If you’re looking for a guide to the best Pennsylvania fairs in 2023, you’re in the right place!
Growing up as a farm kid in western PA, I’ve been going to Pennsylvania fairs my entire life, but for those of you less familiar with the concept, I’ll give you a brief overview of what to expect at one of these celebrations of rural heritage.
If you’re already a seasoned fair veteran, scroll down to skip the overview and check out the Pennsylvania fairs schedule, broken down by months.
What Goes on at a Pennsylvania Fair?
Since the founding of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1682, agriculture has been a major part of the state’s economy and social fabric.
Fairs began (and continue) as a way to celebrate the successes of the harvest season, through food, entertainment, and friendly competitions among rural Pennsylvanians.
If you want bragging rights for growing the biggest pumpkin, raising the the biggest pig, or baking the best cookies, the local fair is the place to put it all on the line!
Pennsylvania Fair Food
One of the great joys of attending a Pennsylvania fair is the food.
Throw your diet out the window and take a “cheat day”, because the variety of decadent fair foods is almost endless!
If it can be deep fried or dipped in chocolate, there’s a good chance you’ll find it at one of the “eat stands” at a Pennsylvania fair.
Livestock at a Pennsylvania Fair
You’ll find all sorts of livestock at a Pennsylvania fair, from baby bunnies to performing pigs!
Cows, horses, goats, sheep – there are plenty of opportunities to interact with familiar farm animals.
Some Pennsylvania fairs feature more exotic animals as well, like tiger shows and camel rides.
The Midway at a Pennsylvania Fair
The midway is where you’ll find the rides and games at a Pennsylvania fair.
The bigger the fair, the bigger the rides!
You’ll also find plenty of games for kids of all ages, where stuffed animals are often the prize of choice.
Walking the midway after dark is especially fun, as the colored lights add a whole new dimension to the spectacle.
2023 Pennsylvania Fairs Guide
Below you’ll find the dates for 2022 Pennsylvania fairs occurring between July and October.
Simply click on the blue text links to view the official website of each fair, for hours, admission prices, directions, etc.
If you DON”T see you favorite fair listed below, AND it has a website, feel free to shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll add it to the guide!
Pennsylvania Fairs in July
Big Butler Fair – June 30-July 8 in Prospect (Butler County)
Kutztown Folk Festival – July 1-9 in Kutztown (Berks County)
Wolf’s Corners Fair – July 3-9 in Tionesta (Forest County)
Mercer County Grange Fair – July 5-9 in Mercer (Mercer County)
Berks County Fair – July 12-15 in Leesport (Berks County)
Franklin County Fair – July 10-16 in Chambersburg (Franklin County)
Lycoming County Fair – July 13-23 in Hughesville (Lycoming County)
Jefferson County Fair – July 16-22 in Brookville (Jefferson County)
Jacktown Fair – July 19-23 in Wind Ridge (Greene County)
York Fair – July 21-30 in York (York County)
Lebanon Area Fair – July 22-29 in Lebanon (Lebanon County)
Bedford County Fair – July 23-29 in Bedford (Bedford County)
Shippensburg Community Fair – July 24-29 in Shippensburg (Cumberland County)
Kimberton Fair – July 24-29 in Kimberton (Chester County)
South Mountain Fair – July 25-29 in Arendtsville (Adams County)
Troy Fair – July 24-29 in Troy (Bradford County)
Fayette County Fair – July 27-August 5 in Dunbar (Fayette County)
Clarion County Fair – July 23-29 in Fairmount City (Clarion County)
Clinton County Fair – July 29-August 5 in Mackeyville (Clinton County)
Clearfield County Fair – July 30-August 5 in Clearfield (Clearfield County)
Fulton County Fair – July 31-August 6 in McConnellsburg (Fulton County Fair)
Potter County Fair – July 31-August 6 in Millport (Potter County)
Pennsylvania Fairs in August
Cochranton Community Fair – August 7-12 in Cochranton (Crawford County)
Schuylkill County Fair – August 1-6 in Schuylkill Haven (Schuylkill County)
Goshen Country Fair – August 1-6 in West Chester (Chester County).
Union County West End Fair – August 6-12 in Laurelton (Union County)
Wayne County Fair – August 5-13 in Honesdale (Wayne County)
Butler Farm Show – August 7-12 in Butler (Butler County)
Venango County Fair – August 6-13 in Franklin (Venango County)
Montour-Delong Community Fair – August 8-13 in Danville (Montour County)
Cameron County Fair – August 7-13 in Emporium (Cameron County)
Huntingdon County Fair – August 7-13 in Huntingdon (Huntingdon County)
Mifflin County Youth Fair – August 8-13 in Reedsville (Mifflin County)
Tioga County Fair – August 8-13 in Wellsboro (Tioga County)
Kutztown Fair – August 8-13 in Kutztown (Berks County)
Warren County Fair – August 9-13 in Pittsfield (Warren County)
Dayton Fair – August 12-14 in Dayton (Armstrong County)
Bullskin Township Community Fair – August 14-20 in Wooddale (Monroe County)
McKean County Fair – August 14-20 in East Smethport (McKean County)
Harford Fair – August 15-20 in New Milford (Susquehanna County)
Middletown Grange Fair – August 17-21 in Penns Park (Bucks County)
Somerset County Fair – August 18-27 in Meyersdale (Somerset County)
Centre County Grange Encampment & Fair – August 19-27 in Centre Hall (Centre County)
Westmoreland Fair – August 19-27 in Greensburg (Westmoreland County)
Crawford County Fair – August 21-27 in Meadville (Crawford County)
West End Fair – August 21-27 in Gilbert (Monroe County)
Williamsburg Community Farm Show – August 21-26 in Williamsburg (Blair County)
Elizabethtown Fair – August 22-27 in Elizabethtown (Lancaster County)
Hookstown Fair – August 23-27 in Hookstown (Beaver County)
Indiana County Fair – August 25 – September 3 in Indiana (Indiana County)
Greene-Dreher-Sterling Fair – August 26-September 4 in Newfoundland (Wayne County)
Wattsburg Agricultural Society Erie County Fair – August 28-September 3 in Wattsburg (Erie County)
Big Knob Grange Fair – August 30-September 3 in Rochester (Beaver County)
Allentown Fair – August 31-September 5 in Allentown (Lehigh County)
Wyoming County Community Fair – August 28-September 2 in Meshoppen (Wyoming County)
Sullivan County Fair – August 31-September 5 in Forksville (Sullivan County)
The Great Stoneboro Fair– August 31-September 5 in Stoneboro (Mercer County)
Pennsylvania Fairs in September
Juniata County Fair – September 3-10 in Port Royal (Juniata County)
Ox Hill Community Fair – September 4-11 in Plumville (Indiana County)
Spartansburg Community Fair – September 4-10 in Spartansburg (Crawford County)
American Legion County Fair – September 4-10 in Ebensburg (Cambria County)
Waterford Community Fair – September 5 in Waterford (Erie County)
West Alexander Fair – September 5-10 in West Alexander (Washington County)
Jamestown Community Fair – September 6-10 in Jamestown (Mercer County)
Luzerne County Fair – September 7-11 in Dallas (Luzerne County)
McClure Bean Soup Festival & Fair – September 12-17 in Middleburg (Snyder County)
Albion Fair – September 13-17 in Albion (Erie County)
Denver Fair – September 13-17 in Denver (Lancaster County)
Southern Lancaster County Fair – September 14-16 in Quarryville (Lancaster County)
Oley Valley Community Fair – September 15-17 in Oley (Berks County)
Hollidaysburg Community Fair – September 16-19 in Hollidaysburg (Blair County)
Beaver Community Fair – September 18-24 in Beaver Springs (Snyder County)
Gratz Fair – September 18-24 in Gratz (Dauphin County)
Ephrata Fair – September 20-24 in Ephrata (Lancaster County)
Harmony Grange Fair – September 20-24 in Westover (Clearfield County)
Bloomsburg Fair – September 23-October 1 in Bloomsburg (Columbia County)
West Lampeter Community Fair – September 28-30 in Lampeter (Lancaster County)
New Holland Farmers Fair – September 28-October 1 in New Holland (Lancaster County)
Pennsylvania Fairs in October
Manheim Community Farm Show – October 3-7 in Manheim (Lancaster County)
Dillsburg Community Fair – October 10-15 in Dillsburg (York County)
The Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg is PA’s State Fair, and billed as the largest indoor agricultural expo in the United States.
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