Summer in Butler County

Hello, Summer!  Longer days, funnel cakes, street festivals, watersports - what's not to love?


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Soak Up Some Rays

Moraine State Park is a great place to start your outdoor fun! Moraine offers just about every outdoor activity you can think of: biking, boating, disc golf, fishing, geocaching, hiking, picnicking, swimming, wildlife watching and windsurfing. Head out on Nautical Nature, Moraine State Park's premier attraction, a 37-passenger enclosed pontoon boat offering tours on Lake Arthur.  Participate in an environmental education program at one of our parks (Moraine, Jennings Environmental Education Center and Alameda Park). Go golfing on nearly a dozen golf courses, all within a half hour’s drive of each other. Get the gang together for s’mores and good times at one of our campgrounds. Other great places to get out are the North Country Trail, the Butler-Freeport Trail and Todd Nature Reserve – enjoy hiking, biking, geocaching and wildlife watching. Not only do these places offer a wide range of summer activities, they also host special events for some additional fun!

Summer Nights

Sit back, relax and enjoy some free popcorn as you savor summer nights under the stars watching movies on the big screen!  Head to Starlight Drive-In for some classic entertainment, or check out  Alameda Park, Cranberry Community Park and YMCA Camp/ARMCO Park, who all offer free movie series. Some nights even include swimming!

Great Tastes of Summer

Looking for that fresh summery taste? Over the course of the summer there will be several opportunities to experience the taste of farm fresh foods and entertainment. To grill up your own delicious eats, pick up some fresh local goods at a nearby farmers' markets.


There are lots of different ways to enjoy sports in Butler County. Try Night Disc Golf at Alameda Park, head to Lernerville Speedway to watch races, even get out and go to a ball game when the Butler BlueSox play home games at Kelly Automotive Park. Check out the calendar for special events!

Summer Concert Series

There is nothing like live music to relax you. There are outdoor concerts all over the county! Check out our calendar for free concerts from Alameda Park, Butler Downtown, Cranberry Community Park, Cranberry Municipal Lawn, Harmony in the House Concerts and Zelienople Community Park.




Major Festivals & Events

Summer is the peak season for fairs and festivals here.  Absorb the stimulating smells of carnival food, take in the colorful sights and enjoy fun for the whole family at these major festivals:

June 8-10:  Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival

June 10:  Bantam Jeep Muddy 5K

June 16-17:  Whispering Pines Festival in the Woods

June 23:  Cruise-a-Palooza

June 29 - July 7:  Big Butler Fair

July 7:  Penn Twp. VFD Mega Cruise/Fly In

July 12-14:  Cranberry Township Community Days

July 13-14: 6th annual Band Jam

July 17-21:  Saxonburg Carnival

July 19-21:  Horse Trading Days

July 20-21: “In Harmony” Heritage Music Festival

July 28:  Miracle League All-Star Baseball Game

July 28:  Celebrate the Bloom

July 29:  Concordia Summer Festival

August 2-5:  Portersville Steam Show

August 4-5:  Regatta at Lake Arthur

August 5:  Western PA Ride for Kids

August 6-11:  Butler Farm Show

August 14-18:  North Washington Rodeo

August 24-26:  Butler Italian Festival

September 8-9:  Tough Mudder

September 8-9:  Saxonburg Festival of the Arts


Pack in as much fun as you can. Time is sure to fly this summer in Butler County!


Weekly Happenings

Live Music Wednesdays: Knickers Tavern at Conley Resort & Golf Club
Wednesdays in July:  Fun Fore All Glow Golf
Wednesdays in August: Seven Fields Food Truck Nights
Every Thursday Morning:  Birds and More Walk at Succop Nature Park
Every Thursday: Outdoor Discovery Programs
Every Friday-Sunday: Public Skate at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex
Every Saturday: North Country Canning Facility Tours

Monthly Happenings

First Mondays: Zen Meditation and Workshop
Third Thursdays: "Mingle on Main" in Saxonburg
Third Thursdays: Namaste with Shu
Last Fridays: Foodie Fridays in Downtown Butler
Every Second Saturday: Open Stage at Bottlebrush Gallery & Center for the Arts

More Summer Events & Fun

June 1-18:  5th annual Lake Arthur Striper Fishing Tournament
June 3:  WingFest 2018 at the Beacon Hotel
June 9:  Summer Wine Walk in Harmony
June 9:  The Tanglewood Center presents The Pittsburgh Doo Wop Big Band
June 9:  Butler YMCA Powerlifting Competition
June 9-10:  2nd Annual Connie Q Canoe Trip
June 9-11:  Jam Band Night with Fungus and Habatat
June 16:  Essential Wellness Monthly Classes
June 20:  Preston Park Walking Tour
June 23: Americana Music Night with Major Morgan and Harmon Hot Haus
June 23:  Butler Road Race
June 30:  Mighty Moraine Man Youth Triathlon
July 4:  Firecracker 5K and 1 Mile
July 4: Zelienople Community Day
July 7:  Rock and Roll with Wine & Spirits and Stationary Pebbles
July 13-14, 20-22:  Musical Theatre Guild presents Jerry’s Girls
July 14:  Essential Wellness Monthly Classes
July 15:  Zelienople Historical Society: Paint your Pet
July 20-21:  Zelienople Historical Society: Lunch on the Lawn
July 21:  Pig Roast with Spin Cycle
August 4:  Groove Rock with Dizzy Woosh and Charm & Chain
August 5:  Zelienople Historical Society: Sundae Sunday
August 18:  7th Annual Connoquenessing Creek Clean-Up
August 18:  80’s Party with Flashback
August 19:  Youth Triathlon