Registration & Tickets- New this year!

Due to the growing crowds at the festival, we've asked attendees to register if they want a spot in the firefly walks the night of the festival.

Registration is Now Closed for guided firefly walks the night of the Firefly Festival; all of our walks are full at this time.

Come out and enjoy all the other fun and entertainment available the day of the festival.  From Noon to 5, visit Nature/Science exhibits with experts and naturalists to answer questions about fireflies and the forest.  We will provide firefly information and maps where you can find fireflies in the forest or your own backyard.  

There will be activities for kids and arts crafts vendors until 6 pm.  Live Music and FoodTrucks until 10 pm.  At dusk, if you can be patient and willing to wait by the campfire, we will be happy to put you on a "stand-by" list in case of no-shows.

Save the date: Saturday June 24 12pm-12am

  • Gates open at Noon; parking is $5 per car
  • Entertainment on our stage from 12:30 to 10 pm
  • Nature Center Exhibits & Vendors Noon-5
  • Children's Activities 1-5
  • Food Trucks- Noon-late
  • Firefly walks from 9:30 to midnight
  • Lions Club Pancake Breakfast to benefit Relay for Life: Sunday, June 25, 7 am-10am,  Adults- $7, Children under 10- $3

At the firefly Nature Center, set up for the day of the festival only, people can learn about fireflies and their habitat, and about the local public lands, forests and parks represented among exhibitors. There are dazzling shows in many locations in our area!

Also featured in the fun annual celebration are local vendors who sell their wares,  and hands-on science and craft activities for kids of all ages.

Music Schedule for 2017

12:30- 1:15                Detention- Folk Rock duo

1:30-2:15                   Matt Miskie-Folk Rock, solo acoustic

2:30-3:15                   Rod & Rob- Folk Rock duo

3:30-4:15                   Bob Alexander- Country band

4:30-5:15                   Stony & Company- Folk Rock band

5:30-6:15                   Mitch Littler- Blues solo

6:30-7:15                   Bickerstaff- acoustic solo

7:30-8:15                   Whiskey for Three- Country trio

8:30-9:15                   Angel Blue- Blues band

Some visitors at last year's festival came from as far away as Brazil, Spain, Australia and the UK to see the synchronous fireflies (Photinus carolinus). Many states of the US  were represented as well.

Synchronous fireflies are a big attraction! They come out very late - between 10:30pm until after midnight - and prefer forested areas with nearby water, and border areas between meadow and woods. Their peak season only lasts a couple of weeks so don't delay if you want to see them. Last year they started to emerge around June 20th.

Many other brilliant and beautiful fireflies can be found along much of the length of Tionesta Creek, and at ANF recreation areas such as Hearts Content, Beaver Meadows, Loleta and Buzzard Swamp.

It's going to be a late night!  Looking for somewhere to stay?

We've put together a list of all nearby lodging- everything from a Victorian B&B to no-frills camping!  You can find the list HERE.