Soak Up Summer

Your Ultimate Guide to Events in the PA Great Lakes Region

Dive into the heart of summer with the PA Great Lakes Region, where each county comes alive with a vibrant tapestry of events that capture the essence of the season. From hot air balloons painting the sky to the soothing melodies of blues and jazz, this region transforms into a hub of excitement and cultural festivity. To take a closer look at the not-to-be-missed summer events across Crawford, Erie, Mercer, and Venango counties, click the link to visit their Event Calendar.

Libations Winery - Mercer County
Oil Heritage Festival - Venango County
Crawford County Fair - Crawford County
Thurston Classic - Crawford County

Crawford County

A Kaleidoscope of Summer Fun

  • Thurston Classic Hot Air Balloon Event: Watch in awe as the skies above Meadville are adorned with colorful hot air balloons in this mesmerizing annual spectacle.
  • Crawford County Fair: Embrace the spirit of summer at one of Pennsylvania’s largest agricultural fairs, featuring live entertainment, rides, and exhibits.
  • Blues Festival at Conneaut Cellars: Sway to the soulful sounds of blues set amidst the scenic backdrop of Conneaut Cellars Winery and Vineyard.
  • Cochranton Fair: Enjoy traditional fair attractions, agricultural displays, and family-friendly entertainment in the heart of Cochranton.

Erie County

Sun, Sand, and Celebrations

  • Discover Presque Isle: Uncover the natural beauty of Presque Isle State Park with outdoor activities, beach games, and sunset celebrations.
  • CelebrateErie:¬†Dive into Erie’s rich culture with art, music, food, and fireworks in this vibrant downtown festival.
  • Erie’s Blues and Jazz Festival: Relax in the summer breeze with two days of exceptional blues and jazz performances in Frontier Park.
  • Panegyri Greek Festival: Indulge in the flavors and traditions of Greece with authentic food, dance, and music in this festive celebration.
A large crowd gathers around a bonfire on the beach. Discover Presque Isle - Erie County
WaterFire - Mercer County

Mercer County

Savor the Tastes and Sounds of Summer

  • Grove City Strawberry Days: Kick off summer with sweet treats, crafts, and entertainment in celebration of strawberry season.
  • WaterFire in Sharon: Be mesmerized by the spectacle of fire-lit braziers floating on the Shenango River, accompanied by live performances and art installations.
  • Hermitage Arts Festival: Explore a world of creativity with local art, live music, and interactive activities in Hermitage.
  • Mercer County Grange Fair and Stoneboro Fair: Experience the heart of summer with these traditional fairs, showcasing the community’s agricultural heritage and family fun.

Venango County

Adventure and Heritage

Oil Heritage Festival - Venango County
Grove City Strawberry Days - Mercer County

The PA Great Lakes Region in summer is a canvas of experiences.

From exhilarating outdoor adventures to serene cultural gatherings. Whether you’re drawn by the thrill of festivals, the allure of nature, or the charm of small-town fairs, our region promises a summer filled with joy, discovery, and unforgettable memories. Join us under the sun and let the vibrant spirit of our communities inspire your next summer adventure.