44Earlier sunsets. Back-to-school store displays. Slightly cooler evenings. These are just a few of the subtle signs that we only have a few weeks of summer left.
But let’s not rush things. There’s still plenty to do and enjoy while the temps are still high and the days are still filled with sunshine.
If you’re looking for fun outdoor activities and events to enjoy before summer ends, we’ve picked a few of our favorites to share with you!
The Moraine State Park Regatta
Looking for free fun that’s perfect for individuals, couples and families? You’ll find it at the 23rd Annual Moraine State Park Regatta!
Beginning Friday, August 5 and lasting until Sunday, August 7, on the shores of Lake Arthur, Portersville, PA will host a series of exciting water- and land-based recreational activities, including kayaking, sailing, live music, vendors, food, fireworks and more!
This all-ages event is free to the public. However, plan accordingly, as the Regatta typically draws thousands of attendees!
Kettle Creek Music Festival
If you’re a music fan, you’ll want to head to Cross Fork, PA for the Kettle Creek Music Festival.
Taking place from Thursday, August 11 until Saturday, August 13, this fest hosts multiple local and touring musical acts from a variety of genres, including rock, pop, country, blues, folk and more. The fest has even presented some of the country’s most popular tribute band acts, too!
In addition to introducing the community to lots of great music, the Kettle Creek Music Festival also serves as a fundraising event for more than a dozen area nonprofits. Ticket holders help support an array of local medical and veterans’ organizations as well as youth programs.
The fest also allows attendees to camp on the event grounds and shop from a variety of merchandise and food vendors.
PA Ice Cream Trail
One of the most popular end of summer activities showcases some of our state’s favorite things: outdoor activity, beautiful scenery and locally-made ice cream!
Developed by the fine folks at VisitPA, the annual ice cream trail, mixes three separate trails in Eastern, South Central and Western Pennsylvania with some of those regions’ best local creameries and ice cream shops.
Enjoy the last days of summer by becoming an ice cream trailblazer. Discover areas of the state you’ve never visited, treat your eyes to the beautiful scenic landscapes, befriend fellow residents and out-of-state visitors, and indulge in some of the state’s most delicious ice cream cones, shakes and sundaes!
Ukrainian Folk Festival and Outdoor Summer Concert
On Sunday, August 28, Pennsylvanians can experience the rich history of Ukraine via music, dance, food and fun at the Ukrainian Folk Festival and Outdoor Summer Concert.
This year’s festival is being held at the Ukrainian-American Sport Center in Horsham, PA from 12:00 – 8:00 PM. Attendees are invited to indulge in authentic cuisine, marvel at the traditional dances, and enjoy a variety of music that ranges from Ukrainian folk songs to contemporary American pop and rock music.
Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from each festival ticket benefits humanitarian aid efforts in the Ukraine.
Heart of Lancaster Arts and Craft Show
While many PA residents head to shore points for the ceremonial end of summer, you can have a fun Labor Day Weekend closer to home!
Located at Roots Country Market in Mannheim, PA the 34th Anniversary Heart of Lancaster Arts and Craft Show lasts from Saturday, September 3 and concludes on Sunday, September 4.
During this free rain or shine event, 200 artists from all over PA and neighboring states gather to present the best of their wares to the attendees.
In addition to amazing art and pieces, the fest also features an array of local food vendors and live music from the popular local jazz ensemble Over Easy.
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This is just a small sampling of the many great end-of-summer activities and events happening in PA this year.
Our state and its local parks and communities host a variety of wonderful and original events and activities throughout the year. To see what’s happening in your community, we recommend using our handy Explore PA Local Parks locator tool!
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