Sway to the songs of summer and admire local pieces of art at these arts and music festivals. They are sure to bring out your creativity this season. Be sure to never miss an event in Pennsylvania.
1. Rose Tree Park Summer Music Festival
There’s something about an outdoor concert that makes the summer months extra special. Rose Tree Park Summer Music Festival is a free concert held at a scenic outdoor amphitheater at one of Delco’s most beautiful parks. The festival offers programming so eclectic that it will appeal to everyone’s music taste—from classical to Cajun, Motown to rock or Broadway, and everything in between.
When: June 15-August 14
2. Allegheny County Summer Concert Series
Nothing says summer like swaying to tunes in an open-air amphitheater. All summer long at the Allegheny Country Summer Concert Series, enjoy music, food trucks, and alcohol vendors such as Black Dog Winery and Hop Farm Brewing Co. Musical guests include Midnight Star with special guest Royce, The Regrettes, and Allison Russell.
When: Various Dates
Where: Allison Park
3. Wildflower Music Festival
Nothing beats a lively summer afternoon at the Wildflower Music Festival. For over 40 years, the festival has drawn in massive crowds in an open-air amphitheater on the grounds of the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary. From John Denver to Frank Sinatra tributes, there is no shortage of iconic music to sing along to. Make sure to pack snacks and a blanket to enjoy your very own picnic during the concert!
When: Various Dates
Where: White Mills
Cost: General Admission: $26, Students (12-18): $13, Ages 11 and under: Free
4. The Big Dub Festival
The Big Dub Festival brings four days of EDM, dubstep, and bass music acts to Four Quarters Farm in Artemas . Catch performances by Bear Grillz, Black Sun Empire, and SayMyName , and never miss a minute of the action by camping on-site!
When: July 26-31
5. Ameriserv Flood City Music Festival
Celebrate American music — from rock to blues to indie — at Johnstown's annual Ameriserv Flood City Music Festival. The Spin Doctors and Railroad Earth are this year's headliners . The festival features a wide range of genres from funk bluegrass to acoustic rock with live performances by 14 bands and music artists.
When: July 29-30
With 16 stages and 500+ music and art performances over 10 days, it's no wonder USA Today's readers have deemed Bethlehem's Musikfest "THE BEST music festival in North America." And most performances are free! With one headlining show every night, Boyz II Men kicks off the fest with acts like Ziggy Marley and Kelsea Ballerini to follow. Free performances include modern soul artist Dakota Jones, indie pop band Moonroof, FOX 29's "Spotlight Under the El” season two winner Seth Witcher, and hundreds of others.
When: Aug. 4-14
Cost: Most events are free, larger acts are ticketed
7. Clarion Summer Fest Art & Music Festival
Go to downtown Clarion for outdoor adventure, shopping, concerts, and brewery crawls for the first weekend of the final month of summer at Clarion Summer Fest Arts & Music Festival. Enjoy the finer things in life—music, art, food, and craft beer—with the community at the Art & Music Festival. Supporting local businesses has never been so much fun!
When: Aug. 5-7
8. Susquehanna Folk Festival
This family-friendly festival will be sure to get everyone on their feet! The Susquehanna Folk Festival features local folk artists, Serbo-Croatian tambura music, and classical Indian dance music. Embrace the mixing of cultures by trying new foods, listening to storytellers, and crafting some take home souvenirs with arts and crafts.
When: Aug. 12-14
Cost: Costs Vary
9. 83rd Gettysburg Blue Grass Festival
Founded in 1979, the Gettysburg Blue Grass Festival is known regionally for its welcoming atmosphere and smooth Bluegrass music. Hosted by the Granite Hill Camping Resort each year, the rustic décor and spacious grounds add to the ambiance of the event. On hot summer days, you may even be able to watch the concert from the venue’s swimming pool!
When: Aug. 18-21
Cost: Costs Vary
10. Philadelphia Folk Festival
Celebrate the Philadelphia Folk Festival's 60th anniversary with headline act Michael Franti & Spearhed , along with The War Treaty, Arrested Development, Davina and the Vagabonds, and many other local and national folk artists and bands. Puppeteers, jugglers, aerialists, storytellers, and crafters will be on hand to make this a truly memorable and fun experience at North America's longest continuously running outdoor folk festival!
When: Aug. 18-21
Where: Upper Salford Township
11. Elements Music & Arts Festival
The Elements Music and Arts Festival is like no other concert experience in PA. Tucked away in the fields of Long Pond, the three-day music festival venue is completely powered by an on-site solar farm. As you camp in the wilderness, you will explore 100 musical acts across 10 different stages and engage in an immersive art experience that follows forest paths along the property.
When: Aug. 19-22
Where: Long Pond
12. Exchange ArtFest
Go to Bloomsburg this month for the 14th annual Exchange Artfest. Downtown Bloomsburg will be packed and lively with food vendors, over fifty arts and crafts stations, and plenty of music by local artists. Explore and take in the day with friends and family of any age!
When: Aug. 20
13. Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival
Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival
Dance to the tune of summer at the Laurel Hill Bluegrass Festival. This annual festival showcases musicianship, craftsmanship, stewardship, and friendship. Nestled amongst Laurel Hill State Park in beautiful Somerset County, enjoy music from seven bands, local artisans, food vendors, period reenactors, children’s activities, and wagon rides. You won’t leave this event feeling blue.
When: Aug. 20-21
14. Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show
Nationally ranked in Sunshine Magazine’s “200 Best,” the historic Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show is held in the summer “Under the Trees of Old Chautauqua.” This year’s show will feature 160 exhibitors as well as “Emerging Artists.” Enjoy artwork and items handcrafted from artisans all over the country and enjoy the beautiful, wooded splendor of Mount Gretna.
When: Aug. 20-21
Where: Mount Gretna
15. Haverford Music Festival
Join Grammy Nominee and Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Louis Walker as he headlines the 10th Annual Haverford Music Festival. Enjoy dance worthy musical performances from popular and rising artists representing various musical genres, great food, beer gardens, and activities and fun for the kids.
When: Aug. 27
16. Made in America Festival
Plan to make your way to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this Labor Day weekend for the massive Made in America music celebration. Bad Bunny and Tyler, The Creator t headline this annual, two-day music fest, which is curated by Jay-Z and packed with top performers.
When: Sept. 3-4
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