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20 Can’t Miss Events in September

One Last Summer Fling


Let’s see just how much summer we can squeeze into September.

It’s not over yet. Technically, the first few weeks of September still count as summer. And if we’re going to be all “official” about it, we might as well continue to enjoy all those awesome summer activities.

There are rivers just waiting to be kayaked and trails begging to be hiked. Get out there and get a little dirty. And don’t forget to do Labor Day weekend right and take a classic road trip. Go check out some of NEPA’s inspiring historical sites, or book a few days at a top-notch Pocono resort. Don’t worry. The lakes are still warm, the fish are still biting, and, let’s face it, there’s really nothing better than a chilly, starry night beside a roaring campfire.

September brings us those last few RailRiders games, some really cool festivals, and a couple county fairs. The apples are just about ready for pickin’, and many restaurants are capitalizing on the late summer harvests. The sunny days are still abundant, and the nights are just beginning to hit peak comfort level.

You really couldn’t ask for more – summer by day, the first hints of fall by night. It is truly the perfect time of year. Make the most of it using our comprehensive events page and this convenient can’t miss list.

Festivals and Fairs, a Little Bit of Food and a Whole Lot of Jazz:

  • Sunflower Festival

    Sunday, September 1 – Monday, October 14

    Stop by Lakeland Orchard & Cidery in Scott Twp. any Saturday or Sunday through mid-October for this family-friendly festival. Admission includes one sunflower bloom, a ¼ peck of pick-your-own apples, live music and so much more.

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  • Luzerne County Fair

    Wednesday, September 4 – Sunday, September 8

    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.

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  • COTA Jazz & Arts Festival

    Friday, September 6 – Sunday, September 8

    Celebrate all things jazz at this beloved art and music festival in Delaware Water Gap. Enjoy three days of art, music, food, beer and crafts. Performances are scheduled to take place all day on Saturday and Sunday at three venues.

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  • 250th Founder’s Day Celebration of Wilkes-Barre

    Saturday, September 7

    Wilkes-Barre’s Kirby Park sets the stage for this full day, family-friendly event honoring the city’s founding. There will be live music, rides, plenty of food, hot air balloons and a fireworks display at dusk.

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  • Hazleton FunFest

    Saturday, September 7 – Sunday, September 8

    This widely popular, end of summer festival in Hazleton includes a giant balloon parade, a classic car show, food, crafts, music and so much more. This year’s FunFest also features a Touch-a-Truck event for kids.

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  • Spin Radio End of Summer BBQ Ft. Bowling for Soup

    Friday, September 13

    Send summer off with a bang at Mount Airy Casino Resort in Mount Pocono. The popular rock band will bring back hits like “1985” and “Girl All the Bad Guys Want” for this general admission, outdoor show.

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  • Wilkes-Barre’s 3rd Annual Multicultural Parade & Festival

    Saturday, September 14

    Make your way to Downtown Wilkes-Barre for this lively celebration of the city’s diverse communities. The annual event begins with a festive parade and then culminates with plenty of food, music and live entertainment on the square.

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  • Pittston Riverfest

    Saturday, September 14

    Get to Pittston’s beautiful Riverfront Park to celebrate the city’s rich history at this popular annual festival. Enjoy free hayrides, art projects, historical demonstrations, and a variety of vendors and entertainment.

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  • One Big Axe Fundraiser

    Sunday, September 15

    Drink a couple beers, throw a few axes and raise a little cash for a good cause at Susquehanna Brewing Co. in Pittston. One $30 donation includes 2 beer tickets and 20 axe throws.

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  • Jason Aldean & Kane Brown

    Thursday, September 19

    Make your way up to the Pavilion at Montage Mountain to catch this multi-platinum record selling country superstar. Look forward to new hits, old favorites, and an opening set by one of country’s fastest rising talents.

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  • Gilbert Gottfried

    Friday, September 20

    Jim Thorpe’s famed Mauch Chunk Opera House will erupt with laughter as the notorious funny man takes the stage. Don’t miss his recognizable delivery made popular in countless films, TV shows and stand-up appearances.

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  • Bloomsburg Fair

    Saturday, September 21 – Saturday, September 28

    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.

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  • Shawnee Celtic Festival

    Sunday, September 22

    Grab your kilt and follow that signature sound of bagpipes to this quirky festival on Shawnee Mountain. Enjoy two days of live Celtic music, Irish-themed food, and plenty of activities for the kids.

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  • Ballet Jazz Montreal presents Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me

    Tuesday, September 24

    Don’t miss this unforgettable combination of dance, jazz, and the timeless poetry of Leonard Cohen at Wilkes-Barre’s famous F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts. The dazzling show also features creative light work, videography and scenography.

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  • Snoop Dogg

    Thursday, September 26

    Snap up tickets to this soon to be legendary show at Wilkes-Barre’s Mohegan Sun Arena. Bounce with one of Hip Hop’s most iconic figures as he cycles through dozens of tracks from nearly three decades of hit records.

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  • The Office! A Musical Parody

    Thursday, September 26 – Friday, September 27

    Ditch the reruns and spend one more day with the quirky crew at Dunder Mifflin. Embark on a musical journey through unforgettable scenes from everyone’s favorite Electric City-based sitcom at the famed Scranton Cultural Center.

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  • Oktoberfest at Blue Mountain Resort

    Saturday, September 28

    Bring out the whole family for this traditional Bavarian-styled celebration at Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton. Enjoy scenic lift rides, kid’s activities, live Polka music and plenty of beer.

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  • Awaken the Yes Show

    Saturday, September 28

    Jam out to this incredibly, spot on tribute to the legendary progressive rock band, Yes at the historic Mauch Chunk Opera House. They’ll dive into all of the classic hits and then some.

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  • Fall Fest at The Lands at Hillside Farms

    Saturday, September 28 – Sunday, September 29

    Load up the car and stop by this popular Back Mountain dairy farm for their annual autumn kick-off event. The festival features two days of live entertainment, food, animals, games, and of course ice cream.

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  • Theory of a Deadman

    Sunday, September 29

    Get ready to rock out at the legendary Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg with this iconic Canadian alternative band. Jam along to new hits from their most recent studio album and look out for all the classics.

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