2020 Pennsylvania Firefly Festival- Saturday, June 27

Save the date for the 8th Annual PA Firefly Festival  is on Saturday June 27, 2020 from Noon to Midnight at the Black Caddis Ranch in Kellettville.  Plans are already being made and more information will be forthcoming in the early months of 2020.  The best way to get the latest news and links to early registration for firefly tours is to subscribe to our quarterly newsletter.  

Come for the day...

The PA Firefly Festival offers a whole day of fun before it gets dark!  Between Noon and 10 pm, you can experience educational exhibits, shop local arts and crafts, enjoy live entertainment and food and participate in fun activities for the kids.


If you are coming for the day, we suggest you dress appropriately for the weather Rain or Shine! Don't forget your sunscreen or rain gear!  A portable camp chair is a must to give you seating for the music.  You may want to bring a picnic or beverages, but there will be food vendors on site. Absolutely no alcohol or drugs are permitted on site; use or possession will be grounds for expulsion from the event.

The Gates open at Noon; parking is $5 per car. Proceeds benefit the Amvets Post #113


Entertainment Schedule:

FREE Live music starting at noon. 

12:00 Glympse Above - Christian/Gospel

 2:00 William Russell - Singer/Songwriter

 3:30 Matt Miskie - Folk

 5:00 Matt Otis & the Sound - Indie Rock

 7:00 Catro - Jazz/Pop



FREE Nature Center Exhibitors & Children's Activities; 

Art and Craft Sales, 12-5 pm; Food Vendors and more 12-9 pm

NEW this year, Glow-in-the-Dark painting workshop with "Ibi"@ 3pm. 



 The Festival Guided Firefly Walks Check-in is open from  12-noon to 8:30 pm.  Pre-registration is NOW CLOSED. Those who have pre-registered must check-in before 8:00 pm or forfeit wristbands to the Walk-ins.  Walk-ins at the festival will be added to the Stand-by list (when space allows) for Creek Walks or Synchronous viewing for $5 per person from 12-noon to 8:30 pm.











Schedule of Events

Stay for the fireflies...

Pre-Registration is CLOSED

for the 7th Annual PA Firefly Festival

Onsite registration on June 22 will be for the standby openings for $5 per person as space allows.

The VIP Experience is presented in the Allegheny National Forest under a USDA Special Use Permit 

All registered "fireflyers" must pick-up their wristbands no later than 8:00 pm or forfeit their space.  Guided firefly walks start at 9:15 PM; please assemble at the designated area 15 minutes before your scheduled start time to learn about Firefly Viewing Etiquette, meet your guides and fellow fireflyers ! 

 Trained volunteers and naturalists will be available throughout the festival to provide information about the fireflies, the area and "Firefly Viewing Etiquette".


Need a place to stay overnight?  We've assembled a list of area lodging HERE for your convenience.  Book early to avoid disappointment. 



Art After Dark

with the United Nations Ambassador of Art:

Ibiyinka Alao


Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts grant. This will be an art and performance tent specifically designed to be viewed and experienced at night.  It will feature an art show with luminescent features, performances and the new animated film "MY FIREFLIES", by Mr. Alao.


Are you interested in being part of this year's festival?  Click HERE and fill out our vendor application!  We're looking for artists and crafters, food vendors, educational exhibitors and performers.


The Pennsylvania Firefly Festival, Inc has a mission of educating the public about firefly science and conservation.  PAFF also celebrates the annual PA Firefly Festival on the last Saturday in June.  This coincides with the mating displays of over fifteen different species of firefly in the Allegheny National Forest area including the Synchronous firefly and the unique "Chinese Lantern" firefly along the Tionesta Creek.

You can view all documents related to our non-profit status HERE.

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Pennsylvania Firefly Festival

13558 Route 666, Tionesta, PA

T: 814-230-2035

E: pafireflyfestival@gmail.com