Reading, PA and the Greater Reading area are home to many family-friendly spring and summer festivals filled with fun, great entertainment and great local food. Why not add one of the events below to your vacation plans?
- Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest (April)
One of the first big festivals to kick off the season every year is Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest. This 10-day music extravaganza brings some of the top entertainers and musicians in jazz, blues, world music, gospel and R&B to the Reading area. Considered one of the largest and most comprehensive festivals of its kind in the country, visitors always enjoy more than 40 main stage concerts at different venues in the area. The festival will celebrate its 26thyear in April, 2016.
- World War II Weekend (June)
More than 100,000 military, history and aircraft enthusiasts look forward to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s annual air show and WW II reenactment each year. Held at Reading Regional Airport’s Spaatz Field, the event is the operating recreation of a WW II airfield, a living history event that captures the feeling of those tumultuous times with battle reenactments, vehicle parades, encampments, WW II warbird rides, and more.
Step back in time to June 6, 1944 (D-Day) with special guests, live entertainment, 1,200 re-enactors, 200 period vehicles and 80 aircraft. WWII Weekend is always held on the first full weekend in June.
- Kutztown Folk Festival (June)
This annual festival is also known as America’s largest quilt sale! Since 1950, the Kutztown Folk Festival has celebrated the Pennsylvania Dutch culture with family-friendly activities and entertainment and is the oldest continuing folk-life event in the nation. More than 130,000 visitors enjoy nine full days of delicious Pennsylvania Dutch food, music, dancing, craft demonstrations, historical reenactments, lots of activities for the kids, and 2,000+ authentic handmade quilts on display.
Enjoy more than 200 demonstrating craftsmen, strolling musicians, brass bands and Mennonite singers, puppet shows in the barnyard theater, a ride on the 19th-century horse-drawn carousel, the last of its kind in the country, and foot-stomping entertainment from four generations of hoedown dancers! The Kutztown Folk Festival is held at the end of June and beginning of July every year.
- Reading Fair (August)
The very first Reading Fair was held by the Berks County Agricultural Society in 1854, making this family-friendly event the second oldest fair in the state of Pennsylvania. Today, it’s held at the Reading Fairgrounds in Bern Township. The fair highlights Berks County’s farming & agricultural community, and includes fair rides, carnival games, musical entertainment, racing, and plenty of great Pennsylvania Dutch food. The Reading Fair is held during the first full week of August every year.
- Taste of Hamburg-er Festival (September)
If you can’t resist the smell of a juicy hamburger, take the whole family out to enjoy the East Coast’s premier hamburger event in downtown Hamburg, located in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. This festival, honoring the hamburger, draws more than 30,000 visitors for 25+ hamburger stands, multiple entertainment stages, a beer and wine garden, chili cook-off and other fun contests, children’s activities, and a variety of artists and crafters displaying their work. Taste of Hamburg-er Festival takes place annually on Saturday of Labor Day weekend.
For a complete list of unmissable festivals and other events in Reading, PA, tips on how to get there and where and when to buy tickets, check out the Greater Reading Convention and Visitors Bureau website or visit us inside the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in historic downtown Reading.