Summer’s upon us and that means one thing in Pennsylvania: The festival season. Church and local festivals. Food festivals. County fairs. And, ethnic festivals that promise delectable and authentic food, traditional entertainment, and plenty of activities for the whole family. Here are 10 ethnic festivals in Pennsylvania you won’t want to miss in 2017.
1. Mother of Divine Grace Italian Festival – 2917 E. Thompson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134
Mark your calendar for the Mother of Divine Grace Italian Festival, set for July 8-10, 2017. Start your visit at the school hall with a delicious meal of spaghetti, ravioli and meatballs, or spaghetti and clams. Stop by the Inner Garden's Food Court and Beer Garden, where you'll find a variety of food, including fries, fried dough, and pizza. The festival also features a bounce house, games, and Italian festival souvenirs.
2. Celtic Fling & Highland Games at Mount Hope – 2775 Lebanon Rd, Manheim, PA 17545
Embrace the Celtic culture at the annual Celtic Fling & Highland Games at Mount Hope, which starts with a Friday kick-off concert on June 23. The festival runs through June 25, 2017. Festival activities include a Catholic service on Sunday morning, a traditional Celtic breakfast, musical performances, competitions, and plenty of food vendors.
3. Erie Pangryi Greek Festival – 4376 West Lake Road, Erie PA 16505
Journey to Greece when you visit the Erie Pangryi Greek Festival from July 8-10, 2017. The 28th annual festival will feature authentic Greek cuisine, including pastries, Greek music, and Greek folk music. Saturday night caps off with fireworks and one lucky individual will win a trip for two to Greece.
4. PDCD Italian StrEAT Festival – Penn Avenue between 9th and 6th, Pittsburgh PA
Celebrate all things Italian when you attend the PDCD Italian StrEAT Festival, slated for July 8-9, 2017. Stroll down the streets that will be brimming with authentic Italian food and other vendors. The festival's activities include games of bocce, live entertainment, eating contests, and cooking demonstrations.
5. Berks Celtic Festival – Willow Glen Park, 94 Park Avenue, Sinking Spring, PA 19608
Spend July 15, 2017 at Willow Glen Park in celebration of the Berks Celtic Festival. The daylong festival, features a day of live entertainment and delicious food that includes fish and chips, Scottish egg, Shepherd's pie, fried oyster sandwich, and steamed clams.
6. Himalayan Festival USA – Scottish Rite Center, 2701 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Experience the fourth Himalayan Festival USA, this time in Harrisburg from July 20-23, 2017. Learn more about the Himalayan culture as native Himalayan artists, musicians, and others compete in a variety of contest categories, including singing, dance, art, and short films. A beauty pageant and a soccer tournament are also on the itinerary.
7. Hanover Dutch Festival – Center Square, Hanover, 17331 PA
Wander through the Hanover Dutch Festival, set for the last Saturday in July, where you'll discover more than 300 vendors. Check out the classics at the antique car show or watch the kids play at the kids carnival. The Hanover Dutch Festival also includes German entertainment.
8. Cambria City Ethnic Festival – City of Cambria, Johnstown, PA
Set aside Labor Day weekend for a trip to the Cambria City Ethnic Festival, slated for September 1-3, 2017. The weekend-long festival boasts a variety of ethnic dishes, including pierogies, hot sausage, Hungarian goulash, and halushki. as well as live entertainment and vendors.
9. Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival – 1000 Lindsay Road, Carnegie, PA, 15106
Indulge in authentic Lebanese cuisine at the annual Pittsburgh Lebanese Festival, September 15-17, 2017. Hosted by Our Lady of Victory Church, the lively festival features authentic food, traditional dances, live entertainment, games, and activities for the whole family.
10. Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival – 532 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
Travel to Bethlehem from September 22-24, 2017 for the annual Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival. The three-day festival will feature a number of competitions focusing on the fiddle, pipe bands, drum majors, and Highland dance. Retail vendors and food vendors will also attend with authentic Celtic products and cuisine.
What other ethnic festivals in Pennsylvania would you add to a part two of this list? Let us know below! And, don’t forget to add the
11 best small town festivals to your calendar, too.