Things to do in Pennsylvania in August

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 see fascinating abandoned sites, 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 12, 2017 for Pennsylvania events in August 2017)

Three Rivers Regatta in Pittsburgh – August 4-6

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.

New this year is the Red Bull Flutag. Watch as homemade flying machines take off from a 22-foot platform. Find out who will fly and who will fall straight into the waters below.

For more information on the Three Rivers Regatta, check out the event’s website.

Musikfest in Bethlehem – August 4-13

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 10 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 Live, Santana, Toby Keith, Aloe Blacc, and many more. For more information, check out

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Mount Joy – Opens August 5

Things to do in Pennsylvania in August: PA Renaissance Faire

Visit the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Lancaster County this August.

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 11-16

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 2017, it will take place from August 11-16.

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 17-20

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 17-27

Things to do in PA in August: Little League World Series

Howard J Lamade Stadium, home of the Little League World Series, in South Williamsport, PA.

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

Centre County Grange Fair in Centre Hall – August 18-26

Now in its 143 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.

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    Find out more about visiting the Centre County Grange Fair on their website.

    WaterFire in Sharon – August 19

    Things to do in Pennsylvania in August: WaterFire in Sharon, Pennsylvania

    The second of three WaterFire events will be held in Sharon this August.

    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

    The Dam Show in Austin – August 25-26

    Things to do in Pennsylvania in August: The Dam Show in Potter County, PA

    The Dam Show will take over Austin Dam in August.

    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

    Cambria Iron Works Photography Workshop in Johnstown – August 27

    Things to do in PA in August: UncoveringPA Pennsylvania Photography Workshops

    Join me at my photography workshop inside the Cambria Iron Works in Johnstown.

    If you missed the recent announcement, I will be hosting photography workshops around the state starting in August. Workshops are schedule for a variety of cities around the state, and you can find out more about them here.

    At the end of August, I’ll be conducting a photo workshop at the Cambria Iron Works in Johnstown. To the best of my knowledge, I will be the first person to offer photo workshops at this location. If you love industrial sites or abandoned places, you won’t want to miss this.

    This workshop is perfect both for novices, as well as those with a lot of experience photographing abandoned sites. Find out more information about this workshop here.

    Looking for other things to do in Pennsylvania? Check out our list of things to do in July and things to do in PA in September.

    Do you know of a great event happening in Pennsylvania in August? Let us know in the comments section below!

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    AUTHOR - Jim Cheney

    Jim Cheney is the creator of Based in the state capital of Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited all 67 counties in the state. Jim has also traveled to more than 30 different countries around the world.


    • Bill Huber

      A great list of 10 things to do in PA in August, but I would add the 73rd annual All American Amateur Baseball Association tournament in Johnstown from August 7-13. Here is a website: This double elimination tournament has featured many future major-league baseball players over the years and is a terrific family attraction.

    • Terri Dennison

      Great list. I would add that you don’t want to miss viewing the meteor showers from the Dark Sky Park at Cherry Springs State Park.

    • Karen Rush

      There is a a great Goschenhoppen Historians 51st. annual Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival August 11th. and August 12th. 2017. This is a very authentic festival with great food and demonstrations.

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      318 Colonial Rd.
      Perkiomenville, Pa.
      Roue 73, Montgomery County

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