Events Listings: Aug. 16 to 22

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The Pittston Tomato Festival takes place Aug. 17 through 20 in downtown Pittston.
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THIS WEEK: Aug. 16 to 22

Acoustic Bluegrass Jam, where all levels of players and all instruments are welcomed to jam but the amplifiers stay home, at the Cooperage Project, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 16. Donations will be collected at the door. 570-253-2020.

Walking and Judaism in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Learn about walking in Jewish tradition and the Wyoming Valley’s “invisible wall” or eruv on this Y Walk Wednesday event, set to leave at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 from the lobby of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, corner of South Franklin and West Northampton Streets, Wilkes-Barre. Walk Leader: Rabbi Roger Lerner, Temple B’nai B’rith. Free. Info, 570-823-2191.

Adult Swim Night, electronic edition, with drink specials, games, prizes and live entertainment with all of the water attractions at Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Rd., Scranton. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 16. DJs will take requests. $10 cover. Zip-line for only $10 until 8 p.m.

Game Night, with board games, card games, brain games and more, including Scrabble, Dominion, Cacassonne, Settlers of Catan and Fluxx to name a few. At the Cooperage Project, 1030 Main St., Honesdale, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 17. Donations accepted at the door. 570-253-2020.

Pittston Tomato Festival, opens 5 p.m. Aug. 17 for four days of tomato-based fun. With 5K race at 10 a.m. Aug. 19, tomato fights at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 19, parade is 10:30 a.m. Aug. 20 and Little Miss Tomato and Little Mr. Tomato contests from 10:45 a.m. to noon Aug. 20. Info, 570-655-1424 or

Space Jam! Wear intergalactic outfits and dance for prizes. Hosted by DJ Just Boogie and Samuel Niles at the Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Aug. 17.

Free Yoga in the Park, led by Alyssa Miller and Home Yoga & Barre. A free all levels yoga class in the new pavillion at Betty Mascelli Park on Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 17. Class will be rescheduled in the event of poor weather.

Corelife Pre-Opening Benefit, the active lifestyle restaurant which will open at 33 Bear Creek Blvd., Wilkes-Barre this weekend will hold a benefit for Keystone Mission, an organization that helps distributes food and clothes to those who need them in Pennsylvania. All meals will be pay what you want from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the eatery.

Third Friday. Travel various venues throughout downtown Wilkes-Barre, such as Barnes and Noble, Downtown Arts, The Great Escape Floatation Center, Letts Eat, Rodanos, The Osterhout Free Library, Marquis Art and Frame, and many more from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 18 to see local artists and vendors.

Eckley Miners’ Village Free Day, where admission and guided tours to the museum at 2 Eckley Main St., Weatherly are free, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 18. A shuttle from the Hazleton Integration Center will run throughout the day. 570-636-2070.

University Drive and Black Hole Heart, part two of their tour kickoff at the Keys, 244 Penn Ave., Scranton, with Purcell and Permanance. 10 p.m. Aug. 18.

Couples Date Night, hosted by Art n’ Vino. Work together with your significant other to create a wine and glass painting. One partner will paint the wine bottle, the other will paint the glass. BYOB and snacks. Glasses and ice provided. At Art n’ Vino, 667 N River St., Wilkes-Barre, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19. $72 per couple. Registration required, space is limited.

Peach Festival, with peaches from Heller Orchard, homemade peach ice cream, peach dumplings, peach shortcake sundaes, peach pie, corn on the cob, french fries, hot dogs and hamburgers, more than 50 craft vendors, music by Jesse Fink and Friends, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19, St. Johns United Church of Christ in Wapwallopen. Admission and parking free. Info, or contact call Will at 570-379-2971 or 570-814-0195.

Laila McQueen, drag performer from Gloucester, Massachusetts, known as one of the 12 contestants to compete in the eighth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Performing live at Heat, 71 N Main St., Wilkes-Barre, Aug. 19. 570-266-8952.

One More Row, The Knit & Crochet Group will meet at the Osterhout Library, 71 S Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre on August 19 from 10:30 to noon. Everyone is welcome. Knit and crochet and share ideas and tips at this free program. 570-823-0156.

CrabFest 2017, a fundraiser hosted by the Nuangola Volunteer Fire Department. Enjoy seafood and barbecue at the Nuangola Grove Building, across the street from the firehouse, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 19. $45. 570-868-3336 (leave message).

No Cover Summer Saturday, with Anytime Soon and Ron Schoonover at Thirst T’s Bar & Grill, 120 Lincoln St., Olyphant, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Aug. 19. 570-489-9901.

Adult Late Skate, for ages 16 and up. Skate rentals will be available, but you can also bring your own. At Skateaway, 610 Blackman St., Wilkes-Barre, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Aug. 19. $7 admission, $2 for rentals.

Pride on the Mountain, hosted by the NEPA Rainbow Alliance at Montage Mountain, 1000 Montage Mountain Rd., Scranton, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 19. $5. The Chatter will headling the main stage. Purchase tickets at, and join the Facebook event at

Yoga & Brunch, a collaboration between Nearme Yoga and Backyard Ale House. Starting with a one hour yoga class on the patio led by Chelsea Manganaro followed by brunch with your choice of an omelette, beligian waffle or breakfast sandwich with a bloody mary or craft draft. Mimosas are $2 extra. At Nearme Yoga, 700 Main St., Moosic, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $22, $24. Registration required at

An Afternoon of Recorded World Music, at the Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale, 4 p.m. Aug. 20. An afternoon of meditation on music from around the world in the past 1000 years. The event will feature Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring,” first performed in 1914. Donations will be accepted at the door. 570-253-2020.

Color Iron on Transers and Paper Lunch Bags, at the Osterhout Library, 71 S Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22. Supplies are limited, so reservations are a must for this free program. Light refreshments will be served. Call 570-821-1959 to reserve.


Gathering of Singer Songwriters, four of the best singer-songwriters in Northeastern Pennsylvania: Lorne Clarke, Tom Flannery and Abi and Time Zieger at the Dietrich Theater, 60 E Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Free, but donations accepted. Reserve by calling 570-996-1500.

Shakespeare on Film, the monthly series continues with Titus Andronicus at the Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale, 7 p.m. Aug. 24. With a discussion led by Dr. Robert Dugan. Donations collected at the door. 570-253-2020.

Open Mic Night, at the Dietrich Theater headlined by singer-songrwiter Angelo Maruzzelli. He has emceed the theater’s open mic for years, here is the chance to see him perform. 60 E Tioga St., Tunkhannock, 7 p.m. Aug. 25. Sign-ups at 6:30. 570-996-1500.

Craft Bingo, with 20 games of bingo featuring prizes of fine crafts, craft basket raffles, a 50/50 raffle and food and beverages for sale. At the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., bingo starts at 2 p.m. Aug. 26. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. 570-283-2195.

Pocono State Craft Festival, the 31st annual co-sponsored by the Pocono Arts Council and the Pocono Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, feauring pottery, jewelery, metal, stained glass, wood, baskets, leather, folk art, and much more. At Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, 347 Quiet Valley Rd., Stroudsburg, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 26 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 27, rain or shine. $6 for adults, free for cildren under 12. 570-476-4460.

Bloomsburg ArtFest,the tenth annual at a new location: on the Square in downtown Bloomsburg, surrounding the fountain and up Market Street right in front of the Caldwell Consistory. The fest will showcase more than 30 regional artists with live music, local food and activities for all ages. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 26. 570-317-2596.

Ukrainian Folk Festival and Outdoor Summer Concert, the 26th annual event showcases Ukrainian heritage and culture. Ukrainian American Sports Center, Lower State and County Line Roads, Horsham. 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 27. $15 for adults, $10 for students, free for children under 15. 267-664-3857.

Draw the Line, Aerosmith tribute as part of the Party on the Patio series at Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre. 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 31. Doors at 6 p.m. No cover charge.

La Festa Italiana, the 42nd annual. More than 80 vendors offering Italian food and continuous live enertainment at Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 1; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 2 and 3; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 4.

The Johnny Cash Experience, a free performance by David stone presented by the Steamtown National Historic Society as part of their Railfest. At the Steamtown NHS theater, 350 Cliff St., Scranton, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 1. 570-344-3841.

Superhero Adventure, to raise money for homeless families with children, as part of the annual Stroudfest festival. Registered participants are invited to dress up as a superhero at the festival. The fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 2nd, and will begin and end at the Family Promise kiosk on 7th street in downtown Stroudsburg. Registration is $10 for people, $5 for dogs. Children under three are free. 570-420-8589. Visit to register.

Spur with Freak Flag, Bloom (VA) and Give Up, an all ages show at the Otherside, 119 S Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Local and touring heavy music for every taste, 7 p.m. Sept. 8. $5.

Our Lady of the Abingtons Fall Festival, the 50th annual. This free event will take place at the church grouds., 700 W main St., Dalton. Pizza, pierogies, clam chowder, baked goods, baskets, silent auction, hayrides and more 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 9 and noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 10.

Tammie Brown, drag queen, singer and actor from Los Angeles, California who competed in the first season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” A live drag performance at Heat, Heat, 71 N Main St., Wilkes-Barre, Sept. 15. 570-266-8952.

Paint Night, a night of mason jar painting hosted by the Canvas Creation Company at R Bar and Grill, 119 E Kirmar Ave., Nanticoke. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 15. $35 includes two mason jars and food buffet. Cash bar will be available. Must buy tickets in advance. 570-258-0505.

The Keys on Friday, for the Electric City Music Conference. Acts include CrimZn, Alma Mater, latewaves, Give Up, Taylor Tote Music, My Life on Film and Stay Loud 244 Penn Ave., Scranton. 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sept. 15. Friday Night Hopper Pass for the conference is $10.

Emo Night, at the Bog, 341 Adams Ave., Scranton, with Screaming Infidelities, Steve Werner, DJ Hersh, University Dribe, Permanence, Esta Coda and Doug Griffiths. Hosted by the Electric City Music Conference. Friday Night Hopper Pass for the conference is $10.

NEPA VegFest, an all ages event based on promoting compassion, health and wellness in the community featuring craft vendors, plant based food, speakers, cooking demos, music, yoga and children’s activity. Nay Aug Park, 500 Arthur Ave., Scranton, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 16.

Mind Choir Album Release, ambient and psychedelic rock, with Spur and Under the Clothesline. River Street Jazz Cafe, 667 N River St., Plains. 8 p.m. Sept. 16 570-822-2992.

NEPA Beer Festival, the 2nd annual, at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Sept. 16. The event will feature over 50 craft beer vendors from local companies and a mix of nationally branded breweries, along with other handcrafted merchandise vendors and access to concessions. Tickets on sale at, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Dallas Harvest Fest, with vendors, food, entertainment and more at a new location. Dallas High School, 2030 Conyngham Ave., Dallas. Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 17. Free admission.

Noxen’s Fall Pow Wow, the 13th annual. At the Noxen Fire Co. Grounds, 3493 Stull Road, Noxen, Wyoming County. The event honors all veterans, and all are welcome with free admission. The circle opens at 10 a.m. Sept. 23 and 24, with story telling and flute playing. Grand entries of all dignitaries and dancers in full regalia begins at noon. Ends at 6 p.m. [email protected]

Flea Market/Craft Show, with a car show, hosted by Swoyersville Boy Scout Troop 143, at Forty Fort Park, Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 24. Free admission.

Jump, Jive an’ Jazz, featuring performances by Bob Dorough’s School House Rock, All That Jazz and Patrick Marcinko Jr.’s Upper Calley Winds Big Band and Michelle Oram. $25. The Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N Washington Ave., Scranton, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24. 570-344-1111.

Marilyn Kennedy, performing in the Sleepy Hollow lounge at Idle Hour Lanes, Business Rt. 6 Scranton Carbondale Hwy. 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 30.

Schism: A Tribute to Tool, at the Irish Wolf Pub, 503 Linden St., Scranton with Better than Bad. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sept. 30. $15 advance, $20 at the door.

HalloWINEfest, the second annual hosted by the Wyoming County Community Fair. The indoor wine festival will benefit a new community playground, a new pavillion and horshoe pits on the fairgrouds and will feature wineries, music, food, vendors and festive surprises. At the fairgrounds, 9141 US 6, Meshoppen. Noon until 5 p.m. Oct. 28.

NEPA Punk Rock Flea Market, sale/swap/barter marketplace with vinyl, music memoribilia, vintage, art, handmade items, collectibles, comics, clothing, oddities and much more. At the Kingston Armory, 280 Market St., Kingtson, noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 29.

The Pittston Tomato Festival takes place Aug. 17 through 20 in downtown Pittston. Pittston Tomato Festival takes place Aug. 17 through 20 in downtown Pittston. Weekender file photo