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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
Tionesta Indian Festival 201311/14/2016 - 1:18am
Tionesta has a rich cultural history and was occupied by Native Americans for centuries. The townspeople, of this tiny borough, take pride in their Native American roots by hosting the week-long Tionesta Indian Festival.
The name “Tionesta” comes from the Native...Read More
Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival11/14/2016 - 1:17am
The largest Highland Games and Festival in North America, the Celtic Classic attracts over 250,000 visitors annually to Historic Bethlehem. Join in the celebration of Celtic culture and heritage on September 26-28. Events and activities include:... Read More
Pennsylvania Maple Festival 201411/14/2016 - 12:25am
Meyersdale, Pennsylvania in internationally renown as "Maple City, USA" and is home of the 67th Annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival to be held on March 29-30 and April 2-6, 2014. Your Maple Adventure begins at Festival Park where you'll discover the way country life was at the turn of the century. Located on scenic Meyers Avenue, the complex is t...Read More
October is Pennsylvania Wine Month - 201411/14/2016 - 12:22am
This Fall, explore a number of wine trails and wineries in Southeast Pennsylvania. PA is home to over 200+ wineries and is the 5th largest producer of grapes in the U.S. Warmer than other areas above the Appalachian range, classic European varieties like chardonnay and Cabernet Franc can be grown in the Southeast without fear of injury from cold...Read More
Modern Day Treasure Hunting11/13/2016 - 10:55am
Thousands of people in over 200 countries are discovering a new pastime know as geocaching (pronounced geo-cashing). This adventure sport involves the use of a handheld GPS receiver, and based on information provided on the official geocaching website, the GPS receiver guides its operator to hidden treasures j...Read More
Harrisburg Happy: Central PA's Capital Wine Country09/24/2016 - 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...Read More
Avenue of Artists: PA’s Route 6 Heritage08/18/2016 - 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...Read More
Wine Wonderland06/21/2016 - 5:26pm
Home to over 200 wineries, Pennsylvania contributes $2 billion to the economy from its unique wine industry, nurtured by its climate and landscape that makes it a winemaking paradise. The green rolling hills, diverse soil, endless forests, hot summers, and cold winters mimic many of the European landscapes that started the industry. It was what...Read More
What's Blooming in PA?05/14/2016 - 4:27pm
The first signal of “Spring” is when we set our clocks ahead. The early weeks of Spring bring increasing daylight, warming temperatures and the rebirth of flora and fauna. New flower bushes and trees are blooming at Pennsylvania’s arboretums and botanical gardens.The best way to see what’s blooming in Pennsylvania is to plan a trip to one of the...Read More
Lancaster Mud Sales03/26/2016 - 4:21pm
Mud Sales are spring auctions that bring communities and visitors together in the middle of the Amish countryside. Hundreds gather both Amish and “English” (non-Amish), waiting for the first items to come up for bid. They start early, at 8:00 a.m.
Mud Sales are named such because they are held in the fields that are often muddy from the...Read More