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Summer Festivals and Events in Pennsylvania

From lumberjacks and fireworks to Celtic traditions and folk music, Pennsylvanians never have trouble finding something to celebrate.
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Musikfest in Bethlehem
Musikfest in Bethlehem
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Pennsylvania’s summer festivals are jam-packed with live music, family-friendly entertainment, and vendors selling everything from handmade goods to yummy treats on a stick. 

Consider adding one of the events below to your summer vacation.

PyroFest, May 22-23, 2015
Mesmerizing daytime and nighttime fireworks shows are the highlight of this fiery fest, a celebration of pyrotechnics at Cooper’s Lake Campground in Slippery Rock. 

Shawnee Celtic Festival, May 23-24, 2015
The sounds of the Emerald Isles and Scottish Highlands complement Shawnee Mountain Ski Area’s Celtic festivities, including a bagpipers’ parade, Irish step dancers, and a juggling show featuring leprechauns.

Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival©, June 12-14, 2015
Commemorate the 75th birthday of the iconic off-road vehicle in Butler with history exhibits, competitions, displays of rare Jeeps from the 1940s, and an attempt to break the festival’s own Guinness World Record for the largest Jeep parade (set in 2011 with 1,106 vehicles). 

Mixtape Festival, June 27, 2015
Dust off your baggy shorts and scrunchies for this nostalgic fest at Hersheypark Stadium. Performing pop sensations include New Kids on the Block, TLC, Nelly, and Sugar Ray. 

Art in the Wilds, June 27-28, 2015
Kane’s beautiful Evergreen Park at the edge of the Allegheny National Forest sets the stage for this fine art show. 

Celtic Fling & Highland Games, June 27-28, 2015
At Mt. Hope Estate in Manheim, enjoy traditional pipe bands and modern Celtic rock bands, feast on Celtic dishes like shepherd’s pie and haggis, and watch competitors test their strength and agility. 

Cross Fork Snake Hunt, June 27-28, 2015
Brave wranglers attempt to catch venomous rattlesnakes that populate the town of Cross Fork, while little hunters participate in events like snake races and a fake snake hunt. 

Kutztown Folk Festival, June 27—July 5, 2015
The largest quilt sale in the U.S. (more than 2,500 will be on display), the last remaining horse-powered carousel in the country and four generations of hoedown dancers are just a small part of the fun at this Kutztown fête, which celebrates all things Pennsylvania Dutch. 

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, July 9-12, 2015
State College shines the spotlight on local and national artists with displays of amazing sidewalk art (Italian street painting), a lauded sidewalk sale and exhibition, and enormous sand sculpture. 

New Castle Fireworks Festival, July 10-11, 2015
Dubbed the “Fireworks Capital of America,” downtown New Castle entertains with an artists market, concert benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project, annual Duck Derby, and of course, spectacular fireworks. 

North East Firemen’s Cherry Festival, July 21-25, 2015
Cherry pies, a cherry queen and classic carnival fun are staples at North East’s 70-year-old festival.

Poconos’ Wurst Festival, July 18-19, 2015

Devour all the wursts, wieners, kielbasas, and pierogies you can eat at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area. Don’t miss the pig races, Bavarian juggling shows, German and Polish dance performances, and the Bier Stein Olympics.  

WaterFire, July 18, August 22 and September 26, 2015
More than 50 floating bonfires are lit at twilight on the Shenango River in downtown Sharon as musicians produce entrancing music and diverse performers engage all the senses. Daytime activities include interactive art displays and live music. 

Endless Mountains Music Festival, July 24-August 8, 2015
Full orchestras present beautiful and thought-provoking classical music compilations at venues all over Tioga County, including the Deane Center for the Performing Arts in Wellsboro and Victoria Theatre in Blossburg. 

Keystone Festival of Sports, July 29-August 2, 2015
In York County, thousands of amateur athletes compete in a wide range of sports, from baseball and rugby to horseshoes and tug of war. 

Fort Armstrong Folk Festival, July 30-August 2, 2015
Juried artisans exhibit their shiniest goods in a market on the banks of the Allegheny River in Kittanning. Shop for handmade treasures, watch historical shows, and snack on festival fare. 

Woodsmen Show, July 31-August 2, 2015
Brawny lumberjacks flock to Cherry Springs State Park to compete in events like axe throwing and tree felling, while historical reenactments and exhibits commemorate Potter County’s rich lumbering industry. 

Titusville Oil Festival, August 7-8, 2015
Titusville, home to the nation’s first successful petroleum well, salutes its oily roots with a parade, car show, beer festival, carnival, fireworks, and more. 

Musikfest, August 7-16, 2015
This 10-day Bethlehem event boasts 500 shows on 14 stages and artists from a multitude of genres. This year’s headliners include ZZ Top, Alice in Chains, Darius Rucker, Culture Club, and Reba McEntire. 

Huntingdon County Fair, August 9-15, 2015
Pennsylvania’s prized agricultural industry supplies primo entertainment at this 125-year-old Huntingdon County tradition. Highlights include a farm museum, demolition derbies, tractor pulls, and more. 

Philadelphia Folk Festival, August 14—16, 2015
The longest continuously running musical event of its kind in North America, the Philadelphia Folk Festival charms with more than 85 acts at a working farm near Schwenksville.

Mt. Jewett’s Swedish Festival, August 14-18, 2015
Partake in Scandinavian-inspired fun in Mt. Jewett, including a parade, maypole dance, and traditional Swedish smorgasbord.

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