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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
Eastern State Penitentiary’s Halloween Attractions10/21/2019 - 1:05am
Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary is a world-famous museum and National Historic Landmark that has kept within its walls notorious criminals such as Al Capone. Its wagon wheel design was revolutionary and its methods of reform through solitary confinement made it a pioneer for its time. Built in 1829, Eastern State was so innovative and...Read More
Holiday Horticulture: The Longwood Christmas Garden10/20/2019 - 8:29pm
"I think that if ever a mortal heard the word of God
it would be in a garden at the cool of the day."
- F. Frankfort Moore
Visit the Brandywine Creek Valley this season for the famous Longwood Garden Christmas display, a festive demonstration of lights, music, and holiday cheer. As one of the premier displays of outdoor an...Read More
The York Fair - America's First Fair10/20/2019 - 4:38pm
America’s first fair, the York Fair, was held in the historic old town of York in 1765, 11 years before the nation was founded. At that time the York Fair was a two-day agricultural market on the town commons, now known as Penn Park. In 1856, the fair was a three-day event and held at the new fairground that was east of the City of York near wha...Read More
'Tis the Season to be Jolly...in Pittsburgh!10/20/2019 - 4:20pm
The trees are lit, Macy's windows are glowing and people are enjoying the festive atmosphere. The holiday season in Pittsburgh is in full swing. Gather the family and friends Downtown for ice skating, holiday shopping, dining, hot beverages and so much more.
Shop 'til you drop at...Read More
Potter County's 64th Annual Woodsmen Show10/20/2019 - 4:15pm
Logs and Lumberjacks
To most, Pennsylvania seems to be a tame, serene land of rolling hills, mountains, and deep river valleys. But others understand this landscape for what it is: a rugged, wild forest only survivable in if one has the appropriate skills. For woodsmen, survival means skill, strength, and cunning. These ancient techni...Read More
Summer Festivals & Events in Butler County, PA10/20/2019 - 2:46pm
Summer brings more than warm weather to Butler County; enjoy major fairs and festivals all summer long! Kick off the festival season in Slippery Rock with the Annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, complete with trail rides,...Read More
"Take Me Out to the Ballgame...10/19/2019 - 10:16pm
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack.”
The Inside Scoop on Pennsylvania's Ice Cream Trails10/19/2019 - 8:38pm
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
Discover PA's Summer Stock Theatres10/19/2019 - 8:32pm
What better way to wind down from a day exploring the outdoors than by enjoying a musical comedy. Pennsylvania is home to a number of summer stock theatres with all types of performances ranging from musicals to comedies to dramas. Many of these theatres use professional theatre companies. Below are few to check out this summer.... Read More
Lights, Camera, Bloom!10/19/2019 - 8:28pm
The Pennsylvania Convention Center once again is hosting the world's oldest and largest indoor flower show. In its 187th year, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Philadelphia Flower Show opens on February 28 and goes through March 8, 2015. In celebration of the silver...Read More