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Festivals bring fun to Butler County

Car Cruise at ARMCO Park, June 2

Hosted by the YMCA, the car cruise will feature a 50/50, basket raffles and a DJ.

Location:

341 Centreville Pike, Slippery Rock

Hours:

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ava Ballanca had fun riding a spinning ride at the Seven Fields Community Days Carnival in June 2022. Butler Eagle File Photo
14th Annual Seven Fields Community Days Carnival, June 5-8

The festival will feature live entertainment, rides, games and food. Fireworks round out the event on Saturday.

Location:

Seven Fields Town Park, 380 Castle Creek Drive, Seven Fields

Hours:

All Day

Attendees drive their Jeeps over multiple rock trails at last year’s Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival at Cooper’s Lake Campground in Worth Township. Butler Eagle File Photo
13th Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, June 7-9

The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is a premier annual event that attracts Jeep enthusiasts from all over the world. The festival is a Jeep-only event. All drivers must be at least 18 years of age. All Jeeps must be registered and have current liability insurance that is valid during the festival dates to participate in any festival activities.

Location:

Cooper’s Lake Campground, 205 Currie Road, Slippery Rock

Hours:

Friday, June 7 — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, June 8 — 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 9 — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Jeep Invasion will take place in Downtown Butler on Friday, June 7, starting at 6 p.m.

The Bantam Quarry at Kildoo Trail Sessions, Bantam Boot Camp and the Babes of Bantam ride take place at 989 Kildoo Road, Portersville.

Jenifer Lynn Baker, one of the singers of The Noble Hops Band, stands in front of the stage during a performance break in June 2023. Baker is from Karns City and has played with the band for seven years. She said she loves seeing the crowds at Mars Brew Fest. Butler Eagle File Photo
Mars Brew Fest, June 15

Enjoy music, food trucks, local restaurants and much more during Mars Brew Fest. Must be 21 or older.

Location:

Pittsburgh Street and Grand Avenue, Mars

Hours:

5 to 8 p.m.

Weavers of Harmony Fleece-to-Shawl demonstration, June 15

The Weavers of Harmony are sponsoring a Fleece-to-Shawl demonstration. Six different teams will demonstrate their spinning and weaving skills. The event is free to the public. After the event, the finished shawls will be on display and available for sale by silent auction at Wunderbar Coffee and Crepes, 453 Mercer St. in Harmony.

Location:

Harmony Museum’s Weavers Cabin, 245 Mercer St., Harmony, PA 16037

Hours:

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Big Butler Parts A Rama, June 13-16

Admission:

$10 for adults

Free for children 12 and younger

Location:

Big Butler Fairgrounds, 1127 New Castle Road, Prospect

Hours:

7 a.m. to dusk

Cruise-a-Palooza, Butler, June 23

Join the Rodfathers of Butler for the biggest car cruise of the year. There will be DJs, dash plaques, food vendors and special entertainment.

Location:

Main Street in Downtown Butler

Hours:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Bungee Jump is just one of te attractions at the Big Butler Fair at the fairgrounds in Prospect on Monday, July 3, 2023. Eagle File Photo
Big Butler Fair, June 28-July 6

The event, billed as “the largest fair in Western Pennsylvania,” includes food, animals, concerts and rides.

Admission:

$7 to $9

Location:

1127 New Castle Road, Prospect

Hours:

9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Joy Habchi holds up Eliana, 6, of Cranberry Township, inside the turret of the Butler County Emergency Services Unit’s tactical armored vehicle on Friday afternoon, July 14, 2023, at Cranberry Township’s Community Days at Cranberry Township Community Park. Butler Eagle File Photo
Cranberry Township Community Days, July 11-13

Entertainment includes carnival rides; craft and nonprofit vendors; live concerts; food and craft vendors; games; and more. The Community Chase 5K Run/Walk takes place on July 13.

Location:

Cranberry Community Park, 111 Ernie Mashuda Drive, Cranberry Township

Hours:

July 11 — 4 to 10 p.m.

July 12 — 4 to 11 p.m.

July 13 — 1 to 11 p.m.

An airplane takes off at the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport on Saturday afternoon, July 8, 2023, when over 1,000 show cars, motorcycles, trucks, tractors and airplanes were shown during a Mega Cruise. Butler Eagle File Photo
Mega Cruise at the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport, July 13

Head over to the Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport to view over 1,000 show cars, motorcycles, trucks, tractors and airplanes. There also will be food, beverages, music, 50/50 raffles and a basket raffle.

Admission:

Show vehicles enter for free, a $2 donation is requested from pedestrians.

Location:

Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport, 475 Airport Road, Butler

Hours:

Gates open to cars at noon, for pedestrians at 2 p.m. July 13. Gates open for cars at noon.

Fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

Declan Kellogg, 6, of Slippery Rock, takes a big bite of his cotton candy at Horse Trading Days in downtown Zelienople in July 2023. Butler Eagle file photo
60th Annual Horse Trading Days, July 18-20

Events Include a Hot-to-Trot 5K/1-Mile/Tot-Trot, saddlebags cornhole tournament, Horse Trading Days Dog Show and the fifth annual ShuBrew Hot Dog Eating Contest.

Location:

Downtown Zelienople

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Seven Fields Beer, Wine & Music Festival, July 13

The Beer, Wine & Music Festival will feature music by Major Morgan and 28 North.

Location:

Seven Fields Town Park, 380 Castle Creek Drive, Seven Fields

Hours:

All day

Celebrate the Bloom, July 27

Enjoy a full day of activities during a visit to Jennings Environmental Education Center when the Blazing Star is in bloom. There will be guided walks, workshops and demonstrations, plus local food, vendors and entertainment.

Location:

Jennings Environmental Education Center, 2951 Prospect Road, Slippery Rock

Hours:

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

People pile into the Saxonburg Fireman’s grounds in June 2023, after the Pet Parade on Main Street Saxonburg. Butler Eagle File Photo
Saxonburg Carnival, June 25-29

A community event for friends and families to gather for good food, great games and fun rides. Plus, the traditional Pet Parade is part of the week’s plans.

Admission:

There is no gate fee. Ride tickets are $20 per rider. There are about 12 rides available at Saxonburg Fireman’s Carnival. Rides include traditional merry-go-rounds and swings, as well as a wide variety of rides. Discount ride coupons are available from Saxonburg VFC office prior to carnival week.

Location:

Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Co., 290 Horne Ave., Saxonburg

Hours:

June 25 to 28: 6 to 11 p.m.

June 29: 4 to 11 p.m.

2024 Can-Am Police-Fire Games, July 15-21

Butler County is playing host to this event in which first responders, along with their spouses and children, compete in a variety of competitions such as weight lifting, target shooting and golf.

Admission:

Free for spectators

Location:

Numerous venues around the county

Portersville Summer Steam Show, Aug. 1-4

A vintage village, saw mill, cider press, gas engines, oil field equipment, farm animals, train rides, steam engines, flea market, crafts, food, kids’ pedal tractor pulling, tractor pulls and a steam building are some of the features to enjoy.

Admission:

$5

Free for children 12 and younger

Location:

1512 Perry Highway (Route 19 North), Portersville

Hours:

Gates open at 8 a.m.

Tom Maryanski, of Mercer, paddles to the finish line as he comes across in first place in the 3-mile portion of the Moraine Regatta Paddlesports Race on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2023, at the 24th annual Moraine State Park Regatta. Butler Eagle File Photo
Moraine State Park Regatta, Aug. 3-4

Attractions include a vendor marketplace, land recreation, cornhole tournament and regatta car cruise.

Location:

Moraine State Park’s South Shore

Hours:

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This year’s Butler Farm Show is Aug. 5 to 10. Butler Eagle File Photo
Butler Farm Show, Aug. 5-10

This unique event showcases Butler County’s farming community with a variety of farming exhibits, tractor pulls and demonstrations. Attendees also can enjoy arts and crafts, carnival rides, food vendors and more.

Location:

Butler Farm Show, 625 Evans City Road, Butler

North Washington Rodeo, Aug. 13-17

The event features world champion cowboys and cowgirls, food and merchandise.

Location:

North Washington Rodeo Arena, 2225 Oneida Valley Road, North Washington

Hours:

Starts at 8 p.m. each night, rain or shine; Gates open at 6 p.m.

Band Jam, Aug. 22-25

The Band Jam Grass Roots Music Festival is a weekend-long celebration of local music and artists. It features 20 bands and artists.

Admission:

$30 in advance or $40 at the gate

Free for children 17 and younger

Location:

Cooper’s Lake Campground, 205 Currie Road, Slippery Rock

Butler Italian Festival, Aug. 23-25

The Butler County Italian Festival is a three-day celebration of all things “molto Italiano.” From music and food to friends, family and fine wines, it’s a “taste of Italy” in all the red, white and green trimmings that make Mediterranean merriment a splendor all its own.

Location:

Main Street in Downtown Butler, from Cunningham Street to Brady Street

Benjamin Edwards of Sarver competes in the annual stein-holding contest at Sprankle's Octoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023. Butler Eagle File Photo
Sprankle’s Octoberfest, Sept. 6-8

A one-of-a-kind festival experience of local vendors, sponsors and musicians. Rich in history, Sprankle’s Octoberfest is a chance to gather, celebrate and appreciate friends.

Location:

Sprankle Woods, 340 Riemer Road, Sarver

Hours:

Sept. 6: 4 to 9 p.m.

Sept. 7: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sept. 8: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

VillageFest at Slippery Rock, Sept. 28

The event features live bands, contests, games, rides, magic, corn hole and more.

Location:

Downtown Slippery Rock

Hours:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tough Mudder, Sept. 7-8

Tough Mudder is a 6-mile obstacle course designed to test all-around strength, stamina, teamwork and mental grit. This event pushes physical and mental limits, all the while embracing a community built on teamwork and overcoming obstacles.

Location:

Cooper’s Lake, 205 Currie Road, Slippery Rock

Hours:

8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

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