If you have never been to the Mount Pleasant Glass Festival, you are missing out on the experience of a lifetime! A favorite autumn tradition for locals and visitors alike, the festival celebrates the area’s unique history and cultural diversity through the art of glassmaking. From great food and entertainment to contests, parades, and more, this is one event you absolutely won’t want to miss. Mark your calendar and come join in the fun this fall!
Are you planning to visit PA during the Mount Pleasant Glass Festival? Make sure to download our free Vacation Guide for more great tips about things to see and do during your stay. It’s full of recommendations about all the best local restaurants, shops, activities, events and attractions!
About The Mount Pleasant Glass Festival
Held each September since 1987, this exciting three-day event is one of the most anticipated events in Mount Pleasant, PA. Originally created as a way to memorialize the area’s glass blowing history, the festival also celebrates the unique ethnic diversity of the community. Colorful displays, delicious cuisine, family-friendly fun, and exciting demonstrations are just a few highlights of this lively 3-day party. The festival also offers local charities the opportunity to raise money for funding. In addition, money made from the event is donated to philanthropies throughout the community.
Where Is Mt. Pleasant, PA?
Mount Pleasant (also called Mt. Pleasant) is a quaint town located 45 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and approximately 23 miles from Laurel Highlands. It’s also a short 20-minute drive from Oak Lodge. If you are planning to attend the Mount Pleasant Glass Festival we would love to host you during your stay. All of the best restaurants, attractions, and events are just minutes away!
What to Expect During the 2019 Mount Pleasant Glass Festival
This year’s festivities will kick off on Friday, September 27th and run through the weekend, wrapping up on September 29th. The best part? Admission and entertainment are free, so everyone can participate in the fun! Here’s what you’ll discover when you attend.
- Mt. Pleasant Glass Blowing Demonstrations
See colorful masterpieces come to life right before your eyes! This weekend is full of exciting glass blowing demonstrations, where you can see firsthand how the beautiful artwork is created. Afterward, browse through the glass artwork and other hand-crafted goods made by local vendors.
- Delicious Cuisine
Mount Pleasant is a melting pot of diversity, and this is reflected in the mouthwatering array of ethnic cuisine offered here. Not your average “fair food,” you can order anything from gyros and pierogies to chicken on a stick. Make sure to save room for dessert! There are plenty of chocolate-covered treats to satisfy your sweet tooth.
- The Parade
If there is one event you shouldn’t miss during the festival, it’s the Main Street Parade! Held on Saturday at 2 p.m., the procession includes crazy costumes, marching bands, party patrollers, and fun for all ages. The parade begins at Eagle Street, continues down Main Street, and ends at Center Avenue. We recommend arriving early to find a good viewing spot!
- Fun Contests
In addition to the parade, spectators can watch participants compete for the title of cutest baby, cutest pet, or winner of “Mount Pleasant’s Got Talent.” Between the pageants, talent shows, and family-friendly activities, there is so much to see and do!
- Live Performances
One of the biggest draws to the Mount Pleasant Glass festival is all of the amazing entertainment! Visitors can enjoy live performances from any of the three stages all weekend long. At any given time, you may also see entertainers roaming throughout the crowd. From magic shows and theatre performances to rock ‘n roll and country music concerts, there is something for everyone here. Other performances may include professional dancing, clogging, bluegrass music, game shows, juggling, and more.
- Fireworks Show and Sparkle Spectacular
End your weekend with a bang at the Mount Pleasant fireworks show! The incredible display takes place on Sunday, to commence the festival. However, you can see dazzling lights on Friday and Saturday night, too.
Attend the Sparkle Spectacular and watch as thousands of blinking lights illuminate the gazebo. The entire extravaganza is synchronized to music, offering a truly magical sight to behold. And you definitely won’t want to miss the Illumination Launch! Light a lantern and wait until everyone is ready before you release it into the sky. Enjoy the show as all of the colorful lanterns float toward the stars!
Book Your Stay at Oak Lodge
Now that you know all of the best things to do at the Mount Pleasant Glass Festival, it’s time to start planning your trip! With breathtaking mountain views and private lodging suites, Oak Lodge offers the ideal accommodations for your weekend getaway. Just minutes from Mount Pleasant, our Laurel Highlands bed and breakfast is near all of the best wineries, hiking trails, and fall festivals in PA. Start off each morning with a delicious complimentary breakfast, complete with many local ingredients and our own Jimburg Maple Syrup. After a fun-filled day of adventure, come back home to the inn and unwind with a soothing massage, facial, or spa treatment. The possibilities are endless!
From the Main Lodge and luxury Cabins to our rustic Farmhouse 1868 Vacation Rental, Oak Lodge is sure to have the ideal lodging option for your stay. For a truly unforgettable vacation, we recommend booking your stay in our Eagle’s Nest suite! Privately located with gorgeous waterfall views, the suite features a King-sized bed, private bath, a flat screen television, and luxurious robes. Make your stay with us even more special when you take advantage of our Extended Weekend discount. So, what are you waiting for? Check our availability and book your stay today! We can’t wait to welcome you!