Celebrate a Little Summer and a Little Fall this September with Baseball, Fairs & Festivals, Plenty of Live Music and More
September in NEPA means we get the best of both worlds. We begin the month closing out our last few weeks of summer. We’re catching late season baseball games and squeezing in a few more sunset dinners on the patio. Our weekends are crammed with whitewater rafting, outdoor concerts, amusement parks and all sorts of last-minute summer fun.
And, by the end of the month, we’ve got our sights set on fall. We’re talking apple picking, autumn beers, trips on the wine trail, Sundays at the coffee shop and, of course, the first hints of NEPA’s gorgeous fall foliage.
All September long, we’re celebrating the change of seasons with awesome fairs and festivals, bountiful farmers’ markets and long day trips. We’re getting back into campfire vibes on cooler nights, rising early for chilly morning hikes and searching out that perfect apple cider.
Around here, when summer ends, the fun keeps rolling. We’ve still got thousands of things to do, hundreds of places to eat and plenty of cool things to see. And if you need a little help, start by checking out this convenient can’t miss list.
September Events in NEPA
Get out to PNC Field in Moosic to catch our very own, red hot SWB RailRiders as they make a run for the Triple A playoffs. The RailRiders will host 17 home contests in September. Each game also features fun, family-friendly promotions.
NEPA Farmers’ Markets
All over NEPA, local farmers are trucking their bountiful harvests into town squares and parks. Crafters and artisans are setting up tables and tents. That’s right. It’s Farmers’ Market season. Get out there and fill your baskets.
First Friday Hazleton
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.
La Festa Italiana
September 3 – 6
Stop by this iconic Italian heritage festival on Courthouse Square in Downtown Scranton over Labor Day Weekend. Enjoy delicious Italian eats from local restaurants and vendors, live music, craft vendors, kid’s activities and so much more.
NEPA’s 1st Annual Black Owned Business Expo
Get to know NEPA’s many black-owned businesses at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Convention Center inside Wilkes-Barre’s Mohegan Sun Casino. Peruse products, network with professionals and more importantly learn about the region’s vast black-owned business community.
Schuylkill County Wine Festival
Head to Schuylkill County’s Hegins Park for a full day of delicious local wine tastings. The dog-friendly, Roaring 20s-themed event features wine tastings and sales, plenty of food, vendors and live entertainment all day.
Luzerne County Fair
September 8 — 12
Plan on a weekend full of farm animals, funnel cakes and tons of family fun at this annual Dallas favorite. The fair features five days of great food, live music, midway rides and games, contests and much more.
Pittston Second Friday Art Walk
Start your weekend with a little art, shopping and a bite to eat on Main Street in Pittston. The popular art-centric event brings around 40 artists, vendors and plenty of family fun.
12th Annual Spencer Martin Memorial Bike Ride
Saddle up for a great cause and take on this 35-mile ride through the scenic Back Mountain. The ride honors the memory of long-time local volunteer, Spencer Martin and all proceeds benefit Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity.
Sunsets on South Main
Wilkes-Barre’s Diamond City Partnership hosts this popular happy hour event in the Midtown Village section of Downtown. The event features live music, pop-up shops, local dining and more.
Halloween Light Show
Thursdays – Sundays (beginning September 17)
Get a jumpstart on your Halloween festivities this season with the spectacular light show at Lakeland Orchard and Cidery in Scott Twp. Enjoy miles of spooky scenes featuring ghosts and goblins, tasty fall treats, hard cider and more.
Scranton St. Patrick's Day Parade
Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in September at one of the biggest parades in the country. Parade Day festivities begin with a mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Brian P. Kelly Memorial 2-Mile Race followed immediately by the parade.
“Come Back to the Kirby” Series
September 3, 10 & 17
Celebrate the reopening of Wilkes-Barre’s iconic F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts by stopping in to catch a beloved classic. Throughout September, the Kirby will feature three Friday matinee and evening showings of Hollywood favorites at significantly discounted prices.
Wilkes-Barre St. Patrick's Day Parade
Go green for St. Paddy’s Day (in September) at this annual parade in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Enjoy plenty of entertainment by local bands, celebrated Pipe and Drum performers, vendors and all that Downtown has to offer.
Stop by Downtown Pittston for an old-fashioned libation celebration featuring some of NEPA’s finest local beers, wines, ciders and spirits. The event also features live music, food trucks, craft vendors, cornhole and more.
Fringe Under Glass 2021
September 23 – 26
Make your way through Downtown Scranton’s performing arts scene via socially-distant, unconventional stages in storefront windows and outdoor spaces. Enjoy uniquely local performance art, experimental live theater, improvisation and more.
Saturday, September 25 – Saturday, October 2
Mid-September means it’s time for blue birch beer and mountains of fried fair food in Bloomsburg. This annual agricultural celebration is one of Pennsylvania’s longest running and most beloved fairs.
Tour de Scranton
Hop on your bike, hit the road and support the Erin Jessica Moreken Drug & Alcohol Treatment Fund in this non-competitive bike ride throughout Lackawanna County. Choose from five bike routes of varying distance and difficulty, or participate in the River Walk.
Round up the whole family for some mid-summer fun in NEPA. Check out our incredible list of family fun in September.
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