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August 2018 Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

Nothing says summer in PA like big-time rodeos; food, beer, and wine festivals; and musical performances. Keep your summer calendar sizzling with these exciting events happening across the Keystone State.

To see a full list of the events and festivals happening this summer, check out visitPA.com.

1. Wayne County Fair

Wayne County Fair
Wayne County Fair

Build lifelong memories at the 156th annual Wayne County Fair. Enjoy midways with more than 26 big-time rides, fantastic fair food, truck pulls, 4-H club shows and judging, car thrill shows, harness racing, fireworks, and a demolition derby. Check out the grandstand shows — they’ll have you dancing in the aisles!

When: Aug. 3-11

Where: Honesdale

Cost: $10

2. Musikfest

guitar
Musikfest

Come out for the nation’s largest free, non-gated music festival: Musikfest. The 10-day Lehigh Valley extravaganza showcases more than 450 performances on 14 indoor and outdoor stages. Discover sultry salsa dancers, impromptu jam sessions, and singer-songwriters.

When: Aug. 3-12

Where: Bethlehem

Cost: Free

3. Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

Hear ye, hear ye! Revel with a colorful cast of characters and indulge in fine local ales at this mesmerizing recreation of a 16th-century country festival in the heart of PA Dutch Country. The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire features more than 90 stage shows daily, including a Final Joust showdown to conclude each day. This year’s central drama will be driven by the tense relationship between King Henry VIII and France’s King Francis I at the height of Henry’s power in 1520. Questions will be answered. Character will be tested. Legends will be made. Don’t miss it!

When: Aug. 4-Oct. 28

Where: Manheim

Cost: Costs vary for adults, Free for children (ages 4 and under)

4. Mifflin County Youth Fair

youth county fair
Mifflin County Youth Fair

Meet family and friends at the Mifflin County Youth Fair for event livestock exhibits, tractor pulls, horse shows, nightly entertainment, and rides.

When: Aug. 5-11

Where: Reedsville

Cost: Free

5. Sykesville Ag and Youth Fair

Get back in the saddle with the Sykesville Ag and Youth Fair; featuring agricultural attractions, livestock, and educational displays and competitions, carnival rides, commercial exhibits, motorsports events, and food concessions.

When: Aug. 6-11

Where: Sykesville

Cost: $9

6. Carbon County Fair

kid doing fun ride at carbon county fair
Carbon County Fair

The Carbon County Fair returns with agricultural displays, great food, rides, arena events, and musical entertainment. Bring the family out for wholesome fun and a firework display on the fair’s last show date.

When: Aug. 6-11

Where: Palmerton

Cost: $5

7. Greene County Fair

kids at Greene County Fair
Greene County Fair

Traditional fair attractions of livestock, home and garden, and 4-H competitions are at the heart of the annual Greene County Fair. Add the traditional entertainment of tractor pulls, demolition derby, monster truck rides, chainsaw carvings, and yummy treats.

When: Aug. 5-11

Where: Waynesburg

Cost: $8

8. Butler Farm Show

Butler Farm Show
Butler Farm Show

Celebrate the farming community with a visit to the 70th season of the Butler Farm Show. The event features a variety of exhibits, tractor pulls, crafts, rides, food, and demonstrations. Be sure to say hello to the farm animals!

When: Aug. 6-11

Where: Butler

Cost: $8

9. Cochranton Community Fair

horses at Cochranton Community Fair
Cochranton Community Fair

There is no shortage of family fun at the Cochranton Community Fair. Now in its 90th year, the six-day spree of fun, food, and farm animals concludes with a fireworks display.

When: Aug. 6-11

Where: Cochranton

Cost: N/A

10. Plymouth Kielbasa Festival

Plymouth Kielbasa Festival
Plymouth Kielbasa Festival

Come hungry to the annual Plymouth Kielbasa Festival, a celebration of all things Polish sausage. The event is stuffed with the rich and savory smells of food samples, the sound of games buzzing, and tunes from live bands.

When: Aug. 10-11

Where: Plymouth

Cost: N/A

11. Steam, Gas & Tractor Show

Tractor at show
Steam, Gas & Tractor Show

Journey back to the industrial revolution during the Steam, Gas & Tractor Show in Franklin County. The antique machinery event features a daily tractor parade, live demonstrations, tractor pulls, live gospel and country music, and a flea market.

When: Aug. 10-12

Where: Chambersburg

Cost: Free

12. Bounty of the County

fruits and veggies assorted
Bounty of the County

Celebrate the harvest of locally grown apples, peaches, berries, and vegetables at the annual Bounty of the County. The South Mountain Fruit Belt is home to 20,000 plus acres of orchards, where farmers grow more than seven million bushels of apples. Come out to join local restaurants in Adams County as they feature dishes created with produce from this season’s harvest.

When: Aug. 10-19

Where: Adams County restaurants

Cost: N/A

13. Lithuanian Days

Lithuanian Days
Lithuanian Days

Mark your calendars for the longest consecutive ethnic festival in the nation. The 104th Lithuanian Days in Schuylkill County is a time to share, spread, and remember Lithuanian heritage through history, crafts, cuisine, song, and dance.

When: Aug. 11-12

Where: Frackville

Cost: Free

14. Civil War Encampment

Civil War Encampment
Civil War Encampment

Experience early Civil War history during the annual Civil War Encampment in Franklin County. Join fellow history buffs for a battle reenactment, firing demonstration, candlelight camp tour, and night-time artillery duel.

When: Aug. 11-12

Where: Waynesboro

Cost: Free

15. Lawrence County Fair

girl riding horse
Lawrence County Fair

The week-long Lawrence County Fair is a great agricultural showcase of livestock exhibits, farm products, machinery and allied equipment, and sustainable living and homemaking educational activities. There’s also entertainment for all tastes, including concerts, truck and tractor pulls, rodeo, and demolition derby.

When: Aug. 13-18

Where: New Castle

Cost: $10

16. Ag Progress Days

tractor ploughing Ag Progress Days
Ag Progress Days

Pennsylvania's largest outdoor agricultural exposition, Ag Progress Days,—returns in August, showcasing the latest in Penn State research, best management practices, and changing regulations in the agricultural industry. Stop by for guided tours, crops and machinery demonstrations, and exhibits.

When: Aug. 14-16

Where: Pennsylvania Furnace

Cost: Free

17. North Washington Rodeo

Rodeo at North Washington
North Washington Rodeo

Grab your cowboy hat and boots as the North Washington Rodeo brings the excitement of professional rodeo to Butler County. This annual event includes a rodeo parade, bareback bronc riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, bull riding, and team roping.

When: Aug. 14-18

Where: Petrolia

Cost: $14 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-12

18. Pittston Tomato Festival

Pittston Tomato Festival
Pittston Tomato Festival

We say tomato, you say tom-ah-to! More than 50,000 visitors will attend the Pittston Tomato Festival, a tasty local tradition that has been touted as one of the best festivals in Northeastern PA. Delicious food, a variety of live entertainment, a parade, 5K run, games, rides, arts and crafts, bingo, and of course, home-grown Pittston tomatoes keep bringing an enthusiastic crowd to the festival year after year.

When: Aug. 16-19

Where: Pittston

Cost: Free

19. Celebrate Erie

people painting on roads for Celebrate Erie
Celebrate Erie

The very best of Erie is showcased at Celebrate Erie, an extravaganza of the local food and drink, art, culture, music, and people that make Erie a great place to live, work and play — and a perfect place to visit.

When: Aug. 16-19

Where: Erie

Cost: Free

20. Philadelphia Folk Festival

Philadelphia Folk Festival
Philadelphia Folk Festival

The Philadelphia Folk Festival is a perfect four-day family event. The festival welcomes music fans, campers, puppeteers, jugglers, aerialists, and storytellers, in an all-encompassing experience of a uniquely American art form.

When: Aug. 16-19

Where: Schwenksville

Cost: Costs vary

21. Bloomfield Little Italy Days

pasta eating competition Bloomfield Little Italy Days
Bloomfield Little Italy Days

Bring your appetite to the region's largest heritage festival. The Bloomfield Little Italy Days is the perfect opportunity to learn more about Italian heritage, eat authentic Italian cuisine, and watch Italian-themed entertainment.

When: Aug. 16-19

Where: Pittsburgh

Cost: Free

22. Little League World Series

Little League World Series
Little League World Series

Enjoy exciting youth baseball at the Little League World Series. The top 16 Little League baseball teams from more than 6,000 leagues across the world gather in South Williamsport to compete for the World Series championship title. Before the tournament begins celebrate at the Grand Slam Parade on Aug. 15 in downtown Williamsport, where more 100 units including all 16 teams will be cheered on by thousands of spectators.

When: Aug. 16-26

Where: South Williamsport

Cost: Free

23. Westmoreland Agricultural Fair

Horse show at Westmoreland Agricultural Fair
Westmoreland Agricultural Fair

The annual Westmoreland Agricultural Fair offers a variety of entertainment and educational opportunities. Stop by for concerts, demolition derbies, truck/tractor pulls, rodeo, carnival rides, and strolling performers.

When: Aug. 17-25

Where: Greensburg

Cost: $7

24. Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair

Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair
Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair

Back for its 144th year, the “Grange Fair” is the only remaining tenting fair in the nation. Reunite with family and friends as you move into Grange Park to live for more than a week, developing lasting relationships with campsite neighbors. Experience livestock competitions and horse shows, enjoy daily motorsports, and munch on delicious fair food.

When: Aug. 17-25

Where: Centre Hall

Cost: $20 for the week, $7 for a day, free for children ages 11 and under

25. Lock Haven Jams Festival

 Lock Haven Jams Festival
Lock Haven Jams Festival

Take a trip to Central PA for 10 hours of non-interrupted, world-class jazz music. In addition to great tunes, the Lock Haven Jams Festival features juried art and fine craft vendors, plein air painters, and food vendors from local establishments.

When: Aug. 17-18

Where: Lock Haven

Cost: Free

26. Elk Expo

kid watching through Binoculars
Elk Expo

Experience everything elk during the annual Elk Expo held in PA’s Great Outdoors. Try your hand at archery shooting, participate in the elk and turkey calling contests, enjoy live music, and take a horse drawn wagon rides

When: Aug. 18-19

Where: Benezette

Cost: N/A

27. Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show

Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show
Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show

Be a part of the excitement when the small town comes to life with the Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show. Perfect for the entire family, the annual event features art, music, and food — all displayed on the historic grounds of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua.

When: Aug. 18-19

Where: Mount Gretna

Cost: $12 for adults, free for children ages 11 and under

28. Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Show

Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Show
Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Show

Celebrate coal heritage and honor King Coal during the 65th annual Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Show in Greene County. Activities include a carnival, child’s mini vehicle parade, pet parade, mine rescue competition, golf outing, and live music.

When: Aug. 18-25

Where: Carmichaels

Cost: Costs vary

29. West End Fair

West End Fair
West End Fair

Mouthwatering food options await you at the West End Fair in Gilbert. Chase thrills on rides out on the midway and enjoy live entertainment and arena shows.

When: Aug. 19-25

Where: Gilbert

Cost: $6 for adults, free for children ages 10 and under

30. Crawford County Fair

Crawford County Fair
Crawford County Fair

Make some time with family and friends to visit the Crawford County Fair. One of the largest agricultural fairs in the state, it boasts amusement rides, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derbies, and agricultural and livestock entries.

When: Aug. 18-25

Where: Meadville

Cost: $8 for adults, free for children ages 5 and under

31. Somerset County Fair

Somerset County Fair
Somerset County Fair

The Somerset County Fair returns for the 118th year, showcasing the county’s agriculture and youth. Come out for nightly entertainment in the grandstand, amusement rides on the midway, and livestock shows.

When: Aug. 18-25

Where: Meyersdale

Cost: $10

32. Beer Fest

Beer Fest
Beer Fest

Calling all beer lovers! Whether you're loyal to a certain brew or want to broaden your palate, the Beer Fest at Blue Mountain Resort is sure to please. The two-day event features craft beer sampling, delicious food, and stunning views of the Pocono Mountains from Pennsylvania's highest vertical.

When: Aug. 24-25

Where: Palmerton

Cost: Costs vary

33. The Dam Show

 The Dam Show flyer
The Dam Show

Enjoy three days of classic rock by the classic rock, the Austin Dam. An eclectic music festival and colorful light show takes advantage of the natural amphitheater and historic significance of the dam ruins which remain from the 1911 breach and failure. More than 15 classic rock bands will honor the likes of Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, and The Doors to name a few.

When: Aug. 24-26

Where: Austin

Cost: $50 for a weekend pass, $30 for Friday only, $40 Saturday only

34. Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival
Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival

Take a magical journey back to the old days with the Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival. As you walk about the fairgrounds, hundreds of authentically dressed merrymakers create the illusion of a 16th century festival. Watch and be amazed as chivalrous knights compete in a joust or learn from artisans who have perfected their craft. And don’t forget about the food! From turkey legs to baked goods, you’ll be feasting like royalty.

When: Aug. 18-19 & 25-26

Where: Pittsburgh

Cost: $22 for adults, $11 for children ages 5-12, free for children ages 5 and under

35. Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

Pittsburg Comedy Festival
Pittsburgh Comedy Festival

Laugh your socks off at the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, a four-day celebration designed to bring stand-ups and improvisers of all things funny together. The festival offers informative workshops, programming for comedians and comedy fans young and old, and best of all, fantastic shows guaranteed to keep you falling off your seat.

When: Aug. 22-26

Where: Pittsburgh

Cost: N/A

36. Corvettes at Carlisle

Corvettes at Carlisle
Corvettes at Carlisle

Join Corvette enthusiasts from around the globe for the world’s largest Corvette extravaganza and a weekend of entertainment and education. Corvettes at Carlisle features more than 5,000 Corvettes representing all generations of America’s classic sports car and includes the famous Corvette Race Reunion, the chance to test Corvette skills on the Autocross, and a restoration gallery.

When: Aug. 23-26

Where: Carlisle

Cost: Costs vary

37. Butler Italian Festival

Italian pizza
Butler Italian Festival

Buongiorno! The Butler County Italian Festival, a four-day celebration of all things “molto Italiano” debuts this year. From music and food to friends, family, and fine wine, get a true taste of Italy in all the red, white, and green trimmings that make Mediterranean merriment a splendor all its own.

When: Aug. 24-26

Where: Butler

Cost: Free

38. Seven Springs Wine Festival

Seven Springs Wine Festival
Seven Springs Wine Festival

Receive a tantalizing experience at the Seven Springs Wine Festival. The event showcases wineries from across the state, featuring complimentary wine sampling from 30 wineries, daily seminars, a variety of crafts, and musical entertainment.

When: Aug. 24-26

Where: Seven Springs

Cost: Costs vary

39. Wally Lake Fest

Wally Lake Fest
Wally Lake Fest

Help summer last a little longer in Hawley at the Wally Lake Fest at Lake Wallenpaupack. The action-packed, three-day event honors the lake’s natural scenic beauty and the many recreational opportunities it provides from boating to biking. If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, this is it!

When: Aug. 24-26

Where: Hawley

Cost: Free

40. Shippensburg Corn Festival

Shippensburg Corn Festival
Shippensburg Corn Festival

The 38th annual Shippensburg Corn Festival returns to town with juried crafts, an antique car show, entertainment, food booths, and children’s activities all centered around a food staple: corn. This street and craft fair hosts more than 250 crafts and antique vendors and was rated the best one-day festival in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Festivals Association.

When: Aug. 25

Where: Shippensburg

Cost: Free

41. Heritage Day and Parade of Nations

Heritage Day and Parade of Nations
Heritage Day and Parade of Nations

Celebrate diversity with the 20th annual Heritage Day and the 19th annual Parade of Nations. Throughout the parade, admire ethnic representatives in native costumes, then continue the festivities with ethnic foods, crafts, live entertainment, and games all along the Main Street in Schuylkill County.

When: Aug. 25

Where: Shenandoah

Cost: Free

42. Fonthill Castle Beer Fest

group of friends drinking beer at Fonthill Castle Beer Fest
Fonthill Castle Beer Fest

Drink like royalty at Fonthill Castle Beer Fest, a daytime beer extravaganza set against Buck’s County’s beautiful outdoor countryside. Sample high-quality drafts from home brewers, local and regional breweries, and other breweries across the country and pair them with locally grown and prepared foods. Proceeds benefit the historic attraction’s educational programs.

When: Aug. 25

Where: Doylestown

Cost: Costs vary for participants, free for designated drivers

43. Mason-Dixon Frontier Festival

Mason Dixon historical park
Mason-Dixon Frontier Festival

Celebrate history and culture at the 36th annual Mason-Dixon Frontier Festival. Explore a display of antique and classic cars, discover the ever-popular steam engines and antique tractors, learn how our frontier ancestors caught lunch with trapping techniques, and enjoy a diverse selection of musical entertainments on the cabin stage. When you are hungry after a day of exploring, try a famous Mason-Dixon Dog.

When: Aug. 25-26

Where: Mt. Morris

Cost: Free

44. Pocono State Craft Festival

Pocono State Craft Festival
Pocono State Craft Festival

Experience one of the area's premier art and craft events at the Pocono State Craft Festival. Check out the largest variety of art and craft demonstrations, be entertained by the best musicians from across the region and discover the very best the Poconos has to offer.

When: Aug. 25-26

Where: Stroudsburg

Cost: $6 for adults, free for children ages 11 and under

45. Yoga in the Wilds Festival

women doing yoga on a surfing board
Yoga in the Wilds Festival

Find yourself at the Yoga in the Wilds Festival, taking place in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds. Whether you’re on a mat or a paddle board, in a hammock or a drum circle, on a meditation stool or on a walk in the woods, this event fosters natural health and healing for adults and kids alike.

When: Aug. 25-26

Where: Ridgway

Cost: Free

46. Indiana County Fair

people riding gaint wheel Indiana County Fair
Indiana County Fair

If you’ve got a competitive spirit, then the Indiana County Fair is just for you. Throughout the week, local farmers and 4-H members show off their livestock, crafts, and baked goods in numerous competitions. Additional fair highlights include tractor pulls, demolition derbies, live entertainment, carnival rides, and food.

When: Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Where: Indiana

Cost: $8, Free for children ages 2 and under

47. Wattsburg Agricultural Society Erie County Fair

Wattsburg Agricultural Society Erie County Fair
Wattsburg Agricultural Society Erie County Fair

Come out to enjoy the annual Wattsburg Agricultural Society Erie County Fair, the oldest and largest fair in the county. From thrilling amusement rides to truck and tractor pulls, there’s excitement for family members of all ages.

When: Aug. 27-Sept. 1

Where: Wattsburg

Cost: $8

48. Great Allentown Fair

Great Allentown Fair
Great Allentown Fair

The Great Allentown Fair offers a fun and educational experience for all in the family. Dedicated to supporting the achievements of farmers, gardeners, and homemakers, the fair invites guests to learn about agriculture while spending an exciting time riding rides, playing games, and seeing shows including Niall Horan and Sugarland.

When: Aug. 28-Sept. 3

Where: Allentown

Cost: $8 for adults, free for children ages 12 and under

49. Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Labor Day Festival

Pennsylvania Arts and Crafts Labor Day Festival
Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Labor Day Festival

Celebrate summer’s final days at the 26th annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Labor Day Festival in the Laurel Highlands. Browse and shop for unique treasures, enjoy musical entertainment, and visit animals at the on-site petting zoo.

When: Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Where: Greensburg

Cost: $6 for adults, $5.50 for seniors, $1 for children ages 6-12, free for children ages 5 and under

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