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The Best Festivals, Concerts, and Shows Coming to Pennsylvania This Spring and Summer 

As the temperatures get warmer and the days longer, many festivals, concerts, and shows take place in Pennsylvania. It is hard to choose between all the wonderful activities. Here are some ideas for what to attend this spring and summer.

Chinese Lantern Festival

This annual festival runs from June 21 to August 13, 2023, at Franklin Square in Philadelphia. It’s been a must-see for residents and visitors since it began in 2016. The festival features intricate lantern displays, live performances, and traditional Chinese food. Live stage performances include contortion, folk dancing, martial arts, and acrobatics. Beautifully crafted artworks are available for people to buy. A visit to the Dragon Beer Garden gives visitors a chance to quench their thirst. Food includes traditional Chinese cuisine and classic American eats.

Indigo Girls Concert

Indigo Girls, a folk rock duo, will play at Xcite Center at Parx Casino PA on Friday, June 6. The doors open at 7 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. The show is for those of 21 years and older. The Grammy-award-winning duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers has a devoted national fan base. They have had six consecutive gold- and/or platinum-certified albums.

The two distinct songwriting styles and personalities create an interesting balance. In 2020, their 15th studio album, Look Long, was the 14th to chart on the Billboard 200. In the same year, they released Long Ride, a pandemic-era single.

Musikfest 

Musikfest has been held annually since 1984 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It is a 10-day music festival that takes place from August 3 to 13, 2023. It features over 500 performances on 17 stages located throughout the city.

The lineup of musicians and performers in the past has included The Beach Boys, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Stills & Nash. This year multi-platinum hit makers AJR will be on the Wind Creek Steel Stage on August 3. Other headline shows include Goo Goo Dolls and the country duo, Dan and Shay.

Dining Under the Stars

From May 3 to September 27, 2023, two dozen restaurants in Media participate in a “Dining under the Stars” event. The event is reminiscent of the open-air cafes on the Champs Élysées in Paris and the piazzas in Italy.

Every Wednesday State Street closes to all vehicular traffic. Pedestrians can spend time dining al fresco, drinking, and shopping. This year some local favorite eateries to look out for include Fellini Café and Azie which serves Asian Fusion food. Many of the restaurants are booked for outdoor seating weeks in advance.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

This year the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival will return for the first time since 2019. It will take place in Philly from May 6. Local establishments in Rittenhouse Square are set up along the bustling streets at one of Philly’s most upscale street festivals. The festival features fashion and food, art, and shopping. There’s a local artist showcase and a fashion show.

Kutztown Folk Festival  

The nine-day event in Kutztown, Pennsylvania draws visitors from all over the world. It is America’s oldest folklife festival. Tourists may find out about the annual festival in a Pennsylvania travel guide. The event takes place in July and celebrates Pennsylvania Dutch culture. Visitors can get a good insight into the traditions and the fascinating way of life. The festival features handmade crafts like quilts, traditional music and dance performances, and regional food.

Three Rivers Arts Festival

This art festival takes place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from June 2 to 11, 2023. People can enjoy 10 days of free art and music. Local and national artists offer high-quality visual art. The main stage features many performance artists and musical events. Singer/songwriter KT Tunstall will take the main stage on June 2. Rising Appalachia will appear on June 4 and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on June 5. There are also many food vendors and interactive activities.