When it comes to the art of creating the perfect summer fair and festival, we know what we’re doing in The 570. Between Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial start to summer — and Labor Day weekend, the sweet scent of the three P’s (potato pancakes, pierogies and pizza) wafts through air. There’s also music, beer and wine, art, crafts, games of chance … you get the picture. It’s a good time!
Don’t miss a minute of the fun with your family and friends. Take a look at what summer 2013 has in store for you:
Fairs & Festivals
◆ Swingin’ on Vine
May 24, 5-8 p.m. Enjoy a block party featuring beer, wine, cocktails, food and music by Exact Change on the 500 block of Vine St., Scranton. Must be 21 to attend. Tickets: $15, advance. $20, door. Proceeds benefit the Albright Memorial Library. www.albright.org.
◆ The Race of the Saints
May 25, Jessup. Celebrate the Italian tradition of the Race of the Saints as runners race through the streets of Jessup carrying small statues of St. Ubaldo, St. George and St. Anthony. The race will be held, rain or shine. www.stubaldoday.com.
◆ The Battle of The Burgers and Brew Fest
May 26, 2-6 p.m., Mount Airy Casino Resort, Mount Pocono. This event (for those 21 and older) will showcase 20 local businesses as they show off their grilling skills and compete for bragging rights to “NEPA’s Best Burger.” Spectators will sample each burger and vote on their favorite. The event also features brews and live entertainment. Tickets are $15-45. www.welldonebuns.com.
◆ NEPA Bluegrass Festival
May 30-June 2, Lazybrook Park, Tunkhannock. More than 20 bands will be featured on two stages, Smokey Greene, Jesse Alexander Band, Coal Town Rounders, and Bluegrass Mountaineers, just to name a few. There will also be plenty of children’s activities. www.nepabluegrass.com.
◆ Milford Food & Wine Faire at the Hotel Fauchere
June 1, 12 – 6 p.m. Enjoy a “Garden Party” Wine Festival in downtown Milford featuring wine tasting, Meet the Chef/Meet the Vintner Food & Wine Pairing Workshops in the hotel’s Delmonico Room. Sample and purchase the wines of some of the Pennsylvania’s finest wineries. Festival tickets are $20, advance; $30, at the gate; $5, designated driver/under 21; and $25, food & wine pairing workshops. www.nepawinecountry.com. 836-5253.
June 1, Lackawanna County. Enjoy a number of events celebrating the beauty of the Lackawanna River. Hosted by the Lackawanna River Corridor Association, RiverFest features a Canoe-A-Thon, a timed run on the Lackawanna River from two Mid Valley launch sites (Archbald and Blakely) to the finish line at the Olive Street Bridge in Scranton; the Regatta, a free competition in which Participants will create a vessel to navigate down the Lackawanna River from Sweeney’s Beach to the finish at the Olive Street Bridge; a Duck-A-Thon, and more. www.lrca.org.
◆ Spirit Mind and Body Expo and Psychic Fair
June 1-2, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Memorial Hall, 101 West 10th St., Jim Thorpe. This event features national psychics, holistic services, lectures, New Age accessories and supplies, massage therapy, Reiki and energy workers, jewelry, crystals, gemstones, tattoos, candles, incense, herbals, essential oils, a bake sale and more. Admission is $3 (or 2 for $5) and proceeds benefit the local Cancer Society. 455-3384.
◆ Arts on Fire Festival
June 7-9. On Friday at 7:45 p.m., follow a fiery parade from Lackawanna Avenue to the Fire at the Furnace fundraiser at Scranton Iron Furnaces. The event will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. and will benefit the Scranton Iron Furnaces and the Anthracite Heritage Museum. Enjoy an iron pourdemonstration by Keystone Iron Works, Bluegrass music by Coal Town Rounders, food and drinks and more. Tickets are $15, advance; $20, door. Tickets, information: 963-4804. The fun with the Arts on Fire Festival. The event will be held Saturday, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and features food, music, children’s activities, demonstrations, pottery and glass making demonstrations as well as a community iron pour. Industrial artists from across the United States will work in glass, metal, recycled materials and clay and their work will be available for purchase. www.artsonfirefestival.com.
◆ Annual Milford Music Festival
June 7-9, Milford. This free festival features 30 concerts in more than 20 venues. The event also includes a shopping festival throughout the business district. In addition, the Dimmick Block Party features everything from sausage and pepper sandwiches to massages. www.milfordmusicfest.org.
◆ Pocono Raceway Festival
June 8, Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. This free, day-long music and racing festival features more than 100 craft and retail vendors, food vendors, multiple stages of music, a full carnival on Main Street, face painting, a rock climbing wall, beer tents, and a free concert on Main Street with Dickey Betts and Great Southern, and more. www.shermantheater.com.
◆ Pocono Mountains Bluegrass Festival
June 13-15, G.D.S. Fairgrounds, Rtes. 191 (Main Street) and Rte. 507, Newfoundland. The festival features a weekend of live Bluegrass music, craft and food vendors, rain or shine. www.PoconosBluegrassFestival.com.
◆ Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival
June 15, Honesdale. This free art and music festival offers entertainment on the Main Stage including Jimmy Vivino and The Barn Burners, Pat O’Shea and The Honest Men, The Badlees and Emish. There will also be plenty of entertainment and art in venues throughout the downtown. www.honesdalerootsandrhythm.com.
◆ Anthracite Heritage Festival “Patch Town Days” and Antique Car Show
June 15-16,10 a.m-5 p.m., Eckley Miners’ Village Museum, 2 Eckley Main St., Weatherly. Celebrate the traditions and customs of the anthracite coal region through food, music, vendors and more. There will be a living history reenactment by the Eckley Players both days, and an antique car show on Saturday. Admission is $6, adults (age 13-64); $5.50, senior citizens (65 and older); $4, children (age 6-12). 636-2070, www.EckleyMinersVillageMuseum.com.
◆ Steamtown Beer and Music Festival
June 15, Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Sample craft brews from more than 50 breweries and enjoy local cuisine at the festival. The event also features live music by Muscle Shoal Revival, The Menzingers, Alien Ant Farm, and Fuel. Tickets are $50 per session, advance; $55 per session, at the door; and $15, designated driver (available at the door only). www.steamtownbeerandmusicfest.com.
◆ Northeast Fair
June 18-23, fair grounds in Pittston Twp. Event showcases agriculture, horticulture, gardening, entertainment, rides, food and more. Tickets are $7, advance; $10, at the gate. Prices include rides. www.northeastfair.com.
◆ Farmers’ Market Opening Day
June 20, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Featuring fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, food, live music, handmade goods and more. Every Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. www.wilkes-barre.pa.us.
June 21-23, at Wilkes-Barre Riverfront Parks, River Common and Nesbitt Park. Celebrate the river and the environment with this festival featuring guided sojourns on the Susquehanna, food, live entertainment, children’s activities, dragon boat races and more. www.rivercommon.org.
◆ Great Tastes of PA Wine & Food Festival
June 22-23, 12-6 p.m., Split Rock Resort. Featuring musical entertainment, Pennsylvania’s finest wineries, food vendors and more. Must be 21 to be served. www.splitrockresort.com.
◆ Canton Wine and Cheese Festival
June 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Manley-Bohlayer Historic Farm, Canton Cross Over Road, Canton. Enjoy sampling wines from the finest Pennsylvania wineries (must be 21), arts and craft vendors, food and live entertainment. www.CantonWineAndCheese.com.
◆ High Mountain Craft Beer Festival
June 22,1-5 p.m., Best Western Genetti Inn & Suites, 1341 North Church St., Hazleton. The festival offers more than 40 craft beers and entertainment by Ostrich Hat. All Proceeds benefit Hazleton Rotary Scholarship. 582-9492.
◆ Dallas Rotary Wine and Dine Festival
June 29,11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Luzerne County Fairgrounds (Rte. 118, Dallas). The event features tastings of wine selections from Pennsylvania vineyards, specialty foods from the Back Mountain area, craftsman and musical entertainment. Tickets are $15, advance; $25 at the door; and $5 designated driver. www.dallasrotarywineanddine.com.
◆ Wilkes-Barre’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July
July 4, Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre. Featuring music, fireworks, food, crafts, puppet shows, pony rides, amusement rides and more. www.wilkes-barre.pa.us.
◆ OATS Festival (Out Among The Stars Bluegrass Festival)
July 4-7, Benton Rodeo Grounds, Menden Hall Lane (Route 487), Benton. Enjoy traditional and progressive bluegrass music by more than 220 national and regional bands on two stages. Event features camping, food, arts and crafts and more. www.OatsFestival.com.
◆ Briggs Farm Blues Festival
July 12-13, Nescopeck. Artists such as Shakura S’Aida, Lonnie Shields, Lurrie Bell, Terry “Harmonica” Bean, Cedric Burnside and more will perform. The festival also features a special Mississippi Delta Blues menu and vendors offering handmade items and gourmet foods. One-day tickets are $23 in advance or $28 at the gate, and two-day tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the gate. To camp on site, advance tickets are $80 each or $90 per person at the gate. Advance tickets are available through July 11. www.briggsfarm.com. 379-2003.
◆ Cooperative Farmers’ Market Opening Day
Mid-July, off Providence Road and Albright Ave., Scranton. Featuring 40 stands with overhead roofs, a paved midway, free parking, a food concession stand, and more the Cooperative Farmers’ Market in Scranton will celebrate its 74th season in mid-July (the date had not been determined at press time; visit www.localharvest.org for updates on opening day). Visitors will find a wide variety of locally-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs, as well as baked goods, jams and jellies, meats, eggs, cheese, freshly cut and potted flowers. Special events will be scheduled throughout the summer. www.localharvest.org.
◆ Lycoming County Fair
July 12-20. Lycoming County Fairgrounds, Hughesville. Each day the fair offers a variety of entertainment including live music, tractor pulls, demolition derby, racing and more. www.lycomingfair.com.
◆ Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival
July 26-Aug.10, Tennis Tea, 270 Golf Drive, Buck Hill Falls. This event features opera, chamber music, dance and cabaret. With galas, concerts and masterclasses, there is something for everyone. www.buckhillskytopfest.org.
◆ Troy Fair
July 22-27, Alparon Park, Junction of Routes 6 and 14, Troy. Enjoy live entertainment, music, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derby, “Street of Shops,” rides, contests, dairy show, dog show, livestock sale, auctions, antique tractor parade and more. Trace Adkins will perform on July 24, 2013 at 8 p.m. For tickets and information: www.TroyFair.com.
◆ Queen City Nights
July 11-13, downtown Olyphant. The event features food, children’s rides and games, face painting, dunk tank, bingo, clams, beer tent, giveaways, raffles and Firemen’s parade on Friday and live entertainment each night. Olyphant Queen City Nights on Facebook.
◆ Waystock ’13
July 26-27, Wayside Park and South St., Waymart. Event features music, artisans, food and more. www.WaymartPa.us.
◆ Arts on the Square
July 27, 12-8 p.m., Courthouse Square, Scranton. Hosted by Lackawanna County and ScrantonMade, all are invited to enjoy a day of art and music in historic downtown Scranton. www.artsonthesquare.net.
◆ St. Joseph’s Center Summer Festival
July 26-28, at Marywood University Campus. The event features food, games and live entertainment. Festival hours are 4 to 10 on Friday and Saturday, and from 1 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. www.stjosephscenter.org/events/summerfestival.
◆ Montrose Blueberry Festival
Aug. 2-3, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Montrose Village Green. The 33rd annual Montrose Blueberry Festival features something for everyone, including aprons, cookbooks, ice cream, muffins, pies, pottery, and even blueberry pizza! The event also features children’s games, fresh blueberries, a harvest table with local produce, basket raffle, local entertainment and more. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna County Historical Society & Free Library Association. www.susqcolibrary.org or 278-1881.
◆ Scranton Jazz Festival
Aug. 2-4, downtown Scranton. Enjoy an authentic weekend of jazz, blues, world beat music and more at the Main Stage, located at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station Hotel. After the Main Stage closes take a “Jazz Walk” through downtown venues. scrantonjazzfestival.org or 487-3954 (Box Office).
◆ Wayne County Fair
Aug. 2-10, Wayne County Fairgrounds, Honesdale. www.waynecountyfair.com.
◆ Tioga County Fair
Aug. 5-10. Tioga County Fairgrounds, Whitneyville. www.tiogacountyfair.com.
◆ Carbon County Fair
Aug. 6-10. Carbon County Fairgrounds, Palmerton. www.carboncountyfair.com.
◆ Raising the Roof Party
Aug. 9, 5-8 p.m., downtown Wilkes-Barre. Party on the rooftop of the Intermodal Parking Facility and enjoy food, beverages, live entertainment and more. Proceeds benefit the Osterhout Free Library. www.osterhout.lib.pa.us.
◆ Summer Antiques, Arts and Crafts Festival
August 10, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Exaltation of the Holy Cross, 420 Main Rd., Hanover Twp. Featuring more than 90 vendors, the festival offers a wide variety of hand made crafts, art, antiques, Jewelry and more. There will also be a bake sale, and festival food. 825-6312.
◆ Pittston Tomato Festival
Aug. 15-18, downtown Pittston. Celebrating Pittston’s famous tomatoes, this festival offers plenty of ethnic food, live entertainment, a parade, 5K run, games, rides, arts and crafts and more. The Tomato Fights, to benefit charity, will be held on Aug. 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Cooper’s on the Waterfront Restaurant. www.pittstontomatofestival.com.
◆ Harford Fair
Aug. 19-24. Harford Fairgrounds, Harford. Enjoy live entertainment, food, exhibits and more. www.harfordfair.com.
◆ Kielbasa Fest
Aug. 23-24, downtown Plymouth. Sample the best kielbasa northeastern Pennsylvania has to offer at this annual event. In addition to plenty of kielbasa, vendors will offer plenty of festival fare, such as potato pancakes, pierogies, funnel cakes and, for your sweet tooth, deep fried Oreos! www.plymouthalive.org.
◆ Jessup Summer Wine Festival
Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jessup Carnival Grounds, 333 Hill St., Jessup. Sample some of the area’s best summer wines, wine slushies and more when several Pennsylvania’s wineries participate in the Jessup Summer Wine Festival. In addition to the wine, enjoy the Jessup Hose Company’s signature Pig Roast and an abundance of other delicious foods, along with live music, and a wide variety of local arts and handcrafted items, wine accessories, apparel and jewelry, and more. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Jessup Hose Company’s fund to purchase a much-needed new rescue truck. www.UpstateWineCountry.com/Wine-Festivals.
◆ The Great Allentown Fair
Aug. 27-Sept. 2. Allentown Fairgrounds, Allentown. Among the entertainers scheduled to appear on the Grandstand are Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, Grammy-award winning artist John Mayer with special guest Phillip Phillips, and country music star Toby Keith, just to name a few. www.allentownfairpa.org.
◆ Cornstock Acoustic Music Fest
Aug. 30-Sept. 1, Lazy Brook Park, Tunkhannock. The festival offers three days of homegrown acoustic music including stage shows, free workshops, camping, kids’ activities, local artisans and food vendors. Lazy Brook Park is just east of Tunkhannock, and festival goers may also enjoy swimming and kayaking in Tunkhannock Creek. Tickets, information: www.cornstockfestival.com.
Aug. 31, Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg. Enjoy food, local artisans, children’s activities, music and more. www.shermantheater.com.
◆ Pocono Garlic Festival
Aug. 31-Sept.1, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Shawnee Ski Area. Themed “Garlic Galore & So Much More,” this event combines Pocono-grown garlic with live entertainment, artisans and craftspeople, children’s activities and more. From gourmet delicacies such as garlic roasted pig to the unconventional delights such as garlic funnel cake, this festival celebrates all things garlic. Tickets are $10, adults; $7.50, children 5-12; free, children under 4. Two-day discount passes for $13 available through Aug. 20: For tickets, visit www.shawneemt.com. For festival information, visit www.poconogarlic.com.
◆ La Festa Italiana
Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Visit Courthouse Square in Scranton to enjoy this celebration of Italian culture and cuisine, featuring more than 60 food vendors and displays and live entertainment. On Sunday, a Mass in Italian will be offered at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Cathedral, and the day ends with a fireworks display on Courthouse Square at 10 p.m. Festival hours are noon to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Monday. www.lafestaitaliana.org.
— julie imel
For more local events, be sure to check out ec and dc’s calendar of events each week, and visit the570.com.