Save the Date for Winterfest 2024! February 3rd, 11am-3pm. Check back soon for this year's details!

(WinterFest 2023 Info Below)

Join us for our annual winter celebration at McDanels Launch Area of Moraine State Park  (north shore)

Have you ever considered all that there is to do and see in the park in the coldest part of winter? We are taking a bet that you haven't fully experienced the beauty that the park and its resources hold during this time of year. 

  • Guided hikes
  • Live Music
  • Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
  • Local craft vendors
  • Food and Snacks
  • DCNR Educational Experiences
  • Children's Games and Activities
  • Chain saw carving demos
  • Try your hand at Disc Golf
  • and more, and more and more! Check out below for specifics and event schedule (week of)
Winterfest   is  the   Place   for   Learning!

Moraine Preservation Fund is grateful to our Demonstration Sponsor, Public Lands!- Join the staff at Public Lands as they head out of McDanels Launch on guided hikes. Learn about the beauty and tranquility that the winter months provide just minutes off of Route 422. And If the weather is just right, they will have Snow Shoes on hand for you to try your hand (foot) at!

Tamarack Wildlife Center is back again in 2023 with Ambassador birds to help you learn what to do if you see a bird in need of help and to give you an up close look at some amazing raptors! Be sure to look for them in the Owlet.

Damian Skal- crowd favorite- chainsaw carver will be on hand again to show us his amazing talents and to give you the chance to take home some beautiful pieces to add to your decor.  You can find him just outside of the Owlet!

DCNR State Park Educators- Join the Park Environmental Education Specialist team as they present Skins and Skulls! Get up close to just that of some of the mammals that call Moraine State Park home!  Find the team on the ADA fishing pier at McDanels Launch

New in 2023!

Journey on the Fly Field Guide, Disc Golf demonstrations and the team from the MConnells Mill Dutch Oven Group!


Winterfest    is   the   Place   to   come   hungry!

This year's food vendors will be cooking up some goodies for you to purchase.  Joining us in 2023:

  • Fairground Market
  • The Snowman Portersville


Winterfest    is   the   Place   for  fun  and  activities!

Whether you are looking to get out on a guided hike, listen to some amazing music or have some fun; we've got some great things planned to help you further enjoy your day at the park!

  • Live music- The Chadd-11am-12:30pm (Pavilion 6)
  • Live Music-Well Strung Blue Grass-12:30-2:30pm (Pavilion 7)
  • Hiking with Public Lands
  • Family Hike with Butler Outdoor Club
  • Children’s Games
  • Face Painting by Lisa
  • Horse Drawn Wagon Rides with Misty Lanes


Winterfest    is   the   Place   to  pick  up  locally  made  &  sourced  crafts  and  goodies!

Check our list of this year’s attending vendors:

  • Assist Graphics         
  • Busy Bee Gifts
  • Chocolate Moonshine Company
  • Dazzle for Dayz
  • Dream City Designs
  • Every Season Blooms
  • Lauren Ryan Scentsy & Jamie’s Creations
  • Meadowsweet Apiaries
  • Nifty Woodworks, LLC
  • Piper’s Pottery
  • Rittner’s Farmhouse Bakery
  • Shadi Acres
  • Slippery Rock Golf Club
  • Silver Maple Ceramics
  • Thorned Rose Gifts
  • The Dip Ladies



The event takes place in all weather-and hopefully snow- unless there is a safety risk to all in attendance. Stay up to date with all event information by following the event on our Facebook page (click below).

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We   Hope   to   see   you   there!