Kick off the first weekend of August with county fairs, food fests, and NEPA’s largest arts festival!
Explore Scranton’s creative side at the Lackawanna Arts Weekend. It’s three days of arts and culture events throughout the Electric City. The fun starts with the First Friday art walk. Local businesses will host live music and art exhibits all night. On Saturday, shop local at the Lackawanna Arts Fest. Over 150 local vendors will set up shop on Courthouse Square, making it the area’s largest arts festival. The Scranton Jazz Festival also runs all weekend, filling the city with bluesy ballads and soulful sax solos.
August marks the beginning of county fair season! The Schuylkill County Fair and the Wayne County Fair are filled with fun for the whole family. Dig in to some funnel cake, meet adorable farm animals, and soar above the midway on the Ferris wheel.
As if the fair food isn’t tempting enough, there are tons of delicious food festivals going on this weekend. On Friday night, sample some local dishes and craft beers at the Brewsterhout Rooftop Party at the Intermodal Center. All proceeds benefit the Osterhout Free Library. Head to the Montrose Blueberry Festival on Friday and Saturday for all the blueberry goodies you can imagine. On Saturday and Sunday, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area is holding the ultimate backyard cookout at the Sweet Corn & BBQ Festival.
Mark your calendars for:
First Friday Scranton
Stroll through the Electric City and check out local artwork at the First Friday art walk. The city’s restaurants, galleries, and shops will host live entertainment and art exhibits all evening. It starts on Friday at 5 p.m.
Lackawanna Arts Fest
Over 150 local craft vendors and artists will take over Scranton’s Courthouse Square at the Lackawanna Arts Fest. They’ll also have live music, food vendors, and DIY activities. It starts at noon on Saturday.
Scranton Jazz Festival
The Scranton Jazz Festival will be jamming out at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel all weekend. This world-class festival features headliners like The Bernie Williams Collective, Delfeayo Marsalis, and Special EFEX All-Stars. The festival starts on Friday at 5 p.m. and continues through Sunday.
Schuylkill County Fair
The Schuylkill County Fair continues through Saturday, so there’s still time to get your fill of cotton candy and carousel rides. On Friday night, country artists Chad Reinert and Joe Diffie will perform. Saturday’s entertainment features back-to-back classic rock acts. Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Wayne County Fair
The Wayne County Fair kicks off on Friday at 9 a.m. and runs through August 11. This weekend’s highlights include a demolition derby on Friday, a woodsman’s competition on Saturday, and harness racing on Sunday.
Montrose Blueberry Festival
Treat yourself to blueberry muffins, pie, and ice cream at the Montrose Blueberry Festival. They’ll also have children’s games, live entertainment, a silent auction, raffles, and a huge book sale. Proceeds benefit the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association. The festival is on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m.
Sweet Corn & BBQ Festival
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area is serving up your favorite cookout foods at the Sweet Corn & BBQ Festival. This Western-themed festival features live music, country line dancing, a pie-eating contest, a cornhole tournament, and children’s activities. They’ll fire up the grills at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Candy's Place Open House and Butterfly Release
Candy’s Place, a cancer wellness center in Forty Fort, is hosting a day of food, vendors, and basket raffles. You can’t miss the memorial butterfly release, when hundreds of butterflies will soar through the sky. This event is free and open to the public. It kicks off at noon on Saturday.
Miles for Michael Celebrity Bartending Night & Practice Run
The Miles for Michael Foundation is throwing a party at The Tomato Bar in Pittston on Friday. They’ll hold a practice run for their upcoming 5K, which takes place on August 18. Afterwards, they’ll have food, drinks, and raffles. The practice run begins at 5 p.m., and happy hour begins at 6 p.m.