Summer isn't coming to an end.
It’s simply transforming into a slightly cooler version of itself, complete with celebrations of wine and beer, concerts and still plenty of outdoor activities and festivals.
Let’s begin with the important stuff. This weekend, NEPA plays host to two awesome events in the local realm of beer and wine. The Beer Fest at Blue kicks off on Friday at Blue Mountain Resort and the Hazleton Wine and Beer Festival opens on Saturday. Here’s the good news: Beer Fest at Blue is a two-day event. Yay! You can attend both! We knew you had it in you.
If you’re looking for fun that involves a little less bending of the elbow, catch a cappella superstars, Pentatonix on Saturday at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Too much harmony and not enough funnel cake? Then make your way to the ever-popular Harford Fair in New Milford.
Don’t fret outdoor enthusiasts. There’s something for everyone this weekend. Check your tires and grease your gears for a Two Wheeled Tour of Salt Springs State Park. You can also spend the weekend on the water at Lehigh River Fest and Wally Lake Fest. But wait, there’s more…
Mark your calendars for:
Wally Lake Fest
This 3-day festival celebrating Lake Wallenpaupack, Downtown Hawley and the entire Pocono region has become one of the largest festivals in NEPA. Take your pick from over 60 events spread out through the Lake Wallenpaupack region. From sailboat tours on the lake to live local bands to unbelievable BBQ and seafood, Wally Lake Fest has it all.
Whitewater Challengers in Weatherly hosts this spectacular celebration of outdoor fun on Friday and Saturday. Rent a kayak and shoot down the rolling river, or bring some friends and brave the rapids on a guided rafting trip. You can also keep to dry land and bike the trails of nearby Lehigh Gorge State Park. Campsites are available for the two-day event and plenty of food and drink vendors will also be in attendance.
For 160 years, this popular Endless Mountains event has drawn in many thousands of visitors. The Harford Fair in New Milford easily accounts for the town’s busiest week of the year. Be sure to get here for classic fair rides and games. And don’t leave your appetite home because you’re not likely to see much more fair food this summer.
Beer Fest at Blue
There will be so much beer at this popular Pocono festival, you’ll need two days to try them all. Whether you favor a bitter, hoppy IPA, a dark, rich stout or a light and easy shandy, Beer Fest at Blue offers over 100 beers to sample. And you’ll need to eat, of course, so there will be dozens of tasty food vendors on hand to keep your belly full.
Pocono State Craft Festival
Vendors will be raising tents bright and early this Saturday and Sunday at the annual Pocono State Craft Festival. For over 30 years, this celebration of local arts and crafts has delighted visitors young and old alike. This event is held at the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, and admission to the festival includes attractions at the farm.
Hazleton Wine and Beer Festival
Babe Ruth Field in Hazle Township will host the Rotary Club of Hazleton’s Annual Wine and Beer Festival all day this Saturday. Stop by to sample over 50 local beers and delectable wines from six different NEPA wineries. Local Bands will provide live entertainment throughout the day and there will be plenty of food and craft vendors on hand.
Pentatonix at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
The incredibly popular a cappella super group, Pentatonix will stop by the Pavilion at Montage Mountain on Saturday night. This lively stage show includes unique renditions of many favorite pop music standards. Don’t miss your chance to catch this Grammy Award Winning group.
Two-Wheeled Tour of Salt Springs State Park
Load up the bike rack and head out to Salt Springs State Park for a nature-filled group ride through this Endless Mountains gem. The Two-Wheeled Tour of Salt Springs State Park has become one of the more popular events at the park this summer. Don’t miss it. The popular ride ends in September.
With obstacles like Super Soaker, Rock Slide and No Man’s Land, who could resist the Annual Warrior Dash at Pocono Raceway. It’s a fun race for both serious and casual runners alike. Racers are encouraged to show up in silly or elaborate costumes, but they should be prepared to get dirty and sweaty. The event wraps up with a festival of food, music and beer.
Summer Festival Craft Fair at Penn State Wilkes-Barre
Spend one of your last lazy summer Sundays browsing local arts and craft vendor tents on the stunning Penn Sate Wilkes-Barre Campus in Lehman Township. The Summer Festival Craft Fair will get underway bright and early. There will also be plenty of food and live entertainment.
Little League World Series
Take a short road trip to South Williamsport for the final games of the Little League World Series. Of course, you could always stay home and cheer on your favorite team from the comfort of your own couch or local sports bar. The championship games will air live on ABC and ESPN.