Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Pennsylvania, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
From Musikfest to LAUNCH Music Conference, we did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we've overlooked a specific event, please let us know through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-Wills Mountain Festival - Dates: Early to mid August
"The festival is a three day, family-friendly celebration of rock & roots music, arts and nature. Featuring 30+ bands from around the region and the nation, Rock, Reggae, Zydeco, Folk, Jam, Blues, Jazz, Olde Time, Americana, Funk, R&B genres all combine to inspire and move you both physically and emotionally. The festival is more than just music, with workshops, live art, activities for kids of all ages, handmade American crafts, environmental awareness programs and great local foods. Located in the South Central Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania's Bedford County, the festival is held at the base of Wills Mountain on the Fort Royale Farm, where the headwaters of the Potomac River ripple through the site. The farm offers acres to roam, gather and be inspired by nature, friends, and great music. Camp with your vehicle either in open fields or under the cover of Clyde's Woodlot. Music begins at Noon each day of the festival."
-Musikfest - Dates: Early August
"Musikfest presents over 300 different artists from nearly every conceivable genre be it country or Cajun, Bach or blues, rock or folk, kid’s band or family buskers." - Submit to Perform
-Edinboro Art & Music Festival - Dates: Mid May
"The Edinboro Art & Music Festival takes place the third full weekend in May every year in Edinboro, Pennsylvania and is one of the region's only free festivals of its kind. It is a three day event that showcases grassroots art and music in the unique spirit of Appalachian culture and tradition." - Submit to Perform
-The Gathering at Chaffee's - Dates: Late July
"THE GATHERING AT CHAFFEES is a 2 day, 2 night good vibe; good time music festival located on the beautiful land of the Chaffee family, in Girard, PA." - Submit to Perform
"Since 1997, this conference & showcase has become one of the premier music events on the East Coast. MMC has educated and showcased thousands of independent acts and artists. Music industry professionals attend as panelists, speakers, mentors, exhibitors and talent scouts to network, do business and share their experience with musicians, registrants and conference attendees." - Submit to Perform
-Flood City Music Festival - Dates: Early August
-LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival - Dates: Late April
"LAUNCH Music Conference provides a unique opportunity for artists, music industry professionals and fans to meet, network and further their careers during one weekend in beautiful historic Downtown Lancaster, PA. With a schedule packed full of Panels, Seminars, Parties, Events and Performances, there is something for everyone - from the up-and-coming artist to the seasoned music industry veteran." - Register - Submit to Perform
-Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival - Dates: Early July
"The acclaimed Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival offers the best in visual and live performing arts, traditional and fine crafts, cultural heritage activities, humanities, and exciting ethnic foods, providing something for everyone’s tastes and keeping people coming back year after year."
-Delaware County Summer Festival - Dates: Mid June - Mid August
-In and Out the Garden We Go Festival - Dates: Mid June
-BrainFest - Dates: May
"BrainFest is a music-oriented charity event dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the advancement in the understanding and treatment of brain tumors. The event is held each May (Brain Tumor awareness month) and features games, prizes, and live music from some of the Philadelphia area's most talented local musicians and members of the brain tumor community of friends, families, and survivors."
-Made in America Fest - Dates: Late August
-Odunde Festival - Dates: Mid June
"ODUNDE was created in 1975 by Lois Fernandez and Ruth Arthur. The festival attracts UP TO 500,000 people annually and is the largest African American street festivals held in the country."
-South Street Spring Festival - Dates: Early May
-Deutschtown Music Festival - Dates: Mid July
"A free 2 day music festival in Pittsburgh's Deutschtown neighborhood, featuring more than 335+bands/performances at 11outdoor stages and 30+ indoor venues!"
-Three Rivers Arts & Music Festival - Dates: Early to mid June
"Founded in 1960 by the Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Three Rivers Arts Festival has presented, during its vast and varied history, more than 10,000 visual and performing artists and entertained millions of residents and visitors." - Submit to Perform
-Berks Jazz Fest - Dates: Late March to early April
"The annual Berks Jazz Fest is presented by Berks Arts Council, located in Reading, PA. The mission of Berks Arts Council is to cultivate, promote, and support the arts in our community through collaboration, education, and presentation." - Submit to Perform
-Electric City Music Conference - Dates: Early September
"Aside from performances, various workshops and speaking engagements are planned. Representatives from major record labels, independent music labels, booking agencies, management agencies, The Grammys, national music press, recording industry, and other music professionals will be in attendance for educational presentations and meet and greets." - Submit to Perform
-Peach Music Festival - Dates: Mid August
-Opple Topple Music Festival - Dates: Mid June
"Opple Topple is an annual music festival that exists to support the local live music scene by providing a variety of quality music performances. Stadium quality concerts for the working mans wallet."
-Jam at the Dam - Dates: Mid July