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Threre's so much fun going on at Bear Run Campground, and in the surrounding area too! Check out all there is to do in the local area, and plan your stay at Bear Run so that we can be your base camp for family adventure and memory-making in Western Pennsylvania!

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Due to COVID-19, Area Events surrounding Bear Run Campground are undergoing a variety of changes or being cancelled. We update this information frequently, but please be aware that this page is subject to change without notice and the events here may not be fully up to date. Thank you!

April 16th - May 2nd: Kaleidoscope Arts Festival

Slippery Rock University, 1 Morrow Way, Slippery Rock, PA 16057 | 724-738-4721

Celebrate with the best of Slippery Rock University’s departments of Dance, Music, Theatre, Literary and Visual Arts, as well as additional cultural events, nationally and internationally renowned guest artists, and fabulous community events. : Prices vary on events. Some are free.

April 25th: Drive Electric Earth Day EV Car Show

245 Harmony Rd, Slippery Rock, PA 16057

This is the third year Go Green will be presenting an EV Car Show in cooperation with Slippery Rock University’s Earth Month and it’s EarthFest event at the Macoskey Environmental Educational Center. This is the second year it will also be in cooperation with Drive Electric Earth Day, a national effort to promote the adoption of electric vehicles.

The car show will be located on the grounds of SRU’s Storm Harbor Equestrian Center and will run from noon till 4 pm. The show is open to all owners, dealers, and manufacturers of plug-in BEV (Battery Electric Vehicles), and PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) and any vehicle that plugs into the electrical grid or solar power supply.

May 16th-17th: Portersville "Gas Up" Spring Steam Show

1512 Perry Highway (Rt. 19 North), Portersville, PA 16051

The Steam Show has a large variety of activities for all, including: gas engines, steam engines, tons of tractors, large traction engines, pedal power, steam building and tractor pulls. Sponsored by Northwest PA Steam Engine & Old Equipment Association.

Officially known as the Northwest Pennsylvania Steam Engine and Old Equipment Assn. Inc., our group formed in 1963, around the nostalgia of the steam traction engine, and the threshing process. Our club was built around a single 1911 Case engine, owned by Charles McMurray. This engine is still a prominent feature, now owned and displayed, by the family of the late Wendell Bintrim.

In 1975, after exhibiting at the New Castle and Butler fairs, and at the Lancaster Township community center, the club purchased an abandoned strip mine located in Portersville, Pa. Expansions have increased the show grounds to over 20 acres. We currently host 3 shows annually. The Spring Gas-Up is held on the third weekend in May. Our largest, the Summer Show, is the first full weekend in August. Occurring the first weekend in October, the Fall Apple Festival rounds out our show season.

The Portersville Steam Show provides a large variety of activities for the whole family. A vintage village, saw mill, cider press, gas engines, oil field equipment, farm animals, train rides, steam engines, flea market, crafts, great food, kid’s pedal tractor pulling, tractors, large traction engines, ice cream, tractor pulls, and steam building are some of the features you may enjoy.

May 24th: PA Fish for Free Day

State of Pennsylvania

Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways on the designated days with NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED (Trout/Salmon and Lake Erie permits are also NOT required).

Fish-for-Free Days are great ways for families to “catch” the fun of fishing!

June 12th-14th: 10th Annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival

Cooper's Lake, 205 Currie Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057

If there’s a Jeep® in your driveway, it needs to be here! The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is a premier annual event that attracts Jeep enthusiasts from all over the world. Join us June 7-9 for the 9th annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival in Butler County, PA – birthplace of the Jeep. You’ll meet more than 15,000 people who love Jeeps as much as you do. Off-road trails, Jeep Playground obstacle course, the original Jeep Invasion street party and more will make this the best Jeep® road trip of the year!

Jeep Invasion takes place in downtown Butler. All other Festival activities take place at Coopers Lake Campground in Slippery Rock, PA. Just 5 miles away from Bear Run Campground

June 19th-21st: Big Butler Auto Swap Meet

Butler Fair Grounds, 1127 New Castle Rd, Prospect, PA 16052

Pittsburgh’s largest Auto Swap Meet!

June 21st: 26th Annual Cruise-a-Palooza

Downtown Butler, PA

Join the Rodfathers of Butler on Sunday, 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM, for the biggest car cruise of the year! DJs, dash plaques and special entertainment.

July 3rd-11th: Big Butler Fair!

1127 New Castle Rd, Prospect, PA 16052

The largest fair in western PA and considered by many to be the best in the country. Families from all over PA, OH, NY and WV come to enjoy fireworks, the midway, games, demolition derbies, concerts and truck pulls. $7-$9. 9 AM-10 PM

July 4th: Rotary Club of Zelienople 4th of July Parade

Main Street, Zelienople, PA

Join Zelienople, Harmony, Lancaster Township and Jackson Township residents in celebrating Independence Day!

July 3rd-5th: 40th Annual Ellwood City Craft, Food &Entertainment Festival

Ewing Park, Ellwood City, PA

This is a fun-filled community event for all ages!

July 4th: PA Fish for Free Day

State of Pennsylvania

Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish on Pennsylvania waterways on the designated days with NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED (Trout/Salmon and Lake Erie permits are also NOT required).

Fish-for-Free Days are great ways for families to “catch” the fun of fishing!

July 16th-18th: Horse Trading Days in Zelienople

100 S. Main Street, Zelienople, PA 16063

This year’s event showcases crafts, food, games and much more – good wholesome family fun! The Horse Trading Days Committee welcomes you to our region and invites you to return to Zelienople to tour the many historic sites, explore our unique stores, and dine at our fine restaurants and cafes.

The event, celebrated for over 49 years, has grown to one of the largest in the area and welcomes as many as 40,000 guests each year. We encourage you to tour the historic sites, enjoy the free concerts, explore our unique stores, and dine at our fine restaurants and cafes.

Horse Trading Days is an annual event of the Zelienople-Harmony Business Association and is made possible through the support of local residents, businesses, police and fire police, Zelienople Borough, and many more.

How did it all start?
The first Horse Trading Days festival was introduced in 1963 by Ron Roach, Jim Cleaver, Franklin Health and Donald Waltman as a way of promoting the Harmony and Zelienople areas.

July 25th: Celebrate the Bloom

Jennings Environmental Education Center, 2951 Prospect Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Celebrate the Bloom is a FREE festival event on the last Saturday of July (July 25, 2020) at Jennings Environmental Education Center – just one hour from Pittsburgh and Erie, PA. With music, outdoor activities, artisan vendors, food, and more, there is something for the whole family!

July 31st-August 3rd: Portersville Summer Steam Show

1512 Perry Highway ( Rt. 19 North) Portersville, PA 16051

The Steam Show has a large variety of activities for all, including: gas engines, steam engines, tons of tractors, large traction engines, pedal power, steam building and tractor pulls. Sponsored by Northwest PA Steam Engine & Old Equipment Association.

Officially known as the Northwest Pennsylvania Steam Engine and Old Equipment Assn. Inc., our group formed in 1963, around the nostalgia of the steam traction engine, and the threshing process. Our club was built around a single 1911 Case engine, owned by Charles McMurray. This engine is still a prominent feature, now owned and displayed, by the family of the late Wendell Bintrim.

In 1975, after exhibiting at the New Castle and Butler fairs, and at the Lancaster Township community center, the club purchased an abandoned strip mine located in Portersville, Pa. Expansions have increased the show grounds to over 20 acres. We currently host 3 shows annually. The Spring Gas-Up is held on the third weekend in May. Our largest, the Summer Show, is the first full weekend in August. Occurring the first weekend in October, the Fall Apple Festival rounds out our show season.

The Portersville Steam Show provides a large variety of activities for the whole family. A vintage village, saw mill, cider press, gas engines, oil field equipment, farm animals, train rides, steam engines, flea market, crafts, great food, kid’s pedal tractor pulling, tractors, large traction engines, ice cream, tractor pulls, and steam building are some of the features you may enjoy.

August 1st & 2nd: Moraine State Park Regatta

Moraine State Park – South Shore, 225 Pleasant Valley Road

The Moraine State Park Regatta (formerly called Regatta at Lake Arthur) is an annual 2-day regional event celebrated on Moraine State Park’s South Shore the first weekend in August. Our 2019 event weekend is scheduled for Saturday, August 1 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.; Sunday, August 2 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. 2019 marks our 21st event year, and we are excited to welcome you, your family, and your friends to come and see all that the Regatta has to offer.

There is no admission or parking charge and many Regatta events are FREE.

This annual event brings thousands of visitors each year to experience and enjoy the 3,225 acres of Lake Arthur with over 40 miles of scenic shoreline. The Regatta offers land and lake activities along with exciting new opportunities to enjoy the natural resources of the park (with recent years averaging 15,000 – 20,000 visitors).

Our mission is to be the premiere, all-ages, eco-recreational event in the region. While we are nestled in the heart of Butler County, we welcome visitors from across the region and beyond. If you enjoy being active in the great outdoors, then this is a weekend you simply don’t want to miss! We are excited to continue to promote a healthy lifestyle, feature wholesome food options and continue to increase opportunities for you to get out and active at Moraine.

August 10th-15th: Butler County Farm Show

Butler Farm Show Grounds, 625 Evans City Road, Butler, PA 16001

Showcases the county’s farming community at the showgrounds on Route 68 with farming exhibits, tractor pulls, crafts, rides, food and demonstrations.

August 17th-22nd: Lawrence County Fair

464 Midway Rd., New Castle, PA

Motor-X Gold Cup Racing and Monster Trucks in the grandstand as well as some fan favorites events like the Rodeo and Demolition Derby

Lawrence County Fair will be providing great opportunities for Livestock Breeders, Agricultural Exhibitors, Homemakers and 4-H and FFA members to display to the public their products, crafts, clothing, baked goods, and animals.

Date TBD: North Washington VFW Rodeo

2225 Oneida Valley Road, Petrolia, PA 16050

Grab your cowboy hat as the North Washington Rodeo brings the excitement of professional rodeo to Butler County, rain or shine!

August 21st-22nd: The Band Jam Grass Roots Music Festival

Cooper's Lake, 205 Currie Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057

A weekend-long celebration of local music and artists showcasing incredible talent in a live setting for music lovers of all genres to enjoy!

August 28th-30th: Butler Italian Festival

Main Street, Butler, PA 16001

Italian-themed event with craft vendors, food vendors and entertainment each day! Times: Aug. 28th, 5 PM-10 PM, Aug 29th, noon-10 PM, Aug 30, noon-6 PM.

August 29th-30th: Tough Mudder Pittsburgh

Cooper's Lake, 205 Currie Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Tough Mudder is an endurance event series in which participants attempt 10–12-mile-long obstacle courses. The obstacles often play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights!

Sept. 18th-20th: Evans City Oktoberfest

Main Street, Evans City, PA 16033

Quilt show, crafts, food vendors, games, pancake breakfast, parade, kid’s tractor pull, fireworks, car cruise, live entertainment and more…

Sept. 19th: Butler Fall Festival

Downtown, Main Street, Butler, PA 16001

Live entertainment, Arts, Crafts, & Food Vendors. Car Show. Kids Zone too! Open 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Sept. 26th: VillageFest @ Slippery Rock

Main Street, Slippery Rock, PA 16057

This is a free street festival featuring children’s activities of balloon sculptures, pony rides, face painting, pet rock painting, a treasure hunt and more. There are always lots of crafters, food and vendors. Don’t forget to check out the farmer’s market, sporting events and live music!

Oct. 3-4: Portersville Fall Fling Steam Show

1512 Perry Highway ( Rt. 19 North), Portersville, PA 16051

The Steam Show has a large variety of activities for all, including: gas engines, steam engines, tons of tractors, large traction engines, pedal power, steam building and tractor pulls. Sponsored by Northwest PA Steam Engine & Old Equipment Association.

Officially known as the Northwest Pennsylvania Steam Engine and Old Equipment Assn. Inc., our group formed in 1963, around the nostalgia of the steam traction engine, and the threshing process. Our club was built around a single 1911 Case engine, owned by Charles McMurray. This engine is still a prominent feature, now owned and displayed, by the family of the late Wendell Bintrim.

In 1975, after exhibiting at the New Castle and Butler fairs, and at the Lancaster Township community center, the club purchased an abandoned strip mine located in Portersville, Pa. Expansions have increased the show grounds to over 20 acres. We currently host 3 shows annually. The Spring Gas-Up is held on the third weekend in May. Our largest, the Summer Show, is the first full weekend in August. Occurring the first weekend in October, the Fall Apple Festival rounds out our show season.

The Portersville Steam Show provides a large variety of activities for the whole family. A vintage village, saw mill, cider press, gas engines, oil field equipment, farm animals, train rides, steam engines, flea market, crafts, great food, kid’s pedal tractor pulling, tractors, large traction engines, ice cream, tractor pulls, and steam building are some of the features you may enjoy.

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