Berks County Festivals

Berks County, PA is home to many delightful fairs and festivals that highlight the area’s rich cultures and traditions and proud agricultural heritage. If you’re visiting the Reading, PA area for business or pleasure, you’ll find something fun to do for everyone in the family!

As you plan your trip, keep our partial list of the county’s best fairs and festivals in mind.

Bowers, PA – Chile Pepper Festival. Chile peppers add flavor to everything from sauces to pickles to ice cream to wine! Held at the beginning of September every year at William DeLong Park in Bowers (a village of only 300 or so residents), the Chile Pepper Festival is the largest of its kind in the nation.  Tens of thousands of visitors flock here to enjoy arts and crafts, music, entertainment, and, of course, jalapeno pepper eating contests, chile pepper song competitions, and plenty of pepper-flavored foods, including barbecue sauces and rubs, unique pepper jellies, pastas, and more. Hear more about Chile Pepper Festival

Wyomissing, PA – Pretzel FestivalBerks County pretzels are the best! That could explain why there are more pretzel manufactures in the Reading area than anywhere else in the world (7 and counting).  This festival, held in September at First Energy Stadium, has something for the entire family – entertainment, pretzel dishes from our local restaurants, crafts, craft beer tasting, and the world’s best pretzels. Patchwork Quilt flower retro pattern

Hamburg, PA – Taste of Hamburg-er Festival.If you’re a connoisseur of juicy hamburgers, you’ll appreciate the annual Taste of Hamburg-er Festival held in downtown Hamburg, in the lush foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. This is the East Coast’s premier hamburger event, and it attracts over 30,000 visitors for hamburgers, entertainment, chili cook-offs and other fun contests, children’s activities, and a variety of artists and crafters displaying their work. The festival takes place every year on Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Hear more about Taste of Hamburg-er Festival 

Kutztown, PA Kutztown Folk Festival. Lovers of authentic handmade quilts and Pennsylvania Dutch food, culture and entertainment will be in heaven at the annual Kutztown Folk Festival held during June and July. The festival attracts over 130,000 visitors to nine fun-filled days of delicious Pennsylvania Dutch food, music, dancing, craft demonstrations, historical reenactments, children’s activities, and more than 2,000 quilts on display. This is the oldest continuing folk-life event in the nation and is known as America’s largest quilt sale! Hear more about Kutztown Folk Festival

Reading, PA – World War II Weekend. Are you a military history or aircraft buff? Or maybe you’d love to ride in a WWII warbird? Come on out to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s annual air show and WW II living history event at the Reading Regional Airport. The weekend is filled with live entertainment, battle reenactments focused on June 6, 1944 (D-Day), over 200 period vehicles, 80 aircraft, and appearances by special guests. The event is held each year on the first full weekend in June and attracts 100,000 visitors from around the world.

Reading, PA – Reading Fair. During the first full week of August, you’ll find livestock on display and plenty of exhibits that highlight Berks County’s farming & agricultural community at the Reading Fair, the second oldest fair in Pennsylvania. There’s fun for everyone in the family, such as rides, carnival games, musical entertainment, racing (including tractors and motorcycles), and plenty of delicious Pennsylvania Dutch food.  If you live in Berks County, think about entering your great-grandmother’s amazing shoo-fly pie in the baked goods competition!

Search our calendar of events for more Berks County fairs, festivals, farm shows and antique shows at the Greater Reading Convention and Visitors Bureau website or visit us inside the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in historic downtown Reading.