If you like events centered around history, the Whiskey Rebellion Festival, happening July 7-8 in downtown Washington, PA, is definitely something you should add to your calendar.
The Whiskey Rebellion Festival celebrates the heritage and unique character of the region by focusing on the historical significance of the Whiskey Rebellion — a history that is exclusive to western Pennsylvania and primarily Washington County.
The festival honors the significant period of America’s early days through historic reenactments, history and heritage displays, street theater performances, children's area, music, food and libations.
Community-focused entertainment combines with nationally-renowned artists to create an award-winning festival that acknowledges the past, celebrates the present and looks toward the future.
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If you plan on attending the Whiskey Rebellion Festival, consider staying in Washington County in order to not miss either day of festival fun. If you are looking for festival-centric lodging options, consider these options.
- The George Washington Hotel
- Located in the heart of downtown Washington, this historic hotel offers guests modern comfort with grand architecture. Being within walking distance from the festival, this is the perfect place to stay to enjoy every minute of this annual event as well as the nightlife that downtown Washington offers.
- Ramada Inn by Wyndham
- This scenic hilltop hotel offers guests flat screen TVs, an outdoor pool and the option to stay less than 10 minutes from the Whiskey Rebellion’s center location.
- Red Roof Inn
- This budget-friendly hotel provides guests an event and travel-centric location. With quick dining options in walking distance to the hotel, guests can stay less than 10 minutes from the festival.
- Hampton Inn Washington
- Conveniently located next to I-70 and I-79, this hotel offers guests a hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi and the opportunity to be at the festival in less than 10 minutes.
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If you plan on attending the Whiskey Rebellion Festival and don't want to snack on any of the food truck food available, or are looking for something before and after the event, downtown Washington has dining options to accommodate any budget and satisfy any craving.
- The Union Grill
- A local favorite, this historic eatery serves an Italian-American menu, while offering a full bar and wine list.
- President’s Pub
- This pub features a bar with 24 taps pouring craft beer, along with wine and signature pre-Prohibition-style cocktails. Additionally, they always offer weekend specials and serve mimosas on weekends.
- Chicco Baccello
- This local favorite serves award-winning coffee, Boar’s Head lunch meat sandwiches and salads, made-from-scratch baked goods and daily specials.
- World Wide Eatz
- Offering a different cuisine type each week, this community newcomer always has something exciting and unique on their menu to try — truly making it an experience!
- Shorty’s Lunch
- This long-standing diner is famous for their chili topped hot dogs, hamburgers and gravy fries. Enjoy the old-school diner booths while overlooking main street in downtown Washington.
- Cretan Gyros
- Offering authentic Greek cuisine, this place offers huge portions. If you’re up for a foodie challenge, ask them about their Mount Olympus Challenge — three gyros, three pounds of fries and a drink in 30 minutes.
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If you need a break from the festival and are looking for other local activities, Washington County has a plethora of things to do.
- Shop at Wild Hope Boutique
- This downtown Washington boutique offers unique pieces of women’s fashion, custom tees and closet staples.
- Grab a drink at Liberty Pole Spirits or the Washington Brewing Company
- Liberty Pole Spirits is a locally-owned and run distillery in downtown Washington that produces ultra-premium small batch whiskeys, whereas the Washington Brewing Company produces locally-sourced IPAs and craft beers.
- Checkout locally-produced art at Thisledown Home & Art / April Ryan Designs
- April Ryan has been a business owner, designer, artist and purveyor of all things beautiful for over 30 years. Check out her shop in downtown Washington to find art for your home and your wardrobe.
- Make a “smash” at the Washington Break Room
- The Washington Break Room is a locally-owned destination where participants can safely “smash” bottles, TVs, furniture and more. It is the perfect stress-relief for your entire group.