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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

Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival

09/28/2023 - 9:52am

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 in late September.  Events and activities include:

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Musikfest - Bethlehem PA

09/27/2023 - 1:22pm

Founded in 1984 by ArtsQuest, the first Musikfest featured 295 performances on six stages, attracting more than 180,000 people to historic Bethlehem. Over the past three decades, the event has grown, evolving into one of the largest and most diverse music festivals in the nation, with 500-plus shows on 14 stages over 10 days. Each year more than...

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Shopping for Antiques in PA

08/26/2023 - 10:07am

In Lancaster County, the heart of antique country, more than 5,000 antique dealers sell their treasures of times past at Antiques Capital, USA in Adamstown. Locals know that the early bird gets the worm; the best deals and finest pieces are found early in the morning. Or if auctions are your thing, scout the lots early before they’re put up for...

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The Other Football team in Pittsburgh!

08/25/2023 - 11:39am

We call it soccer, but the British and others around the world call it football. Pittsburgh is home to the Riverhounds - an elite pro soccer team that recruits top players from around the country and world. Founded in 1999, all home games are played at the NEW Highmark Stadium near Stati...

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Quilt Shopping in Lancaster County

08/25/2023 - 11:20am

Lancaster County is home to numerous quilt shops offering beautiful and colorful handmade quilts. These quilts are often hand-stitched by Pennsylvania Amish and Mennonite women that are a symbol of the Old Order Communities. Originally, Amish quilts were made as practical items to keep warm or for gifts or dowry items. Because of the outstanding...

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Distilleries are Worth a Shot (or cocktail)

08/16/2023 - 11:17am

As the cradle of the first American whiskey, Pennsylvania has a heritage that is both deep and wide when it comes to crafting exceptional spirits. Take a stiff drink of aromatic history combined with assertive forward-looking flavors at some of the state’s best distilleries. Stoll...

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An Artisanal Christmas in Bucks County Pennsylvania

08/16/2023 - 11:06am

Are you looking to find that perfect gift and a little bit of Christmas spirit on an idyllic Christmas getaway weekend? Architectural Antiques in Perkasie and Byer’s Choice Christmas Museum and Gift Emporium are hidden gems in historic Bucks County that will help you find gifts—and memories—to be treasured for a lifetime.

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Barking Up the Right Tree

08/16/2023 - 9:37am

Lumber was one of Pennsylvania's greatest resources in the late 19th Century. In the height of the industry, lumber lords harvested thousands of giant hemlocks and the bark was peeled off from felled trees between April and June, when the sap ran freely from the tree's roots to the needles. To celebrate the end of this busy time, a festival was...

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Adams Apples

08/14/2023 - 10:04am

The rocky, nitrate-rich soil in the fertile valley of Adams County, Pennsylvania, combined with prime altitude, rainfall, and temperature make Adams County one of the most intense and significant fruit-growing regions in the United States. While all 67 Pennsylvania counties grow apples, Adams is the largest producer, a feat that has earned it th...

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Cosmopolitans and Adventurers Unite in Erie

08/06/2023 - 1:49pm

Some look for inspiring cultural experiences in urban centers and some look for exhilarating outdoor experiences in rural areas—but what if it’s possible to have both at once? In Erie, the cosmopolitan and the countrified meet: between favorite destinations such as the Erie Art Museum and Presque Isle State Park, sojourners to Erie’s shores and...

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