What's Happening in the Great Outdoors Region

A look at What’s Happening in the Great Outdoors Region from The PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau.

August 1-10 – August Afternoons at Weather Discovery Center, Punxsutawney – noon-3pm – Kids can enjoy a free make-and-take activity.  This week’s activity is a Weather Mask.  Closed Sundays and Wednesdays.  For more information call (814) 938-1000 or visit WeatherDiscovery.org


August 3-31 – PA Wilds Traveling Photo Contest Exhibit Opening at From the Forest Gallery, Tionesta – A traveling exhibit featuring the 12 winning photographs of the PA Wilds Photo Contest.  For more information call (814) 755-3338 or visit fromtheforestgallery.forestcounty.com


August 4-10 – Cameron County Fair at Cameron County Fairgrounds – Carnival rides, tractor pull, bubble gum blowing contest, stick horse rodeo, live entertainment, pet parade, talent show, horseshoe tournament and more.  For more information call (814) 486-1412 or visit CameronCountyFair.org


August 5-10 – Sykesville Ag and Youth Fair at Sykesville Fairgrounds – Agricultural, livestock, and educational displays and competitions along with carnival rides, track events, wildlife exhibits and much more.  For more information call (814) 894-7871 or visit SykesvilleFair.org


August 5-10 – Elk County Fair at Elk County Fairgrounds – Food, exhibits, amusements, live music, demolition derbies, contests, and much more.  For more information call (814) 965-3128 or visit ElkCountyFair.net


August 8-10 – Wizard of Oz at Sawmill Center for the Arts, Cook Forest State Park – Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion, and Toto as they travel Dorothy’s imagination.  Performed by Brookville Community Theatre.  Suitable for all audiences.  For more information call (814) 927-6655 or visit Sawmill.org


August 9 – Jam Session at the MACA Building, Marienville – 6:30pm – Bring your musical instruments and dancing shoes to a Country and Blue Grass musical jam session.  All musicians and listeners are welcome.  For more information call (814) 927-8515.


August 9 – Fantastic Fossils at Sizerville State Park – 2pm-3pm – Fossils are a unique way of looking back at the ancient history of the Earth.  Learn more about the importance of fossils and to make an imitation fossil.  For more information call (814) 486-5605.


August 9 – Terrific Turtles and Other Reptiles at Sizerville State Park – 8pm-10pm – Join park naturalist for an educational evening learning about the roles of these cold blooded creatures.  Live reptiles and a movie will be shown at the campground amphitheater.  For more information call (814) 486-5605.


August 9-11 – Cookie Daze Festival on Main Street, Rimersburg – Cookie baking contest, parade, 5K, power wheels cruise, big wheel race, kiddie’s tractor pull, bed race, cart race, live bands, car cruise, sock hop, cookie cart race, Civil War actors, fireworks, and much more.  For more information visit CookieDazeCarCruise.com


August 10 – Open House at Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park – 1pm-5pm – View the interpretive exhibits and discover the diverse wildlife along with photography tips, lost history, and the PA Wilds.  Refreshments will be available and park staff will be ready to answer any of your questions.  For more information call (814) 647-8401.


August 10 – Phil Phest at Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney – 1pm-9pm – Celebrate Phil!  The Elixir of Life will be administered by the Inner Circle, giving Phil 7 more years of life.  Live music, delicious food, and yard games will be enjoyed all afternoon.  Must be 21 and older.  For more information call (814) 938-7700×3 or visit Groundhog.org/things-to-do-phil-phest


August 10 – Clarion River Classic Foot Race at Cook Forest State Park – 7am-4pm – An adult 40 mile race with cash prizes, youth 15-mile race with medals awarded, and adult 15-mile novice race with medals awarded.  For more information call (814) 849-6716.


August 10 – Peachy Saturday in Smicksburg – Everything peach!  You’ll find everything from a peachy little treat or a big whopping peach cobbler.  For more information call (724) 463-7505 or visit Smicksburg.net


August 10 – ATV Jamboree at Medix Hotel Parking Lot – 1pm-5pm – Come to the “funnest bar in Benezette!“ ATV displays and accessories, live music, awesome giveaways, food and drink specials, and tons of fun!  For more information call (814) 787-5920 or visit MedixHotel.com


August 10 – Crappy Car Cruise at R** Bandana Winery, Leeper – 1pm-6pm – The rules: most points win!  Car must be driven on and off the property.  Points awarded for oldest car.  Use of duct tape, coat hangers, and other creative repair gets more points.  For more information call (814) 744-9631 or visit RedBandanaWinery.com


August 10 – Alpaca Day/Fiber Rama at SuzyB Knits, Smicksburg – 10am-5pm – Enjoy a day of fiber and fun.  Watch a yarn spinning demonstration and meet the alpacas that provide the fibers for the yarns.  For more information call (814) 257-8326 or visit SuzyBKnits.com


August 10 – Hellbender Hunt at Cook Forest State Park – 11:30 – Meet at the park office to search for the elusive Alleghney Alligator and its close relative the Mud Puppy.  Contact the park office for more information (814) 744-8407.


August 10 – Chronic Wasting Disease Informative Program at Elk Country Visitor Center, Benezette – 1pm – The Pennsylvania Game Commission will be discussing the management plan and precautions to help prevent the disease from spreading.  For more information call (814) 787-5167 or visit ExperienceElkCountry.com


August 10-18 – Tionesta Indian Festival in downtown Tionesta – A variety of events including performances by the Allegheny River Indian Dancers, trash and treasure sales, kiddies parade, pet parade, tractor races, fireworks, and much more.  For more information call (814) 755-3338 or visit ForestCounty.com


August 11 – Bobcats at Sizerville State Park – 11am – Pennsylvania’s only wild feline predator, the bobcat, will be the topic for this presentation.  Learn about this wild residential cat.  For more information call (814) 486-5605.


August 11 – LIVE at the Pool at Sizerville State Park – 2pm – Hop, trop, or slither your way to the Sizerville Pool to learn a few interesting facts while getting a close up look at one of Pennsylvania’s featured creatures.  For more information call (814) 486-5605.


August 12 – Conference and Trailfest at Slippery Rock University – The North Country Trail is over 4,600 miles long, traveling through seven states.  This year, Pennsylvania is hosting the annual conference.  Come out and enjoy hikes, excursions, events, trips, shows, activities, educational workshops, and more.  For more information call (814) 484-7420 or visit NorthCountryTrail.org




Ongoing Events


Movie showing – Bring the family and enjoy a movie under the stars at the Moonlite Drive-In Theater!  Watch two movies cheaper than one at an indoor theater.  For more information call (814) 849-5588.  Visit the website LipumaTheatres.com or follow them on facebook to see what is showing every Wednesday through Sunday.


Live Music – Sponsored by the Elk County Summer concert Series.  Various bands will be performing your favorites at venues around Elk County.  Admission is free and open to the public of all ages.  For more information call (814) 772-7051 or visit ECCOTA.com


Live Music – Enjoy live music in the picnic pavilion at Laurel Mountain Vineyard.  Logo wine glass, wine discounts, food and fun.  For more information call (814) 371-7022 or visit LaurelWines.com


Live Folk Music and Campfire at Gateway Lodge.  Fridays at 7pm.  Toe tapp’n music and a cozy campfire at Gateway Lodge.  For more information call (814) 744-8017 or visit GatewayLodge.com


First Friday Concerts in Gumtown Park, New Bethlehem – Redbank Renaissance sponsors an evening of free Music in the Park on the first Friday of summer months June – September with food offered for sale by a local vendor.


Live Music at the Allegheny Grille, Foxburg – 6pm – A different musical guest each Tuesday evening to suit every taste from country to rock and roll.  Enjoy the music down by the river.  For more information call (724) 659-5701 or log-on to VisitFoxburg.com


Live Music at the Iron Mountain Grille, Cook Forest – 9pm – A live band performs each Saturday night.  Visit the website for a band line-up IronMountainGrille.biz


Live Music at Ray’s Hot Spot, Marienville – 9pm – A live band will be performing at Forest County’s home of classic rock each weekend!  For more information call (814) 927-8689 or visit RaysHotSpot.com


Live Music at R** Bandana Winery, Leeper – 6pm – Karaoke and live bands each weekend while sipping delicious wines.  For more information call (814) 744-9631 or visit RedBandanaWinery.com


Live Music at Foxburg Wine Cellars, Foxburg – 2pm-5pm – Every Saturday and Sunday, enjoy live music on the patio.  For more information call (724) 659-0021 or visit FoxburgWine.com


Ridgway Farmer’s Market – Tuesdays 3pm-5:30pm at True Value Hardware

Reynoldsville Farmer’s Market – Tuesdays  10:30am-1pm on Main Street

Gumtown Community Market – Fridays 12:30pm-5pm at New Bethlehem

Brockway Farmers Market – Fridays 11am-1pm on Main Street

Tionesta Farmer’s Market – Fridays 3-6pm and Saturdays 11am-2pm at Tionesta Market Village

Knox Farmer’s Market – Fridays 4pm-7pm at Knox Community Park

St. Marys Farmer’s Market – Saturdays 9am-11am in Tommy Jon’s Parking Lot

Clarion Farmer’s Market – Saturdays 8:30am-noon Clarion County Park

The PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau is a non-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to promoting tourism related businesses, events and activities in our 5-county region – Cameron, Clarion, Elk, Forest and Jefferson Counties. For more information and additional events, visit our website visitPAGO.com or call (814) 849-5197.

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