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. Three Rivers Art Festival
Pittsburgh’s Cultural District is home to this year’s annual celebration of the arts at the Three Rivers Art Festival. Gather to see exhibitions featuring the work of world-class visual artists and performance artists taking the main stage.
When: June 3-12
2. 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
3. Millheim Walkfest of Arts & Music
Lace up your sneakers for the second annual Walkfest of Arts & Music. Walk through Millheim and explore the unique charm of the town on this adventure filled with local food vendors, vintage antiques, musicians, and artisans.
When: June 24-26
4. Traditional Cherry Fair & Early American Art Show
The annual Traditional Cherry Fair & Early American Craft Show at the Historic Schaeffer farm has thrilled guests decades. Visitors can enjoy skilled artisans, entertainment, demonstrations, food, games, and souvenirs at the Museum Store. When not browsing the fair activities, give yourself a self-guided tour through the Schaeffer House and Garden.
When: June 25
Cost: Adults $5; Members and children under 12, free
5. Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival
Picture this: five days jam-packed with more than 20 musical and entertainment acts, kids’ programs, food and craft vendors, and camping areas. Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival brings scenic, summer fun to the PA public complete with 1500 RV hookup sites and 500 rough tent pads with electric for an extended weekend of camping out and jamming out.
When: June 29-July 3
Where: Centre County Grange Park, Centre Hall
Cost: Cost varies
6. Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival
Now’s your chance to attend the nationally acclaimed Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival this summer. This event offers the best in visual and live performing arts, traditional and fine crafts, cultural heritage activities, humanities, and exciting ethnic foods for everyone to try. Shop your way through the Artist Market or dance the day away with live entertainment; this annual summer event let’s everyone celebrate the season in their own unique way.
When: June 30-July 3
7. Philly Balloon & Music Festival
The Chester County skies will come alive with 20 plus balloons launching daily at the Philly Balloon & Music Festival. Get in on the inflated fun with activities like tethered balloon rides, a beer garden, hayrides, and a rock-climbing wall. Stick around for evenings featuring regional musicians and headlining bands as they take the main stage.
When: July 1-4
Cost: Costs Vary
8. Yuengling Stars and Stripes Celebration with Lee Brice
Nothing says “America” like beer and a country concert. Lee Brice headlines Yuengling’s Stars and Stripes Celebration, which includes a festival, free concert, and of course, beer!
When: July 9
9. Art in The Orchard
For three days this July, venture to Way Fruit Farm and attend their second annual Art in the Orchard. Filled with endless activities, this event includes unique goods produced by local artisans, varied food vendors, a bunny barn, bounce house, and live music.
When: July 14-16
Where: Port Matilda
10. Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
Calling all independent artist-entrepreneurs! Come share your talent, artwork, and creativity with members of Centre County at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. Take a stroll through the sidewalk sale, participate in the banner competition, or visit the festival store for a souvenir of the multimedia artwork decorating the festival.
When: July 14-16; July 13 Children and Youth Day
Where: State College
11. Tie Dye Music Festival
Make this summer colorful with the Tie Dye Music Festival! Bring a lawn chair, blankets, and your creativity to the Community Arts Center 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: July 16
12. 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. 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
13. The 60th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival
Believe it or not, Pennsylvania is home to the longest continuously run outdoor music festival in North America. The 60th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival features a lineup of more than 40 musical guests for live music on its famous Old Pool Farm stages. Plus, the festival offers folk fans family camping and community-based performers and vendors.
When: Aug. 18-22
Where: Upper Salford Township
Cost: Cost varies
14. 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
15. 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
16. Made In America
Jay-Z’s Made in America music festival returns to Benjamin Franklin Parkway for you to end summer on a high note. This annual two-day music festival features multiple stages hosting a variety of musical acts of all genres. Get your early bird tickets today!
When: Sept. 3-4
Cost: Cost varies
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