Love folklife? Then the Kutztown Folk Festival is a must-visit! Located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, it’s the oldest, continuously operated folklife festival in America. The nine-day festival began in 1950, and has been drawing visitors from all over the world since. Visitors experience music, entertainment, the largest quilt sale in America and much more. This festival has been featured twice in National Geographic and was once called “one of the most unique festivals on the East coast” by the Washington Post. It’s a fun experience that all ages are sure to love!
Hours at the Kutztown Folk Festival are:
June 29-30 and July 5-6: 10am – 8pm
July 1-4 and July 7: 10am – 6pm
There is truly something for every member of your family to enjoy at the Kutztown Folk Festival. From the world-famous quilt barn to arts and crafts and of course a delicious meal, there is something for everyone. Some of the attractions and events include:
Quilts: The world-famous quilt barn is one of the Kutztown Folk Festival’s most popular attractions, and it features over 2,500 traditional handmade quilts and wall hangings, both on display and for sale. The fully stocked quilt shop sells hard-to-find items and supplies, there are quilting bees, hands-on demonstrations, a quilt auction and much more. For more information on quilt events, click here.
Crafts: Over 200 folk artists and craftsmen are demonstrating and showcasing their pieces. The Kutztown Folk Festival is one of the largest gatherings of traditional craftsmen in the country! A sampling of the crafts and folk art that can be seen at the festival include: weaving, woodcarving, soapmaking, furniture, pottery, redware, metalworking, blacksmithing, weaving and much more. For more information on crafts at the festival, click here.
Food: If you love Pennsylvania Dutch food, you are in for a treat. The Kutztown Folk Festival has two restaurants serving full-course Pennsylvania Dutch meals, a variety of homemade soups and sandwiches and classic festival favorites such as sausage, pot pie, funnel cakes, shoo-fly pie and apple dumplings. For generations, families have also loved the 19th century bread oven, one of the oldest in Pennsylvania, where bread is baked daily. Visitors can observe the baking process and then purchase bread to bring home and enjoy!
Fun and Entertainment: There is something for everyone when it comes to entertainment at the festival. From live 19th century “impromptu” brass bands to the last remaining horse-powered carousel in the country and “the Hokiest Parade in America,” the Folk Festival Fourth of July parade, everyone in your family is sure to find something they love. Plus, for those who are interested in folklore and history, there are seminars on dialect, traditions and other areas of interest of the Pennsylvania Dutch. For more information on fun and entertainment to enjoy at the Kutztown Folk Festival, click here.
Children’s Petting Zoo and Kids Activities: There are a variety of activities especially for your little ones, including a petting zoo where kids and adults can feed and pet farm animals, traditional games and more. Click here for more information on kid’s activities.
Festival Antique Building: Bring back the past at the Kutztown Folk Festival antique building. Visitors can view a wide variety of antique and collectible items. For more information, click here.
The Kutztown Folk Festival offers amenities such as a first aid station, handicap parking, wheelchairs, scooters, rocking chairs for nursing mothers, changing area for babies, and complimentary strollers.
The Kutztown Folk Festival is located at:
450 Wentz Street
While camping isn’t available onsite at the Kutztown Folk Festival, there are plenty of options nearby and many local attractions to enjoy on your visit. Some include:
Even if you don’t own an RV, it’s still easy to enjoy a vacation or trip in the comfort and style of one! Once you have access to private bathrooms, a comfortable bed and a kitchen to cook any meal in, you’ll never go back. Rent an RV from RVshare in your hometown and travel to the festival, or pick one up upon arrival in Pennsylvania. The options are endless, but they all have comfort and ease, thanks to RVing.
For a map and directions on how to get to the Kutztown Folk Festival, click here.
Parking on the fairgrounds is available, and is free.
Kutztown Folk Festival tickets can be purchased online, but please note that those purchased online will be mailed to your billing or shipping address, so purchase online in advance. Tickets are available at the walk-in gate as well. The gate at 225 North Whiteoak Street will accept Visa and MasterCard, but all other gates accept cash only.
Admission prices are as follows:
Seniors (55+): $13.00
Students (13-17): $5.00
Children 12 and under: Free
A weekly pass is $24 and there is a Friday night special of a $5 ticket after 4pm.
There is so much to do and see at the Kutztown Folk Festival, you’ll want to make sure you have a comfortable, easy place to lay your head down and relax in at night. With an RV rental from RVshare, it’s easy! Enjoy traveling in comfort, having access to a kitchen or private bathroom whenever you’d like and much more. Whether you visit the Kutztown Folk Festival in an RV rental from us or use other accommodations, we’d love to see pictures of your trip. Send us photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media to share details and tips about your visit. Your adventures could be featured on our blog or social media!
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