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Enjoy Some Summer Fun at These Mercer County Music Festivals and Live Events

Enjoy Some Summer Fun at These Mercer County Music Festivals and Live Events

As the melodies and harmonies fill the warm summer air, prepare to embark on a musical journey like no other. Throughout June, July, and August, the Mercer County landscape will transform into a lively hub of music festivals and distinctive performances, offering a vibrancy that resonates with every melody.

From folk to jazz, rock to classical, every genre has a unique story to tell. So come, immerse, and enjoy the rich tapestry of sounds in Mercer County. Let the music sway your senses, and let the rhythm set you free!

Riverside Community Park Summer Concert Series

This free concert series is open to the public and is a great way to enjoy live music this summer! The schedule for this concert series is below:

  • June 11th, 7 p.m. – Jeff Hughes, pianist for Queen Mary II, performs live at the Johnson The Chapel at Thiel College.
  • August 7 p.m. – The Seven Wonders, a Fleetwood Mac Tribute band at the Amphitheater.

Mercer County Community Band Summer Season

Known as the Best Free Entertainment on a Friday Night, join the Mercer County Community Band in celebrating 45 years of concerts on the square.

The events will have ice cream socials from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and warm-up music at 5:30 p.m. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:

  • June 21 “Summer Fun”
  • June 28 “Musical Pop-pourri”
  • July 12th “Musical Memories”
  • July 19th “If I Could Turn Back Time.”
  • July 26th “Big Band Bash”
  • August 2nd “Music of Nations

The concerts are held at the Mercer County Courthouse Square located at Pitt St (E. Market St.), Mercer, PA 16137. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Mercer High School Auditorium.

Rockin on the River – Fridays: June 28th, July 19th, August 16th

Music, Food, and Fun in beautiful Downtown Sharon at the Rockin’ on the River 2024 Concert Series.  Bring your blankets or lawn chair and enjoy the green space at the corner of State and Shenango Street.  Drinks for those 21+ will be available for purchase from the Block by Nova Destinations.

The concerts are held 6 pm – 9 pm

  • June 28 Grandview Soul
  • July 19 My So Called 90s Band
  • August 16 The labra Brothers

Buhl Park Summer Concert Series- Wednesdays and Sundays through August 28th

Every Sunday at 6 p.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., Buhl Park’s Performing Arts Center Outdoor Stage is back with its free concert series. With a lineup featuring a blend of genres such as jazz, polka, country, and rock n’ roll, there’s a melody for everyone.

Ready to tickle your taste buds too? The Cabin Café concession stand is set to entice you with an assortment of bites, including their famous grilled hot dogs! While benches are provided, feel free to bring your own comfort with chairs or lounging blankets.

So, grab your calendar and mark the dates. Let’s come together for a symphony under the stars at Buhl Farm Park, Hermitage, PA. See you there!

WaterFire Sharon

WaterFire Sharon is back for the 2024 season on July 27th and September 21st. Immerse yourself in the fiery spectacle that is WaterFire Sharon, an event that has been honored with the prestigious 2018 Event of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association. A mesmerizing array of more than fifty sparkling bonfires will dance across the Shenango River, filling the air with the luscious scent of aromatic cedar and pine. As the silhouettes of fire tenders move rhythmically with the flames, you’ll find yourself drawn into a world of pure, elemental magic.

But the experience doesn’t stop with the visual splendor. As the day unfolds, a symphony of enchanting music will ripple through the air, played by a diverse range of performers from around the globe. Each note, each beat, will serve to deepen your immersion, engaging not just your senses, but your very emotions.

This event offers a children’s fun zone, a food court, and so much more! So come, join us at WaterFire Sharon, and let yourself be utterly captivated by this unique, fire-lit wonderland.

WaterFire Sharon, 7 West State Street, Suite 301, Sharon, PA, 16146. For more information call (724) 301-1868.

Hermitage Arts Festival- July 27th- 28th

Join us for an exciting two-day outdoor celebration that merges music, art, food, and entertainment in a single, unforgettable experience.

The event will be a whirlwind of color, sound, flavor, and fun, featuring live performances that will get your heart pounding and your feet tapping. Experience the electrifying talent of various local artists as they set the stage ablaze with their theatrical performances and musical prowess.

But there’s more! Remember to bring your appetite as a fleet of food trucks will be parked, offering a plethora of delicious, mouth-watering treats. From savory snacks to sweet delicacies, there’s something for every palate. And let’s not forget our little guests! We’ve arranged a variety of delightful activities for children to ensure they have an absolute blast.

And for those with an appreciation for visual arts, don’t miss the Artists’ Marketplace. This is your chance to browse and buy unique creations from local artists. Each piece tells a story, and each work of art is a conversation. As you walk through this creative hub, you’ll be exposed to a variety of styles, subjects, and techniques – a visual feast for the art aficionado!

This event is free and open to the public.

Hours of the festival:

  • July 27th- Noon-9 p.m., fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
  • July 28th- 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

For more information, call the City of Hermitage at 724-981-0800 or visit

The Hermitage Art Festival will be held at Rodney White Olympic Park, 800 North Hermitage Road, Hermitage, PA 16148.

10th Annual Brews, Bikes, and Bands- August 3rd

Wander through the historic Courthouse Square, surrounded by vintage motorcycle displays from various eras. These beautiful relics of the past are carefully curated and presented by enthusiastic vendors who also offer the latest in motorcycle apparel, accessories, and memorabilia. And that’s not all! You’ll also discover an array of unique jewelry pieces to add that special touch to your festival look.

But what’s a festival without food and drink? Make sure to satisfy your palate with the scrumptious offerings from our local restaurants. Don’t forget to pair your meal with the finest craft beer sourced from our town’s local breweries. After all, nothing goes down better than a cold beer on a warm festival day.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a music festival without the tunes. Prepare yourself to move and groove to the live performances of two of our region’s most renowned bands. Their music will fill the air, making your festival experience unforgettable.

Join us at the Courthouse Square for a festival like no other, relishing the vintage vibes and the modern beats alike.

Music at the Marina- August 13th-14th

We invite you to join us for an unforgettable weekend at Lake Wilhelm, where music, food, recreation, and spectacular views blend together to create a concert experience like no other.

Expect to be blown away by an impressive lineup of bands guaranteed to keep the energy high and your feet moving. But there’s more to this experience than just the music. Numerous food trucks will be present, ready to satisfy your cravings with a variety of delicious offerings.

Additionally, they offer various educational and recreational activities throughout the festival, ensuring you’ll never have a dull moment. And the excitement continues even when the music stops. Saturday night will feature a dazzling fireworks display.

Sunday offers you a chance to participate in a car cruise! So, don’t forget to bring $5 for a small entry fee.

Remember to bring along your favorite lawn chair, bike, and fishing pole to truly enjoy the beautiful surroundings. And don’t worry about the cost. Parking and admission are completely free, though we would appreciate any donations at the gate.

This is more than a festival; it’s an experience. So, gather your loved ones and join us for an unforgettable weekend at Lake Wilhelm.

Saturday, August 13

  • Music: 1:00 pm – Dusk
  • Kids Activities: 1:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Archery: 1:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Light Up the Night Paddle: 7:00 – 10:00 pm
  • Fireworks: Dusk

Sunday, August 14th

  • Music: 10:00 AM – 4:00 pm
  • Car Cruise: 10:00 AM – 4:00 pm

To register for the Light Up the Night Paddle on August 13th, contact Emily Borcz at Registration is required for the paddle event.

Transfer Harvest Home Fair- August 20th – 25th

Gather a group of friends and family for the 146th Transfer Harvest Home Fair. This fair feature agriculture in the area with a variety of livestock displays which include 4-H club showmanship competitions and displays.

Guests can also enjoy music, rides, games, arts and crafts, food vendors, the fair queen contest, and more!  Live Music Schedule Below.

  • Tuesday, August 20th  Huckin Fillbillies, -7pm
  • Wednesday, August 21st Tony Bar & The Honky Tonk Heros – 7 pm
  • Thursday, August 22nd Chris Higbee – 8 pm
  • Friday, August 23rd Bishop Road – 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 24th The Dorals – 7 pm

The fair is located at 117 Edgewood Dr. Ext, Transfer, PA 16154. For more information, call 724-854-9712.

Country by the Crick

Held next to the beautiful shores of Lake Wilhelm at Goddard State Park, Country by the Crick offers a weekend of fun! With a historic hike, historic paddle, horse wagon rides, archery, an arts and crafts exhibition, and live reptiles and amphibians, you’re sure to find something to enjoy!

The event will also feature live music, hillbilly games, and food vendors, with a church service on Sunday at 11 am. The event is Saturday from 12-6 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m.

All donations benefit Goddard State Park. Check out to learn more.

Mercer County Grange Fair

The theme for this year’s fair is “Pennsylvania Fairs:  Flourishing in Opportunity, Rooted in Agriculture. The Mercer County Grange Fair was started in 1965 and has remained a tradition for families since.

Scheduled for June 25-29, this fair will feature a wide range of exhibits, rides, food, and entertainment. From the Guys and Dolls children’s pageant to music and fireworks, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

More information on this event can be found here

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