Things to do in Pennsylvania
Year Round

No matter what time of year you visit, there are always fun things to do in Pennsylvania. From summer fairs and outdoor musical performances to fall festivals and a massive winter flower and garden show, there are a number of popular Pennsylvania festivals and events to suit all tastes.

Explore your options with this listing of some of our favorite things to do in Pennsylvania.

Things to do in Pennsylvania in WINTER

Things to do in Pennsylvania in SPRING

Things to do in Pennsylvania in SUMMER

Things to do in Pennsylvania in FALL (including Christmas/winter holiday activities)

Winter Events & Festivals

Hershey Candylane - Amusement rides and the magic of the Christmas season combine for family fun. Open select days from mid-November through December

Christkindlmrkt - Held in historic Bethlehem, PA from late November through mid-December. One of the world's top holiday markets featuring fine artisans from around the globe. Live Christmas music, food and St. Nicholas round out the fun.

Philadelphia Mummers Parade - Legendary New Years Day parade features unique costumes, music, and pageantry on the streets of Philadelphia. Find a spot along Broad St. from South Philly through Center City. Judging takes place around City Hall.

Pennsylvania Farm Show - The country's largest indoor agricultural event held in Harrisburg each January. For over 90 years, visitors come to enjoy educational displays, cooking demonstrations, various contests and much more.

Punxsutawney Groundhog Day Celebration - Three days of family friendly activities including breakfast with Phil, kids crafts, entertainment and more. Of course the finale is seeing Punxsutawney Phil emerge from his burrow to predict the weather for the rest of winter.

Groundhog Wine Trail Festival - Central Pennsylvania's premier wine tasting event takes place whether or not Phil sees his shadow! Sample award-winning wines from local and regional wineries

Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival - Dozens of sparkling ice sculptures are featured at this winter festival held on Market Street in charming downtown Lewisburg, PA.

Ice-Tee Golf Tournament - Looking for something fun to do in Pennsylvania during February? Check out the Ice-Tee golf tournament on Lake Wallenpaupack in northeast PA. Golf 9 holes on the lake! Golf experience not required.

Chocolate Covered February - A month long celebration of chocolate in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Look for chocolate themed events, activities and culinary adventures.

Philadelphia Flower Show - Held each year in March at the Philadelphia Convention Center, the show features eight days of beautiful blooms and amazing displays.

Spring Events & Festivals

Berks Jazz Fest - 100+ events at over 35 venues, spanning 10 days means there's something here for almost everyone. The annual festival is one of the largest in the country and is held in Reading, PA.

Lewisburg Arts Festival - A multi-week celebration of the Arts held in late April/early May and featuring workshops, art exhibits, performances and Lewisburg Live! - multiple bands performing at various venues around Lewisburg.

Dad Vail Regatta - Cheer on your favorite team from the banks of the Schuylkill River at this major college rowing event of the year. Held in Philadelphia on during the weekend of the second Saturday in May.

Fine Arts Fiesta - Juried art shows, live performances, an artists market, plenty of kids activities and a wide selection of ethnic food make this 4 day festival a must-do event. Held in mid-May in Wilkes Barre, PA.

Chocolate and Wine Festival - The historic town of Montrose in Northeast PA is the setting for this "tasteful" event. Enjoy wine and chocolate tastings along with an art show, musical entertainment and recipe contests. Held in mid-May.

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival - This four day, family friendly event is held each year in mid-May on the grounds of the Granite Hill Camping Resort and features traditional and contemporary bluegrass artists.

Mayfair Festival of the Arts - Memorial Day weekend festival featuring arts, crafts, music, food and fun. Special performances and craft areas for the kids make this a family-friendly festival. Held in Allentown, PA.

Summer Events & Festivals

Pocono 500 - Nascar Cup Series racing at its finest in the heart of the Pocono Mountains. Held in June.

Kutztown Folk Festival - This popular Pennsylvania festival is a celebration of Pennsylvania Dutch culture, food, arts & crafts, music and folklore. A summer favorite for all ages. Don't forget to visit the Quilt Barn!

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts - This State Collge celebration of the arts is held over four days in mid-July and features all forms of art including visual, dance, music and theatrical performances. Venues are located throughout downtown State College and Penn State's University Park Campus.

Global Fusion Festival - Celebration of diversity featuring cultural music, ethnic dance performances and traditional foods and crafts. This Philadelphia festival is held in mid-July and features a children's pavilion with kid-friendly activities.

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix - This 10-day celebration spans six venues and two Western PA counties. It features skills tests, car shows, and thrilling racing events.

Musikfest - This eastern PA festival features ten days of eclectic music, unique foods and over 300 performers from around the globe. Held in July/August. One of our favorite things to do in Pennsylvania each summer.

West End Fair - A week-long family, friendly fair held in Gilbert PA. The fair is held during the last full week in August and features livestock and agricultural displays, amusement rides, live performances and more.

Pennsylvania 500 - The season's second Nascar Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. Held in August.

Little League World Series - For two weeks every August, Williamsport PA welcomes youth baseball players from around the US and over 70 other countries to compete for the coveted Little League World Championship title. If you go, be sure to visit the Little League Museum near the stadium.

Kennett Square Mushroom Festival - Visit the "Mushroom Capital of the World" for this 2 day festival held each September. Enjoy mushroom farm tours, cooking demos and contests, kids rides, music, entertainment and great food.

Fall Events & Festivals

Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival - For over 30 years, visitors have flocked to this charming northeast PA town each October to enjoy beautiful foliage, charming shops, scenic train rides, crafts, food, and unique attractions like the Asa Packer Mansion.

Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival - Take a peek into life in the 15th century with jousting, magic shows, artisans and more. Typically open from late August through early October in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire - 16th century romance and adventure comes alive in Central Pennsylvania. Running on weekends from August-October, the faire features over 90 daily shows, skilled artisans, wine tasting and of course, men in tights!

Shawnee Autumn Timber Festival - This weekend festival is held in October which is prime leaf peeping season in the Pocono Mountains. Take a chairlift ride at Shawnee Ski Resort and savor the beautiful foliage while enjoying hot air balloons, skydiving exhibits, lumberjack shows, crafts, food and more.

Litiz Chocolate Walk - Since 2001, this "chocolate for charity" event has been satisfying sweet tooths and charities alike. Walkers follow maps through historic downtown Litiz while collecting chocolate treats at over 30 stations. More info. at

Bedford's Fall Foliage Festival - For over 45 years, this annual festival has drawn visitors from throughout the state. Spread over two weekends in early October, the festival features over 400 craftspeople, live entertainment, great food, children's activities and live interactive theater.

Covered Bridge and Arts Festival - Located at Knoebels Grove Amusement Park, this fall favorite features over 300 crafters, games, entertainment and fabulous food (the apple dumplings are not to be missed!). Wagon rides and scenic tours of covered bridges are also featured.

Pennsylvania Apple n Cheese Festival - Located in the endless mountains of Pennsylvania, this annual festival is held the first full weekend in October. This family friendly event includes weaving, blacksmithing and chainsaw carving demos along with children's activities, free continuous entertainment, a well regarded art show and plenty of yummy food featuring...You guessed it - apples and cheese!

Three Rivers Film Festival - Pittsburgh oldest and largest film festival runs from early to mid-November. The event features new documentaries, cutting-edge short films, indies and restored classics.

Kennel Club of Philadelphia National Dog Show - Featuring over 2,000 leading canines from a variety of breeds along with kids activities, this is an event for the whole family. Held in November at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center near Valley Forge, PA.

Hershey Candylane & Christmas in Hershey - Amusement rides and the magic of the Christmas season combine for family fun. Open select days from mid-November through December.

Bellefonte Victorian Christmas - Held in mid-December in historic Victorian Bellefonte. Arts and crafts, holiday home tours, concerts, horse-drawn buggy rides and more.

Christkindlmrkt - Held in historic Bethlehem, PA from late November through mid-December. One of the world's top holiday markets featuring fine artisans from around the globe. Live Christmas music, food and St. Nicholas round out the fun.

An Eisenhower Christmans - there's no better time to visit the home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Gettysburg. From December 1 through 31 the Eisenhower National Historic Site is decorated as it was during the presidential years in the 1950s. Closed Christmas Day.

Old Time Christmas at Quiet Valley Farm - Experience an old-fashioned Christmas at Quiet Valley Farm in Stroudsburg, PA. On select weekends in December, join guides in period costume for a lantern-lit walk, roaring bonfire, living Nativity, Carolers, mulled cider, snacks and a visit from Belsnikel - a traditional Pennsylvania German figure.

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