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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

How It’s Made: The Factory Tour Capital of the World

01/02/2018 - 1:25pm

Find out why Pennsylvania is home to the Factory Tour Capital of the World this summer by visiting the South Central region of York and York County. With three of the biggest snack food companies in the United States, Hershey nearby, and the motorcycle powerhouse Harley-Davidson, historic York is still making it into the history books with more...

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Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Heritage Trail

09/10/2017 - 11:06am

Out of the ruins and pollution of factory districts and rail yards, Pittsburgh has transformed itself: an industrial wasteland is now the cleanest and greenest way to get around Steel City—as well as the safest. On the 24-mile journey along three separate segments of Pittsburgh’s rivers, now known as the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, the regular...

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Get Your Giddy Up!

07/30/2017 - 6:42pm

The thunder of the hooves drowns out all but the pleading, praying, screaming and cheering of the gathered masses.  You can watch the majestic, muscular ponies stampede around the oval at one of Pennsylvania’s six state-of-the-art racing and gaming complexes. The sport of Thoroughbred racing is like no other. Horse racing has a rhythm, intensity...

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Jim Thorpe: Authentic Small-Town Charm!

07/28/2017 - 5:26pm

Formerly know as Mauch Chunk (mock-CHUNK), Jim Thorpe has a rich and historic past. Once a vital industrial coal transportation town during the 19th century, it is now a year-round destination that takes on its own life and magic in each season. Located at the base of a steep valley carved b...

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Boutique Shopping is Our Specialty

07/28/2017 - 5:07pm

Home to name-brand outlets, boutiques and unique specialty stores, Mercer County is a Christmas shopper's destination. From locally grown fruit to unique handmade gifts, you'll find the perfect gifts for your friends and family. Click here for a comp...

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Erie County Fair

07/28/2017 - 11:16am

Erie County’s oldest and largest fair, the Erie County Fair will be held August 31 to September 5, 2015 at the Wattsburg Fairgrounds. Amusement midway rides and games, truck and tractor pulls and lots of family fun. For more information, call 814-739-2232. One price for admission includes ev...

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October is Pennsylvania Wine Month - 2015

07/28/2017 - 11:14am

To the most wonderful time of the year! Let it be heard through PA Wine Land that October is Pennsylvania Wine Month! Nothing goes better with crisp air and autumn colors than a visit to a PA winery (or many). Maybe one you haven't visited before? Check out PAWineMonth.com to start plannin...

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Take a Trip to Pittsburgh's Strip

07/28/2017 - 10:13am

Sought out for its incredible eateries, great shops, and rich history, Pittsburgh’s Strip District attracts visitors from all around the world. Also known as Pittsburgh’s Historic Market District, the revitalized and thriving neighborhood, once an industrial hub and factory hotspot, is now home to diverse food options, century-old shops and stor...

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Through Fire and Water in Sharon, PA

07/11/2017 - 7:59pm

View (as well as touch, taste, and smell) an incredible multisensory performance this summer at the spectacular WaterFire Festival in downtown Sharon, PA. Held on three different dates throughout the summer, the day-long artistic event features artisan vendors, live entertainment by professional musicians and performers, delicious food, and the...

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Pennsylvania Wine Trails

07/06/2017 - 8:35pm

Pennsylvania is home to 14 wine trails and more than 200 wineries.  Beautiful summertime views, rustic and historic tasting rooms all make the scenic Pennsylvania landscape the premier destination for wine-lovers, vineyard regulars, or those simply seeking an exciting and romantic daytime trip. Before you know it, you’ll be standing on the slope...

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