11 Unusual & Unique Summer Events in PA

Pennsylvania is known for some unusual destinations and attractions! Discover the uniqueness of the state at these eccentric events and festivals this summer.

1. Bucks County Beach Days: Sand Sculptures in the Village

Sand Sculpture
Sand Sculptures in the Village

What’s 12 feet tall and loves to sit on the beach? It’s the Bucks County Beach Days: Sand Sculptures in the Village! The event showcases six massive sand sculptures and two smaller ones created by four world-renowned master sand sculptors. The spectacular sculptures on display in Peddler’s Village pay homage to the area’s rich history, landmarks, and scenery.

When: Now-Aug. 31

Where: Lahaska

Cost: Free

2. Whiskey Rebellion Festival

Fill up your glass this summer at the Whiskey Rebellion Festival. This festival – featuring dozens of vendors and distilleries — honors the significant period of America’s early days through historic reenactments, period exhibitions and demonstrations, family fun, frontier art, heritage music, and food.

When: Jul. 8-9

Where: Washington

Cost: Free

3. Woodcarvers Festival

Wood carved bird sculpture
Woodcarvers Festival

It’s true that art mimics life at this year’s Woodcarvers Festival at the Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts with the theme of “Nature in Our Forest.” This festival features carefully hand-carved creations judged by professional carvers and available for purchase. Seek out your inner artist in a carving class, at a demonstration, or around the vendors at the festival.

When: Jul. 9-10

Where: Cooksburg

Cost: $1

4. Picklesburgh

This event is a big dill! Picklesburgh is back this summer bringing you the best fermented finds along with drinks, live entertainment, and a pickle juice drinking contest. This is your year to attend America’s #1 Best Specialty Food Festival.

When: Jul. 15-17

Where: Pittsburgh

Cost: Free

5. Tie Dye Music Festival

band performing at Music Fest
Tie Dye Music Festival

Make this summer colorful with the Tie Dye Music Festival! Bring a lawn chair, blankets, and your creativity as you tie-dye t-shirts, listen to live music, and enjoy refreshments. Purchase a shirt to dye or bring one of your favorites from home to give it some flare.

When: Jul. 16

Where: Wallingford

Cost: Free

6. Rain Day Festival

A person in a rain clone holding an umbrella
Rain Day Festival

Become a weather prognosticator for a day at Waynesburg’s annual Rain Day Festival. This hometown tradition traces its origins back to 1874 when a local farmer remarked to the town’s pharmacist that it always seemed to rain on his birthday, July 29. It has rained 116 times out of 148 years! Celebrate and watch for rain during this annual festival with umbrella decorating contests, live music, and shopping.

When: Jul. 29

Where: Waynesburg

Cost: Free

7. Rib & Wing Festival

Girls eating pork ribs
Rib & Wing Festival

Seven Springs Mountain Resort is giving you the sauciest, most epic backyard barbecue of the season at the Rib & Wing Festival. Dig into mouth-watering ribs and wings cooked up fresh by award-winning “ribbers” from all over the country; rock out to live musical entertainment; cool off at the beer garden; or play some games in the Kid’s Zone.

When: Jul. 29-31

Where: Champion

Cost: $10

8. Western PA Balloon Quest

Hot Air Balloons getting pumped
Western PA Balloon Quest

The hottest event of the season, the Western PA Balloon Quest is a hot air balloon haven. Visitors can see the sky sprinkled with hot air balloons and, for one night only, watch balloons dance to music at the “Balloon Glow.” While admiring the sky, take part in amusement park rides, live entertainment, and food vendors.

When: Aug. 3-7

Where: New Castle

Cost: Free

9. Great American Banana Split Festival

girls standing behind mule with banana split on top
Great American Banana Split Festival

Watch out for banana peels at Latrobe’s Great American Banana Split Festival. Bring family and friends along for food, activities, entertainment, and banana splits. Discover where the first banana split was made and enjoy the good-time recipe while participating in summer fun activities for one sweet weekend.

When: Aug. 19-21

Where: Latrobe

Cost: Free

10. Elk Expo

In a celebration of "everything elk," this year’s Elk Expo at the Elk County Visitor Center features displays, presentations, contests, entertainment, wagon rides, and music. Dozens of vendors — from Alpaca Creations apparel to Rut n Bugle Distillery drinks — fill the expo with never-ending sources of engagement for elk-loving attendees of all ages.

When: Aug. 20-21

Where: Benezette

Cost: Free

11. Wally Lake Fest

band performing on lake floating
Wally Lake Fest

Make summer last a little bit longer at Wally Lake Fest. Lake Wallenpaupack is celebrated during this action-packed weekend event filled with live music, farmers markets, flavorful food, and drinks, and of course, boats!

When: Aug. 26-28

Where: Hawley

Cost: Price varies

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