The 69th Annual Kutztown Folk Festival returns from June 30 - July 8, 2018. This annual nine-day celebration of Pennsylvania Dutch culture is America’s oldest folklife festival where you can experience the region’s unique heritage and enjoy authentic folklife demonstrations, artisan crafts, children’s activities, antiques, PA Dutch delicacies, and live entertainment on six stages.
The Kutztown Folk Festival is widely recognized as a must-see experience, earning recognition from nationally-known publications.
- USA Today, One of “America’s Top Celebrations”
- National Geographic, “Great American Eating Experience”
- Destinations, 2016 “Best of the Best” in Pennsylvania Culture
- Where Traveler, “The Most Authentic Folk Festivals in America”
What's New for 2018?
The Kutztown Folk Festival will host an authentic Harvest Home celebration. Step back in time and witness this fascinating Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of adorning the local church with harvest decorations, fruits, and vegetables in celebration of a successful harvest.
Bethlehem's National Museum of Industrial History will feature a 100-year-old fully operating printing press. Festival attendees will be able to learn the history of the printing press as well as the importance of the “Industrial Revolution,” not just in the history of Southeastern Pennsylvania, but the entire country.
Several new additions will help comprise the 200 nationally recognized juried folk artists and craftsmen coming from all across America to demonstrate and sell their work. America’s largest quilt sale will see 2,000 new works of art adorn the Festival’s beloved Quilt Barn.
An old-fashioned BBQ chicken picnic will be a new temptation in 2018. Other PA Dutch mainstays include potpie, fritters, bratwurst, shoo-fly pie, scrapple, schnitz n knepp, apple dumplings, pig roast, home ice cream, schnitzel, corn pie, crab cakes, dutch fries, craft beer & wineries, sarsaparilla, bake oven bread, and the festival farmers market. Be sure to bring along your appetite!
New acts joining the numerous returning festival mainstays include; Robby Lawrence & The Steelworkers, the Shippensburg German Band, Magician E.C. Hanna, dialect humorist Doug Madenford, Stella Ruze, Carbon Drifters, Butter Queen Sister, and Tool Shed.
And in their inaugural Festival appearance, Kutztown’s own Allentown & Auburn Railroad will be presenting historical railroad memorabilia and two model train displays.
For more information or discount coupons for this year’s Kutztown Folk Festival, visit kutztownfestival.com.