The Kutztown Folk Festival is the oldest folklife festival in the United States, focusing on the Pennsylvania Dutch culture and traditions.
Educational, fun, and a hands-on experience, the Kutztown Folk Festival has been named as one of the three “must see” festivals on the East Coast by the Washington Post, one of the top three festivals in the nation by USA Today, and has been featured in such publications as Saveur Magazine and National Geographic.
America’s largest quilt sale, demonstrating craftsmen, traditional Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, and unusual historical demonstrations and reenactments are only a small part of what makes this festival, held in Kutztown, unique. Forty percent of the Festival visitors are under the age of 12.
This year is the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War, and the Festival is featuring “Pennsylvanians and the Civil War.” Included will be Pennsylvania’s Civil War Road Show; experts on interesting Civil War topics, including the Pennsylvania Dutch involvement; medical practices during the war; cavalry tactics; Quilts: Directional Signs for the Underground Railroad, and the life of an infantryman. There will be a reenactment encampment, cavalry horses, and a private collection of Civil War artifacts never before made public.
For more information, visit www.kutztownfestival.com