Steal Away Just a Little More of That Summer Fun All September Long
Keep all that warm weather fun going strong with this list of awesome outdoor events.
September serves as NEPA’s official transition to fall. Soon, we’ll all be changing from bathing suits to jeans and boots. And, with warm, sunny weather in the rearview, we’re… Hold on a minute. The days are still long. The nights are still warm. And we’ve got a ton of things to do. Nope. We ain’t done with summer just yet.
Get out there and get in a few more rounds on the golf course. There are bound to be a few trails you haven’t hiked yet, or a couple of hotspots you haven’t fished. And, what about all of that al fresco dining you had planned? Surely, you deserve a few patio drinks.
Pack up the cooler for a picnic in the park. Load up the car with snacks and head to the drive-in. Spend your Saturday mornings exploring some cool historical sites. Plan a day trip. Fill a basket at the farmers market. Start a new family camping tradition. Around here, summer doesn’t end with the first subtle whiff of pumpkin spice. Nah. We go down swinging kayak paddles and launching frisbees into the setting sun. Go, before it’s gone, have yourself a little more summer fun.
Stay in the know all month long with our comprehensive events calendar. And, if you’re still looking to capture a little late summer fun, check out this convenient can’t miss list.
2020 D&H Rail-Trail Challenges
September 1 – 30
Hike, bike or run your way through this annual rail-trail challenge. Featured races include a half marathon, 5K, 40-mile and 20-mile bike race and various walking challenges on different trail sections.
Keystone Games 5K Run/Walk and Esports Challenge
September 1 — October 31
Continue a long tradition of Pennsylvania sporting excellence with this year’s virtual 5K and Esports challenge. Registration includes a t-shirt, race bib, finisher’s medals and so much more.
Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway Ride
Every Weekend in September
Take in the unforgettable NEPA scenery along the Lehigh River and the famous Lehigh Gorge State Park. Enjoy the narrated round-trip in spacious, vintage coach cars from the early 20th century.
Rockin’ the County 2020
Friday, September 4
Make your way to Kingston and Forty Fort to catch the popular, rolling flatbed concert featuring Joe Nardone’s Rockology Americans. Check out Visit Luzerne County for route details, scheduled times and updates.
Harvest Full Moon Float
Friday, September 4
Enjoy a peaceful evening paddle down the Susquehanna River and cap it all off with a snack and a drink around the bonfire. Kayak rentals and shuttle transportation provided by Susquehanna Kayak and Canoe Rentals.
Chicken BBQ – Drive Thru
Saturday, September 5
It wouldn’t be Labor Day weekend without a classic BBQ chicken dinner. Grab yours to go from the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Company’s annual drive-thru event. Presale only — call ahead to place orders.
Salt Springs Field, Forest & Falls Trail Race
Saturday, September 5
Take on the trails at Salt Springs State Park in Montrose. The popular 10K and 5 K races carry runners over stream crossings, up tricky climbs and along scenic forested paths. Prizes will be awarded through random selection.
Marcus King Trio Live at the Drive-In
Sunday, September 6
Stop by the Circle Drive-In for an evening of live southern blues rock when the Marcus King Trio takes to the stage/concession stand roof for a unique, socially-distanced concert event.
Summer’s End Seafest
Thursday, Sept. 10 – Saturday, Sept. 12
Join Wilkes-Barre’s Osterhout Free Library for a socially-distanced version of their annual dinner and auction. Pick up your drive-thru seafood feast from the Westmoreland Club and then check out the virtual raffle and auction.
Universal Monster Mash IV
Friday, Sept. 11 & Saturday, Sept. 12
Plan a trip to the Mahoning Drive-In for their insane, annual celebration of 35 MM horror classics. Check out two days of spooky favorites Son of Dracula and Abbot & Costello Meet The Mummy.
Taste of the Fair
Friday, September 11
No Fair, no problem. Load up on all your Luzerne County Fair favorites at this food-centric event at the fairgrounds in Dallas. Enjoy gyros, apple dumplings, fresh-cut fries, free parking and so much more.
Saturday, Sept. 12 & Sunday, Sept. 13
Hop on board for a tranquil, 25-mile ride along the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway to White Haven. Then, unpack your bike and pedal your way back to Jim Thorpe along the easy rail trail. Bike rentals available.
Peace Love Chalk
Saturday, September 12
Share your artistic genius with the world at this awesome, annual competition in Hazleton. Prizes will be awarded for both adult and youth categories. Masks and social distancing measures will be in place.
Bingo at the Brewery
Thursday, September 17
Bring your BINGO A-game to the Susquehanna Brewing Co. in Pittston on Thursdays for their weekly, no-cover, outdoor event. Play for free, grab some beers and food truck eats and win some really cool prizes.
Farmtastic Family Fun
Friday, Sept. 18 — Sunday, Sept. 20
Have a little fun on the farm at Roba Family Farms in North Abington Twp. during their popular kickoff to the fall season. Enjoy magic shows, pig races, plenty of kids activities, food and so much more.
Rohrbach’s Pumpkin Season
September 19 – October 16
Get into the spirit of fall at this favorite local farm and pumpkin patch in Catawissa. Fuel up on treats from Big Dan’s BBQ and Freas Farm Winery. Try your luck in the corn maze, pick your own pumpkins and more.
Blue Burn Trail Challenge
Sunday, September 20
Push it to the limit on this grueling, 4.5-mile trail run at Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton. Climb the wooded trail more than 1200 feet to the top of the mountain. The “no frills” race includes light refreshments.
Lackawaxen Foliage Express
Friday, September 25 (every Friday)
Soak up the stunning fall scenery along the beautiful Lackawaxen River in the Northern Pocono Mountains. The 2-hour round trip begins at the station in Hawley and follows the river to Lackawaxen where it meets the Delaware.
Pick Up the Poconos Day
Saturday, September 26
Pitch in and do your part to keep Northeastern Pennsylvania beautiful during this annual litter clean up throughout Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Carbon counties. Event organizers will provide all necessary supplies.
Funfest Parade featuring the Quaker City String Band
Sunday, September 27
Hustle down to Hazleton for this re-imagined version of the popular Funfest parade. The famous string band will make their way through the city performing classics from the back of a flatbed truck.
Get the whole gang in on the fun. Check out our list of September Family Fun.