From Civil War battlefields to icons of the American Revolution, Pennsylvania is littered with historical sites, museums and monuments. However, history buffs aren't the only people who'll find things to do in the Keystone State; Pennsylvania is also filled with beautiful scenery, exciting theme parks, fun festivals and breathtaking artwork.
The city welcomes the New Year with this elaborate and extensive parade that features thousands of costumed performers participating in one of five divisions. The procession makes its way down the main streets of the community and lasts six to eight hours. Following the parade, judges award prizes to the winners of each division.
The annual Punxsutawney event remains the most well known in the country. On February 2 of each year, thousands gather wondering if the resident groundhog named Phil views his shadow. Donned in top hats and tuxedos, the Inner Circle waits in anticipation of Phil's decision. A general air of celebration surrounds the event with music, dancing and food.
The gala March event held at the convention center ushers in spring and offers spectators the opportunity of experiencing destinations around the world. Displays include vast landscapes and decorations featuring the plants derived from the themed country. The event also features culinary delights in addition to cultural presentations.
For 10 days residents look forward to spring with the arrival of local and big name artists who perform numerous musical genres spanning from big band to jazz. Nightly shows occur throughout the city ranging from restaurants to major event venues.
During the second weekend every May, male and female athletes attending over 100 institutions of higher learning from around North America compete in 2,000-meter rowing races on the Schuylkill River. Corporate organizations also have the chance to compete in a 500-meter race. A localized food court provides food and refreshments.
Geared toward youngsters, the annual May event provides parents with the chance to introduce children to the performing arts. Entertainment groups representing countries worldwide offer acrobatics, comedy, music, dance, puppetry and multimedia shows at the Schenley Plaza and the University of Pittsburgh campus.