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NEPA Weekend Round-Up 04.26.19

From brews and bike rides to festivals and family fun, this weekend has it all!

You made it through another week. Now it’s time to kick back at Montage Mountain BrewFest, the area’s largest craft beer festival. Over 60 breweries will hand out samples on Friday and Saturday.

Unleash your pedal power with a scenic bike ride! On Sunday, the Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo Bike Ride travels through 100 miles of country roads. The whole family can hit the trails and explore the Electric City during the Tour de Scranton on Sunday.

NEPA’s creative scene is full of films, fine arts, and festivals! All weekend, the Mauch Chunk Opera House is hosting the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival. They’ll show nearly 90 films, from heartrending dramas to hardcore horror. Enjoy a night of food, drinks, and live entertainment at F.M. Kirby Fest on Saturday. On Friday and Saturday, the Everhart Museum is hosting their Art in Bloom Community Day celebration. Stop by for gallery tours, art workshops, and more.

No doubt the kids have spring fever, so check out this weekend’s family activities. The Irem Shrine Circus is in town on Friday and Saturday. The high-flying fun and daring stunts will captivate kids and parents alike. On Saturday, celebrate Mother Nature at the NEPA Green Fair & 5K at Nay Aug Park. Get the kids up and moving on Saturday with free classes and games at Healthy Kids Day at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA. Your little ones will get the royal treatment at the Scranton Royal Princess Ball on Sunday, where they can meet all of their favorite characters.

Mark your calendars for:

  • Montage Mountain BrewFest

    Montage Mountain BrewFest, NEPA’s largest craft beer festival, offers tons of tastings on Friday and Saturday. Sample your way around the lodge with over 60 breweries and 125 beers to choose from. Learn to make your own homebrew at the Beer School workshops. They’ll also have live entertainment, local vendors, and food. The tap starts flowing at 5:30 p.m. each day.

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  • Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo Bike Ride

    It’s tough to say—it’s even tougher to complete. The Lu Lacka Wyco Hundo is a “100-ish” mile bike ride through country roads of Luzerne, Lackawanna, and Wyoming counties. Waitlist spots are still available, but you can always come to cheer on the cyclists. You might even spot some of the members of the DiscoverNEPA Cycling Team. The cyclists hit the road at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

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  • Tour de Scranton

    Hop on your bike and explore the Electric City during the Tour de Scranton on Sunday. This bike ride offers six different routes for all ages and skill levels. Rides range from an easy trip up the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail to a challenging 65-mile loop through the countryside. Proceeds benefit the Erin Jessica Moreken Drug & Alcohol Treatment Fund. All routes start at Scranton High School. Rides begin at 10 a.m.

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  • Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival

    Nearly 90 films will hit the big screen at the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival on Thursday through Sunday. Visit the Mauch Chunk Opera House to catch showings ranging from edgy experimental works to timeless dramas. They even have a special block of gut-wrenching horror films. The film fest opens at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 1 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

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  • F.M. Kirby Fest

    Support the local performing arts scene at F.M. Kirby Fest on Saturday. Relax with tastings from local breweries, wineries, and restaurants. They’ll also have live entertainment, local artists, and a silent auction. Funds benefit the F.M. Kirby Center. Doors open at 5 p.m.

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  • Art in Bloom Community Days at the Everhart Museum

    Explore the Everhart Museum during the Art in Bloom Community Day. Check out our deal on tickets for the opening reception on Friday at 6 p.m. You’ll get a sneak peek at the Art in Bloom exhibit, which re-creates the museum’s artwork using fresh flowers. The fun continues on Saturday at 1 p.m. with free events for all ages. Check out artist workshops, nature programs, tours, crafters, local artists, and other activities.

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  • Irem Shrine Circus

    Grab your popcorn and cotton candy! The 70th Annual Irem Shrine Circus brings classic family fun to the Kingston Armory. You can still catch shows on Friday and Saturday. Acrobats, trapeze artists, and clowns will keep the kids (and the young at heart) on the edge of their seats. Shows start at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday and 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

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  • NEPA Green Fair & 5K

    Celebrate all things natural at the NEPA Green Fair & 5K on Saturday at Nay Aug Park. Soak up nature’s beauty with guided hikes, yoga classes, and gardening workshops. They’ll also have eco-friendly vendors, children’s activities, live music, and food.  The 5K begins at 9 a.m., and the Green Fair opens at 10 a.m.

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  • Healthy Kids Day at Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA

    Keep the kids active during Healthy Kids Day at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA on Saturday. This free event offers tons of activities, from dance and karate classes to pool activities to games. They’ll also have vendors, music, and raffles for the entire family. The fun begins at 10 a.m.

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  • Scranton Royal Princess Ball

    Enter a world of magic at the Scranton Royal Princess Ball on Sunday at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center. The kids will meet their favorite princesses and pose for the perfect photo. Other activities include live performances, storytime, games, singalongs, and dancing lessons. This event is geared toward kids ages 3-7. The first session starts at 9 a.m.

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  • Cask for a Cause at Cooper's Seafood

    Say cheers to the weekend at Cooper’s Seafood this Friday. They’re holding their monthly Cask for a Cause charity event. They’ll tap a cask of firkin ale, and 100% of proceeds will benefit the Veterinarian’s Emergency Angel Fund. The party starts at 5 p.m.

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  • Jog for Jude

    Lace up your sneakers on Sunday for Jog for Jude. This 5K raises funds for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome research. The one-mile walk and kids’ fun run allow the whole family to get in on the fun. Stick around after the race for food, children’s activities, raffles, and music. The starting gun goes off at 9 a.m. at the Dunmore Community Center.

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  • Hiking, Habitat, and Nature Journaling with Keystone College

    Reconnect with nature during the Hiking, Habitat, and Nature Journaling Workshop at Keystone College. This workshop series meets four times, with the first session kicking off on Saturday. During each meeting, you’ll take a guided hike and learn to write and reflect on the experience. The workshop meets at 10 a.m. at the Keystone College Woodlands Campus.

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