Things to do in Pennsylvania in June

10 Great Things to Do in Pennsylvania in June

June is the official start of summer, and there are many fantastic events happening throughout Pennsylvania for the whole family to enjoy.

Whether you like beautiful local art, heart-stopping excitement, or trekking through the woods of PA, there’s a lot to like about the events happening in Pennsylvania this June.

Here are my 10 top picks for great things to do in Pennsylvania in June.

(Article Updated May 10, 2018 for Pennsylvania events in June 2018)

Pocono 400 in Monroe County – June 1-3

The Pocono 400 is one of the most anticipated NASCAR races of the year and is held in Long Pond in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. This race draws some of the best drivers in the world to compete at this uniquely-shaped track in the Poconos Mountains.

This is a three-day race, with the main event held on Sunday, June 11. For more information, visit

Philly Beer Week in Philadelphia – June 1-10

Things to do in PA in June: Philly Beer Week

Philly Beer Week brings together craft beer enthusiasts at some of the region’s best bars

Philly Beer Week returns to the City of Brotherly Love this June. Now in its 11th year, this festival celebrates the thriving beer scene in and around Philadelphia. The event starts on June 1, with the Opening Tap event at the Fillmore. Over the next 10 days, hundreds of beer centric events will take place around the city.

For more information and to see a list of events, visit

Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh – June 1-10

The Three Rivers Arts Festival brings some of the best local and regional artists to downtown Pittsburgh. Over the course of 10 days, Pittsburgh comes alive with free performances, hundreds of artist stalls, great food, and much more.

This is one of the largest free arts festivals in the country, and should be on every Pennsylvania travelers’ list. For more information, visit the festival’s website.

Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival in Butler – June 8-10

Things to do in PA in June: Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival

The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival in Butler brings Jeep lovers back to the vehicle’s birthplace.

Butler, Pennsylvania, is the birthplace of the Jeep, and every year, they host the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival to celebrate the community’s automotive legacy. Jeep lovers from all over the country come to to western Pennsylvania to explore the area’s automotive history and to participate in a wide variety of Jeep obstacle courses.

There will also be a chance for visitors to see hundreds of Jeeps on display, learn about area’s history, and enjoy food and live entertainment. For more information, visit the event’s website.

Pennsylvania Laurel Festival in Wellsboro – June 9-17

For the 77th year, the Pennsylvania Laurel Festival will be returning to Wellsboro this June. Celebrating the official state flower, the mountain laurel, the festival will feature concerts, a pageant, a pet parade, arts fair, and much more. However, the highlight of the event is always the two-hour-long Laurel Parade held on the streets of downtown Wellsboro on the afternoon of Saturday, June 16.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

National Road Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous in Addison – June 14-16

Head to southwestern Pennsylvania this June for one of the largest chainsaw carving events in Pennsylvania. The National Road Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous will return to Addison along Route 40 to celebrate this artistic endeavor. Visitors can see dozens of carvers creating masterpieces, enjoy a parade, shop from vendors, and much more. The event ends with an auction of carvings to benefit the Somerset County Blind Association.

For more information, visit the festival’s website.

Thurston Classic in Meadville – June 14-17

Things to do in Pennsylvania in June: The Thurston Classic in Meadville.

The Thurston Classic in Meadville is a sight to see.

Every June, dozens of hot-air balloons and thousands of visitors descend on northwestern Pennsylvania for the Thurston Classic. Meadville has a rich history with ballooning and dozens of balloons take the sky for this fantastic event.

The highlights of the event are the balloon launches. If you’ve never seen multiple hot-air balloons take the sky at the same time, it’s a sight not to be missed.

For more information, stayed tuned to

Thunder in the Valley Motorcycle Rally in Johnstown – June 21-24

Motorcycle enthusiasts will want to make their way to Johnstown in June for the Thunder in the Valley Motorcycle Rally. The largest motorcycle rally in Pennsylvania, the event is centered around Johnstown with other events happening throughout the region.

In addition to enjoying riding through the mountains around Johnstown, there are numerous events held throughout the region featuring live music, food, and motorcycle-related activities. There will also be a concert by Quiet Riot and Great White.

For more information, visit the rally’s website.

Pennsylvania Firefly Festival in Tionesta – June 23

Now in its sixth year, the Pennsylvania Firefly Festival is returning to Forest County, Pennsylvania, this June. This remote region of the state is the only place in the United States outside of the Smoky Mountains to see the Synchronous Firefly, a unique type of firefly that light up together. There are more than a dozen other varieties of fireflies in the region, so you are sure to see a show during this event.

For more information, visit the event’s website.

Creation Music Festival in Mount Union – June 27-30

The Creation Music Festival is one of the largest music festivals in the country and brings tens of thousands of Christian music enthusiasts to the small community of Mount Union in Huntingdon County, PA. Dozens of acts will perform during the four-day festival.

For more information, visit the festival’s website.

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

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


  • Keith Fuller

    Northeast PA Bluegrass Festival

  • Bruce Parkhurst

    Also find PA Firefly Festival info at

    Glow on!

  • Laurie M Brown

    I love this newsletter! Thank you, Jim.

  • Joan Christy

    I love reading your posts and have something for you to check out, if you haven’t already – WaterFire Sharon. It is a truly unique family friendly festival with over 50 fire braziers lit at sunset on the Shenango River as well as an arts and music festival.. Learn more at There are three opportunities to attend WaterFires this summer (each one with a different theme). July 15th, August 19th, and September 23rd. I promise you will not be disappointed!

    • Jim Cheney

      I visited the festival about a year and a half ago. Really neat experience.

  • Denise Stockton

    WWII weekend……. first weekend in June at Reading Airport…. held every year!!

  • Ryan Biddulph

    The motorcycle rally sounds like tons of fun Jim. Gotta love that rumble of thunder in the valley. June is a solid month too; summer just kicking in so you avoid the more brutal heat experienced in July and August.


  • Fred Allison


    WW II Weekend at Reading Airport

    If you can, go on Friday.

    You’ll avoid the regular air show crowds.

    And you’ll see many more planes flying since they are giving airplane rides all day Friday.

    And make sure to visit the reenactor’s encampments. You will find lots of very interesting people to talk to there.

  • Debby Heider

    Thunder in the Valley is a hometown event for me. We avoid downtown and go to some of the peripheral events in nearby communities. Love the Addison National Road Chainsaw event. Saw you were going to Ringing Rocks. That was a kick with our little boy back in the day. Be sure to go on the trail and down the semi dry creek bed. In addition to Thunder in the Valley in Johnstown, this year the second, third and last weekend of June there is a Bible convention in the 1st Summit Bank War Memorial open to the public and free. The theme is Be Courageous.

  • Dave Lloyd

    Jim Cheney: Can you please help me asap. I’m trying to remember a quaint restaurant out east it was an old train station. I may plan a june 2nd trip. Thank You

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