Festivals, Fine Art, and Food Are Sure Signs that Summer’s Right Around the Corner!
It’s one of the biggest weekends of the year for NEPA’s art scene! The Wilkes-Barre Fine Arts Fiesta kicks off on Public Square on Thursday. Art exhibits, vendors, live music, and food will attract over 60,000 visitors to this four-day festival. For even more art, visit the Everhart Museum on Friday to see their new special exhibits, Paper and The Good News. Keep the creative vibes going at the Elements Lakewood Pre-Party Silent Disco on Saturday. It’s a celebration of electronic music, out-of-this-world performances, and interactive art.
Slip on your sneakers for a good cause this weekend. Stroll through Forty Fort at the Candy’s Place Walk on Saturday. The walk helps Candy’s Place provide free classes and support groups to cancer patients and their caregivers. On Saturday, the Eric J. Williams 5K honors fallen officers and supports the next generation of law enforcement personnel.
This weekend’s food and wine festivals are dedicated to some of our favorite snacks and treats. Bring your appetite to the Shenandoah Kielbasi Festival on Saturday. For some sweet treats, stop by the Montrose Chocolate & Wine Festival on Saturday. On Sunday, head to Maiolatesi Wine Cellars for Winefest.
Warm weather and sunny days are calling our name. Veterans can join the Fish for the Fallen Fishing Derby on Friday at Patriots Cove. On Sunday, take a 20-mile ride down the D&H Rail Trail during the Celebrate the Connection Bike Ride.
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Wilkes-Barre Fine Arts Fiesta
The Wilkes-Barre Fine Arts Fiesta kicks off on Public Square on Thursday. This four-day festival has been a local tradition for 64 years. More than 50 artists and crafters will show off their works. Listen to live music, admire the masterpieces in the art show, and dive in to that delicious festival food. They’ll also have art workshops and children’s activities. The festival opens at 10 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The Good News & Paper Special Exhibitions at the Everhart
The Everhart Museum is unveiling two special exhibits on Friday. The Good News showcases photos by Zak Zavada, who captures the slice-of-life moments in the Scranton community. Paper features a collection of fascinating prints, photos, drawings, and other visual art. The exhibits open on Friday at noon and will be on display through September 9.
Elements Lakewood Pre-Party Silent Disco
Get a sneak peek at the Elements Lakewood Music & Arts Festival at The Cooperage Project on Saturday. They’re hosting a Pre-Party Silent Disco, which is like a concert where the audience listens to the music on wireless headphones. The entire night will be filled with awesome electronic music, dancing, and interactive art. The party starts at 8 p.m.
Candy's Place Walk
At Candy’s Place, no one walks through their battle with cancer alone. Show your support at the 22nd Annual Candy’s Place Walk on Saturday. The walk starts at the cancer wellness center and continues for two miles around Forty Fort. Stick around afterwards for vendors, food, children’s activities, and tours of the center. All proceeds help fund free classes and support groups for cancer patients and their caregivers. The walk begins at 9:30 a.m.
Eric J. Williams Memorial 5K
The Eric J. Williams Memorial 5K will pay tribute to fallen officers on Saturday. The race sets off from Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke. Proceeds go toward scholarships for students in criminal justice and law enforcement programs. The starting gun goes off at 10 a.m.
Shenandoah Kielbasi Festival
The Shenandoah Kielbasi Festival is a small-town festival that’s big on flavor. Try some local kielbasa (with a side of pierogis, of course) and enter your own family recipe in the kielbasa contest. They’ll also have live music, crafts, and vendors. The festival opens at 10 a.m.
Montrose Chocolate & Wine Festival
Indulge your sweet tooth at the Montrose Chocolate & Wine Festival on Saturday. Fourteen local wineries will offer samples. The wine will pair perfectly with gourmet goodies from the food trucks and snack stands. Browse the craft vendors or stop by the winemaking demonstration. The festival begins at 2:30 p.m. in downtown Montrose.
Winefest at Maiolatesi Wine Cellars
Maiolatesi Wine Cellars is raising a glass for a good cause during Winefest on Sunday. Admission includes two glasses of wine, wings and appetizers, and a chance at the door prize. They’ll also have a basket raffle. Proceeds benefit the North Scranton Rotary and Bread Basket of NEPA. Winefest kicks off at 1 p.m.
Fish for the Fallen Fishing Derby at Patriots Cove
The Fish for the Fallen Fishing Derby is all about bringing veterans back to the water. Five teams will cast their lines on Friday at Patriots Cove, a refuge in Noxen that empowers veterans, first responders, and their caregivers. Proceeds benefit the organization’s fishing events for the 2019 season. The competition begins bright and early at 7 a.m.
Celebrate the Connection Bike Ride
Test out the newly resurfaced D&H Trail during the Celebrate the Connection Bike Ride on Sunday. You’ll take a 20-mile ride from Ararat to Carbondale. The downgrade makes it an easy, family friendly adventure. After a day on the trail, kick back with live music and lunch at Hotel Anthracite. Tickets include shuttle service and lunch. Spaces are limited, and advance registration is required.