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20 Can’t Miss Events in April 2019

Kick the snow boots to the back of the closet and grab your sandals because April is here.

From Festivals to 5K’s, NEPA Knows How to Celebrate Spring

We get it. You’ve been waiting for spring for so long, and now that it’s here, you’re not quite sure where to start. That honey-do list is long. From cleaning windows to weeding the garden, you certainly have enough chores to keep you busy. But it’s spring. And there’s nothing more exciting than getting outside on those first warm days of the year.

Spring in NEPA offers so many great things to do, and places to go, surely you can skip those chores for a little while. Besides, isn’t that the whole point of a rainy day? So, while the sun is shining, and the flowers are blooming, let’s go check out one of those perfect parks we’re always raving about. Dust off the old hiking boots and hit that new trail, or go grab a patio table at one of your favorite local restaurants.

In addition to luring us outside with the promise of better weather, spring also plays host to some amazing festivals and events. We’ve rounded up 20 of them right here that you won’t want to miss.

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  • Montage Mountain BrewFest

    Friday, April 26 & Saturday, April 27

    There’s nothing better on a warm day than a cold, locally crafted beer. Head up to Montage to sample a selection of over 100 hand crafted beers, live entertainment, and food vendors.

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  • Scranton Half Marathon

    Sunday, April 7

    Good weather means it’s time to hit the pavement. Lace up the old running shoes and help Scranton celebrate spring with the 6th annual Half Marathon benefiting the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.

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  • 42nd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

    Saturday, April 27 & Sunday, April 28

    Since 1977 this celebration of the cherry blossom has welcomed spring to Luzerne County. Stop by Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre on April 27th & 28th for music, food, and spring jubilee.

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  • Spring Thaw Ice and Wine Festival

    Saturday, April 20

    Raise a glass, do a jig, and welcome spring with Sculpted Ice Works in Lakeville on April 20th. Their 6th annual Spring Thaw Wine Festival mixes the two best things in the world – great drinks and warm weather.

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  • 3rd Annual Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival

    Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28

    Get to Jim Thorpe for this incredible celebration of provocative artistry in independent film. The festival showcases feature length, short film and animated entries all weekend long in the historic Mauch Chunk Opera House.

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  • Walk to End Epilepsy

    Saturday, April 6

    Head out to PNC Field on April 6th for this great fundraising walk to bring together the epilepsy community and direct efforts toward finding a cure. After the walk, enjoy a community picnic in the ballpark.

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  • Wally Wine Fest

    Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7

    Toast spring with a glass of your favorite red, a sip of refreshing white, and a night out at the Silver Birches resort in Hawley. Proceeds from the two-day event, April 6th & 7th, benefit the Lake Wallenpaupack Fireworks.

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  • Keystone College Music and Arts Fair

    Saturday, April 23

    Help celebrate hard work, sunshine, and the arts with Keystone College students. This annual event allows students to showcase their best work and celebrate the end of another academic year and harsh winter.

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  • PEEC Earth Day Festival

    Saturday, April 27

    Birds are out, flowers are in bloom, and Mother Earth is whistling away under the sun in Dingman’s Ferry for PEEC’s Earth Day Festival. Bring the family out for food, music, and conservation classes to keep spring green.

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  • Cherry Blossom Canvas Paint and Sip

    Friday, April 26

    Capture your love of spring with a canvas painting while indulging in your favorite Eagle’s Rest wine. This relaxing adult’s night out is the perfect way to prepare for Earth Day weekend with the family.

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  • NEPA Green Fair and 5k Run/Walk

    Saturday, April 27

    Join the Greenhouse Project and SEEDS at Nay Aug park in Scranton as they celebrate the Earth and push for universal conservation. This sunny event showcases local food and conservation efforts.

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  • Take a Break (From Your Taxes) Hike

    Saturday, April 6

    Tax season is almost over so stop worrying about your refund and go soak up some sun. This guided 3-mile hike through Salt Springs State Park in Franklin Forks makes it easy to forget your IRS blues in favor of spotting blue jays.

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  • Montage Mountain GROW Day

    Saturday, April 13

    Be a part of NEPA’s ever growing conservation effort at Montage Mountain Resort’s GROW Day. The event will feature tree planting and clean up and lunch for the volunteers.

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  • RailRiders Opening day

    Thursday, April 11

    The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton RailRiders will face off against the Buffalo Bisons in their home opener on April 11th. Come out and support your local minor league team, and don’t forget the peanuts and popcorn.

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  • Do It for the Kids Walk-A-Thon

    Saturday, April 13

    Support the kids of your community with a refreshing 2.5 mile walk and fair in Forty Fort. Proceeds from the walk and fair vendors support the WVCA, so bring the whole family and get those steps in.

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  • Skirmish’s 36th Anniversary Weekend

    Saturday, April 6 & Sunday, April 7

    Join Skirmish in Albrightsville as they celebrate 36 years at the top of the paintball ladder, and welcome spring with a little friendly competition. Just be careful of a paintball or two to the face.

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  • Jim Thorpe Earth Day Celebration

    Sunday, April 28

    Jim Thorpe does Earth Day right with a day packed full of eco-friendly, fun-in-the-sun events on April 27th. From the morning river clean up to the evening musical performances, the whole day is in celebration of the Earth.

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  • Monroe County Earth Day Celebration

    Saturday, April 27

    Northampton Community College puts on this full day of conservation activities, with a tire amnesty program and live entertainment. Come to drop off those old snow tires and stay for the live music and vendors.

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  • Yuengling’s Light Lager Jogger and Post-Race Block Party

    Saturday, April 27

    Run for your beer at Yuengling’s 7th annual Light Lager Jogger; racers get two free beers, a t-shirt, and a pint glass. After the race explore the brewery and enjoy food and entertainment at the Yuengling Block Party.

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  • F.M. Kirby Fest

    Saturday, April 27

    Help raise funds for the F.M. Kirby Center’s Young Peoples Theater Series and Community Outreach program with a night of food, locally crafted beer and wine, and entertainment.

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