Top 20 Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania USA
Top Events USA showcases the top 20 Pennsylvania USA events, festivals and fairs.
Highlighting the Pennsylvania events are Mummers Parade in Philadelphia, and the the
Philadelphia Flower and Garden Show both of which have been recognized as two of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA.
See below for a complete list of the main Pennsylvania US events.
An internationally known event, and one of the Top 100 Events in the USA as stipulated by the American Bus Association, and recognized here as one of the top 20 events and festivals in Pennsylvania USA, Mummer’s Parade in Philadelphia held on New Year’s Day is one of the longest running events in the USA. It officially began in 1900 but had been running before that as well. Complete with music and participators in lavish and original costumes, the Philadelphia Mummers Parade features more than 10,000 elaborated attired men and women strutting along the parade route to the climax of the event at City Hall where the official judging takes place.
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Mummer's Parade is one of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA
Pennsylvania Farm Show
early – mid January
Another one of the main Pennsylvania US events is the Pennsylvania Farm Show, the largest indoor agricultural event in America, attracting more than 400,000 spectators with more than 270 commercial exhibitors, 10,000 animals and 8,000 competitive exhibitors. From livestock shows to educational displays, the participants at the Farm Show help to keep Pennsylvania growing.
For more information about the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg visit:
A popular event, one of the main Pennsylvania US events, celebrating this day this 1886, every February 2, visitors gather in Punxsutawney for a weather forecast from internationally-recognized weather expert, Punxsutawney Phil - a groundhog. On February 2, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler's Knob - in front of thousands of followers from all over the world - to predict the weather for the rest of winter. Tradition has it that if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring. Festivities also include the Woodchuck Whittle Carving Show, the Souvenir Show & Sale, Phil’s Wedding Chapel, Hay Ride Town Tours, Groundhog Day in the Park and much more.
For more information about Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney visit:
International Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous
mid – late February
Each year, 25,000 people flock to this town in the highlands known as the Pennsylvania Wilds to take part in a celebration of chainsaw carving. More than 200 chainsaw carvers from all over the world display their talents, share and learn new techniques, teach the craft to others and raise money for charities. Hosted by master carver, Rick Boni, and his wife Liz, the International Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous offers chainsaw competitions, safety classes, carving displays, an auction of chainsaw art, the chance to buy large and small pieces from the assembled artists, communal meals, and live music.
For more information about the International Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous in Ridgway visit:
Philadelphia Flower and Garden Show
An internationally respected Philadelphia Flower Show has been a premier event for over 80 years, and is now the largest and oldest indoor flower show in the world and chosen as one of the top 20 events and festivals in Pennsylvania USA. Highlights of the event include competitive growers and horticulturists from around the world displaying their plants in bids for major honors, landscape displays, lectures, and hundreds of vendors, from all over the world selling plants, flowers, orchids, sheds, floral-inspired furniture and artwork, and garden-related crafts and supplies.
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The Philadelphia Flower and Garden Show is one of the TOP 20 EVENTS in the whole of the USA
Scranton St Patrick’s Day Festival
early March (the weekend before St Patrick’s Day)
Beginning in 1862 and now drawing more than 150,000 attendees, the Scranton St Patrick’s Day Festival is one of the oldest and largest St Patrick’s Day Parades in the USA. It has also come to be known as one of the better St Patrick's Day parades and comes each year complete with bagpipe, string and high-school bands, Irish step-dancers, local musicians and other Irish groups as well as a wealth of floats and an army of enthusiastic marchers.
For more information about the Scranton St Patrick’s Day Festival visit:
Philadelphia St Patrick’s Day Parade
Started in 1771, the Philadelphia St Patrick’s Day Parade is the second oldest St Patrick’s Day Parade in the USA, topped only by the New York City Parade. Attracting over half a million marchers and spectators clad in elaborate green costumery, the Philadelphia St Patrick’s Day Parade has a different theme each year, such as “A Decade of Remembrance”, “Bless the American Worker” and “Bless Our Religious Sisters Who Serve, Inspire and Educate” – serious themes of thought to balance the abundance of sparkling, fun inspired floats, bands and music performances. Special awards such as the “Award given to the group that best exemplifies the Spirit of the Parade”, the “Award given to the organization with an Outstanding Float”, the “Award given to an Outstanding Adult Dance Group” and many more are handed out to more than 13 winners.
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Attracting up to 500,000 people, Odunde is the longest-running and largest African-American street festival on the East Coast of the USA. Spread over 12 city blocks of one of Philadelphia’s oldest, historically African-American neighborhoods, showcasing two stages of live entertainment and featuring more than 200 arts and crafts and food vendors, the Odunde Festival celebrates the diversified African and African-American culture with everything including a Family Village with crafts and entertainment geared toward children and much more.
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A popular event for over 50 years, the 10-day Three Rivers Arts Festival that is free to the general public is the area’s largest showcase of visual arts and craft demonstrations, more than 300 artists / craftspeople), exhibitions selected through a rigorous jury process, musical and dance performances, a fine arts and crafts market, and even Pride Parade. Held throughout downtown Pittsburgh, even more events featured at the Three River Arts Festival include family-friendly stage performances, an array of food booths as well as walking tours of the entire Cultural District.
For more information about the Three Rivers Arts Festival visit:
World’s Largest Garden Party
entire month of June
Brought about by the region’s major gardens, the World’s Largest Garden Party presents a mix of gardening events throughout the area, from plant sales, wildflower walks, garden tours and hands-on workshops, to lectures, and evening galas celebrating the fact that Philadelphia is nicknamed the USA’s ‘cradle of horticulture’.
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Philly Beer Week
The largest beer celebration in America, Philly Beer Week in Philadelphia, appropriately referred to as America’s “best beer-drinking city” and a place where beer has been brewed for more than 300 years, is a 10-day celebration of all things beer. Just a few of the 600 events during the festival include special dinners, pub crawls, tours of Philadelphia’s best breweries, beer tasting events, and home-brewing technique demos.
For more information about Philly Beer Week visit:
The Gettysburg Festival - Celebrating America
early to mid June
Celebrating American arts, culture and cuisine in more than 100 events, the Gettysburg Festival includes a variety of events such as the a free and open to all Art Market, the popular Edible Art Tour showcasing the talents of local artists and top area chefs, the fun filled Children’s Arts Faire with crafts, music, games, art and magic, Broadway’s Next H!T Musical – a fresh, creative improv troupe creating a Broadway style musical based on improvisational suggestions from the audience, the All-American Brass Picnic and the very popular Blues, Beer & BBQ event.
For more information about The Gettysburg Festival - Celebrating America visit:
Kutztown Folk Festival
late June - early July
The oldest folklife festival in America, the family oriented Kutztown Folk Festival which has been going strong for over 60 years celebrates the Dutch heritage of Pennsylvania with the largest Quilt Sale in the USA, traditional crafts by 200 juried American craftsmen, historical reenactments, antiques, traditional music and dancing, and lots of activities for children. Attracting more than 150,000 visitors every year, the nine-day Kutztown Folk Festival has been named as one of America’s Top Celebrations by USA Today, and a “Must See” Festival by the Washington Post.
For more information about the Kutztown Folk Festival visit:
July 4th: Festival, Concert and Fireworks
Celebrating the 4th July in Philadelphia, the home of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, this event showcases the largest free concert in the USA featuring all time favorites such as John Mayer, Jill Scott, Ben Taylor and Grace Potter, all of which comes to a spectacular end with a world-renowned fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
For more information about the July 4th: Festival, Concert and Fireworks in Philadelphia visit:
Three Rivers Regatta
late June to early July
Considered the largest inland regatta in the USA, the free Three Rivers Regatta, now more than 35 years old, attracts over half a million people each year with a wealth of first-class water, land and air entertainment. Specific parts of the event are the Powerboat Superleague North American Championships for boat racing, four consecutive nights of the Laser Show Spectacular, ice skating at no charge on the artificial ice surface of Point Skate Park, award winning artists and their sand sculpture creations, as well as the fireworks (one of the country’s top 10 displays) called the EQT “Flashes of Freedom” Fireworks Fantasia.
For more information about the Three Rivers Regatta in Pittsburgh visit:
Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival
4th July weekend
Twin Lakes Park – Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Attracting over 150,000 enthusiasts every year, a popular event for more than 39 years, the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival features the best in live performing arts, traditional and fine crafts and crafts, events celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Pennsylvania, and enticing offerings of various ethnic foods.
For more information about the Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival visit:
The largest free, ten-day, non-gated music festival in the USA complete with 15 stages offering more than 500 performances, Musikfest offers hundreds of free events as well as famous recording artists each night at the festival’s main stage called Steel Stage. Past features include Tony Bennett, George Clinton, the Beach Boys, Carrie Underwood, Boyz II Men, BB King, Duran Duran, the Steve Miller Band and more.
For more information about Musikfest in Bethlehem visit:
This annual event is the largest agricultural fair in Pennsylvania, covering 236 acres. Grandstand entertainment is available every evening. During the day visitors can check out the hundreds of exhibits, food stands, craft stands, livestock, poultry and rabbit exhibits, as well as harness racing and a dog show.
For more information about the Bloomsburg Fair visit:
Harley Davidson Open House
For more than 16 years, the Harley Davidson Open House event has attracted more than 50,000 motorcycle enthusiasts each year to take part in the annual Final Assembly Plant Open House. The weekend of activities begins with the Bike Night parade of all the participants followed by self–guided plant tours, demonstration rides on Harley-Davidson models, a motorcycle skills competition, kids’ activities including rides on power-wheel toys, bike displays, daily group riding tours, raffles and headline concerts throughout the weekend.
For more information about the Harley Davidson Open House in York visit:
The three-day, annual Square Applefest festival held in Franklin is the largest crafts festival in western Pennsylvania and attracts over 300,000 people every year. The festival includes an apple pancake breakfast, apple-pie-baking and apple-eating contests, more than 300 arts & crafts specialists, a 5K race, the Antique & Classic Car Show, Kids' Korner, food of all kinds, a farmers market and free entertainment of all types.
For more information about the Square Applefest in Franklin visit:
Visitors and locals alike celebrate the holidays at this unique Old World-style family marketplace voted one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association. Christkindlmarkt features an amazing array of exquisite gifts and fine arts and crafts, from jewelry to hand-made quilts and the perfect atmosphere in which to relax, enjoy a hot cocoa or apple strudel and listen to the musicians performing an assortment of holiday classics and original Christmas music. St. Nicholas is onhand for the children, who can also explore rides, ice carving demonstrations and other holiday-related activities in the charming historic district of Christmas city.
For more information about Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem visit:
updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.