Join the Ultimate Party on the Lake
Just when you start getting the end-of-summer blues, Wally Lake Fest makes the fun last a little bit longer.
Even though August is drawing to a close, the days of soaking up the sunshine and cruising on the water are far from over at Lake Wallenpaupack. The annual Wally Lake Fest keeps the summertime fun rolling. This three-day festival includes over 60 events, making it Lake Wallenpaupack’s biggest event of the year.
Wally Lake Fest kicks off on Friday, August 23 and continues through Sunday, August 25. This year marks the tenth anniversary, so the celebration will be in full swing. We’re talking a floating concert, sailboat regatta, boat show, car show, motorcycle ride, tours, vendor fairs… and that’s just the beginning! Check out the official brochure to plan which events you want to hit up.
So put on your swimsuit, pack the towels and slather on some sunscreen. You’re about to spend an entire weekend kicking back on lake time.
Fire Up the Boat
The best place to catch the action is right on the water.
Go cruising in a pontoon boat. Race across the waves on a jet ski. Hop on a giant flamingo float. It’s the prime weekend to get on the water and explore all 5,700 acres of Lake Wallenpaupack.
One of the can’t-miss events of the festival is Wallypalooza, a free concert on Saturday where live bands rock out on a floating stage. Everyone drops anchor, ties their boats together and celebrates with an epic party on the water. You can also catch the show from dry land on Tafton Dike.
No boat? No problem. You’ll find kayaks and paddleboards at Silver Birches Resort, Palmyra Township Public Beach and the local marinas. You can even take a 50-minute cruise to see the sights or catch a sailboat ride at Lighthouse Harbor Marina.
Explore the Shore
There’s even more to see on land.
Hit the open road and take in the lakeside views. On Saturday, hop on your motorcycle for the 8th Annual Ride for the Lake, a 41-mile ride that benefits the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District. If you’d rather test your pedal power, join the Tour de Towpath bike ride to the Zane Grey Museum on Saturday.
On Saturday and Sunday, check out the latest luxury boats at the Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor Show at Wallenpaupack Area High School.
Wally Lake Fest celebrates all things local, and that includes the area’s artisans and small businesses. On Saturday and Sunday, browse through local crafts and food stands at the vendor markets at the Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, Wallenpaupack Area High School and Hawley Silk Mill. The small shops in downtown Hawley will also be open for shopping, open houses and other activities.
Delicious Eats and Local Beats
We won’t lie—we come to festivals for the food.
After a day of fun, it’s time to kick back on a patio with food and friends. Restaurants like The Boat House Restaurant, The Dock on Lake Wallenpaupack, Glass, Gresham’s Chop House, The Settlers Inn and Tanglwood Resorts are hosting live, local music. For a good old-fashioned picnic, check out the chicken barbecue at Lakeville Volunteer Fire Company.
And what’s a day at the lake if you don’t crack open a cold one? Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. is holding events all weekend, like a can release, axe throwing, live music and a pig roast. You can also cool off at Cocoon Coffee House, where they’ll have a mojito ice bar.
Tips for Getting Around
We have everything you need to know to plan your visit.
The events are spread out across Lake Wallenpaupack’s 52 miles of shoreline. Plan in advance so you can make the most of your time on the lake.
When you arrive, parking is available at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, Wallenpaupack Area Middle School and Wallenpaupack Area High School.
Once you’re there, it’s time to start exploring. The festival is broken into three areas: Downtown Hawley, the Lake Region and the North End. Free shuttle buses will run between each area on Saturday and Sunday.
The lake is calling. Gather your family and friends and make some summer memories at Wally Lake Fest.