10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in August

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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 11, 2019, for Pennsylvania events in August 2019)

Musikfest in Bethlehem – August 1-11

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 Earth, Wind & Fire, Lady Antebellum, Weezer, Incubus, Brad Paisley, and many more. For more information, check out Musikfest.org.

Three Rivers Regatta in Pittsburgh – August 2-4

Fireworks during the Three RIvers Regatta in Pittsburgh are one of the best things to do in August in PA.
There is a great fireworks program during the Three Rivers Regatta.

Note that the Three Rivers Regatta has sadly been canceled. 

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 3

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 9-15

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 2019, it will take place from August 9-15.

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 15-18

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 15-25

Things to do in PA in August: Little League World Series
The Little League World Series is held each August in 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 LLBWS.org.

Centre County Grange Fair in Centre Hall – August 16-24

Now in its 145th year, the Centre County Grange Fair combines a great PA 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.

Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show in Mount Gretna – August 17-18

If you love art, you won’t want to miss the Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show. This charming Lebanon County community welcomes thousands of visitors to this fun annual event.

During the show, visitors can browse dozens of great local and regional artists that have come to share their work. There will also be live entertainment.

Find out more on the show’s website.

The Dam Show in Austin – August 22-24

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 three 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 AustinDamShow.com.

The Great Allentown Fair in Allentown – August 27 – September 2

The Great Allentown Fair will be returning to the Lehigh Valley in late August. First held in 1852, this is one of the oldest county fairs in Pennsylvania. It is also one of the largest fairs in PA.

In addition to all the usual entrapments of a fair (great rides, competitions, and delicious food), the fair also features shows by national recording artists like Live, Bush, Miranda Lambert, Brooks and Dunn, and Hall and Oats. There will also be a demolition derby.

Find out more about the fair on its website.

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.

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2 thoughts on “10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in August”

  1. There’s also the 75th annual All American Amateur Baseball Association baseball tournament on August 5-12 in Johnstown PA. It’s a great week of baseball with teams from all over the Eastern US.


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