Kutztown Folk Festival
Visitors love The Kutztown Folk Festival near Lehigh Valley. One of America’s most celebrated festivals, the Kutztown Folk Festival is the oldest folklife event in the nation. With over 140,000 visitors a year, the Kutztown Folk Festival features over 200 folk artist and craftsmen, as well as the largest sale of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch quilts in the country.
Six stages of entertainment, folklore and folklife programs, a wide array of children’s activities, and the best Pennsylvania Dutch food found anywhere! It truly is fun for the whole family with strolling musicians and children activities such as hay mazes, do-it-yourself murals, rides, and their own children’s stage.
Twice selected as One of America’s Top 100 Events by the American Bus Association. The Washington Post, in a feature article, named it one of the three “must see” festivals in the region. The USA Today Magazine listed the Kutztown Festival as one of the top 50 offbeat festivals nationwide.
A newer exhibit in recent years is the connection between the Pennsylvania Dutch communities and the Civil War. Visitors can gain great insight into the renowned Civil War historians, exhibits and reenactments, highlighting the role of the PA Dutch and their contributions to the Civil War.
“Guten essen” - good eatin’!
Top PA Dutch Foods To Try At The Festival
- Full-course, all-you-can-eat Pennsylvania Dutch family-style dinners.
- Festival favorites including sausage, pot pie, corn fritters, funnel cake, shoo-fly pie, and apple dumplings
- Dietrich's Meats & Treats at the old-fashioned farmers market, family-owned and operated for generations. They know everything about good food!
- Bread Oven, another long-held tradition is the festival's 19th-century bread oven, one of the oldest in Pennsylvania, where bread is baked daily. The aroma of bread draws visitors to the bake oven where they can observe this tantalizing baking process, then buy bread to bring home to their families.
- Bottled birch-beer.