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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

Take a Factory Tour in the Snack Food Capital of the World

03/02/2019 - 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...

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American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA

12/29/2018 - 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...

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Wrap Up Your Holiday Shopping at Pennsylvania's Outlets

12/01/2018 - 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...

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PA Bacon Fest in Easton

10/23/2018 - 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...

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Shopping for Antiques in PA

09/20/2018 - 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...

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Experience the Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair in Manheim

07/31/2018 - 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...

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Visit York’s Historic Central Market

05/13/2018 - 5:20pm

Some of Pennsylvania’s (and the nation’s) most historic and significant moments occurred in York. From the adoption of the Articles of Confederation to the 250-year-old York Fair, the White Rose City has a storied history that shares its first days with America’s own. And the heart of the city, both socially and economically, has been the histor...

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Butler's Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival

04/30/2018 - 10:39am

Hundreds of Jeeps are set to make a pilgrimage back home for the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival in Butler, the Pennsylvania town where the iconic American vehicle was first crafted for the U.S. military. You'll meet over 15,000 other Jeep-lovers as you enjoy off-road trails, test your mettle in Jeepardy!, vote for Best of Bantam, shop hundreds of...

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PA Shakespeare Festival

04/18/2018 - 11:10am

Each summer, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival celebrates the greatest writer ever known with a series of six or more plays and special one-night-only performances. Performed in two theaters in The Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has brought hundreds of thousands of visitors...

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Chainsaw Carver’s Rendezvous in Ridgway, PA

03/29/2018 - 6:55pm

Famous for a landscape of dense hardwood forests that once covered almost 100% of the state, Pennsylvania has long nurtured a relationship between wood and the rest of the world. Historically, wood was one of the first materials worked by early humans and developed alongside civilization into the modern age of industrial machinery, rapid transpo...

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