Mayfest of Huntingdon is certainly one of the more unique festivals held in Pennsylvania. Held every April in Huntingdon, this tiny mountain town hosts a festival unlike any other. Void of craft vendors or exhibitions, this festival is instead a living history that literally plays out like a town-wide block party. Each block in town hosts a different era of history and as such each block becomes its own brand of revelry. With such a sequestered and eccentric division of period-play, Mayfest is more like a giant amusement park than a festival!
Themes vary by each block. One street might have a full-blown Renaissance Faire, another will be Civil-War era themed, and still another might be for the 1960s. Each block is replete with live entertainment true to its time period. Expect to see knights and jesters on Renaissance street, and a town crier on the street for Colonial America. The Victorian streets host teas, and the Western block plays like a big rodeo. 1960s: hippies. Each block has period appropriate games and music. Street dancing is the norm and there are plenty of people dressed in period costume to keep things lively and authentic
Huntingdon really embraces Mayfest and takes this festival as an opportunity to showcase neighborhood talents. So while the party may be in the street, there is plenty going on throughout town. A quilt show at the community center displays and sales locally crafted quilts. Various art councils open art galleries and the youth center hosts a youth art and writing exhibition. Wagon rides are free with a festival button. Local businesses have special festival sales and restaurants offer daily festival-inspired specials. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of food vendors in the street incase the party is too much fun to leave.
Admission to the festival is free and most events are free. Parking is limited.