaster County offers a variety of once-in-a-lifetime tours and memorable experiences that cater to a wide range of interests and age groups.

Strasburg Rail Road: Step back in time with a ride on the historic Strasburg Rail Road. Enjoy a leisu...

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Lancaster County's Amish Mud Sales

03/05/2024 - 1:44pm

In Lancaster County, the unfreezing of the ground comes with a different kind of thaw: that of Amish communities and surrounding neighborhoods coming together for their annual and legendary “Mud Sales” to benefit local volunteer fire departments. These lively auctio...

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Full Steam Ahead to Christmas Memories at Strasburg Railroad

12/07/2023 - 8:46am

While most of us don’t travel by train anymore, for many Christmases past it was the main mode of transportation—bringing loved ones and brightly wrapped packages from afar. Even though presents and relatives arrive in a fraction of the time it took during the height of the locomotive, trains and the holidays remain as conjoined as mistletoe and...

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Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem

12/01/2023 - 10:14am

Bethlehem, PA is known as the Christmas City.  Almost one million guests, over the past two decades, have visited Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem offering a mix of unique gift ideas, old-world charm and holiday cheer. The highlight of 2014 is the the 50th Anniversary of Kathe Wohlfahrt, the renowned German ornament and nutcracker maker. A handful of...

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"Take Me Out to the Ballgame...

10/16/2023 - 10:45am

Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack.”

We all know this song and it has become the unofficial anthem of baseball and is traditionally sung during the seventh-inning stretch.
Attending a baseball game in the afternoon or evening is a...
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Fun & Relaxing Lancaster County Wine Tours

10/16/2023 - 10:40am

The B.F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast is now offering PA wine tours to their guests. Located in the midst of South Central Pennsylvania's wine country, the area is rich with wineries each offering a unique ambiance and surprising quality. Enjoy a relaxing...

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Brandywine Valley Wine Trail

10/16/2023 - 10:38am

Spanning scenic southeastern Pennsylvania between historic Philadelphia and the Amish countryside of Lancaster County, the eight wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail are located within an easy drive of one another (within a 50 mile radius).  All wineries are open year round each with a tasting room and unique characteristics. Visit...

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Who are the Erie Otters?

10/16/2023 - 10:16am

Calling all ice hockey fans. The Erie Otters, a major junior ice hockey team, is one of only three American teams playing in the Ontario Hockey League. Based in Erie, Pennsylvania, the team takes its name from the North American river otter, a semiaquatic mammal commonly found by Lake Erie. The Erie Otters play home games at the newly renovated...

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