Things could get wild at the Karoondinha Festival this July
The wildlife park at Penn’s Cave in Central Pennsylvania is the setting for a new music festival. (Karoondinha Festival) […]

The wolves may be howling along with John Legend when the popular singer-songwriter performs at the Karoondinha Music and Arts Festival, July 21–23 on the grounds of a Central Pennsylvania wildlife park.

This inaugural event, which has a mouthful of a name (from a Seneca Indian tribe), is part festival and part outdoor adventure, with an unusual setting. It will take place at the 1,600-acre Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park in Centre Hall, about a 200-mile drive from Washington, D.C. Organizers expect some 20,000 people to attend.

The cave, which can be toured only by boat, has been a tourist attraction since 1885. The wildlife park, which opened in 1993, offers 90-minute tours to view Texas longhorn cattle and bison, wolves, mountain lions, bobcats, elk, deer, bighorn sheep, foxes, and mustang horses.

The park includes a working farm that grows crops to feed the animals, and sunflowers, which are expected to peak at festival time. It has been the scene in the past of a biannual antique machinery show.

Multiple generations of the same family have run the operation. Siblings Kaleena and Paul Rallis, who grew up in the family business, came up with the idea for the music festival and will produce it through Hawk Eye Presents LLC.

Kaleena Rallis has worked with many top performing artists through her talent-management and production company in Los Angeles. Paul Rallis, who manages his own architectural/design firm in California and Pennsylvania, is a former radio host.

Kaleena Rallis calls Karoondinha “a destination festival that gives festivalgoers the opportunity to take a break from urban America and fully immerse themselves in a beautiful natural setting.”

She says this will be the largest music festival venue in the Northeast.

Some 80 artists representing a variety of music genres will perform on three stages. Besides the multiple Grammy-winning Legend, the lineup includes top artists such as The Roots (from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon), Odesza, Chromeo, Alessia Cara, X Ambassadors, Need to Breathe, Maren Morris, and Daya, as well as emerging artists.

Culinary arts, visual arts, and dance arts also will be showcased, and festivalgoers will have access to cave, wildlife, and off-roading tours.

The festival is meant to appeal to a family audience to align with the mission of the cave and park, although alcohol will be available.

Car, tent, and RV camping and glamping, as well as hotel packages, are available. Shuttle service can be obtained from a number of cities to the festival site. These include Washington, D.C., with pickups in Baltimore and Harrisburg. The festival site also is accessible via train and has its own airport.

The festival

What: Karoondinha Music and Arts Festival

When: July 21–23

Where: Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park, Centre Hall, Pa.





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