Stay cool.
Just because it’s the dead of winter doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up inside your house. Weekend Times rounded up wintertime programs, festivals and events across the region. Whether indoors or outdoors, there’s something for everyone this season. The fun never stops in Northeast Pennsylvania.

Stay inside

Tim Fox of Throop, with his dance partner Elizabeth Ameigh of Throop, during Friday night’s Winter in the City event, held at Posh at the Scranton Club in downtown Scranton. Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer

Scranton Tomorrow’s Winter in the City cocktail parties
Admission costs $20 and proceeds benefit Scranton Tomorrow.
When: Fridays, Jan. 18 and Feb. 8, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: POSH at the Scranton Club, 404 N. Washington Ave.
Details: 570-963-1575 or the event’s Facebook page.

Let’s Talk Wellness: A Speaker Series
Jump-start your wellness journey with a free lecture, discussion and question-and-answer session with Jess Doncses about digestive health.
When: Saturday, Jan. 19, 3 to 5 p.m.
Where: Jaya Yoga, 320 S. State St., Clarks Summit
Details: 570-319-1726 or

Lunar eclipse viewing
When: Sunday, Jan. 20; observatory opens at 9:30 p.m.; eclipse ends at 1:50 a.m.
Where: Thomas G. Cupillari Observatory at Keystone College, Hack Road, Fleetville
Details: 570-945-8402 or

Irish Whiskey Pairing
Guests can enjoy five whiskey and appetizer pairings along with flatbreads, various cheeses, carved Italian meats and grilled vegetables as Dustin Douglas provides live music. Tickets cost $39.
When: Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Molly O’Shea’s at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Plains Twp.
Details: 570-831-2100

Pocono Winter Beerfest 2019
Tickets cost $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP.
When: Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m.
Where: Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg
Details: 570-420-2808 or

Wizardfest — ‘Harry Potter’ party
Enter the wizarding world of the Boy Who Lived with this “Harry Potter” party including themed drinks, a costume contest, quidditch pong, dance party and prizes. Tickets cost $15 for advanced general admission and $25 for advanced general admission plus a wand.
When: Saturday, Jan. 26, 3 to 8 p.m.
Where: Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton
Details: Visit the event’s Facebook page.

Winter Fest 2019
See 21 curated films in 21 days. Tickets cost $8.50 for each film, excluding opening night, which costs $25 and includes popcorn, snacks, wine and beer. Reservations are required for opening night. Pre- and post-festival events are free.
When: Preview day, Wednesday, Jan. 30, noon to 6 p.m.; opening night, Friday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m.; festival, Saturday, Feb. 16, through, Thursday, March 7; post-festival discussion, Friday, March 8, 1 p.m.
Where: Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga Street, Tunkhannock

Emo Night Scranton with Craig Owens
Sing along to early- to mid-2000s emo and screamo hits with former vocalist of band Chiodos, as well as involvement in projects such as badXchannels.
When: Saturday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m.
Where: Stage West, 301 N. Main Ave., Scranton
Details: Visit the Facebook event page.

Wyoming County Reads — ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker
Discussions are facilitated by Bill Chapla, Dr. Marnie Heister and Dr. Richard Hancuff. Screenings are free.
When: Book discussions, Wednesdays, Feb. 6 to 27, 7 p.m.; film screenings, Wednesday, March 6,1 and 7 p.m.
Where: Book discussions, Tunkhannock Public Library, 220 W. Tioga St.; screenings, Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock
Details: 570-836-1677 or 570-996-1500

Galentine’s Day
Celebrate girl power with a take-home craft, mimosa bar and chocolate treats. Seneca Ryan Co. will snap photos of groups in front of fun backdrops. Each time slot costs $40 and can fit up to 25 people.
When: Saturday, Feb. 9; 40-minute time slots from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Chippy White Table, 5 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock

Indoor Winter Farmer’s Market
Items for purchase include fresh juice, free-range meats, honey, canned goods, bread, produce, cupcakes, cheeses and more.
When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through May 18
Where: UNC South Side Winter Farmer’s Market, 509 Cedar Ave., Scranton
Details: 570-346-0759 or South Side Farmers Market on Facebook

Get out


Shiver by the River 10K/5K run/2-mile walk
Registration costs $15 in advance and $20 the day of the race. Packets can be picked up Friday, Jan. 11, from noon to 7 p.m. at Scranton Running Co., 3 W. Olive St. Race shirts are available for the first 150 participants.
When: Saturday, Jan. 12; registration, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m.; race begins, 10
Where: Race starts and ends at Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, 3 W. Olive St., Scranton.

Ski for Colin
Tickets cost $25 for half-day or evening lift tickets. Proceeds benefit suicide prevention and family support.
When: Sunday, Jan. 13, 12:30 p.m.
Where: Elk Mountain Ski Resort, 344 Elk Mountain Road, Union Dale
Details: 570-679-1414 or the event’s Facebook page

Snowshoe and Yoga on the Trail
Reservations are required for yoga and snowshoe loans. There is no charge for snowshoe rental, but there is a $5 donation for yoga.
When: Saturday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Meet at Rail-Trail Council office, 948 N. Main St., Union Dale
Details: 570-679-9300 or

ShiverFest 2019
Race entry costs $30 and includes a ticket to the post-race Thaw Party, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St., Scranton. Watching the race is free. Racers must be 18 or older, wear a personal flotation device and provide their own kayak or canoe. Wetsuits are strongly recommended. Proceeds benefit Lackawanna River Conservation Association. Tickets for the Thaw Party only cost $20 and include food, drinks and entertainment.
When: Saturday, Jan. 19, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Parker Street Landing, Lackawanna River, 12 E. Parker, Scranton
Details: Visit the event’s Facebook page.


Splashin’ with Compassion and Polar Plunge 2019
The event is free to attend and includes basket raffles, music and more. There is a $35 donation for participants to take the polar plunge, which benefits Friends of Shannon McDonough. Costumes are encouraged but not required.
When: Saturday, Jan. 26; registration, 10 to 11 a.m.; plunge, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Montage Mountain Resorts, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton
Details: Visit the event’s Facebook page.

Wally Ice Fest
Event features Pocono Pond Hockey Tournament, a curling demonstration and more.
When: Saturday, Jan. 26, and Sunday, Jan. 27 (backup dates: Saturday, Feb. 9, and Sunday, Feb. 10)
Where: On and around Lake Wallenpaupack, Pike and Wayne counties

Clarks Summit Festival of Ice presents Ice Wars
Annual event takes it back to a galaxy far, far away in its 15th year with a “Star Wars” theme, including ice sculptures, carving demonstrations, family-friendly fun and more.
When: Friday, Feb. 15, through Sunday, Feb. 17
Where: Various venues throughout downtown Clarks Summit

Torchlight Parade & Fireworks
Annual event features 75 to 100 employees and friends of Montage Mountain skiing down Mainline Trail outside the lodge, each carrying flaming torches. A pyrotechnics and musical fireworks display immediately follows. Live music from Neil NiCastro Duo will be inside Slocum Hollow Bar & Restaurant from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free, but a lift ticket is required to partake in any snow sports that day.
When: Saturday. Feb. 16, 5 to 10 p.m.
Where: Montage Mountain Resorts, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton

The “Ships and Giggles” Party Boat team members steer out of control down a snowy slope on Sunday during the Third Annual Cardboard Box Derby event held at Montage Mountain in Scranton. Butch Comegys / Staff Photographer

Rock 107 Cardboard Box Derby
Teams of sledders 10 and older will build their own cardboard box sleds to win more than $2,000 in prizes. A snow-tubing party takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the tubing plaza. Food and drink also will be on hand.
When: Sunday, Feb. 24; check-in, 7:30 a.m.; derby, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Montage Mountain Resorts, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton

Montage MountainFest
The event features pond-skimming, entertainment, giveaways and more.
When: Saturday, March 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Montage Mountain Resorts, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton

Nature Discovery Hike with Naturalist Nancy Wottrich
The program includes a two-hour hike on and off the trail. Reservations are required for snowshoes.
When: Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.
Where: Meet at Rail-Trail Council office, 948 N. Main St., Union Dale