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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
Shop Fine Art & Handcrafted Wares in Central Pennsylvania07/06/2019 - 5:11pm
July is one of the best times of the entire year to find yourself exploring the scenic landscape of central Pennsylvania, especially if you’re an art lover. Start planning your trip to the State College area for two of the region’s most popular art festivals where you can shop the fine art and hand made crafts created by hundreds of ar...Read More
Restaurants with a View in Pittsburgh05/27/2019 - 9:45pm
Following some serious upgrades to Market Square and grant-funded incentives in the last decade, restaurants and fine dining venues in Pittsburgh have fixed up their facades, added awnings, and moved some of the tables outdoors. So if you’re looking for a breathtaking view alongside your mouthwatering main course or want to experience...Read More
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival04/29/2019 - 9:00am
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is one of the region’s most exciting theatre events of the entire year with multiple world-class performances and Broadway actors in some of the biggest titles ever. Fall in love with the passionate epic of Antony and Cleopatra (July 10-Aug. 4), explore the thrilling historical drama of Henry IV, P...Read More
Visit the Carlisle Car Shows04/14/2019 - 9:21am
You could say all roads lead to Carlisle or maybe it’s all in the name, but Carlisle is the perfect place to host one of the largest car shows on the planet. With the 85-acre Fairgrounds and a great location in Central Pennsylvania, Spring Carlisle kicks off the show and swap meet season with an exciting, fun-filled weekend.... Read More
Take a Factory Tour in the Snack Food Capital of the World03/02/2019 - 4:24pm
In and around the cities of York and Lancaster, you’ll find the factories that create Martin’s, Herr’s, and UTZ potato chips, and Snyder’s of Hanover and Julius Sturgis pretzels. It’s this reason that the region has earned itself the moniker, “Snack Food Capital of the World.” With National Potato Chip Day quickly approaching (it’s one...Read More
American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA12/29/2018 - 6:47pm
From your favorite Broadway shows to all-original tableaus, Lancaster’s historic American Music Theatre features more than 300 live performances throughout its year-round season. It’s the only one of its kind in the country, performing both its own original, in-house productions and hosting celebrity concerts. From leading stand-up comedians to...Read More
Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping at Pennsylvania's Outlets12/01/2018 - 1:10pm
In 1974, Vanity Fair opened the first outlet shopping center in America near Reading, Pennsylvania. Today, you can find outlet malls in every region of our state, providing much-needed retail therapy to residents, visitors, and tourists. Take a trip to one of these Pennsylvania outlet centers for some serious deals this holiday season; wrap up y...Read More
PA Bacon Fest in Easton10/23/2018 - 7:03am
One of the country’s best culinary events of the year takes place in historic Easton, Pennsylvania. And it’s no wonder that it’s all about bacon! The PA Bacon Fest attracts more than 80,000 bacon-loving visitors every year for a two-day celebration of our most cherished meat product. To look at it by the numbers, America spends over $4 billion o...Read More
Shopping for Antiques in PA09/20/2018 - 6:56pm
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...Read More
Experience the Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair in Manheim07/31/2018 - 7:09pm
Even though your interest in dragons and swords had waned to an almost passive disinterest to the magical and medieval (and you’ve only re-read the Lord of the Rings once in the past decade), we’re almost positive you’ll find something you like at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Across thirteen weekends, the “PA Ren Faire” at Mount...Read More