2022 Moraine State Park Regatta This Weekend

Weekend highlights include free recreation, fireworks, 5k trail race, butterfly release

Portersville, PA — The 23rd Annual Moraine State Park Regatta returns to Lake Arthur’s South Shore (225 Pleasant Valley Road, Portersville, PA) on August 5-7. The festivities will span most of the shoreline and include both land and water activities. The Regatta lasts Friday 4:00-8:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am-10:00 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am-6:00 pm. The event has grown in popularity in recent years, drawing a record of over 28,000 attendees in 2021. The event is free to attend, including parking.

 “An ideal event for a family looking for something no-cost or low-cost to do outside, this event is not to be missed. Whether you’re coming by yourself or meeting up with a group, you’ll find something to do and maybe even a new way to enjoy the park.” said Amanda Becker, the Event Director. “All of the recreation activities are free, and there will be a wide variety of good food and community vendors on site.”

 The free land and water recreational activities are intended to introduce visitors of all ages to new sports and hobbies while showing off the park. Multiple local partner organizations are offering dozens of free outings and lessons across various sports, including sailing, kayaking, standup paddleboarding, archery, yoga, and more. Sign ups are on site, and a waiver signature is required to participate.

 The 2022 Regatta will also feature the second annual Moraine Regatta 5k, presented by Thoroughbred Construction. Participants of all ages can run or walk along Lake Arthur on the Sunken Garden Trail, with awards for the top male and female finishers in each age category. A portion of the race’s proceeds will benefit the Moraine Preservation Fund’s efforts to conserve and improve the park.

Entertainment during the weekend will highlight various local artists and organizations. The main stage will host Live at Lake Arthur presented by Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, will feature musical performances throughout the weekend. A fireworks finale by Peak Pyro by Kellner’s Fireworks will cap off Saturday’s festivities around 9:00 pm. And Sunday afternoon, the Oliver Outdoor Native Butterfly Release returns to the Regatta. Attendees can buy a monarch butterfly in tribute to a loved one and release it during the event, culminating in the mass release of hundreds of butterflies across the event area.

The Regatta features several activities for children and families including: free building kits with Home Depot and Lowes, yard games, and nature education from local organizations. Kids can fish for free on site with provided fishing rods and bait, as the event secured a special permit from the PA Fish and Boat Commission so no license is required.

The complete event schedule is available online at

The 2022 Regatta also includes these features and activities:

The Marketplace of Vendors: Over 60 local food, craft, and business vendors will sell products and promote their services all weekend long.

Car Cruise: Saturday and Sunday at the Regatta will feature a Car Cruise from 12:00-4:00 pm. Regatta attendees can check out vintage, classic, and customized vehicles from all eras. Participation is free and the first 50 car owners each day will receive a custom Moraine State Park Regatta Dash Plaque.

Campfires and Campfire Cooking: Friday evening from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m, and Saturday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., small smoke-less campfires stocked with firewood will be placed throughout the event, near the stage. Attendees are encouraged to learn about campfire building or campfire cooking. The Grist Mill Baker will be on site throughout the weekend giving campfire cooking demonstrations.

Paddlesport Race American Cancer Society and SurfSUP Adventures are partnering together for the Pittsburgh Paddlesport Race, back for its second year at the Moraine State Park Regatta. Paddleboarders can register with SurfSUP Adventures, and kayakers can register with American Cancer Society. The race begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning.


About the Regatta: The purpose of the Moraine State Park Regatta is to promote Moraine State Park, foster community development, and introduce community members to local outdoor recreational activities. Located on the south shore of Lake Arthur, and formerly called Regatta at Lake Arthur, the 2022 event is free to attend on August 5-7. For more information, visit, or follow @morainestateparkregatta on social media.

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