What to do this year across southwestern Pennsylvania

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The following is a list of some events and activities outside Allegheny County:

Butler County

May 10-11, July 31-Aug 3, Oct 4-5: Portersville Steam Show: antique farm, transportation and oil field equipment, antique tractor pull and vintage village

May 17: Butler County History Day: explore the history of Butler County with special presentations and activities at various historic sites

June 9-14: Saxonburg Carnival: Family fun carnival with huge fireman’s parade

Local tourism information

Butler County: www.visitbutlercounty.com;

Greene County: www.GoGreeneCounty.org;

Laurel Highlands: www.laurelhighlands.org;

Washington County: visitwashingtoncountypa.com;

Beaver County: www.visitbeavercounty.com;

Pittsburgh: www.visitpittsburgh.com;

Pennsylvania: www.visitpa.com.

June 13-15: Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival: Celebrates Butler as the birthplace of the Jeep with more than 1,500 Jeeps from more than 25 states. Jeep Cruise, trails, exhibits, military encampment and more

June 22: Cruise-a-Palooza: Annual car cruise on Main Street in Downtown Butler.

June 27 – July 5: Big Butler Fair: Nine days of fair treats, animals, fireworks, concerts, truck pulls and more

July 10 – 12: Cranberry Township Community Days: Kids activities, prizes, Rotary BBQ and tons of family fun

July 18-19: HorseTrading Days: Food, crafts, music, horse parade, and more in Zelienople

Aug. 2-3: Regatta at Lake Arthur: water, air and land events with canoe and kayak races, fishing tournament, puddleduck racers, fireworks and more at Moraine State Park

Aug. 4-9: Butler Farm Show: showcases the County’s farming community with farming exhibits, tractor pulls, crafts, rides, food, demonstrations and more

Aug. 19-23, North Washington VFD Rodeo: Bareback bronc riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, bull riding and team roping.

Sept. 6: Villagefest in Slippery Rock: featuring vendors, crafters, food and kid’s zone

Sept. 20: Butler Fall Festival: food, entertainment, crafts, car cruise and more

Sept. 27 – 28: Echoes From Our Past Historic Cemetery Walk: Brings history to life through costumed actors assuming the intriguing characters of Butler County’s ancestors

Oct. 4: Butler County Farm Tour: self-guided tour of various Butler County farms

Nov. 8-9: German Christmas Market in Harmony: Handcrafted and German imports, artisans, entertainment

Dec. 31: Silvester in Harmony: New Year’s celebration on German time with 5k race and other German-inspired festivities

Attractions: Moraine State Park, Historic Harmony Museum, Town of Saxonburg Museum, Maridon Museum in Butler, Washington’s Trail, Barns of Butler County driving tour, Lernerville Speedway, Farm Kings/Freedom Farms, North Country Brewing Company

Greene County

April 19: Hammer-In, W.A. Young Foundry and Machine Shop at Rices Landing: See local blacksmiths demonstrate their craft and take a tour of this historic foundry.

April 26-27: Ramp Festival, Mason-Dixon Park near Mount Morris: The star of this two-day event is the ramp, a wild onion grown locally and featured in dozens of homemade dishes.

May 17-18: Sheep & Fiber Fest, Greene County Fairgrounds near Waynesburg: From sheep shearing to blanket weaving, this festival highlights how wool and other fibers affect Greene County

July 15-19: Jacktown Fair at Wind Ridge: The country’s longest continuously running fair has games, music, competitions, food, prize produce, a parade and much more

July 29: Rain Day at Downtown Waynesburg: This year marks the 140th anniversary of Rain Day, the Waynesburg holiday on which rain is pretty much guaranteed to fall during this day-long street festival

Aug. 3-9: Greene County Fair, Greene County Fairgrounds near Waynesburg: Celebrating the best of Greene County’s agricultural community, the week-long county fair features local farmers, 4-H members and others showing their livestock, crafts, baked goods, needlework, canned goods and homegrown produce in numerous competitions. Also includes a rodeo, tractor pulls, demolition derbies, live music, rides, food and much more

Aug. 16-23: Bituminous Coal Show at Carmichaels: This week-long festival honoring Greene County’s rich coal heritage will feature numerous events and activities, including music, food and carnival rides

Sept. 20-21: Covered Bridge Festival at Carmichaels and Garards Fort: Two of the county’s seven covered bridges – Carmichaels and White – serve as sites during this two-day arts, food and history festival spanning Greene and Washington counties

Oct. 11-12: Greene County Historical Society Harvest Festival, Greene County Historical Museum at Waynesburg: Watch history come alive and celebrate the harvest season with area crafters, Civil War re-enactors and other groups

Dec. 5: Holiday Open House at Downtown Waynesburg: Downtown Waynesburg is filled with the joy of the holiday season, as specialty shops extend their hours and many special activities happen right on the streets, including horse-drawn carriage rides, pictures with Santa, voice and bell choirs and a movie

Beaver County

April 5-6: Maple Syrup Festival: All-you-can-eat buttermilk and/or buckwheat pancake breakfast, antique machinery displays, traditional crafts, Civil War re-enactment, and live musical performances

May 3-4: Beaver County History Celebration Weekend: Local historical sites will be interpreting the particular role they had in Beaver County. Many of the sites will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday

May 16-18: Ambridge Nationality Days Festival: A celebration of ethnic pride on Merchant Street. Three-day festival offers mouth-watering local foods, lively entertainment, crafts, children’s attractions and a parade on Saturday

May 30-June 1: Darlington Days: Celebrating the Community with a Memorial Polo Match, museum tours, arts and crafts, live entertainment, Civil War encampment and delicious food. Fireworks by Zambelli International

July 11-13: Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Historic Race in Wampum: A variety of vintage (pre-1960) and historic (post-1960) racing along with related activities.

Aug. 15-17: Beaver County River Regatta at Bridgewater: This event features a Children’s Fishing Derby, Water Ski Show, Firemen’s Water Battle, Boat Drag Races, Wing Eating contest, Lighted Boat Parade, food, entertainment and more

May 30: Darlington Polo: Established in 1937, the Darlington Polo Club plays matches “under the lights” throughout the summer. We offer a family-oriented atmosphere for new and old polo fans alike

Attractions: Air Heritage Museum & Aircraft Restoration Facility, Beaver County Airport, Beaver Area Heritage Museum, Beaver County Industrial Museum, Old Economy Village, South Side Historical Village,

Laurel Highlands

March 29-30 and April 2-6: Pennsylvania Maple Festival at Meyersdale: See the annual tapping of trees and learn how maple syrup is made along with living history tours, parade, and quilt show topped off with a stack of pancakes drenched in Pennsylvania maple syrup

May 16-18: National Road Festival on the Route 40 Corridor: Period costumes, encampments, music, arts and crafts, and food depicting the life of early American pioneers

April and May: Laurel Highlands Trout Trail: Dozens of special events are planned around the region’s trout streams including fly fishing clinics, cooking demonstrations, and workshops

July 3-6: Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival: Arts and crafts, entertainment, food, and fun activities for kids nestled among the trees of the scenic Twin Lakes Park

End of July through mid-August: Pittsburgh Steelers Annual Summer Training Camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe: Legions of Steelers fans head out to see their favorite players practice for the upcoming football season

Sept. 12-14: Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs: Organic gardening, renewable energy, small-scale livestock, do-it yourself projects, natural health, along with sustainable and rural lifestyle experts are featured

Sept. 20: Ligonier Highlands Games: From hundreds of bagpipers to Scottish foods, athletic competitions, and clan genealogy

Sept. 26-28: Mount Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival: Over 100 booths featuring ethnic foods and crafters along with glass blowing demonstrations to celebrate southwestern Pennsylvania’s glass industry

Oct. 10-12: Fort Ligonier Days: Commemorating Fort Ligonier’s history, the town throws a big party with craft vendors, food booths, entertainment, and a high-stepping parade Saturday morning

October weekends: Hallowboo at Idlewild Park: A delightful non-scary event where kids trick-or-treat through Story Book Forest and enjoy fall-themed activities throughout the park

Attractions: Fort Ligonier, Frank Lloyd Wright Trio (Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, The Duncan House); Great Allegheny Passage trail towns — West Newton, Connellsville, Ohiopyle, Confluence, Rockwood, and Meyersdale, Idlewild Park, Laurel Caverns, Ligonier, Mountain Playhouse, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Ohiopyle State Park, Seven Springs.

Washington County

May 17-18: National Road Festival, Centerville Borough, Scenery Hill, Washington and Claysville along the historic National Road: The41st annual event includes a reenactment of the historic National Road’s transportation history including the Wagon Train

May 17-18: National Pike Steam, Gas and Horse Association Show at Centerville: Dedicated to preserving and demonstrating antique farm and construction equipment used by our forefathers

June 28-July 5 (closed June 29), McSummerfest 2014 at McDonald: A family oriented, fun-filled weeklong festival featuring nightly entertainment, food, games and carnival rides and fireworks by Zambelli

July 4: Canonsburg July Fourth Celebration: A full day of free, family fun including parade, pool party, music & fantastic fireworks

July 10-12: Whiskey Rebellion Festival on Main Street, Washington: Enjoy music, reenactments, parade, demonstrations & fireworks as history comes to life when you Join the Rebellion

July 26: The Adios at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, Washington: The signature event, the Delvin Miller Adios is a prestigious race for 3 yr-old open pacers, and has been raced every year since 1967

Aug. 2-3,Wine, Jazz & Pops Festival IV at North Strabane Township Municipal Park: filled with live musical performances of cool jazz and pop artists coupled with free wine-tastings from fine wineries,delicious food offerings & specialty handcrafted items

Aug. 8-13, PONY League World Series at Washington: marks the 52nd year Washington will host the PONY World Series, the annual rite of summer that brings teams from around the world to compete for the PONY League World Championship

Aug. 9-16: Washington County Agricultural Fair at Washington: 216th annual event features agricultural exhibits, 4-H & Future Farmers of America displays, food, tractor & horse pulls, rodeo, demolition derbies, amusements, fireworks, monster trucks, music & entertainment

Sept. 1-6, West Alexander Fair: A truly agricultural fair held in a beautiful setting featuring livestock, crafts, home & dairy, vegetables, flowers, fruits, youth and 4-H/FFA market animals, events, rides and food

Attractions: The Meadows Racetrack & Casino, The David Bradford House, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Washington County Historical Society in the historic underground railroad LeMoyne House, includes a Military Heritage Museum & the Norma K. Grimes Research Library, The Washington Wild Things/The Rebellion (National Pro Fastpitch), Consol Energy Park, Tanger Outlets.

-- Compiled by Karen Kane


Karen Kane: kkane@post-gazette.com or at 724-772-9180.

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