Keep your weekend affordable with these suggestions of things to do for $20 or less
Labor Day is here already. Summer sure flew by. While there will be a plethora of backyard barbecues taking place there are still some last hurrahs to get into. Tune in to the big game, celebrate Labor Day or take part in the many festivals going on. Here are some suggestions for things to do in NEPA for $20 or less.
Penn State vs. Temple: Priceless (if a win)! Worthless if a loss? It’s finally here! The season opener for the Nittany Lions. Tune in, well, anywhere to cheer on the home team. Kick off is at 3:30 p.m. but festivities will begin earlier, much earlier, everywhere.
NEPA Labor Day Celebration & Festival: Free! Continuous music by area bands, food and merchandise vendors, a “Mother Jones” performance, autographs by Lou Michaels (former NFL player for the Steelers and Colts), Chinese auction and a children’s area with games and activities for the entire family. Head to Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7. Donations will be accepted and any proceeds will benefit area veterans.
NEPA Tattoo Arts Festival: $15. Get inked this weekend. Or just go to see some awesome artists. The weekend-long event takes place at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The festival runs from 2 to 11 p.m. Sept. 4, noon to 11 p.m. Sept. 5 and noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 6.
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La Festa Italiana: Free! The 40th Annual Italian food fest is back with a 5K run/walk and more than 80 vendors. An Italian mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral will be held and continuous live entertainment including the Duprees and the Bronx Wanderers will be on hand. Head to Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton from 4 to 10 p.m. Sept. 4; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 7.
Railfest: $7.the annual celebration of railroading will take place in Scranton from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6. There will be equipment displays, special shop demonstrations, train excursions to Moscow, O-gauge model train, steam calliope, big-band music by the Ron Leas Band (Saturday), caboose rides and more. Trolley rides by the nearby Electric City Trolley Museum will be available. Head to the Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St. for the fun.
A night with Johnny Cash: Free! Well, sort of. David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience is bringing good music and good fun to the outdoor theater at the Rossetti home at 1005 Vine Street in Scranton. The performance begins at 6:30 p.m. Donations are accepted and will benefit the Lackawanna Historical Society.
Pocono Garlic Festival: $9. Who doesn’t love some garlic. No one, that’s why the 21st annual garlic-infused event is happening. The event features 60 food and craft vendors, two stages of music including the Pocono Bluegrass and Folk Society, a garlic-eating contest and children’s activities. Head to the Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, East Stroudsburg between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sept. 5 and 6.
St. Mary’s Homecoming Picnic: Free! Get ready to enjoy some homemade food, play some games, win some prizes, and ride a pony. From 4 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 4 and 12:30 to 9:30 Sept. 5 head to St. Mary’s Parish Park, 150 Main St., Mocanaqua for a Chinese auction and live music by the Shoreliners and Joe Stanky & the Cadets including a Polka Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Cpt. James R. Minicozzi Memorial Race: $20. The fourth annual event that benefit the Boys and Girls Club of NEPA will take place beginning at 8 a.m. Sept. 5. The 5K run and one-mile walk will begin at the corner of Linden Street and Washington Avenue in Scranton.
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