Archive for the ‘Children’s Activities’ Category

Festival of the Nativity

Published Monday, November 17th, 2014

Courtesy of First Presbyterian Church

The Festival of the Nativity has been a Johnstown tradition  for more than 30 years, providing a welcome respite from the commercial aspects of Christmas for those looking to celebrate “the reason for the season.” The festival, which will be held at First Presbyterian Church on December 5-7, 2014, will feature more than 350 scenes depicting the birth of Christ, as well as musicians and choirs playing seasonal carols.


Commemoration of the 125th Anniversary of the Johnstown Flood

Published Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Photo courtesy of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association

On May 31, 1889, an earthen dam in South Fork broke, unleashing a flood wave that would destroy virtually everything in its path and claim 2,209 victims. The weekend of May 30-June 1, 2014, Johnstown will come together to remember the great flood, and celebrate our community.

“The Johnstown flood of 1889 had a major impact on American history, and it remains a truly compelling story,” said Richard Burkert, president of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association (JAHA). “This commemoration gives us the opportunity to build pride in our community’s heritage, promote visitation here, and position our city as an interesting place to live.”


Light Up Night and Hometown Christmas Parade

Published Thursday, November 21st, 2013

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the countdown to Christmas is already beginning. And what better way to ring in the season than with Johnstown’s own Light Up Night and Hometown Christmas Parade on November 22, 2013?

Despite the cold weather, crowds gather and Christmas cheer abounds every November in downtown Johnstown. Giant balloons, high schools bands, community groups and of course the infamous Old Saint Nick all join in the march, which starts on Main Street and concludes at Central Park.


Johnstown Halloween Parade

Published Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Cool weather and falling leaves create a perfectly eerie atmosphere as the ghosts, vampires and superheroes of Cambria County prepare to make their yearly appearance. This unusual cast of characters will be found trolling through the streets of downtown Johnstown on October 24, 2013 for the annual Johnstown Halloween Parade.

As the parade enters its 44th year, it’s apparent that the community has embraced the event as a yearly tradition. And this year’s parade promises to be the largest yet, with over 130 units registered to participate, including 10 high school bands and over 50 floats. Ronald McDonald will make his first appearance in many years as he leads the parade down Main Street, only adding to the excitement of the event. (more…)

Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown

Published Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Photo Courtesy of The Learning Lamp

Animal Tales, the 5th Annual Children’s Book Festival of Johnstown, takes place on March 22-24, 2013. There’s no better way to instill the love of reading into your child than by getting him or her hooked on books at an early age.


Drive-thru Nativity

Published Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Photo Courtesy of Westmont United Methodist Church

The Westmont United Methodist Church is holding their 3rd annual live Drive-thru Nativity on Friday, December 14, 2012 from 6pm-8pm. This event is supported by approximately 50 members of the church and community. Rev. Kevin Rea, pastor, says, “It is a great time of fellowship and fun for everyone involved.”


Dickens of a Christmas

Published Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

If you and your family are looking for a great way to get into the Christmas spirit this year, look no further than “Dickens of a Christmas”, held annually in Ebensburg. With activities taking place November 30th through December 2nd, this event is sure to bring out the Christmas cheer for everyone.


Richland Community Days

Published Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Is your family looking for exciting activities everyone can enjoy? What about an event with a parade, music, food, crafts, fireworks, children’s activities, classic car show and more? Look no further than the 5th annual “Richland Community Days” event, held Friday and Saturday, August 17th and 18th. With free parking and admission, Richland Community Days has become more than a neighborhood event, it is an annual regional celebration! (more…)

Somerfest 2012

Published Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Looking for activities this July that the whole family can enjoy? Visit Somerfest, a days-long festival filled with live music, activities and so much more, with something for everyone!


Mountain Playhouse

Published Monday, May 14th, 2012

The Mountain Playhouse in Jennerstown is home to one of the oldest venues for summer stock theater in the United States, and the oldest in Pennsylvania. It has, for the past 72 years, put on live productions every summer.