Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration

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In the heart of the Poconos, the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration pays homage to the town’s namesake, the legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe. This event is a cultural tapestry that weaves together music, dance, and heritage, in honor of Jim Thorpe!

When and Where

The Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration is held annually in May. This festival includes unique elements like Native American dance and traditions, and a torch run by Olympian Cross Country & Track Teams. These activities highlight the athletic legacy of Jim Thorpe​​.

What Can You Expect

Throughout the weekend, you’ll be immersed in a rich program that includes free musical performances, Native American folklore, dancing, drumming, as well as a variety of craft and food vendors. There is also a Native American tribute held at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum.

Variety of Entertainment at the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration

At Josiah White Park, there’s a rich lineup of entertainment including Earth lore and dance performances by Don Wild Eagle & Family, the Medicine Horse Drum Group, musical acts like Brad & Luke Duo.

Buster the Clown will be there along with a face painter for children. The Faculty Brass strolls through town, adding to the festive ambiance, and the event also features special performances by the Jim Thorpe Cheerleaders​​.

Auctions and Train Rides

The celebration also offers an Olympian auction, adding a unique touch to the festivities​​. Hop aboard to enjoy all-day train rides, as you take in the scenic beauty of the area​​.

Special Guests of Honor

Special guests at the event have included notable figures like John Thorpe, Jim Thorpe’s grandson, and Chuck & Wanda Gentile from the Carlisle U.S. Army War College​​.

Fun for the Whole Family

This event gives you a great opportunity to explore the local attractions, shops, and restaurants, which remain open all weekend. The festival atmosphere is enhanced by a variety of craft vendors and an array of delicious food options available throughout the weekend​​. This celebration not only honors the legacy of Jim Thorpe but also provides a rich, culturally diverse experience, making it a must-visit event for those interested in history, culture, and community festivities.

Book Your Stay with Pocono Mountain Rentals

Stay central to the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration and more with Poconos vacation homes provided by Pocono Mountain Rentals. Simply, check out the selection of rentals and choose the one for you. Then reach out today to reserve your stay! We look forward to hosting you during the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration.

  • Date:  05/19/2018 - 10:30AM TO 05/20/2018 - 8:00PM
  • Recurring daily
  • Time:  Schedules Vary By Day
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05/19/2018 - 10:30AM to 05/20/2018 - 8:00PM
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