The small and quaint town of McDonald, Pennsylvania, may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about summer festivals, but it is home to one of the most anticipated events of the summer season – McSummerFest. This festival has been a staple of the community for many years, bringing together residents and visitors from all over the area for a whole week of summer fun, food and entertainment.



McSummerFest is a week-long event that takes place in Heritage Park, a beautiful outdoor space located in the heart of downtown McDonald. This year's festivities are July 27 - August 3, 2024 (closed Sunday, July 28). The festival kicks off Saturday evening with a parade, fireworks and live music by Bon Journey. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to enjoy live music under the stars.


Food trucks and local shopping vendors are also on hand to offer a wide variety of tasty festival-fare treats like funnel cake, hot dogs and cotton candy, just to name a few.



If the traditional American fair experience isn't enough for you, McSummerFest is turning things up a notch this year with themed days: August 1 is 90's themed and August 3 is beach day, so be sure to come dressed for the occasion.


The fun continues for the entirety of the festival with a variety of live entertainment and performances, a parade, contests and giveaways, fair games and attractions, a car show, and so much more. However, one of the most anticipated festivities of this event takes place on Saturday evening– the firework display.  


McSummerFest is a true community event with volunteers from all over the town coming together to make it all happen. The festival is a great opportunity for visitors to experience the charm and hospitality of McDonald, Pennsylvania, and to enjoy a weekend of summer fun with friends and family.


Where to Stay

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The Caldwell House

There are a range of top-quality hotels available if you intend to visit McSummerfest in McDonald, PA and require accommodation for the night or weekend:


Where to Eat

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M.A.'s Ice Cream

In case you are feeling hungry or would like a bite to eat during your visit to McSummerfest in Washington County, PA, take a look at these nearby restaurants:

  • Michael’s Tavern for delicious salads, burgers, wraps, sandwiches, hoagies, hand tossed pizza, wings, and more. Drink specials are available throughout the week.
  • Doc’s Barbecue for mouth-watering down home country barbecue with all of the fixings.
  • Golden Pig for authentic Korean cuisine that you don’t have to travel far for.
  • M.A.’s Ice Cream Shop for mouthwatering ice cream.

Other Actitivites

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Washington Park Pool

If you are seeking to take a break from the festivities during that weekend and wish to experience a different kind of local activity, Washington County offers something for everyone: