Information subject to change.
What a spectacular time to take in some fresh air and breath-taking scenery as the Pocono Mountains serves up the perfect mix of outdoor weather and unique colorful views! Enough “chit-chat” with so many entertainment options coming up let’s get right to the details…
Friday, September 19: Night Hike at Big Pocono State Park, Tannersville, (570) 894-8336, email@example.com. Excitement for the senses, this twilight stroll introduces you to the critters that roam the night. Registration is required for this free program.
Friday, September 19: Paddle on the Lake, PPL Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, (570)253-7001, Set out for a fun kayak/canoe paddle and educational program on Lake Wallenpaupack from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Learn about lake history, monitoring and wildlife at a novice pace. Kayaks will be available for rent you may bring your own. PFD’s must be worn, and will be available with kayak rental. NEWE is offering kayak rentals for $30 and tandems for $45. Registration is required and limited to the first 25 people.
Saturday, September 20: Bird Photography 101, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Call for details on this lesson in taking pictures of our fine feathered friends led by wildlife photographer Bob Shank from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $15
Saturday, September 20: Hawk Watch at Big Pocono State Park, Tannersville, (570) 894-8336, firstname.lastname@example.org. Scan the skies for intriguing creatures including migrating raptors, kestrels and bald eagles from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is required for this free program.
Saturday, September 20: Milford Festival Medley of Music throughout the Streets, Milford, www.milfordmusicfest.org. This borough-wide sidewalk event mixes music, shopping and dining all around town all day long! Checkout their website for a lineup of performers and times.
Saturday, September 20: PEEC PRO SERIES: Fall Warblers with Dr. Terry Master, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Master, biology professor at ESU, offers and in depth look at the migrating fall warbler species from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Space is limited. Cost to register is $20 or signup for 4 PRO SERIES sessions at $70.
Saturday, September 20: Tree I.D., Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Roger Spotts leads this program on identifying trees in the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Cost is $5 for non-members with Kids under 12 at $3. EE members are free.
Saturday, September 20: Wild Things Ball benefiting Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Hotel Fauchere in Milford, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. PEEC’s Annual Fundraiser from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. includes a live auction, music, dancing served up with a slice of fun! Tickets are $125 per person.
Saturday, September 20: Wine Trail kicks off at Mountain View Vineyard Winery & Distillery, Stroudsburg, (570) 619-0053, www.mountainviewvineyard.com. Join MVV, one of seven members of the newly formed wine trail for information on the trail and Harvest Apple Sangria. Age 21+
Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21: Shawnee Rodeo & Chili Cook-off, Shawnee Mountain, (570) 421-7231, www.shawneemt.com. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. inviting guests to savor the flavor of the area’s finest chilis and take in a day at the rodeo starting at 2:00 p.m. Advance tickets & info is available online.
Sunday, September 21: 1st Annual Dave Fleetwood 5K Memorial Trail Run/Walk, West End Regional Park Brodheadsville, (570) 992-9733, www.weposc.org. In honor of Dave Fleetwood tragically killed in last year’s Ross Township Municipal Building shooting; this 3.1 mile event invites all ages and abilities for a trek through the new trail honoring his memory. A Community Appreciation Day follows later filled with free concerts, exhibits and more!
Sunday, September 21: Park History Tour, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Explore the Park to find the number of scenic and historic sites within. Bring water, lunch and a camera for great photo ops. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Call to reserve your seat in the van with carpooling encouraged.
Sunday, September 21: Pine Mill Community Hall Pancake Breakfast, Lookout, (570) 224-4876. Join PMCH 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. for a scrumpteous Sunday breakfast including omelets, pancakes, home fries, sausage and more! Adults $7 and Kids 12 and under $3.50.
Sunday, September 21: Pocono Cupcake Challenge, Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, (570) 421-7231, www.shawneemt.com. From noon to 3 p.m. Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort’s Grand Lawn will be transformed into A Cupcake Wonderland. This year 65 bakers have committed to baking 10 dozen cupcakes! That’s 7,900 cupcakes! Proceeds of each cupcake purchased will be donated to The United Way of Monroe County
Thursday, September 25: Hiking Series: Bear Creek Preserve, Hickory Run State Park Complex Nescopeck State Park, 570-403-2006. This challenging 5 mile hike through Bear Creek Preserve is set for 9:00 a.m. meeting north of Blakeslee off Route 115. Call the park office for details and directions. Free.
Saturday, September 27: 10th Annual Fun Dog Show, Stroudsburg Intermediate School, (570) 422-1484, www.melonsgift.org. Best wiggle? Best kisser? Check out these cutie canines and judge for yourself from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 27: Mount Pocono HarvestFest, Mount Pocono, (570) 350-6793, www.mtpoconoassn.com. If a traditional town square atmosphere is what you enjoy check out HarvestFest from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Route 611.
Saturday, September 27: National Public Lands Day Entrance Fee Free at Steamtown, Scranton, (570) 241-8258, www.nps.gov/stea. Steamtown National Historic Site honors the day with free admission to park grounds, museums and scheduled walking tours. You can also opt in with a train ride on the Scranton Limited for just $5 for all ages 6 and up. Open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 27: National Public Lands Day Park Cleanup, Hickory Run State Park Complex Nescopeck State Park, 570-403-2006. Help one of your favorite parks tidy up with landscaping, trail trimming, litter pickup and work in the nature classroom. Younger helpers are also welcome to join in with registration required. Meet at the Park Office.
Saturday, September 27: PEEC’s 4th Annual Harvest Festival, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Enjoy the great outdoors during autumn with guests welcomed at $5 per car from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28: Howetown Farm Show,Sterling, (570) 595-0452 or (570) 650-8302. This fun and educational show about early farm life runs each day from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. See live demonstrations of antique farm equipment such as a mule-powered treadmill, hit & miss engines, corn sheller, shingle mill, steam engines and much more. Watch us make home-made ice cream and enjoy a free sample along with an assortment of other fine food. Observe the ladies spinning, quilting or weaving. Take a horse-drawn hay ride. Free admission and parking.
Sunday, September 28: Book Signing at Quiet Man Bookshop, Mountainhome, (570) 223-3565, www.quietmanbookshop.com. Meet three local authors Sahar Abdulaziz: As One Door Closes & But You Look Just Fine, Tina Brown: A Life Not My Own &Struggle of the Women Folk, and Liz Pemberton: An Autumn Sunrise as they discuss thoughts behind their diverse and exciting books from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 28: Pocono Lake Region 13.1 Half Marathon, Honesdale, (570)226-3191, www.northernpoconoschamber.com. Open to anyone 16 years old and up, this half marathon where support along the way is considered vital as runners take on the monumental challenge. Registration is $65 for signups before September 15 then $70 from September 16 to 27.
Sunday, September 28: Pocono Mountain Summer Concert Series Winds Down, Blakeslee, (570) 646-0309, faithlutheranblakeslee.org. Keith Naylor and Friends performs in this final segment of Faith Lutheran Church’s 2014 free summer concert series. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. There’s also a spaghetti dinner planned before the concert from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dinner costs $8 for adults and $4 for kids age four to ten.
Wednesday, October 1: Public Bog Walk, Tannersville, (570) 629-3060, www.mcconservation.org. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center invites all to enjoy a 1 p.m. stroll through the bog. Cost is $4 for EE members and kids under 12 with non-members at $6. Pre-registration required.
Wednesday, October 1: Wild Edible Plant Walk, Covington Township, (570) 842-1506, www.lackawanna.edu/EnvironmentalEducation. Join herbalist, Nathanial Whitmore 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. as he ID’s often overlooked, nutritious species growing right under our noses. Pre-registration required at $5 per person.
Thursday, October 2: Raccoon Ridge Field Trip, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3060, www.mcconservation.org. A spectacular mountaintop lookout awaits. Observe the hawk migration and learn the lore of this storied site. Meet at KCEEC at 8:30 a.m. returning 5:30 p.m. Cost is $18 EE members and $24 non-members. Pre-registration with payment required.
Friday, October 3: First Friday Art Walk, Scranton,(800)22-WELCOME, www.visitnepa.org. Support local artists and businesses while enjoying paintings, photography, sculpture, music and performing art at venues throughout Downtown Scranton.
Saturday, October 4: Meet & Greet Civil War Generals at the Catlin House, Scranton, (570) 344-3841, www.lackawannahistory.com. Join Lackawanna Historical Society as they host members of the Confederation of Union Generals for a wine & cheese reception starting at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required for this reception costing $10.
Saturday, October 4: Wildlife Detective Training, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3060, www.mcconservation.org. This 2 hour training starting at 10 a.m. will teach methods of recognizing and ID’ing clues left behind by critters. Cost is $5 non-members, $3 children under 12 with EE members free.
Sunday, October 5: Dunmore Cemetery Tour, Dunmore, 800-22-WELCOME, www.visitnepa.org. Presented by the Dearly Departed Players- this tour is sure to thrill.
Sunday, October 5: Math in Nature Fractal Hike, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Enjoy a hike along one of PEEC’s trails and discover the mathematical patterns in nature from 1-3 p.m. All ages welcome so be sure to bring sturdy shoes and a water bottle. The cost is $5.
Sunday, October 5: The Italian Experience in America Presentation, Scranton, (570) 344-3841, www.lackawannahistory.com. Author Paolo Battaglia will present his book, “Explorers, Emigrants, Citizens: A Visual History of the Italian American Experience from the Collections of the Library of Congress” at Lackawanna Historical Society’s Catlin House starting at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, October 8: Black Diamond Trail Hike at Hickory Run, Drums, (570) 403-2006. This 8 mile “easy hike” offers exercise mixed with a touch of history amongst nature starting at 9:00 a.m. Free.
Friday, October 10: Author Book Talk & Luncheon, Hotel Wayne in Honesdale, (570) 253-1220. Friends of the Wayne County Public Library present this unique opportunity to enjoy a 12:30 p.m. luncheon with Scholar/Author Dr. Bambi Lobdell as she examines the life of 19th century historical figure Lucy Ann/Joseph Israel Lobdell. Deadline for advance ticket purchase of $20 is October 8.
Friday, October 10: Second Friday Art Walk, Clarks Summit, (800) 22-WELCOME, www.visitnepa.org. Take Two…Return to Downtown Scranton and support local artists and businesses as you enjoy various art mediums.
Saturday, October 11: Annual Apple Fest at Faith Lutheran Church, Blakeslee, (570) 646-0309, www.faithlutheranblakeslee.org. Apple themed dessert delights along with crafts including Christmas items will be on sale. Indoors 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, October 11: Indoor Flea Market & Bake Sale, Hawley, (570) 226-9820, email@example.com. Shop to your heart’s desire at and benefiting Hawley Fire Department runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Deals and Desserts-who could ask for anything more?!
Saturday, October 11: Run for the Outdoors 5K at Spruce Lake, Canadensis, www.runfortheoutdoors.org. This popular 5K in its 2nd year running delivers a scenic tour of the Spruce Lake property with an awards ceremeny including plans for a “Mad Dash” encouraging kids to enjoy healthy outdoor activities. There’s also food and games for the entire family. Run starts at 9:30 a.m. rain or shine. Register online today!
Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12: 40th Annual Harvest Festival at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg, (570) 992-6161, www.quietvalley.org. QV hosts this event four decades in the making Celebrating Penn’s Woods with folk entertainment, wagon rides, heritage craft demos and more from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Sunday, October 12: Model Train Show & Sale, Hawley Fire House, (570)226-9820, firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy various railway displays and models available for purchse with proceeds benefitting the fire department. Admission is $3 with kids under 12 in for FREE.
Sunday, October 12: Steamtown Marathon, Scranton, (800) 22-WELCOME, www.visitnepa.org. This 19th Annual run through Scranton has gained such a following it’s sold out! But there’s always room for spectators to cheer on these amazing athletes as they take on the 26 miles course starting at 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, October 18: Bonfire at the Scranton Iron Furnaces, Scranton, (570)963-4804, www.visitnepa.org. Benefitting the Anthracite Heritage Museum explores the roots of Halloween in Celtic Culture and other autumn festivals highlighting NEPA’s industrial past. Features live music, fire juggling, a drum circle, and an awe inspiring Sky Lantern Launch. Tickets available at the door for $20 with kids 12 and under are free.
Saturday, October 18: Nature at Night, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Take a walk in the woods to listen for owls, look at stars and enjoy the music of the night for $5 from 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19: Chambourcin Weekend, Mountain View Vineyard Winery & Distillery, Stroudsburg, www.mountainviewvineyard.com. Join MVV as they celebrate the premier grape of the region from 12-5 p.m. Saturday and 12-3:30 p.m. Sunday. Age 21+
Saturday, October 18: Last Fling Pumpkin Sling at Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, (908)339-8920. Running or shall we say flinging each day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. this event will include pumpkin slinging by catapult and trebuchet teams in both youth and adult divisions. Sir Chunks A Lot demonstrations will take place three times daily both days. There will be a Kid’s Korner and activity tent with mini pumpkin slinging, a hay ride and children’s hay maze. Advance tickets are $8, Kids 5-12 are $6 and under age 4 are free.
Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26: Quiet Valley’s Spooky Day on the Farm, Stroudsburg, (570) 992-6161, www.quietvalley.org. Fun tours with a Halloween theme.
Saturday, October 25: Roba Family Farms Trick or Treat Party, North Abington Township, (570) 563-2904, www.robafamilyfarms.com. You’re invited to a party on the farm from noon to 4 p.m. so wear your Halloween costume, and march in the parade then grab some treats at the Sundown Corral. The parade begins at the Roba Family Farms stage at 1:30pm.
Friday, October 31: Forevermore: A Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe at Grey Towers, Milford, (570) 296-9625, www.greytowers.org. A Halloween treat indeed as these dramatic readings at 6 and 8 p.m. of select works by the legendary author is sure to send chills. Appropriate for high school age and older. Tickets are $20.
Saturday, November 1: Pumpkin Madness at Roba Farm, North Abington Township, (570)563-2904, www.robafamilyfarms.com. What a way to celebrate the season finale than a pumpkin massacre! For $8.95 per person, there promises to be “smashin’, mashin’ and bashin’ pumpkins galore from noon to 5:00 p.m. or while pumpkin supplies last.
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Ongoing: Wednesdays September 17 through November 12: Guided Bog Walks,Tannersville, (570) 629-3060, www.mcconservation.org. Join an Environmental Educator from the Center for a 2 1/2 hour walk through Tannersville Bog each Wednesday morning at 1 p.m. Pre-registration required at $4 for EE & Nature Conservancy Members with Non-members at $6
Ongoing: Saturdays and Sundays: September 27 through November 23. Daily: November 28 through December 24: A Christmas Shop in the Christmas Spirit at The Briar Patch, Thornhurst, (570) 842-8072, www.briarpatchthornhurst.com. What a wonderful time of the year…Shopping Season! With wreaths, folk art, primitive crafts and more this is one stop you won’t want to miss! Checkout the website for hours.
Ongoing: September 27 through October 26: The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival, Lehighton, (610) 377-8400, www.countryjunction.com. Country Junction’s Annual Fall Fun returns offering tons of fun for $10 including unlimited hayrides, bounce house play and much more! Weekend unlimited carnival rides on the Midway also await for $8.
Ongoing: Through September: Pocono Arts Council Announces September Class Lineup, Stroudsburg, (570) 476-4460. From painting in acrylics and watercolors to drawing-even a Blues Guitar and Mandala Workship! Call for details!
Ongoing: October 4 with dates through October 26: 2014 Fall Foliage Excursions at Steamtown NHS, Scranton, (570) 340-5204, www.nps.gov/stea. A total of eight fall foliage excursions are set with trips planned to: East Stroudsburg- October 4, 11 and 25 departing each day at 9:00 a.m. returning 5:30 p.m. Moscow- October 5 and 26 departing 12:30 p.m. returning 4:00 p.m. Tobyhanna Station- October 12 departing 11:30 a.m. returing 3:30 p.m. Delaware Water Gap- October 19 departing 9:00 a.m. returning 5:00 p.m. All departures and returns are at Steamtown.
Ongoing: Fridays: Friday Happy Hour, Mountain View Vineyard, Winery and Distillery, 5866 Neola Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 619-0053, www.mountainviewvineyard.com. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy $1 off a glass of your favorite wine, savor a signature drink, and indulge in complimentary snacks! Featured items vary. Ages 21+ only. See website for details.
Ongoing: Saturdays and Sundays: Vineyard & Distillery Tours, Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery, 5866 Neola Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 619-0053, www.mountainveiwvineyard.com. Saturdays and Sundays. Vineyard Tours at 1 p.m. & Distillery Tours at 2 p.m. Mountain View Vineyard, Join Randy & Linda as they talk about MV’s history, how the wine is made and the types of grapes that grow in our area. MV’s Winery and Distillery is one of only two winery-distilleries in the state! So take a tour of the facilities and see how your favorite wine and spirits are made! Ages 21+ only.
Ongoing: Free Brewery Tours and Beer Tastings, Barley Creek BrewingCompany, Sullivan Trail and Camelback Road, Tannersville, (570) 629-9399, www.barleycreek.com. Free brewery tours are offered every day at 12:30 p.m. See the tanks and mills at the brewpub and learn how great beer is made! Tours are followed by free tastings of assorted Barley Creek brews. All ages welcome for tours; tastings restricted to participants 21 and older. Group tours by appointment.
Ongoing: Candle Making Demonstrations, House of Candles, Route 715, Henryville, (570) 629-1953, www.houseofcandles.com. See candles made at the Oldest Candle Shop of the Poconos! Dip your own “wax hand” between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. See website for details.
Keep an eye on this site for frequent updates & features as the fun’s just begun for your next Pocono Mountains adventure!