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NEPA Weekend Round-Up 08.17.18

Over 50,000 people will be heading to the Tomato Capital of the World this weekend!

This weekend marks the Pittston Tomato Festival, a small-town celebration that has gained national attention. Saturday features the iconic tomato fight, where participants fling tomatoes at each other in a messy (but totally fun) brawl. The festival also features a 5K race, parade, contests, vendors, music, and local food.

There’s still time for some family fun before school starts! Downtown Wilkes-Barre will show off its creative side at the Third Friday Art Walk. Parents can browse the local vendors and art exhibits, while the kids will enjoy crafts and other activities. On Sunday, the West End Fair begins in Gilbert. The thrill of the midway and the delicious fair food will delight the whole family. Take a day trip to nearby Williamsport to catch the Little League World Series, which runs from August 16 through August 26.

Jam out with this weekend’s concerts and music festivals! On Friday night, dig your neon leg warmers and shoulder-padded jacket out of the closet. Rock 107 is hosting Back to the Eighties with Jessie’s Girl at the Leonard Theater in Scranton. If bluegrass is more your style, check out Mountain Ride at Powerhouse Eatery on Friday night.

Mark your calendar for:

  • Pittston Tomato Festival

    The 35th Annual Pittston Tomato Festival runs from Thursday through Sunday. Each day features live entertainment, food, contests, and craft vendors. On Saturday, check out popular events like the Miles for Michael 5K, the parade, and the famous tomato fight.

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  • Third Friday Art Walk of Wilkes-Barre

    Shop local and support area artists at the Third Friday Art Walk of Wilkes-Barre. The Art Block on South Main Street will host the main hub of activity. Stop by local businesses to check out art exhibits, craft vendors, live music, and hands-on activities. Third Friday starts at 5 p.m.

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  • West End Fair

    The West End Fair in Gilbert kicks off on Sunday at noon and continues through August 25. Come meet the animals, indulge in your favorite fair foods, and get an adrenaline rush on the carnival rides. Sunday’s featured entertainment includes a fireworks display and a performance by folk duo Porter and Sayles.

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  • Little League World Series

    Sixteen teams from around the world will take the field at the Little League World Series in Williamsport. The tournament kicks off with the opening ceremonies and a parade on August 16. The championship game will be held on August 26.

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  • Back to the Eighties with Jessie’s Girl

    Rock 107 is hosting Back to the Eighties with Jessie’s Girl, a tribute band from New York City. They’ll be rocking out at the Leonard Theater in Scranton along with special guest Manny Cabo from The Voice. Doors open at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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  • Powerhouse Live- Mountain Ride

    Powerhouse Eatery in White Haven is hosting Mountain Ride as part of their Powerhouse Live concert series. Kick back with some drinks and enjoy Mountain Ride’s modern twist on bluegrass tunes. The concert starts at 6 p.m.

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  • Moonlight Rafting at Pocono Whitewater

    Get ready for an adventure under the stars at Pocono Whitewater’s Moonlight Rafting event. This eight-mile rafting trip down the Lehigh River begins at 7:30 p.m. After the trip, relax with wine and snacks by the bonfire.

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