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August Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

With the dog days well underway, time is running out for you to get out and enjoy the remainder of this PA summer!
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Musikfest is one of the largest music festivals in the nation

Don’t worry, there are still plenty of activities and must-sees in Pennsylvania that will help you make the most of these final sun-drenched months. Dance the night away at one of the largest music festivals in the nation at Musikfest in the Lehigh Valley, roll into Carlisle to see more than 5,000 Corvettes at the annual Corvettes at Carlisle, and savor more than 135 different beers at the 2017 Gettysburg Brew Fest.

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1. 2017 Eclipse Across America

The State Museum of Pennsylvania takes a look at this month’s feature: 2017 Eclipse Across America. This month’s special planetarium show (Grade 4 & Up) aims high to answer such questions as: What is an eclipse? How are they created? What are the different types of eclipses?

When: Jul. 1 – Aug. 20

Where: The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg

Cost: $3 + museum admission

2. Musikfest

SteelStacks Musikfest

Each Aug., Bethlehem’s historic downtown comes alive in a kaleidoscope of sensational sounds as Musikfest® welcomes more than 300 performers to Lehigh Valley for 10 days of nonstop music. This event is one of the largest and most diverse music festivals in the nation, and draws more than 900,000 people each year.

When: Aug. 4-13

Where: Lehigh Valley

Cost: Ticket prices vary.

3. Greene County Fair

Green County Fair
Greene County Fair

Food, rides, entertainment and excitement awaits you at the Greene County Fair. A full lineup of excitement is scheduled with carnival rides,truck and tractor pulls, harness racing, chainsaw carving demonstrations, monster truck rides,and a demolition derby. The agricultural fair also features livestock competitions in goats, rabbits, cattle, steer, and lamb with a 4-H livestock sale on Thursday evening.

When: Aug. 6-12

Where: Waynesburg

Cost: $8

4. Festa Italiana

Festa Italiana
Festa Italiana

Celebrate the City of Bradford's Italian Heritage at Festa Italiana in Bradford. Authentic and homemade Italian food and live musical entertainment nightly, along with children's games and rides. There will a live magic show as well as a meatball-eating contest on Saturday. Festival will start Thursday at 4 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m.

When: Aug. 10-12

Where: Bradford

Cost: Free

5. Mt. Jewett Swedish Festival

Swedish Festival
Mt. Jewett Swedish Festival

Residents take pride in their Swedish heritage at the annual Mt. Jewett Swedish Festival with traditional music, dance, ethnic foods, and craft vendors.

When: Aug. 11-13

Where: Mt. Jewett

Cost: Free

6. 11th Annual Jazz on the Ave Music Festival

"Jazz on the Ave" Music Fest featuring Philly Soul Stock is a free, outdoor festival located in the Cecil B. Moore community of North Philadelphia. The festival provides festival participants with loads of free and fun stuff to do, like a Kids Zone with face painting, clay sculpting, and rock climbing, health and wellness screenings, craft and food vendors, along with live music on two stages.

When: Aug. 12

Where: Philadelphia

Cost: Free

7. “15 Miles of Treasure” Yard Sale

Experience the beautiful Amish Countryside, find treasures along the way, stop at a roadside Amish produce stand, and visit an Amish quilt or buggy shop with “15 Miles of Treasure” Yard Sale. Follow Route 208, starting at the Ohio State Line in New Bedford thru Pulaski, New Wilmington, and on to the charming village of Volant.

When: Aug. 12 (10 a.m.- 5 p.m.)

Where: Lawrence County

Cost: Free

8. Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic

Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic
Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic

The Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic includes a .6-mile course over eight blocks of downtown West Chester, featuring four 90-degree turns and a short rise. Races include pro and amateurmen's and women's competitions, a children's race, and even a tricycle race!

When: Aug. 12

Where: West Chester

Cost: Free

9. Knotweed Festival

The annual Knotweed Festival, held in historic Blairsville, is on the Conemaugh River and the Blairsville Riverfront Trail. The street festival includes water and trail activities, handmade crafts from area artisans, local food vendors, and knotweed products. Enjoy a 5K run/walk, duck race, parade, inflatable bounce houses, obstacle course, nature walks, and scavenger hunts, free concerts will be held at the Diamond & Amphitheatre.

When: Aug. 12 (8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.)

Where: Blairsville

Cost: Free

10. Run for the Trail 7K Run

The 7K will begin on country roads with a few rolling hills and will finish on the Ghost Town (rails-to-trails) Trail. A separate 2-mile Fun Run/Walk will take place entirely on a section of the Ghost Town Trail. Proceeds of this race benefit Indiana County Parks & Trails.

When: Aug. 12 at 6 p.m.

Where: Dilltown

Cost: $15 before Aug. 5, $20 after

11. McKean County Fair

McKean County Fair

Enjoy candied apples and cotton candy as you explore the exhibits of farm animals and blue-ribbon pies at the McKean County Fair . Starting on Monday, amusement park rides run every evening at 5 p.m. Tractor pulls, street stock racing, a barn dance, and a demolition derby round out the evening entertainment. Country artist Morgan Wallen will perform Aug. 18 at 8 p.m.

When: Aug. 13-19

Where: McKean County Fair Grounds, Smethport

Cost: $8 for general admission and children under 36 inches are free.

12. Lawrence County Fair

Lawrence county Fair
Lawrence County Fair

The Lawrence County Fair has lots to do for the entire family with grandstand events, animals, rides, food, entertainment, and more! There will be fireworks Aug. 19 at 9 p.m. Event takes place at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds.

When: Aug. 14-19

Where: New Castle

Cost: $10 admission, free for children ages 3 and under.

13. International Little League World Series

Little league World series
Little League World Series

Every year, the top 16 Little League baseball teams from more than 6,000 leagues across the country gather in Williamsport to compete for the World Series Championship title. Enjoy watching some of the most talented teams play this year.

When: Aug. 17-27

Where: Williamsport

Cost: Free

14. Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

BlueGrass Festival
Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

The 75th Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival features four jam-packed days of bluegrass entertainers from around the country. Held at Granite Hill Camping Resort outside Gettysburg, thousands attend this nationally-renowned festival every year to hear the best in bluegrass.

When: Aug. 17-20

Where: Granite Hill Camping Resort, Gettysburg

Cost: One-Day Tickets - $20-$40

15. Philadelphia Folk Festival

Phila Folk Festival
Philadelphia Folk Festival
Photo Credit: Valley Forge Visitor Bureau

If you are like thousands of music lovers on the East Coast you head for Upper Salford Township near the bucolic burg of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, a little more than 35 miles outside of Philadelphia where the legendary Philadelphia Folk Festival transforms a working farm into a magical, musical sound park. The Folk Fest is a perfect family event with puppeteers, jugglers, aerialists, storytellers, and hands-on crafts – not to mention the amazing music lineup for 2017.

When: Aug. 17-20

Where: Schwenksville

Cost: Costs vary

16. Gettysburg Brew Fest

Gettyburg Beer fest
Gettysburg Brew Fest

Every year, beer lovers from throughout the Mid-Atlantic United States converge at the Lutheran Seminary of Gettysburg (yes, a seminary) for the annual Gettysburg Brew Fest, featuring dozens of brewers bringing their best brews to sample. Enjoy great food and entertainment while you sample, including a tour of the Seminary Ridge’s famous cupola.

When: Aug. 19

Where: Lutheran Theological Seminary of Gettysburg

Cost: costs vary: $20-$70

17. Yoga in the Vines

Nestled on a 90 acre farm in the picturesque Juniata Valley, enjoy a relaxing evening at Olivero's Vineyard with Yoga in the Vines. Yoga instructor Sarah Ballard will help guide you in your practice with a special focus on relaxation followed by a brief meditation, and topped off with a glass of wine. The vines will be nearing harvest season, so the aroma of ripening grapes will surely enhance your practice!

When: Aug. 19

Where: Olivero’s Vineyard, McAlisterville

Cost: $12.50

18. Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Show

The 64thAnnual Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Show is a celebration of coal's past, present, and future in the region. Explore coal artifacts, learn about life underground, and maybe even take home your very own coal mining souvenir in the exhibit hall. Parades, acar show, contests,live music, and carnival rides complete the week celebration.

When: Aug. 19-26

Where: Carmichaels

Cost: Free admission with ride tickets available for purchase.

19. Mutts on the Mountain

mutts on Seven spring
Mutts on the Mountain

Give your pooches the chance to get their paws dirty! It’s time to get muddy with man’s best friend at Mutts on the Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 19. This event is the canine version of Seven Springs’ super-popular mud run, and features a special 5k and 1-mile course with up to 16 obstacles for you and Fido to tackle together.

When: Aug. 19

Where: Seven Springs

Cost: Starting at $25

20. Laurel Highlands Garlic Festival

LHVB garlic fest
Laurel Highlands Garlic Festival

Celebrate the miracle of garlic, or "the stinking rose," at the Laurel Highlands Garlic Festival! This stinkin’ good time features a special Friday night farm-to-table buffet dinner and garlic-themed show, special presenters, live music, local vendors featuring wine, craft beer, moonshine, fresh produce, and, of course - garlic!

When: Aug. 19-20 (10 a.m.-5 p.m)

Where: Hollsopple

Cost: Adults $5, Children Under 12 - $3, Children 2 and under are free.

21. Corvettes at Carlisle

corvettes carlisle
Corvettes at Carlisle

The largest and most fun-filled Corvette event in the world, the annual Corvettes at Carlisle features more than 5,000 Corvettes representing all generations of America’s classic sports car. Show your Corvette enthusiasm by participating in autocross, burnouts, and the parade through historic downtown Carlisle.

When: Aug. 24-27

Where: Carlisle

Cost: $15 on Thursday-Saturday, $10 on Sunday, Children 12 and under are free.

22. 37th Annual Shippensburg Corn Festival

The 37th Annual Shippensburg Corn Festival offers more than 250 crafts and antique vendors, along with food booths featuring corn in every available form. Entertainers perform all day at three sites, and there are a variety of strolling acts and demonstrations.

When: Aug. 26 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Where: Shippensburg

Cost: Free

23. Mason-Dixon Frontier Festival

Prepare to be educated and entertained during the Mason-Dixon Frontier Festival, watch the antique steam engine and tractor parade, learn some trapping techniques, listen to musical entertainment, and watch dust fly during the chainsaw carving demonstrations.

When: Aug. 26-27 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Where: Mason-Dixon Park, Mount Morris

Cost: Free

24. Flashlight Drags

flashlight drags
Flashlight Drags

Street racing without the jail time!The Flashlight Drags features a car show, car cruise, vendors’ midway, music, food, fun, and much more. IT’s a great event for the entire family! Gates open at 12p.m. and racing begins at 2p.m. All vehicles must be street legal.

When: Aug. 27

Where: Greene County Airport

Cost: $5 to watch. $35 to race

25. Great Allentown Fair

Allentown Fest
Great Allentown Fair

Dedicated to supporting the achievements of farmers, gardeners, and homemakers, the Great Allentown Fair invites guests to learn about agriculture while spending an exciting time riding rides and playing games. Concerts include Keith Urban, John Mellencamp, Rascal Flatts, and Pentatonix.

When: Aug. 29 - Sep. 4

Where: Lehigh Valley

Cost: $8; Children ages 12 and under are free.

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