10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in August
If you are looking for things to do in Pennsylvania in August, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve scoured the internet to come up with 10 of the best things to do in the state during the month.
Whether you want to listen to some great music, watch some of the best youth baseball players in the world, or celebrate Pennsylvania culture, there’s something great for you on this list.
Take some time to read over this list, and then start planning your travels in Pennsylvania to enjoy the last full month of summer.
(Article Updated July 10, 2018 for Pennsylvania events in August 2018)
Racing: A Need for Speed at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown – All Month (Sponsored)
“Racing: A Need for Speed” is a temporary exhibition currently running at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown. It took several years of planning to bring together this exhibition that highlights racing in Bucks County and throughout the Delaware Valley.
Visitors are taken through the history of racing in the region from running to bicycles and motor sports. There are several great interactive elements, and the displays are incredibly well done.
Find out more on the Mercer Museum’s website. The exhibition runs through September 9.
Musikfest in Bethlehem – August 2-12
Musikfest is one of the largest annual musical events in the country, featuring hundreds of shows and drawing nearly a million visitors to the Lehigh Valley over 11 days. Many of the performances are free, with only those at the Sands Steel Stage costing money.
In addition to many smaller acts, the event will be headlined by some of the most beloved musical acts in the country including Dierks Bentley, Jason Mraz, Kesha, Styx, and many more. For more information, check out Musikfest.org.
Three Rivers Regatta in Pittsburgh – August 3-5
The Three Rivers Regatta returns to the waters and streets of Pittsburgh this month. The event features boat races, jet ski stunt shows, live music, vendors, and much more.
There will also be a great fireworks show on Saturday night.
For more information on the Three Rivers Regatta, check out the event’s website.
The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Mount Joy – Opens August 4
The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire returns to Lancaster County this August. Open every Saturday and Sunday from August through October (plus Labor Day), this festival provides the chance for visitors to transport themselves back to Renaissance England.
Each day features more than 90 stage shows, roaming actors, food, vendors, and much more in the faire’s 35 acres.
For more information, visit the faire’s website.
Pony League World Series in Washington – August 10-16
While the Little League World Series gets all of the attention, it’s not the only major baseball tournament held in Pennsylvania. The Pony League World Series is held in Washington, PA, each year, and in 2018, it will take place from August 10-16.
In addition to a skills competition, fans can watch some of the best young baseball players compete to see which team will reign supreme.
Find out more about watching a game on the event’s website.
Pittston Tomato Festival in Pittston – August 16-19
Every year, the Luzerne County borough of Pittston comes alive as tens of thousands visit for their fantastic tomato festival. During the festival, visitors can vote for their favorite tomato sauce, run a 5k, see a parade, see which tomatoes will win ribbons, and much more.
The highlight, however, is the Tomato Fight. 150 participants line up in this epic food fight on Saturday afternoon. Sign up early to participate or simply stand to the side and watch the mayhem.
For more information, visit the festival’s website.
Little League World Series in South Williamsport – August 16-26
One of the most watched events in Pennsylvania returns this summer to South Williamsport. The Little League World Series pits the best 11 and 12 year old baseball players from around the world against each other to see which team is the best.
Watch the games on national television or take a ride to take in these free games, and watch the stars of tomorrow, today.
For more information, visit LLBWS.org.
Centre County Grange Fair in Centre Hall – August 17-25
Now in its 144th year, the Centre County Grange Fair combines a great county fair with the fun of camping. Thousands of people stay overnight at the fairgrounds, some occupying the same spot year after year.
Whether you camp or not, there’s a lot to do at this great annual festival. Take in the many great concerts, including some well-known recording artists. There are also the usual fair activities like a craft show, vendors, livestock, and much more.
Find out more about visiting the Centre County Grange Fair on their website.
WaterFire in Sharon – August 18
WaterFire is a unique art installation and Sharon, Pennsylvania, is one of the few places in the world to see it. Held three times each year in this northwestern PA community, WaterFire is unlike anything you’ve probably ever seen.
Watch as flames take to the waters of downtown Sharon and performers create stunning visuals. This really is something that’s well-worth making a detour to see.
For more information, check out WaterFireSharonPA.org.
The Dam Show in Austin – August 24-26
The Ruins of Austin Dam in Potter County, Pennsylvania, are already very cool on their own. However, they will take it up another notch during the Dam Show this August. This eclectic music festival will feature more than a dozen bands over two days with enough variety to please the entire family.
In addition to the music, a light show will take place on the face of the dam. This is a rare event you won’t want to miss.
For more information, visit DamShow.com.
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Jim Cheney is the creator of UncoveringPA.com. Based in the state capital of Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited, written about, and photographed all 67 counties in the state. He has also traveled to more than 30 different countries around the world.