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The Moraine State Park Regatta (formerly called Regatta at Lake Arthur) is an annual two-day regional event celebrated on Moraine State Park’s South Shore the first weekend in August. Our 2020 event weekend is scheduled for Saturday, August 1 from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.; Sunday, August 2 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. 2019 marks our 22nd event year, and we are excited to welcome you, your family, and your friends to come and see all that the Regatta has to offer.

Is the event really free?

Yes. Thanks to the generosity of our event partners and sponsors, the Moraine State Park Regatta is FREE to attend, including a host of live concerts, day-long instruction through SummersCool, kids crafts at the Lake Arthur Lily Pad, fireworks display and more. Most of our activities are available for FREE, and the park itself is a natural playground to explore and enjoy with a public beach, trails and much more. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day FREE!

Added fee-based activities are also available. Most of these are under $10 and completely optional. We are also featuring a Marketplace of Vendors, offering food, crafts and merchandise. We will have an ATM machine available at the event.

Parking?

Parking is free. Please thank the parking attendants, as they work to ensure smooth parking for Park/Regatta guests. There are various parking areas that you will be directed to based on the time of your arrival.

Handicap parking will be available. Please indicate this need to the parking attendants.

SPECIAL NOTE: Sponsors and event partners will have designated parking.

Is the park open for normal business?

Yes. The main events take place on the South Shore/Pleasant Valley Beach. The Park is open to be enjoyed by all. If the traffic to the South Shore becomes overwhelming, try the North Shore! Rent a bike or a boat — see below for details.

BIKE RENTAL: On North Shore Drive, about 1-1/2 miles from PA 422, the Spoke House Bike Rental is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekends. They rent single and multi-speed/geared bikes, tag-a-longs, children’s and tandem (two-person) bikes, and also child seats, helmets and child pull-behind trailers. Rentals are at your own risk. Neither the bicycle concessionaire or the park is responsible for any accidents or injuries which may occur during your rental. Please ride defensively and be aware of others on the trail. For more information, call 724-368-9011; if no answer 724-510-5195.

CRESCENT BAY BOAT RENTAL: Pontoon boats, motorboats, kayaks, canoes, rowboats and sailboats are available at this rental concession. Motorboat fuel, ice and fishing bait are also available for purchase. Call (724) 368-9955 or visit www.moraineboatrentals.com.

Can I be a vendor for 2019?

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Moraine State Park Regatta as a vendor.

Please complete this quick online application.

After we receive your application, the Leadership Board will review and contact you to let you know if you are approved as a 2019 Vendor. If you are approved, we will request:

  • Full payment,
  • Your insurance information, listing Appleseed Events, Moraine State Park, and Moraine State Park/ Lake Arthur Regatta as additionally insured, and
  • A signed contract 

Thank you, and we look forward to receiving your application.

What’s a Regatta?

re·gat·ta [ri-gat-uh, ri-gah-tuh] noun

1. a boat race, as of rowboats, yachts, or other vessels.
2. an organized series of such races

The 2020 Moraine State Park Regatta will feature water-based activities and races:

  • 2020 Pennsylvania Stand Up Paddleboard Race
  • Capsize & Recovery Sunfish Demo
  • Nautical Nature Cruise Mini Tours
  • SummersCool (Kayaking, Canoeing, Standup Paddleboarding, Family Fishing, Catamaran Boat Rides, Flying Scot Boat Rides, Fly Casting)
  • Le Mans type Start Race
  • “Race to Watts Bay” and more.
What exactly is the Moraine State Park Regatta?

The Regatta is an annual summertime celebration of Moraine State Park. The event is FREE to the public and will be celebrating its 22nd year in 2020 and offers family-friendly activities on both the land and the lake. You can come and be a spectator of the event, but we really hope you’ll come out and play WITH us, get active and try something new. Generally, we want to expose new guests to the park, and further engage those who are already familiar with Moraine through a host of mini events through the weekend.

What exactly is SummersCool?

In 2014, we introduced SummersCool to the Regatta, which included local partners offering FREE instruction to weekend guests. Available in mini classes, the Regatta includes: Standup paddle boarding, canoeing, family fishing, kayaking, kayak eco-paddles, fly casting, catamaran boat rides and flying scot boat rides all with personal instruction. These opportunities exist to help guests learn something new at the park and to encourage a return to try again on their own!

Learn more about SummersCool.

How many attendees are expected?

This is a showcase event for Butler County, and we have intentionally reached out to help build awareness for Moraine State Park as a regional resource. In 2019, the Regatta has attracted 23,500 visitors to Moraine State Park’s South Shore.

We heard there was a car cruise...

In 2020, the car cruise will take place on both days of the event from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm at the Point Picnic Area.

Is there a finale event?

For 2020, Saturday evening will close with a Fireworks Display from Kellner’s Fireworks following a performance by our headlining band. Sunday, we’ll finish off the event with the Oliver Outdoor Native Butterfly Release & Tribute Finale. The mass release will take place from the main stage, and individuals can join us to honor someone special through the individual release of their Western Pennsylvania Monarch, enhancing the environment at the same time.

What should I bring with me?

Great question! Sunscreen and a great attitude — it’s playtime at the Regatta! You’ll want to remember to bring a bathing suit and towel if you plan to visit the beach or participate in a water instructional opportunity at SummersCool. Otherwise, you may wish to bring a yoga mat or beach towel if you’re joining one of our yoga events, or your own lifejacket for SummersCool events if you own one (although there will be plenty available on-site). Finally, pack a picnic if you wish, or visit one of our many food vendors!

What if it rains?

We’ve worked hard on this event all year and will press on rain or shine. There are various tents available for some shelter. Essentially, we understand that when we’re out in nature, nature is in charge. If any events are delayed, we hope to get right back on schedule when any rain clears.

In the event of severe weather, we will actively work to keep you updated on any cancellations or changes in the schedule. Make sure to check our social media pages, including Facebook and Instagram for last-minute updates, as well as this website.

What else do I need to know about the Regatta?

We want you to meet Moraine State Park if you haven’t yet and to make it a part of your summertime plans, this year and every year. Moraine is easily accessible from Route I-79 and just north of Cranberry Township. We’ve really tried to take the best of its history and enhance it with new relationships, new activities and new partnerships to showcase the best of a healthy place. The 2020 event is scheduled for August 1 and 2, beginning at 10:00 am each day on the South Shore at Moraine State Park.

How do I buy Regatta merchandise?

We plan to have merchandise available at the 2020 event, in the Marketplace of Vendors.

What are my options for staying overnight?

The Park recommends the following private campgrounds near Moraine:

  1. Bear Run Campground (184 Badger Hill Rd, Portersville, PA 16051) – (724) 368-3564
  2. Breakneck Campground (1757 Cheeseman Rd, Portersville, PA 16051) – (724) 368-3405
  3. Lake Arthur Family Campground (243 W Liberty Rd, Slippery Rock, PA 16057) – (724) 679-6013
  4. Rose Point Park Campground (8775 Old US 422, New Castle, PA 16101) – (724) 924-2415

Hotel options within easy driving distance:

  1. Fairfield Inn & Suites – Slippery Rock (1000 University Parkway, Slippery Rock, PA 16057) – (724) 406-0535
  2. SpringHill Suites Butler Centre City (125 East Jefferson Street, Butler, PA 16001) – (724) 256-9844
  3. Hampton Inn Butler (610 Butler Crossing, Butler, PA 16001) – (724) 431-2400
  4. Fairfield Inn & Suites Butler (200 Fairfield Ln, Butler, PA 16001) – (724) 283-0009

Check out visitbutlercounty.com for more local accommodations.

Does the Regatta have a Non-Discrimination Policy?

Yes. The Moraine State Park Regatta is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. The Moraine State Park Regatta does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and clients.

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