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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

Make Big Memories at the Bigfoot Festival in Marienville, PA

05/30/2023 - 9:21am

If your summer is beginning to take a predictable course—with the same tiresome activities, the same stale destinations, the same boring summer menus—you should try something new this year by heading over to the 2023 Bigfoot Festival in Marienville. Whether you’r...

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A Spring Refresh—for You and Your Furniture—in Amish Lancaster County

03/25/2023 - 11:46am

Perhaps the lingering grays (and blues) of winter have you looking to make a change in your environment. But you don’t need to plan an elaborate and exorbitant trip to Fiji in order to alter your surroundings: all you need is a décor refresh. By planning a trip to Lancaster County to peruse their plentiful selection of Amish furniture stores, yo...

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Visit Pennsylvania's Botanical Gardens this Spring

02/16/2023 - 9:49am

There isn’t a more beautiful time to explore Pennsylvania this spring as the state’s landscape transforms into a colorful tapestry of wildflowers, tulips, wisteria, and fragrant flowering trees. Although that landscape is large beyond measure, you can find Pennsylvania’s breathtaking botanical gardens and arboretums in every corner. Find out mor...

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Buggies and Boutiques: Lancaster is the Best Small Town for Christmas Visits & Beyond

12/07/2022 - 11:13am

Perhaps one drawback to Lancaster having the largest and most vibrant Amish community in the United States is that outsiders tend to think it’s the only reason to visit Lancaster. In reality, Lancaster uniquely combines seeming opposites as strikingly as the scene of a horse-drawn buggy next to a world-class mall, modern attractions wit...

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Getaway to Happy Valley this Winter Season

12/07/2022 - 11:11am

Viisit Happy Valley, as we celebrate the holidays & ring in the New Year! There are several exciting events coming up in our area. Downtown State College is the perfect location to ring in the New Year as we celebrate First Night! This event is jam packed with family-friendly fun, including horse drawn carriage rides, live ice sculpture carv...

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Saints & Spirits Trail in Philadelphia and Its Countryside

09/25/2022 - 5:06pm

With its iconic places of worship and its renowned breweries, you might say that in Philadelphia both meanings of “spirit” receive their due. The city has much to summon the best and worst of human nature—although we will leave it up to you to decide which of the City of Love’s longstanding traditions merits the superlative. This fall, find your...

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Pittsburgh: From "Steel City" to City of Gardens

05/30/2022 - 11:48am

While perhaps not attaining the acclaim of a wonder of the world à la Babylon’s Hanging Gardens, Pittsburgh’s Garden Trail is indisputably a wonder in the region. Pittsburgh’s reputation as “the Steel City” may well be replaced by another moniker, as the urban landscape now enco...

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Lancaster County's Amish Mud Sales

03/30/2022 - 6:34pm

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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The Sweetest Tree in PA - the Sugar Maple

02/06/2022 - 2:55pm

Did you know that Pennsylvania ranks fifth in the nation for maple syrup production? There are many different kinds of trees in Pennsylvania’s forests, but the sweetest tree is the sugar maple. The sap from this tree is used to make pure maple syrup. Sugar maple trees are unique to North America and grow naturally only in the northeastern United...

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Pennsylvania Bed and Breakfasts Perfect for Holiday Travelers

12/15/2021 - 6:18pm

Perhaps you’re looking to start a new holiday tradition this year. Or perhaps your family’s traditions have you looking for an escape from the holidays. Either way, there’s no better home away from home—replete with luxurious amenities and endless hospitality that won’t come at the cost of your sanity or space—than one of Pennsylvania’s most tre...

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