Summer Events in the Scranton Area Offer Everything Under the Sun

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Courtesy of Harford Fair Facebook Page

Summer days are long, but the time is short. Make the most of every minute! There are so many events and activities for just about every interest. From live music and theatre to historic tours and art events­- find what speaks to you. Make Hotel Anthracite your headquarters for summer fun. Memories are made when you enjoy a care-free stay with everything you need to make you feel at home. Browse these upcoming summer events and then download our Northeastern Pennsylvania Destination Guide to find even more ways to enhance your getaway to the Scranton, PA area.

JUNE

June 17-July 5, Seven Continents: A Traveling Photography Exhibition
See the world through the lens of local freelance artist Leela Baikadi. During her travels she captures images that are both intimate and vast. Carbondale Public Library, Carbondale.

June 21, Chris Young- Froggy Fest
The winner of USA network’s “Nashville Star” brings “Raised on Country” Tour to the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Moosic.

June 23, Rooted in the Hill
Go inside six homes and nine “secret” gardens located in the Hill Section of Scranton. Tour begins at the Lackawanna Historical Society.

June 27-30, Scranton Shakespeare Festival- “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
A professional theatre company brings the  Biblical musical adventure comes to life at  Scranton Prep High School in Scranton.

June 29, Antiques in the Park
Begin your Independence Day celebration early in downtown Carbondale. Day-long festivities include a variety of antique and collectable vendors in Memorial Park, live music, art and culture demonstrations, Jeep exhibit and a chicken barbecue. A fireworks display ends the celebration with a bang.

June 29-30, Throop Borough Quasquicentennial Celebration
The nearby town marks 125 years with live music, food, rides, a parade on Friday and Fireworks on Sunday. The parade takes place at Washington Street Park.

JULY

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Scranton’s Courthouse Square Courtesy Lackawanna County Facebook Page

July 3, Scrantastic Spectacular
Enjoy an old-fashioned 4th of July celebration at Courthouse Square in Scranton. Food, children’s activities and a performance by the Northeastern PA Philharmonic leads up to the giant fireworks display at dusk.

July 4, Montrose July 4th Celebration
Experience a time-honored tradition on the Village Green in Montrose. The festivities include over 125 fine arts and crafts vendors, Patriotic Parade, food vendors, chicken barbecue and a giant firework display to end  the day.

July 5, Jessup Family Day Celebration
Enjoy old-fashioned summer fun at Jessup Memorial Field with entertainment, food booths, children’s activities and fireworks at dark.

July 6, Nature Hike
Join Naturalist Jane Frye on a guided hike of the D & H Rail-Trail to view the marshlands and ponds that form the headwaters of the Lackawanna River. Meet at the trailhead in Ararat.

July 7
New Milford Area Rotary Club Mid Summer Fair
Crafts vendors, a chicken barbecue, cornhole tournament and an antique and classic car show are all part of this annual event along Main Street in New Milford.

July 9, Arts in the Park
Children can enjoy arts and crafts, music, dance, activities, hot dogs and other refreshments free of charge at Merli-Sarnoski Park in Greenfield Township.

July 11-13 Union Dale Fire Co. Picnic
Live music, traditional fair food, games, children’s activities and a parade on Saturday night make this annual event at the fire co grounds in Union Dale a favorite.

July 12-14, Scranton Shakespeare Festival- Troilus & Cressida
Experience Shakespeare’s epic drama set during the Trojan War at Scranton Prep High School in Scranton.

July 13, Lavender Festival
Celebrate all things lavender at Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center in Montrose. Sample homemade lavender goodies in ice cream, cookies, lemonade, coffee and chocolate! Festivities also include live entertainment and lavender products.

July 17-20 25th Corn & Clam Slam
The William Walker Hose Company in Mayfield marks a milestone year with its annual festival. Enjoy nightly food, fun and live music. The Fireman’s Parade closes out the festival on Saturday night.

July 18-20 Camp Bisco
It’s three days full of music with 60 bands performing across three stages at Montage Mountain in Moosic.

July 19-21, Scranton Shakespeare Festival- Richard III
Be enthralled by Shakespeare’s classic political theatre on stage at the Royal Theatre at the University of Scranton.

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Yoga on D & H Rail-Trail Courtesy NEPA Rail-Trail Council Facebook Page

July 20, Bike and Yoga Ride
Cycle and stretch on this excursion from Forest City and northward on the D & H Rail-Trail.

July 20, Summer Market
Over 80 vendors fill Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton with handmade crafts, food, music and other entertainment.

July 25-27 Clifford Township Volunteer Firemen Picnic
The scenic picnic grounds  in Clifford overflow with 22 food booths, live entertainment, chainsaw carving games and old-fashioned kiddie rides including the train from the former Rocky Glen Amusement Park. There’s a huge fireman’s parade on Thursday evening and fireworks on Saturday night.

July 25-28, 9th Peach Festival
Over 35 artists from a variety of genres come together for this four-day festival at Montage Mountain in Moosic. Headliners include Phil Lesh and Friends, Trey Anastasio Band, Moe and Blues Traveler.

July 25-28, Scranton Shakespeare Festival- Cabaret
Scranton’s new speakeasy, Madam Jenny’s at The Bittenberger, provides the setting for this provocative musical set in Berlin’s Kit Kat Club.

July 27-28 Wild West Town Performances
Old Mill Village in New Milford becomes a frontier town when The Shadows of the Old West depict the history and heritage of the American cowboy.

June 29, The Wizard of Oz Day
There’s no place like Old Mill Village Museum in New Milford to enjoy a day of memorabilia and activities based on the classic movie.

July 31-August 2, Scranton Shakespeare Festival- The Behavior of Light
Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane presents his newest drama about a small-town boy’s fascination with painting.

AUGUST

August 1, Train & Goo Goo Dolls
Two of rock’s most popular bands co-headline a tour that comes to Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Moosic.

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Montrose Blueberry Festival courtesy of Susquehanna County Library Facebook Page

August 2-3 Montrose Blueberry Festival
One of the iconic events of summer brings everything blueberry to the Village Green in Montrose. Enjoy an assortment of blueberry foods, live entertainment, games and children’s activities.

August 3, Forest City Trail Town Festival
Music, food and fun celebrate the D & H Rail-Trail in Forest City. Activities on the trail include the Coal Cracker 2-mile Run or quarter marathon, bike ride and historical bus tour.

August 3, Dierks Bentley
Since he came on the country music scene in 2003, Dierks Bentley has racked up 25 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart. Catch his Burning Man Tour at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Moosic.

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Merli-Sarnoski County Park courtesy of Lackawanna County Facebook Page

August 3, Family Fun Day
Enjoy a day at Merli Sarnoski Park in Greenfield Township and take advantage of games, face painting, refreshments and more.

August 3, Ronald McDonald House Apple Orchard 5K, Kids’ Fun Run & Family Reunion
This family-friendly run and walk begins on the trails of the beautiful Roba Family Orchard in Scott Twp. Participants can enjoy all the farm activities for free after the race.

August 10, Foodstock
Cruise food truck style booths and sample an assortment of craveable dishes such as Poke Bowls and Tostadas inside Gravity Hall at Hotel Anthracite. The Village Idiots will provide live entertainment for Foodstock.

August 10, Breaking Benjamin
The band that hails from Wilkes-Barre, PA is known for its brand of hard rock and alternative metal. Be part of the homecoming as they bring their tour to Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Moosic.

August 10, Forest Lake Volunteer Fire Company Bluegrass Fest
Regional bluegrass bands, local craft beer and wine and a variety of foods make for a memorable summer day at the fire company grounds in Montrose.

August 11, A Delightful Afternoon
Singers, musicians, poets and storytellers entertain the audience at Midtown Park in New Milford. A social hour with light refreshments follows.

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Carbondale City Hall courtesy of Pioneer Nights Facebook page

August 14-17 Pioneer Nights Block Party
A summer tradition in the city of Carbondale! The area around City Hall and Memorial Park fills with a variety of food and drink vendors, plus there’s live entertainment, games and children’s activities. Saturday festivities are marked with a large and lively parade through downtown.

August 16 Florida Georgia Line
This country duo’s debut single became the best-selling digital country song of all time. They’ll play all their biggest hits at Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Moosic.

August 19-24, 162nd Harford Fair
This has been a rite of summer in Harford since 1857. Explore a midway full of amusement rides, agricultural displays, grandstand shows, lots of fair food, games, arts and crafts exhibits, demonstrations, rodeo and more.

August 30-September 2, La Festa Italiana
It’s a slice of Italy in downtown Scranton. Over 80 vendors fill Courthouse Square offering Italian food, crafts and gifts. Attendees may also enjoy continuous live entertainment on multiple stages plus lots of children’s games and activities.

August 31 Salt Springs Celebration
This end of season celebration brings food, animals, demonstrations, displays, vendors, a white elephant sale, guided hikes, music, silent auction, raffles, archery and a quilt show to Salt Springs Pak in Franklin Forks.

August 31-September 1, Railfest
It’s a two-day celebration of railroading at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton. Enjoy caboose and train rides, historic railroad equipment exhibits, speeder cars, handcar rides, live music, demonstrations, children’s activities and more.

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