The festival takes place every year at the end of June or beginning of July. Exhibitors, musicians, dancers, actors and other participants come together for 9 days at the Kutztown Fairgrounds to entertain the visitors with folk music and dancing, to demonstrate their crafts or to spoil the people with scrumptious and plentiful food.
We (my family and I) cannot be wrong with our judgement, because the showcase is drawing more than 130,000 attendees each year. This event has been featured twice in National Geographic and was named as one of The 3 Most Interesting Festivals on the East Coast by The Washington Post.
The oldest folk festival of the United States offers entertainment and fun for all the family, whereby culture and tradition of the Pennsylvania Dutch are on the focus. Over 200 traditional craftsmen and folk artists can be found at the festival, most are making their crafts and arts on-site for entertainment and enjoyment for the visitors. You can see
- Baskets and many, many more.
Every day there is entertainment on 5 stages. You can see traditional performances and folk music by the „Sauerkraut Band“, Square Dance and Comedy Shows and a Mennonite wedding. And if you like, you can take courses of the Pennsylvania Deitsch Dialect, the language which is spoken by the Pennsylvania Dutch.
The Kutztown Festival has a lot events to offer for children of all ages: a puppet show at the Farmyard Theater, singalongs, storytellers, a magician, a ventriloquist and others. There are play areas, a petting zoo, pony-rides, a 19th century horse-drawn carousel and the Hex Express, a train made from steel drums.
The quilt barn has more than 2,500 quilts made by local quilters on display and for sale. The best quilts are sold at an auction on the second Saturday of the Festival.
And everywhere you find plentiful and delicious to eat and drink. You can get snacks, lunch and supper, traditional meals of Sauerkraut, ham and sausages, fried chicken, soups, sandwiches or Corn Fritters. When you like sweet stuff, I can recommend the Funnel Cake, or the delicious Shoo-fly Pie, a fluffy molasses pie. Very sweet! The name was probably given because the molasses attracts flies that must be „shooed“ away.
Date (2011): July 2nd to July 10th
Locationt: Kutztown Fairgrounds, Kutztown, PA
225 N. White Oak St, Kutztown,
Hours: 9:00 bis 18:00
Senior Citizens (55 & over): $13,00
Junior (13-17)- $5,00
All-week Pass: $24,00
Children (12 & under): Free
Parking is free.
You’ll find detailed Informationen on the Homepage of the Kutztown Festival.