Affordable things to do in the Pocono region this weekend

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Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival: The 10th annual Honesdale event invites visitors to spend the morning and early afternoon listening to live bands in the downtown area. Move to Central Park for a free musical concert featuring nationally known acts. In addition to music, there will be a variety of artisan and food vendors. For more information call 570-253-5492 or visit

Get your paddle on: Interested in learning a little bit about paddling? Join Pocono Environmental Education Center for a free paddle on the ponds! Beginners are welcome. PEEC teaches what you need to know. There’s a pretty good chance of being splashed, so dress appropriately (cotton clothes are not recommended) Space is limited, so call 570-828-2319 soon to reserve a boat. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays through June 25.

Learn about wild animals: The Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center is hosting an open house with tours of the facility, music, food, auctions and raffles. A bird banding demonstration will take place and a release of a rescued and rehabilitated raptor is possible. The two day event begins 11 a.m. June 18 and concludes at 4 p.m. June 19. Visit the nonprofit’s Facebook page for more information.

Moonlit biking: This event isn’t free, but for $70 per riders, bike enthusiasts can enjoy a rare opportunity to be part of a guided ride by Pocono Biking Center along the Lehigh River Gorge. The 25-mile ride concludes with a wine and cheese bonfire in the moonlit garden at the Gilded Cupid in the village of Jim Thorpe. The event begins at 5 p.m. Those 13 and older are invited to participate. For more info, call 570-325-3654 or email