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July Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

With the temperatures rising and flowers blooming, Happy Travelers are itching to get outside! The warmer weather brings a variety of Pennsylvania events for everyone to enjoy.

This month, locals and visitors will enjoy some old-fashioned fun at the Kutztown Folk Festival, be inspired by the beauty of the Italian Street Painting at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, and play in the sand and surf during Discover Presque Isle Days.

Read more to see all of the events and festivals happening this month and make sure to check visitPA for other great events happening around the state.

1. Westmoreland Arts & Heritage

Westmoreland Arts Heritage
Tourists view the exceptional visual arts at the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival.

The 43rd Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival brings exceptional visual arts, traditional crafts, educational activities, and live performing artists to the community while preserving Pennsylvania’s historical and living cultural heritage.

When: June 29-July 2, 2017

Where: Latrobe

Cost: Free

2. Wawa Welcome America

Visit the city where independence was declared to rock the town with red, white, and blue festivities, including free concerts, four dazzling fireworks shows, the Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party, parades, patriotic ceremonies, and kids’ activities. The Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert features the Queen of Hip Hop, Mary J. Blige, along with the Philly POPS BIG Band, and will honor Philly’s own Boyz II Men.

When: June 29-July 4

Where: Philadelphia

Cost: Free

3. Back to the 50’s Weekend

Back to 50s weekend
Back to the 50's Weekend Event, New Castle. Photo Credit: Lawrence County.

Go back in time during Back to the 50’s Weekend in New Castle June 30-July 2. The three-day event is filled with classic and custom cars, as well as classic ‘50s doo-wop music. Held in beautiful Cascade Park, once an iconic amusement park, you will find yourself laughing and singing along to your favorite oldies music and wishing you were cruisin’ the main drag in one of the many cars on display 

When: June 30-July 2

Where: New Castle

Cost: $5 per person

Free: Children 12 and under

4. Gettysburg Anniversary Civil War Battle Re-Enactment

Gettysburg Anniversary civilwar battle re-enactment
The Gettysburg Re-Enactment takes you back in time and sets the stage for your imagination.
Photo Credit: Destination Gettysburg

The 154th Gettysburg Anniversary Civil War Battle Re-Enactment features battle reenactments including Pickett's Charge, living history, period music, sutlers, encampments, and more.  All reenactment activities are held at a reenactment site outside of the Gettysburg National Military Park. Gates open at 8:30AM.

When: July 1-3, 2017

Where: Gettysburg

Cost: Prices range from $29-$69

5. Fourth of July in Lititz: Grand Illumination of Candles

In Lititz (Budget Travel’s 2013 Coolest Small Town in America), one of the nation’s oldest Fourth of July celebrations, marks its 200th anniversary on July 4 this year with a Grand Illumination of Candles (just before the fireworks) along the Lititz Run creek that incorporates more than 5,000 candles of varying size). Gates open at noon.

When: July 1-8, 2017

Where: Lititz

Cost: $15 at the gate

Free: Ages 10 and under

6. Canonsburg Fourth of July Parade & Celebration

Canonsburg Fourth of July Parade & Celebration on July 4 is the second-largest Independence Day celebration in Pennsylvania with more than 50,000 in attendance. This event features a two-hour parade, park events and a spectacular fireworks display at Canon-McMillan High School stadium. This family-friendly event is free.

When: July 4, 2017

Where: Canonsburg

Cost: Free

7. McSummerfest

Take a chance at one of the carnival games at McSummerfest this July. Photo Credit: Washington County.

Outside of Pittsburgh is a family-oriented, fun-filled week-long festival featuring live nightly entertainment, food, games, and carnival rides, with free admission, parking, and entertainment. Attend on July 3 to watch a firework show by Zambelli's!

When: July 1-8, 2017

Where: McDonald

Cost: Free admission and parking

8. Kutztown Folk Festival

Experience old-fashioned family fun at the 68th Annual Kutztown Folk Festival! America’s oldest folk-life festival offers folk art and crafts by more than 200 demonstrating craftsmen, the largest sale of handmade American quilts in the United States, folk-life programs and demonstrations, five stages of nonstop entertainment, lots of children’s activities, and the best Pennsylvania Dutch food anywhere.

When: July 1-9, 2017

Where: Kutztown

Cost: $14 Adults, $13 Senior Citizens (55+), $5 Students (13-17), Children 12 and under free. Friday Night Special - $5 after 4PM. Weekly Pass: $24. Parking is free.

9. Gettysburg Bike Week

Gettysburg Bike Week
Rev your engines for Gettysburg Bike Week. Photo Credit; Destination Gettysburg

Rev your motorcycles and head to Gettysburg Bike Week July 6-9! Join more than 30,000 motorcyclists in a bike show, field events, tattoo contests, burn-out competition, daily poker runs, live music, and fireworks in historic Gettysburg.

When: July 6-9, 2017

Where: Gettysburg

Cost: Prices range from $15-$40

10. Briggs Farm Blues Festival

Briggs Farm Blues Festival July 6-9 in Nescopeck is hosted in the Briggs Family’s 250-year-old farm. This four-day festival is hosted on 60 acres of the 430-acre farm. The festival features jazz artists that will have you singing and dancing to the rhythm and blues.

When: July 6-9, 2017

Where: Nescopeck

Cost: Prices range from $30-$300

11. Squatchfest 2017

Squatchfest 2017, slated for July 8 at Kane Family Drive Inn Theater in Kane, is a day packed full of fun for everyone! Held rain or shine, the event will include children's games, the ever-popular Sasquatch calling contest, a pig roast, live chainsaw carvers, and a fireworks extravaganza! Gates open at 3 p.m. with music starting at 4 p.m.

When: July 8, 2017

Where: Kane

Cost: Tickets: $20 Adult, $5 Youth (6-15)

12. Roar on the Shore

Roar on the Shore
Take a ride through Erie at the Roar on the Shore 11th Annual Bike Week.
Photo Credit: Visit Erie.

Join thousands of motorcycles and enthusiasts during Roar on the Shore 11th Annual Bike Week July 12-16 in Erie. Thousands of motorcycles will drive through the streets of Erie while guests enjoy musical entertainment, food, and more.

When: July 12-16, 2017

Where: Erie

Cost: Tickets range from $10-15

13. Camp Bisco

Camp Bisco, the annual three-day electronic music festival of the year kicks off at one of the most beautiful and thrilling world-class concert venues in the country — The Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Featuring three stages, picturesque camping, waterpark fun and more, Camp Bisco is sure to be an amazing weekend for the ultimate escape to your reality. This event is 18+ only and a valid photo I.D. must be shown.

When: July 13-15, 2017

Where: Scranton

Cost: 18+ only with tickets ranging $215-$265

14. Central PA Festival of the Arts

Central PA Festival of Arts
Come see the nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition at the Central PA Festival of the Arts.
Photo Credit: Visit Penn State.

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts brings more than 125,000 people to downtown State College and the University Park campus of Penn State each July to celebrate the arts! Come shop at our nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, and take in performers of international, national, and regional stature on outdoor and indoor stages. We have a full day of children’s activities, a gallery exhibition, and more!

When: July 13-16, 2017

Where: State College

Cost: Free

15. Western PA Balloon Quest

Western PA Balloon Quest
Be awed by the beauty of hot air balloons during the Western PA Balloon Quest..
Photo Credit: Chester County CVB.

Western PA Balloon Quest is a three-day hot air balloon-galore event! See the sky sprinkled with hot air balloons every day (weather permitting). Attend the first night to see the "Balloon Glow" where the balloons dance to music along with amusements, live entertainment, food, and fireworks.               

When: July 13-16, 2017

Where: New Castle

Cost: Free

16. 1864 Burning & Rebirth

1864 Burning and Rebirth
The 1864 Burning & Rebirth will take you back in time more than 150 years ago.
Photo Credit: Explore Franklin County.

Experience the spirit of Chambersburg as a light show portrays the history of the town which was ransomed and burned on July 30, 1864 by Confederate troops during the Civil War. The light show — so real the center of town appears to be ablaze just as it was more than 150 years ago — culminates with the rebirth of Chambersburg. The day also includes historic walking tours, living history, exhibits, prizes, giveaways, old-fashioned photo booth, book signings, glow-in-the-dark face painting, and fun for kids.

When: July 14-15, 2017

Where: Chambersburg

Cost: Free

17. 100 Mile Yard Sale

There are unique finds and deals for miles at the 100 Mile Yard Sale July 14-15! The Yard sale starts, or ends, (depending on where you start at) on Route 879 in Shawville. The Pennsylvania Wilds is ready to welcome the thousands of yard sale shoppers to the area for the 20th iteration of this annual event.

When: July 14-15, 2017

Where: Shawville

Cost: Free

18. HOTAfest 2017

HOTAfest 2017 (Heart of the Arts Folk Festival) in Titusville is a three-day event on July 14-16 for musicians and visual artists. The festival features hands-on workshops that celebrate the Bluegrass, Irish Celtic, Gospel, Scottish, Civil War, Folk, and Mountain genres, including visual arts and crafts.

When: July 14-16, 2017

Where: Titusville

Cost: Free, workshop sessions cost varies

19. Seven Springs Rib & Wing Festival

7-springs rib-wings Fest
Be prepared for sticky fingers at the Seven Springs Rib & Wing Festival.
Photo Credit: Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau.

Seven Springs Rib & Wing Festival - Prepare your taste buds for the ultimate backyard BBQ! Award-winning ribbers from all over the country gather to bring the best ribs and wings to Seven Springs, all while rocking out to some live musical entertainment.

When: July 14-16, 2017

Where: Seven Springs

Cost:  $7

Free: Ages 11 and under

20. Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival

Gettysburg Baseball Fest
See how baseball was really played at the Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival.
Photo Credit: Destination Gettysburg.

Baseball lovers will enjoy going back in time during the annual Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival July 14-16! There was a time when the game was really all about the game, “Base Ball” was two words, and using gloves wasn’t on players’ radar yet. Head out to the farmland on the edge of the battlefield for a step back in time and a weekend of “base ball” fun!

When: July 14-16, 2017

Where: Gettysburg

Cost: Free

21. WaterFire Sharon

WaterFire Sharon incorporates over fifty sparkling bonfires ablaze on the Shenango River in Downtown Sharon, emitting the fragrant scent of aromatic cedar and pine as silhouettes of firetenders pass by the flames. The day will be filled with enchanting music and diverse performers from around the globe engaging all the senses and emotions of those who watch. Don’t miss WaterFire Sharon, Pennsylvania! 

When: July 15, August 19 and September 23, 2017

Where: Sharon

Cost: Free

22. Endless Mountains Music Festival

Endless Mountain Music Festival
For two weeks, enjoy the sounds of music at the Endless Mountains Music Festival.
Photo Credit: Endless Mountains.

The annual Endless Mountains Music Festival kicks off July 21 for two weeks of spectacular live performances of classical, jazz, Celtic, choral, percussion, piano, tango, brass, and orchestral favorites. It is the perfect place for a classical music festival, surrounded by the breathtaking scenery and small town appeal of the Wellsboro area. 

When: July 21- August 5, 2017

Where: Wellsboro

Cost: Ticket prices vary

23. Fayette County Fair

Fayette county Fair
Cotton candy, games, laughter, and rides are all the things you need at the Fayette County Fair.
Photo Credit: Laurel Highlands Visitor Bureau.

Do you like carnivals, tractor pulls, square dancing, and live entertainment? Then the Fayette County Fair is for you! Held in Dunbar, since 1958, this festival is sure to have something for everyone.

When: July 27- August 5, 2017

Where: Dunbar

Cost: $13 regular admission

Free: Children 3 and under

24. Allegheny Mountain Engine & Implement Demonstration

39th Annual Allegheny Mountain Engine & Implement Demonstration July 28-30 at A.M.E.I.A. Grounds is a three-day festival of demonstrations, parades, a flea market, vendors, a pie making contest, raffles, crafts, contests.

When: July 28-30, 2017

Where: Port Allegany

Cost: Free

25. St. Joseph’s Summer Festival

St. Joseph’s Summer Festival is affectionately billed as the biggest backyard picnic in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Every year during the last full weekend in July, it lives up to the moniker, as thousands of repeat visitors show up for the large-scale event imbued with a family-oriented, small town atmosphere.

When: July 28-30, 2017

Where: Scranton

Cost: Free

26. Discover Presque Isle Days at Presque Isle State Park

Discover Presque isle Days
Join the fun at the “Best Freshwater Beach in America” during Discover Presque Isle Days.

At Discover Presque Isle Days, bring the family and enjoy an art area, children’s games and activities, beach volleyball, various music locations, a bonfire, and much more! The 3,200-acre sandy peninsula was recently voted “Best Freshwater Beach in America 2016” by USA Today!

When: July 28-30, 2017

Where: Erie

Cost: Free

27. Hanover Dutch Festival

The 34th Annual Hanover Dutch Festival on July 29 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. is a family-friendly festival that features more than 330 handmade craft and food vendors, authentic German entertainment, an antique/classic car show, and a kids’ carnival. The festival promotes community awareness and pride in the Hanover’s strong Pennsylvania Dutch heritage.

When: July 29, 2017

Where: Hanover

Cost: Free

28. Celebrate the Bloom

Celebrate the Bloom is a free festival event on the last Saturday on July 29 at Jennings Environmental Education Center — just one hour from Pittsburgh and Erie. With music, outdoor activities, artisan vendors, food, and more, there is something for the whole family!

When: July 29, 2017

Where: Slippery Rock

Cost: Free

29. Rain Day Festival

Rainy day Festival
Celebrate Rain Day at a street fair in downtown Waynesburg.
Photo Credit: Green County.

Rain Day in Waynesburg is the only holiday that is not a success unless it rains! It all started during the late 1800s at a drugstore located on the main street in town. An unknown local farmer remarked to the pharmacist that it always seems to rain on July 29. Today, Waynesburg celebrates with a street fair in the heart of town, featuring live entertainment, art and crafts booths, hometown food, children’s games, and assorted other diversions, including an umbrella contest.

When: July 29, 2017

Where: Waynesburg

Cost: Free

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