2020 Pennsylvania Firefly Virtual Stay-At-Home Festival

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The 8th Annual PA Firefly Festival is cancelled. But wait… there’s an alternative to the in-person festival.  This year, we present a Virtual Stay-at-Home PA Firefly Festival.

Using today’s technology, we can still celebrate the joy of the firefly season and continue to educate the public to the best of our ability during this time of social distancing. Some of our scheduled 2020 firefly experts and artists are now participating in a virtual way.  In other words, they have submitted photos, videos and slide show presentations which will appear on our PAFF YouTube Channel, Instagram and/or Facebook pages on June 27th.

The 2020 Virtual PAFF is still a celebration of the joy of fireflies.  With the support of the Forest County Tourism Grant and VisitPAGo.com, we are urging folks to STAY HOME, and take advantage of all of our Social Media and online information to learn about the fireflies in their own backyards.  You can also participate in the science of fireflies by becoming a “Firefly Watcher” on the Firefly Watch Citizen Science Project at the massaudubon.org website. You would be contributing greatly to the world-wide database and helping to advance the science of fireflies.  The virtual Art After Dark sponsored by the Elk County Council of the Arts and Pennsylvania Partners of Art, features presentations by the United Nations Ambassador of Art, Mr.  Ibiyinka Alao, world-renowned photographer Radim Schreiber and original music by Pennsylvania’s favorite troubadour, Matt Miskie. Of course, you will be able to order our popular PAFF t-shirts online, designed by Amalia Tonsor, and donations will be accepted through PayPal to help with costs and future festivals.

During the firefly season, we will continue to monitor and conduct our summer research here in Kellettville and throughout Western PA.  Ms. Valerie Kuppek, a rising Senior in Biology from Dickinson College, is our Summer Research Intern. She will be monitoring our local fireflies, and helped  produce a Virtual Firefly Walk and recorded her own "day in the life of a PAFF Summer Intern" video.  The videos are all posted online, and we hope you will be able to "catch" the fireflies from the safety and comfort of your home at your convenience.

While we held out hope for this summer as long as we could, we feel strongly this is the right decision.  Our priority is the health and safety of our community and the public. We stress using the “Firefly Etiquette” protocol we have developed over the years.  We hope you will consider your actions or behavior and how it affects everyone including fireflies. We look forward to seeing you in 2021 stronger and better for the experience.

Glow On!



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"Firefly Watcher"

Marvel at these enchanting creatures wherever you are and share what you find with researchers.

2020 PAFF T-shirts

Online T-shirt sale is now closed. 

Be sure to share a photo of you wearing your PAFF t-shirt at home with our social channels #GlowAtHome2020.


The Pennsylvania Firefly Festival, Inc has a mission of educating the public about firefly science and conservation.  PAFF also celebrates the annual PA Firefly Festival on the last Saturday in June.  This coincides with the mating displays of over fifteen different species of firefly in the Allegheny National Forest area including the Synchronous Firefly and the unique "Chinese Lantern" firefly along the Tionesta Creek.

You can view all documents related to our non-profit status HERE.

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Pennsylvania Firefly Festival

13558 Route 666, Tionesta, PA

T: 814-230-2035

E: pafireflyfestival@gmail.com