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8 Can’t-Miss Summer Festivals and Events in the Pocono Mountains

The Pocono Mountains is the perfect place to plan a summer getaway.

Summer Festivals and Events in the Pocono Mountains

Wally Lake Fest will take place August 23-25 this year.

Whether you’re looking to try the offerings of area wineries, shop the wares of local vendors or have a day of fun in the sun with the whole family, there’s always something going on in the Pocono Mountains. Check out the top festivals and events of the summer.

Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Wine & Food Festival

Date: June 22-23, 2019

Time: Noon-6 p.m.

Price: $45/person general admission advance; $75/person two-day admission advance; $15/designated driver advance

The 29th Annual Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Wine and Food Festival at Split Rock Resort & Golf Club is a food and wine lover’s paradise that provides the opportunity to taste wines from roughly 30 different Pennsylvania wineries. Tickets to the event include a wine glass so you’ll be ready to jump right in and start sampling.

In addition to the array of wines at the festival, there will also be food and craft vendors. A beer tent, three stages with live music, games and giveaways add to the fun making it a great way to spend a day.

4th of July Celebrations

Celebrate the 4th of July in the Poconos with a variety of activities throughout the region and plenty of fireworks. The fun starts on July 1 at Honesdale Central Park’s Fireworks Celebration, where a fun-filled evening of food, live entertainment and activities for the kids ends in an illuminating display from Irving Cliff.

July Fourth and the weekend will be filled with fireworks. Mount Airy Casino Resort (July 4), Lake Wallenpaupack (July 4), Skytop Lodge (July 5), Shawnee Mountain Ski Area (July 5) and Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark (July 6) all have speculator displays and events planned.

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Family Fun in the Pocono Mountains

School’s almost out, family fun is in. There’s no better way to soak up summer than by getting away to the Poconos. Of course, with over 63,000 acres of lakes, trails and towns to explore, one day is hardly enough—so stay over.

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Audubon Wildlife Art & Craft Festival

Date: July 20-21, 2019

Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Price: $5/adults; children under 12 free

If you love animals and art inspired by nature and wildlife, this Pocono Mountains festival combines the best of both worlds. In addition to nearly 100 artists and artisans displaying and selling their original wares, wildlife shows are scheduled throughout the day, featuring owls, snakes, lizards and mammals local to the area. Plus, live ice sculpting, activities for the kids and daily door prizes. Come to Wallenpaupack Area High School the third weekend in July to join in on the fun!

Wayne County Fair

DateAugust 2-10, 2019

TimeFairground: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Midway and rides: noon-11 p.m.

Price$10/person (includes most grandstand shows, parking and rides)

A 157-year summer tradition! Take the family to enjoy a full day of rides, games and all your favorite fair foods. Entertainment includes horse, tractor and truck pulls, car thrill shows, demolition derby, free grandstand shows and fireworks. Livestock contests and baking contests are all part of the fun. Enter into the competitions or simply enjoy watching.

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Festival of Wood

DateAugust 3-4, 2019

TimeSaturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

PriceFree; mansion tours available for $5/per person

Enjoy handmade wood crafts, music, children’s activities, live wood carving, educational exhibits and more at the 15th annual Festival of Wood. The event takes place at Grey Towers National Historic Landmark. While you are there, take a self-guided tour of the estate’s scenic grounds, or learn the history of the property on a guided mansion tour.

Wally Lake Fest

DateAugust 23-25, 2019

TimeVaries daily by activity

PriceFree; fees apply to some activities

Lake Wallenpaupack is Pennsylvania’s third largest man-made lake with 52 miles of shoreline providing plenty of fun activities all summer long. You can stretch the summer just a little bit longer at Wally Lake Fest. This festival celebrates all that Lake Wallenpaupack and the surrounding area have to offer with events for all ages.

There’s truly something for everyone at Wally Lake Fest with live music, motorcycle and bike rides, and kayak and standup paddleboarding demos. Explore the open-air market, take part in a beer or cheese tasting and grab a cold treat at the ice cream social.

A floating stage provides live music and there’s a boat, watercraft and outdoor show so you can find the perfect way to enjoy the lake. A kid’s activity zone with face painting, tattoos and balloons makes sure everyone has fun. There are activities enough at Wally Lake Fest to keep you busy for the day or the weekend. What to know before you go.

Greene Dreher Sterling Fair

DateAugust 23-September 1, 2019

TimeVaries by day

PriceMidweek admission: $6/person; weekend admission: $8/person; senior and multi-day rates available; additional fees apply to special features

The Greene Dreher Sterling Fair in Newfoundland is a great way to cap off the summer. Started back in 1917, the fair was originally intended to promote the agricultural lifestyle by showcasing the skills those in the local community used every day.

Today the fair honors its beginnings with agricultural exhibits, events, and competitions along with plenty of additional activities. There are a variety of vendors to shop, games and rides for the kids and live music to make for a full day of fun.

Pocono Garlic & Harvest Festival

Date: August 31-September 1, 2019

Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Price: Advance: $9/adult, $7.50/child; gate: $12.50/adult, $8.50/child; free for children 4 and under

Calling all garlic lovers! Visit Shawnee Mountain this Labor Day weekend to enjoy the offerings of over 60 food and craft vendors for everything from garlic vinegar and garlic ice cream to garlic-themed pottery and paintings. There will also be live musical performances, educational demonstrations and plenty of children’s activities. If you’re really passionate about the fragrant bulb, you can enter the garlic eating contest; in addition to a trophy and prizes, the winner leads the Garlic Processional Parade as the king or queen of the festival.

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