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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
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
Visit York’s Historic Central Market05/13/2018 - 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...Read More
Butler's Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival04/30/2018 - 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...Read More
PA Shakespeare Festival04/18/2018 - 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...Read More
Chainsaw Carver’s Rendezvous in Ridgway, PA03/29/2018 - 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...Read More
Golf in Southeast Pennsylvania03/16/2018 - 6:22pm
Pennsylvania is home to some of the best golf courses in the country. In every corner of the state, you’ll find hundreds of courses to choose from at all playing levels. From the most challenging pro-designed links, to the perfect public course for a lazy Sunday afternoon. What makes Pennsylvania golf courses different is the variety of terrain...Read More
Sweet Talk Yourself into a PA Maple Syrup Celebration03/14/2018 - 9:45pm
For Pennsylvanians, spring is sweet - wildflowers bloom, rivers swell with fresh water, and our thousands of sugar maple trees are tapped for the savory syrup held within. Maple syrup can be enjoyed in many ways, and it doesn’t have to be pancakes, either. From salad dressing to cotton candy and popcorn, Pennsylvania knows what goes best with ou...Read More
Pittsburgh Celebrates 125 Years of Phipps Conservatory03/05/2018 - 11:28am
Amidst metal and machinery in unimaginable quantities, Phipps Conservatory has served as Steel City’s green oasis for more than a century. It connects Pittsburghers to the beauty and importance of nature while also researching, educating, and innovating within the fields of ecology, botany, and sustainability. Besides its impressive and stunning...Read More