10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in February 2017

10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in February 2017

There might be no month of the year more polarizing than February. Some love it as another month of cold weather and snow, while others simply can’t wait to get through it for the same reason. However, whether you love it or hate it, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get out and enjoy what the month has to offer.

Throughout February, there are many great events going on all over Pennsylvania. These events range from great ways to warm up indoors to opportunities to get out and enjoy the winter weather.

As always, I’ve gone through hundreds of events to pick out the best things to do in the coming month. Here are our top picks for things to do in Pennsylvania in February 2017.

Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney – February 2

Things to do in Pennsylvania in February: Groundhog Day

Everyone should visit Punxsutawney for Groundhog Day at least once in their lifetime.

There might be no more unusual event in Pennsylvania than Groundhog Day. While celebrations are held at several locations around the state, no event is more popular than Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney. First held here in 1887, this celebration goes on all night, with Punxsutawney Phil coming out at sunrise to give his weather prediction to the tuxedoed Inner Circle.

For more information on Groundhog Day, see my experiences from my 2014 visit, check out my top tips for the event, or visit the event’s website.

Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival in Lewisburg – February 3-4

Visit Lewisburg in February for their popular Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival. The event features activities for all ages from children’s games to the Polar Bear Pub Crawl. There will also be ice sculptures, a 5k race, and a chocolate tour over this two day festival.

For more information, visit

Crystal Cabin Fever in Lakeville – February 3-26

Do you get cabin fever in February? Get out of the house and head to the Pocono Mountains for Crystal Cabin Fever. Held Thursday-Monday throughout the month, this event is held at Sculpted Ice Works, home to an ice harvesting museum and factory tour.

During the event, visitors can see ice sculptures that bring fairy tales to life. There is even a 50-foot ice slide that kids of all ages can slide down.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

BatFest at Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon – February 11

Lincoln Caverns formations in Huntingdon, PA

Beautiful formations inside of Lincoln Caverns.

It might be cold outside, but it’s always 52 degrees inside Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon. Now in its 11th year, BatFest gives visitors the chance to tour this beautiful underground world and learn about the bats that inhabit Pennsylvania’s caves.

Visitors can hear about the status of bats in PA from the Pennsylvania Game Commission and wildlife rehabilitators. There will also be games, crafts, and tours of the caves.

For more information, visit Lincoln Caverns’ website.

Motorama in Harrisburg – February 18-20

If you love motor sports, you won’t want to miss Motorama in Harrisburg. Billing itself as the largest, indoor motor sports event in the country, Motorama will take over the Farm Show Complex and feature more than a million square feet of show space.

The event will feature car and motorcycle races, a remote-control demolition derby, and even robotic fights. There will also be a beauty pageant, vendors, and much more.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

Fire and Ice Festival in Lititz – February 17-20

Lititz will be hosting their 12th annual Fire and Ice Festival this President’s Day Weekend.

The event kicks off with a party in Lititz Springs Park which will feature live music, food vendors, more than 50 ice sculptures, and much more. The next day, the town will host a chili cook-off and a Winter Wonderland Carnival. Finally, on Sunday, there will be a dodgeball tournament and a family movie night.

For more information, visit the festival’s website.

Winter BeerFest in Pittsburgh – February 24-25

Things to do in PA in February: Winter BeerFest in Pittsburgh

Enjoy delicious beer at the Winter BeerFest in Pittsburgh.

If you love beer, then you won’t want to miss the 4th annual Winter BeerFest in downtown Pittsburgh. The festival will feature over 400 beers from 125 craft breweries in Pittsburgh and around the country. 

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    In addition to unlimited samples, festival goers can also get food from a variety of vendors and enjoy live music.

    For more information and to get tickets to the event’s three sessions, visit

    Roots and Blues Festival in Lancaster – February 24-26

    Celebrate the roots of American music at the Roots and Blues Festival in Lancaster this February. Over this three-day festival, over 70 performers will take to the stage at eight different venues in downtown Lancaster. While the festival features a lot of blues music, it will also feature many other great forms of American music, including jazz, folk, bluegrass, funk, soul Americana, and much more.

    Attendees can purchase a one, two, or three day ticket that allows access to all of that day’s performances. If you love music, you won’t want to miss this.

    For more information, check out the festival’s website.

    Chocolate Covered February in Hershey – All Month

    Chocolate Covered February once again returns to Hershey, the Sweetest Place on Earth. Throughout the month, enjoy dozens of chocolate-themed events at Hershey’s properties in town. Events include chef demonstrations, chocolate and food pairings, and even character parades for the kids.

    For more information on all of the events going on in February, click here.

    Go to a Hockey Game

    Things to do in Pennsylvania in Feburary: Lehigh Valley Phantoms in Allentown.

    There are plenty of opportunities to see professional hockey in Pennsylvania, such as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in Allentown. (Photo used courtesy of Discover Lehigh Valley)

    Did you know that Pennsylvania is home to seven professional hockey teams? And February is the perfect month to check out this great winter sport. The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins are members of the top-flight National Hockey League, while teams in Allentown, Erie, Hershey, Reading, and Wilkes-Barre compete in lower level, but still exciting, professional leagues.

    For game schedules and ticket information, check out the website for the team closest to you.

    Do you know of a great event happening in Pennsylvania in February 2017? 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.


    • Mike

      I hate how these PA stuff is always focused on Eastern PA like Western PA does’nt exist !

      • Jim Cheney

        I do my best to find events throughout the state, but only have 10 slots. Even so, I always make sure I have at least a few in western PA. Unfortunately, since the eastern half of the state is much more populated, there tend to be more major events happening in that part of the state.

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