THIS WEEK: Aug. 27 to Sept. 2, 2014
Kiwanis Wyoming County Fair, the annual agricultural event with a carnival midway, amusement rides, Big Cat Encounter, Great Lakes Timber Show, High School Rodeo, truck and tractor pulls, Open Youth Horse Show, Archery Shoot, Master of the Chainsaw, blacksmith shop and concerts by Parmalee and the Swon Brothers. Wyoming County Fairgrounds, Route 6, Meshoppen. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 through Sunday, Aug. 31; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1. $10; seniors free on Wednesday; veterans free on Saturday. Info at wyomingcountyfair.com.
Sullivan County Fair, the 163rd annual agricultural event with amusement rides, truck and tractor pulls, a health fair, livestock shows, demolition derby and a grandstand concert by John Michael Montgomery (Sunday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m.). Sullivan County Fairgrounds, 4430 Route 154, Forksville. Begins Wednesday, Aug. 27 from noon to 10 p.m. Continues Thursday, Aug. 28 through Monday, Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. $6. 570-924-3205.
Classic Movie Series, a screening of “Rear Window” (1954), the Alfred Hitchcock thriller starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. $5. 570-996-1500.
Cougar Family Carnival, with S&S Amusement Rides, baskets, raffles, games and a Saturday afternoon parade. John F. Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium, 187 Keystone Ave., Peckville. 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 and Thursday, Aug. 28; 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29; 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Free admission; $10 one-time fee for the rides. 570-876-6461.
AACA Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Antique Automobile Club of America. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Friday, Aug. 29 from 6 to 10 p.m. with awards at 9. Free.
Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge Dance, the 6th annual fundraiser with food stations by the Pierce Street Deli, cash bar and music by Daddy-O and the Sax Maniax. Irem Country Club, 397 Country Club Road, Dallas. 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. $25. 570-760-5577.
Pocono Garlic Festival, the 20th annual garlicky event with more than 50 food and craft vendors, two stages of music, educational demonstrations, a garlic-eating contest and children’s activities. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31. $10; $7.50 children. 570-421-7231.
Railfest 2014, a celebration of railroading with visiting railroad equipment displays, special shop demonstrations, model trains, machine-shop and turntable demonstrations, Big Boy Cab tours, an excursion to Moscow and short train rides. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31. $7. 570-340-5204.
Stroudfest, the eighth annual downtown festival with two stages of entertainment, more than 150 craft and retail vendors, food, rock climbing, games, face painting and music. Courthouse Square and Main Street in Stroudsburg. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. 570-420-2808.
Train Excursion, a 26-mile round trip from Scranton to Moscow, powered by a historic diesel locomotive and following Roaring Brook through the Nay Aug Tunnel into the Pocono Mountains. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31 with a 12:30 p.m. departure and 3:30 p.m. return. $24; $22 seniors; $17 children. Reservations: 570-340-5204.
La Festa Italiana, the annual end-of-summer celebration with more than 80 vendors offering Italian food and continuous live entertainment. Courthouse Square, Scranton. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1. 570-862-5543 or lafestaitaliano.org.
St. Mary’s Homecoming Picnic, with a petting zoo, pony rides, live music and homemade food favorites. Holy Spirit Parish Park, 110 Main St., Mocanoqua. 4 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30; 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. 570-542-4157.
St. Martha’s Festival, with ethnic foods, a sidewalk dessert cafe, a country store, children’s games, chicken and ham dinners on Sunday and entertainment by the Jeanne Zano Band and Al White and Friends. Holy Spirit/St. Martha’s Parish, 260 Bonnieville Road, Fairmount Springs. 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30; noon to 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. 570-542-4157.
Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show, the 7th annual event with 18 classes of vehicles along with music, food, flea market and more. Hunlock Creek Volunteer Fire Company, 1114 Main Road. Sunday, Aug. 31 with registration 9 a.m. to noon, judging 12:30 to 2 p.m. and awards at 3 p.m. 570-899-6940.
Forty Fort Meeting House Tours of the oldest religious edifice in Northeastern Pennsylvania with its original box pews, elevated pulpit and plain woodwork reflecting the Puritan background of the settlers. 20 River St., Forty Fort. 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 28; also Sept. 1. $2, $1 children. 570-287-5214.
Denison House Tours of the 1790 historic home of Nathan Denison, one of Wyoming Valley’s first settlers. 35 Denison St., Forty Fort. 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 28. $5; $3 children. 570-288-5531.
W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the Alfred Hitchcock classic thriller “Rear Window” (1954) starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.
Let Your Yoga Dance, a combination of yoga-inspired movement and user-friendly dance. No experience needed. Marian Sutherland Kirby Library, 35 Kirby Ave., Mountain Top. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2. $5. Registration: 570-474-9313.
Luzerne County Fair, the 52nd annual event with agricultural exhibits, amusement rides, contests, plenty of fair food, Hansen’s Spectacular, the Modern Day Cat Whisperer, 4-H Fun Horse Show, Animal Alley, Kiddie Pedal Tractor Pull, Barnyard Olympics, Tractor Obstacle Rodeo, Fireworks Finale, and entertainment by Iron Cowboy (Wednesday), Rick K and the Allnighters (Thursday), Dylan Fry and Josh Thompson (Friday), Whisky Tango and Jamie Lynn Spears (Saturday) and the Uptown Band (Sunday). Luzerne County Fairgrounds, 3605 Route 118, Dallas. 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 and Thursday, Sept. 4; 4 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5; 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6; and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. $8. 570-675-3247.
Elvis Movie Month, a screening of “Follow That Dream,” (1962) starring Elvis Presley. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4. 570-823-0156.
Mr. Hush Weekend of Fear, a celebration of horror, sci-fi and pop-culture genres with genre icons, films, merchandise vendors and special events. Guests include Brian O’Halloran (Dante from “Clerks”), Steve Dash (“Friday the 13th Part 2”), Stephen Geoffreys (“Fright Night”), Robert Bruce (“Comic Book Men”) and more. Woodlands Inn and Resort, 1073 Route 315, Plains Township. 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. $20; $40 weekend pass. 570-824-9831 or mrhush.net.
Friends Fall Festival, with a tag sale, crafts, books and a bake sale. Pittston Memorial Library, 47 Broad St. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. 570-654-9565.
Montage Mountain Classics Car Cruise, with hot rods, antiques and custom cars. Tomato Festival Parking Lot, Main Street, Pittston. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5.
Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Cruise, with food, music, door prizes and trophies. Advance Auto Parts, 161 Brooklyn St., Carbondale. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. 570-876-4034.
90th Anniversary Gala, a fundraiser for the Wyoming Valley Children’s Association with fine dining, an auction with many exclusive items, live music and dancing. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. $150. 570-714-1246.
Monthly Bingo, with door prizes and cash prizes. Sponsored by St. Faustina Kowalska Parish at St. Mary’s School, 1010 Hanover St., Nanticoke. Sept. 7 with doors at 12:30 p.m. and early-bird games at 1:45 p.m. 570-735-4833.
Rally for Reilly, a fundraiser for Reilly Itterly, a 12-year-old Clarks Summit girl who is undergoing surgery for severe scoliosis. With entertainment by five bands, basket and gift certificate raffles. The V-Spot, 906 Providence Road, Scranton. 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. $5.
W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the classic detective film “The Thin Man” (1934). F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.
Elvis Movie Month, a screening of “It Happened at the World’s Fair” (1963) starring Elvis Presley as a crop-dusting pilot. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. 570-823-0156.
Car Cruise, with antiques, classic, street rods and race cars. McDonald’s, 452 Route 590, Hamlin. 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. 570-239-1079.
Montage Mountain Classics Car Cruise, with hot rods, antiques and custom cars. Southside Shopping Center, 1000 S. Washington Ave., Scranton. Friday, Sept. 12 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Peach Social, with peachy desserts and picnic foods. Trinity Lutheran Church, Hemlock and Church streets, Hazleton. 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. $4. 570-454-3492.
Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Show, the 16th annual show. Carbondale Area Junior/Senior High School, 101 Brooklyn St. Sunday, Sept. 14 with gates open at 9 a.m. 570-876-4034.
Dallas Harvest Festival, the annual street fair commemorating “The Year of the Family” with a Generation-to-Generation Photo Contest, a Flower Display competition, stage performances, farmers market, Children’s Corner, antique fire-truck rides and a petting zoo. Main Street in Dallas Borough. Sunday, Sept. 14, noon to 5 p.m. 570-675-1950.
W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the classic sci-fi film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1968). F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.
Wine Tasting, with wine, cheese, hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Hosted by Bartolai Winery and sponsored by the Friends of the West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. $20; $35 per couple. 570-654-0645.
Successful Aging, seminars on elder-related issues along with more than 40 vendors. Included: sessions on elder law, housing options, community services and elder care. Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore. 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. Free. 570-558-6160.
Art n’ Vino, a fundraising party to benefit Candy’s Place: The Center for Cancer Wellness. Bring a bottle of wine and your artistic talents and complete a painting under the guidance of an artist. Art n’ Vino, 667 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. $36. Registration: 570-430-5045.
Elvis Movie Month, a screening of “Girl Happy” (1965), a musical comedy romance starring Elvis Presley. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19. 570-823-0156.
Kids Day Festival, a fundraiser for the Wyoming Free Library with vendors, food, games, contests and more. West Wyoming Hose Company, 926 Shoemaker Ave., Wyoming. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. Vendors welcome. 570-693-1364.
Cancer Survivors Celebration, the 22nd annual event with inspirational messages and refreshments. Open to survivors, their families and friends as well as caregivers and healthcare professionals. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 20 at Kirby Park, Wilkes-Barre; and 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 27 at McDade Park, Scranton. 800-424-6724 or cancernepa.org.
PRCA Rodeo and Chili Cookoff, professional competition in fully sanctioned PRCA events including saddle and bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, team roping and bull dogging along with cowgirls barrel racing, live country music, line dancing, craft and food vendors and the Sixth Annual Chili Cookoff. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 401 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21. $18; $14 children. 570-421-7231.
Hi-Lites Motor Club Cruise-In, with raffles, door prizes, music and food. Pikes Creek Raceway Park, 2542 Route 118, Hunlock Creek. 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20. 570-477-2477.
Montage Mountain Classics Car Cruise, with hot rods, antiques and custom cars. Johnny Rockets, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. Saturday, Sept. 20 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Dodgeball Tournament, the seventh annual Zachary Shoemaker Dodgeball Tourney to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Teams of eight players may register at dodgeball4zack.org by Aug. 31. 109th Field Artillery Armory, 280 Market St., Wilkes-Barre. Sunday, Sept. 21 with games at 11 a.m. 570-574-5945.
W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of “The Great Gatsby” (2013) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.
Elvis Movie Month, a screening of “Change of Habit” (1969), a musical drama with Elvis Presley in his final acting role. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. 570-823-0156.
AACA Car & Bike Cruise, sponsored by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Antique Automobile Club of America. Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. Friday, Sept. 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. with awards at 9 p.m. Free.
Fall Intertribal Powwow, the 10th annual event with Native American dancing, drumming, storytelling, children’s dances, fry bread, crafts, beadwork, leatherwork, books, jewelry, blankets and food. Noxen Fire Company, Stull Road, Noxen. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 with Grand Entry of dancers in full regalia at noon each day followed by Circle Hours. Free; $7 camping. 570-947-2097.
Greater Pittston Charity Train Ride, to historic Jim Thorpe on a 1920s-era, open-window coach pulled by a diesel locomotive. Leaves from Duryea at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28 with return at 6:45 p.m. Limited seating. $65. Reservations: 570-457-6558.
W. Curtis Montz Film Series, a screening of the 2013 documentary “20 Feet from Stardom,” about the lives of backup singers for famous performers. F.M. Kirby Center, Public Square, Wilkes-Barre. 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. $4 matinee; $6 evening. 570-826-1100.