The "New Normal"

The 9th Annual PA Firefly Festival is back in Kellettville and has expanded to 2 nights for the 2021 firefly season. The event will be held in the evening on both Friday, June 25 AND Saturday, June 26, 2021. Gates open at 7 pm for check-in of registered "fireflyers".  


The celebration is held in Kellettville at 13558 Route 666, Tionesta, 16353. The event each night kicks off at 7-pm with live music from Matt Miskie (sponsored by the J. Bowman Proper Trust), snacks/refreshments, nature exhibits with the experts, and lots of PAFF T-Shirts and merchandise.  At 8:30 pm, firefly expert, Don Salvatore will make presentations to the audience prior to the firefly tours and viewing from 10 pm to Midnight.


For overnight lodging and accommodations, go to or Camping reservations for Kellettville or Tionesta Campgrounds can be made at

Space is limited to minimize the impact on the habitat and ensure safe social distancing (as required) while optimizing the experience for visitors. All tickets/wristbands are Will-Call, so no need to print. Pick up your wristband(s) at the Registration Tent upon arrival or by 8:00 PM.  Unclaimed wristbands will be surrendered to any Standby guests when registration closes at 8:30 PM.


Standby sales will open at 8:30 pm for any unclaimed wristbands on first come basis.


ALL SALES are FINAL. NO REFUNDS for NO SHOWS or RAINCHECKS. However, your registration is transferable, so if YOU cannot attend, send a friend or family member in your place. Just have them check-in with YOUR name.


ALL the proceeds from the registration fees benefit the PAFF educational programs and Summer Research Interns



Registration is $30 per person (+ processing fees) and limited to fifty (50) firefly watchers and includes a small-group guided tour.  At 10 pm, after the expert presentations, registered guests will be divided into smaller groups and guided to the local firefly viewing areas to view Chinese Lanterns along the Tionesta Creek and then to bleachers to see Synchronous Fireflies in the secluded forest.  This is a one-mile walk* round-trip.  This event is not intended for children under 6-years-old. 


For an additional fee ($20), a personal Bluetooth audio/listening system is available for rent to the first 40 guests at the festival who wish to listen to the interpretive guide information and enjoy a live musical serenade during the Synchronous show.




The PA Firefly Festival is a RAIN-OR-SHINE event. The weather in Kellettville is unpredictable and passing showers happen frequently in June, but fireflies don't mind a little bit of rain.  Refunds will only be offered in the unlikely event that a last-minute cancellation by the hosts is necessary due to SEVERE weather at the festival location.


ALL guests should be prepared for 1.5 to 2 hours of engagement IN THE FOREST. Here are some helpful tips to follow for your comfort:

  • Dress appropriately for the weather; sturdy footwear and rain gear are a must

  • Bring a camp chair for the campfire, music and firefly talks

  • Walking sticks are highly recommended.

  • Flashlights are not required nor necessary, but if used, they must be covered by a dark red filter (available on-site).

  • No cell phones, smoking/vaping or pets will be permitted on the guided tours.

  • Please apply bug spray before you arrive on the premises, or cover exposed skin 

  • Only leashed Service Dogs are permitted on the tours.


Fireflies are above all creatures of nature.  PAFF has been monitoring and keeping data on firefly activity in these sites for nine years.  However, firefly emergence and flashing displays are prone to temperatures and weather conditions.  There are no guarantees nor assurances that guests will see Synchronous fireflies on that night.  The PAFF programs are designed to provide guests with enough information that they will be able to discover and observe fireflies on their own at a future date.

*The walk to the creek and the bleachers is easy for typically able-bodied persons. If you have any mobility issues, we will do our best to accommodate your needs or make recommendations for alternatives that will allow you to see fireflies. Contact us or let us know when you arrive at registration.


PAFF is a registered 501(c)3 whose all-volunteer board's mission is to educate the public and raise awareness about all the firefly species in NW Pennsylvania.