1. Wally Lake Fest
Head to the fresh air and open water to enjoy the last weekend of August.
As summer winds down, Wally Lake Fest ramps up with activities in and around Lake Wallenpaupack, Pike and Wayne counties, from Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26.
Events include live music, theater, boat tours, open houses, watercraft demonstrations and various fairs. On Saturday, the seventh annual Ride for the Lake departs from Wallenpaupack Area High School, Route 6, Hawley, at 10 a.m., and Wallypalooza runs on a floating stage by the Tafton Dike from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Redneck Roubaix and Tour de Towpath begin at Gresham’s Chop House, 2495 Route 6, Hawley, at 9 and 10 a.m., respectively, and the Sailboat Regatta runs along the lake’s north end from noon to 3 p.m. Shuttle buses will run Saturday and Sunday. For more information and a full event schedule, visit wallylakefest.com.
2. Party on the Patio
Have you been livin’ on a prayer? Do you give love a bad name? Are you wanted dead or alive?
Let’s hope you’re actually just a big Bon Jovi fan. And if you are, you might want to head to Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp., on Thursday, Aug. 23, for the next installment of Party on the Patio.
The popular free, outdoor gathering will feature a performance by Bon Jovi tribute act Bon Jersey, which will perform hour-long sets at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30.
FonDippity and Uncle Bucks will be the night’s featured food trucks.
For more information, visit mohegansunpocono.com or call 570-831-2100.
3. Michael McDonald
Five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald will perform Friday, Aug. 24, on the outdoor summer stage at Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono. The rain-or-shine, all-ages concert begins at 7 p.m., and doors open at 5.
McDonald is known for such songs as “What a Fool Believes,” “Minute by Minute” and “Here to Love You.” He has received 14 Grammy nominations during his long career, winning for best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocal in 1984 and record of the year; song of the year; best pop vocal performance by a duo, group or chorus; and best arrangement accompanying vocals, all in 1979.
Tickets cost $30, $45 and $60 and are available at ticketfly.com. For more information, visit mountairycasino.com or call 877-682-4791.
Professional actors and local amateur performers of a variety of ages are uniting for a free show that harkens back to the 1940s.
REV Theatre Company of New York along with older adults and teens involved with United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania will present “The 1940s Canteen” on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Oppenheim Center for the Arts, 1044 Jackson St., Scranton. Additionally, residents of Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center can catch the show at the center on Friday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m.
The show will include monologues based on veteran and home-front experiences from World War II as well as songs from the 1940s, such as “Bei Mir Bist Du Schon” and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.” For more information, call 570-346-0759.
5. Memorial Pet Walk/Car and Bike Show
Grab you pets and head over to McDade Park, Bald Mountain Road, Scranton, on Saturday, Aug. 25, for the 10th annual Memorial Pet Walk/Car and Bike Show. Presented by Tracey’s Hope Hospice Care Program & Rescue for Domestic Animals Inc., the event begins with registration for the pet walk from 9 to 9:45 a.m. The walk along with a blessing of pets, balloon release and memorial service will follow at 10. At noon, registration for the car and bike show begins, and the show then runs from 1 to 5 p.m.
Hot food will be available from noon to 5 p.m., and guests also can check out basket raffles, music from DJ Donna Diva, vendors and a 50/50 drawing. For more information, visit traceyshope.com or call 570-457-1625.