The 10th Annual
PA Firefly Festival
Registration is now CLOSED!
The 10th Annual PA Firefly Festival will be held in Kellettville for 2 nights. The event(s) will be held on Friday, June 24 AND Saturday, June 25, 2022 (click on the date of your choice to register). Gates open each night at 7 pm for check-in of registered "fireflyers". Each event is intended for fifty(50) of the most curious of nature lovers. Couples and families with school-age children are welcome. The event is not intended for children under 6 years of age.
The celebration is held in Kellettville at 13558 Route 666, Tionesta, 16353. Free parking. The event kicks off each night at 7-pm with live music, nature exhibits with the experts, and lots of PAFF T-Shirts and merchandise. At 8:30 pm, a firefly expert will make a presentation to the audience prior to the firefly tours and viewing from 10 pm to Midnight.
For overnight lodging and accommodations, go to VisitPaGo.com or ForestCounty.com. Camping reservations for Kellettville or Tionesta Campgrounds can be made at Recreation.gov. There will be NO food trucks or vendors at the event. Guests are encouraged to bring picnics or enjoy a dinner at one of our local restaurants like The Flying W Ranch, Blue Jay Inn or Cougar Bob's Kellettville Tavern.
Demand for space is high, so please register for one night, either Friday or Saturday. The program and schedule is the same each night. Space is limited to minimize the impact on the habitat and ensure a low guide to spectator ratio optimizing the experience for all visitors. All wristbands are Will-Call, nothing will be mailed to you. Printing of receipts is recommended. 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 the night of the event when registration closes at 8:30 PM each night. On-site Standby sales will open at 8:30 pm for any unclaimed wristbands on a first-come basis. Only open spaces of no-shows will be available on the night of the event and sold to the Standby line. There is NO guarantee of openings for Standby.
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 $50 per person (+ processing fees). Children between 6 and 12 years old are FREE (DO NOT register children in your party under 13-years-old). You will be asked to list names and ages of children in the survey at the checkout. Registration includes entrance to the exhibits, live music performances, expert presentations and small-group guided tours. At dusk, guests will be guided in small groups 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.
BLUETOOTH AUDIO DEVICE included:
All paid registered participants will be issued a personal Bluetooth audio/listening system for use during the Synchronous Firefly Viewing.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU REGISTER :
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 a MUST-have for the walks in the dark forest.
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.
Apply bug spray before you arrive on the premises, or cover exposed skin
Only leashed Service Dogs are permitted on the tours.
Above all, fireflies are creatures of nature. PAFF has been monitoring and keeping data on firefly activity in these sites for ten years. However, firefly emergence and flashing displays are prone to temperatures and weather conditions. There are no guarantees nor assurances that guests will actually see Synchronous fireflies on that night. The PAFF programs are designed to educate guests and provide enough information that they will gain an appreciation for and 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.