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20 Can’t Miss Events in April 2021

Turn the Corner Toward Warmer Weather with Plenty of Spring Fun this April

Hello long days and sweet, sweet sunshine. It’s time to shake off those winter cobwebs. Pull out the trusty old bike. Dust off those fishing poles and see if you remember where you put your gardening gloves. The worst of the cold weather is well behind us. And these warmer mornings can only mean one thing – we’re getting back outside, baby!

Let’s get this spring off to a proper start with refreshing weekend hikes, plenty of golf and some outdoor dining. NEPA’s awesome state and local parks are calling us back to do a little fishing and lots of biking. We’ve also got trains to ride and cool historic sites to explore. Of course, we can’t forget about all the downtown shopping and chilling at our favorite neighborhood cafes.

Springtime is about rediscovering all the things to do that make NEPA so special. From adventurous day trips to filling up at the local farmers market to sipping your way through the wine trail, we’ve got fun for days. So, pull out that to-do list. Start checking off those incredible restaurants and brewery tours. Just make sure you leave a little room for some truly amazing local events.

Look out for safe, socially-distant fun on our comprehensive events page. And make it an April to remember with this convenient can’t miss list.

April Events in NEPA

  • Brewery Bingo

    Every Thursday

    Stop by Susquehanna Brewing Company in Pittston for their popular bingo night every Thursday. Bring your own food. Enjoy local snacks and brewery-fresh beer as you play for the big cash prize.

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  • South Side Farmers Market

    Every Saturday

    Pick up your fresh-baked bread, locally grown mushrooms, hard cider and so much more at this farmers market in Scranton. The market is currently operating by pick up only. Orders must be placed with vendors in advance. Vendors and ordering instructions are available on Facebook.

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  • First Friday Hazleton

    April 2

    Check out Downtown Hazleton’s creative side during this festive First Friday art walk. Look out for art exhibits, live music, theatrical productions and so much more. And don’t forget to visit the many local shops and restaurants.

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  • First Friday Scranton

    April 2

    Explore the Electric City’s bustling local arts scene during this favorite among NEPA art walks. Stop by some of Scranton’s iconic restaurants, shops and art galleries along the way to see exhibits in photography, paint and sculpture and live music.

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  • Jazz Fest Night

    April 3

    Make your way to Kol Steakhouse inside the famous Hotel Anthracite in Carbondale for their wildly popular Jazz Fest. The event features classic New Orleans style cuisine, Hurricane drink specials and some amazing live music.

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  • Main Street Farmers Market

    April 3 & 17

    Make your way to The Cooperage Project in Honesdale for this outdoor market featuring a wide selection of foods and produce from local farms and artisans. In the event of inclement weather, the market moves indoors with capacity restrictions.

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  • Live Harness Racing

    Every Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday

    The horses are back at Mohegan Sun Casino in Wilkes-Barre. Stop by all weekend to watch the thrilling live races, pick a winner and enjoy casino dining. The event includes free parking and free admission.

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  • Easter Cork Hunt

    April 3

    Get lost in a little Easter fun for grown-ups at Mountain View Vineyard in Stroudsburg. Bring a few friends and your taste for delicious local wines and scour the scenic vineyard grounds for those elusive easter corks.

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  • Rally for Restaurants

    Tuesdays & Thursdays in April

    Enjoy an expertly prepared meal for a good cause. Scranton Tomorrow and the City of Scranton have teamed up with Lackawanna College to bring community organizations together in support of local restaurants.

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  • Start Making Sense

    April 9

    Dance the night away at this funky celebration of 80s new wave glory as the region’s foremost Talking Heads tribute band takes the stage at the famed Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

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  • Bearly Spring 5K

    April 10

    Lace up for one of the first 5Ks of the season at the sprawling Shawnee Inn Resort and Golf Course. The event features a chip-timed 5K, a 1-mile fun run for the little cubs, race shirts, complimentary craft beer and more.

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  • Wally Wine Fest

    April 10 & 11

    Plan a weekend of wine tasting and wonderful food at The Waterfront at Silver Birches in Hawley. Wine Fest includes seated wine tastings with 4 tasting courses and 3 wine samples per tasting. Reservations are required.

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  • Wild Week at Glass-

    April 14 – 18

    Treat your culinary curiosities at this incredibly popular dining event at in Hawley’s iconic Ledges Hotel. The event will feature a delicious menu of exotic meals all throughout the week.

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  • Green River – A Tribute to CCR & John Fogerty – Penn’s Peak Revival Sessions

    April 16

    Head down to the legendary Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe for this spot-on tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival and the great John Fogerty. The venue’s restaurant is open for food and beverage service.

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  • Robert Kelly

    April 18

    Enjoy an evening of gut busting comedy from this nationally recognized staple of the stand-up scene. The Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe hosts the comedian for two shows you don’t want to miss.

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  • Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival

    April 22, 23 & 24

    Make your way back to the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe for what has become one of the region’s most celebrated independent film festivals. Enjoy three days of screenings, panel discussions, Q & A sessions and more.

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  • Garrett Shultz Band Outdoor Concert at Rohrbach’s

    April 24

    Celebrate the opening of local favorite, Rohrbach’s Farm Market & Bakery in Catawissa with a free outdoor country concert. The event also features BBQ, plenty of picnic table seating and yard space.

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  • Knoebels Opening Day

    April 24

    Pack the kids in the car and head down to NEPA’s favorite amusement park in Elysburg for their long-awaited opening day. As always, Knoebels offers free admission, free parking, free entertainment and plenty of awesome rides, games and more.

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  • Montage Mountain Brewfest

    April 24 & 25

    Sample your way through hundreds of unique craft beers during this ultimate beer-centered event at Montage Mountain Resorts in Scranton. The event is split between 2 VIP and 3 general admission sessions over 2 days.

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  • Tall Green Plumber

    April 30

    Close out the month with a visit to Wilkes-Barre’s Little Theatre for the completely local production of this uniquely funny and touching story about family, friends and gaining the courage to be “Player 1” in your own life.

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Get the whole gang out for some classic spring fun in NEPA. Check out our incredible list of Family Fun in April.

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