Information subject to change.
Friday, August 28 & Saturday, August 29: Bioblitz!: Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Join us for a survey of the plants and animals located within the Park. We’ll be sending out teams of experts and volunteers to find and identify as many species as possible. Additional activities will also be offered at PEEC. Pre-registration required but event is free.
Friday, August 28 through Sunday, August 30: Wally Lake Fest 2015, Lake Wallenpaupack, (570) 226-2141, www.wallylakefest.com. Families and friends attend the action packed event celebrating this scenic lake and all it has to offer. The festival gives people the opportunity to have a blast out on the water and on dry land. It’s also an ideal way to spend the last summer weekend together before back to school and the Labor Day holiday.
Saturday, August 29: Amphibian and Reptile Ramble, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Join Brian Hardiman from 10 am to noon for an educational morning searching for salamanders, frogs, turtles, and snakes. Cost: $5/non-members, $3/children under 12, and free for EE Center Members.
Saturday, August 29 & Sunday, August 30: Summer Bash: Family Fun Fest, Country Junction “World’s Largest General Store”, Lehighton, (610) 377-8400, www.countryjunction.com. Join Olaf and his friends at the Summer Bash Family Fun Festival. Spend the day singing and dancing with Anna and Elsa, bouncing on bounce houses, having water balloon fun, and start a war with your friends at the all new Ballistic Battle Zone indoor Nerf arena. It’s all waiting for you at Country Junction’s Event Center the best place for great family fun. Hours are 11 am to 5 pm and admission is $5/adult and $10/children.
Sunday, August 30: Jim Shore Meet & Greet, American Candle, Bartonsville, (570) 629-3388, www.american-candle.com. Meet the artist, Jim Shore, and see his work and see the new introductions! Call to make a reservation and the event goes from 1 to 3 pm. No cost for admission.
Friday through Monday, September 4 to 7: LA FESTA ITALIANA, Courthouse Square, Downtown Scranton, www.lafestaitaliana.org. What a way to spend Labor Day weekend! Enjoy the sights, scents & sounds as LA FESTA’s festivities join the cultural amazement that is Scranton with over 80 vendors, live entertainment & let’s not forget the authentic Italian cuisine! Check-out This Week’s back cover…listing the lineup of tremendous talent & times!
Saturday & Sunday, September 5 & 6: Pocono Garlic Festival, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, East Stroudsburg, www.shawneemt.com. “Celebrating 21 years of Pocono Garlic,” over 50 vendors set to fill the air with garlicious scents, savory eats & sensational sounds with live entertainment & more 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets at the gate: $12.50 adults & $8.50 kids 5-12 with under age 4 free. Two day passes are $17.
Saturday, September 5: Quiet Valley’s Farm to Table Experience, Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg, (570) 992-6161, www.quietvalley.org. Explore the Quiet Valley way of life with a glimpse into whole food flare with groups going out every 20 minutes between 4p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tastings take 11/2 hours with tickets available in the gift shop that day at $15 for adults & $10 kids ages 3-12.
Friday through Sunday, September 11 to 13: PA Oktoberfest, Mohegan Sun Pocono, Wilkes-Barre, www.mohegansunpocono.com & www.paoktoberfest.com. Slap on some Lederhosen & head out to check-out live performances, wiener dog races, & what’s called, “The best brats & strudels” around. This is a 21 & over event* Tickets are $5. Peek at This Week’s Entertainment Segment for a tally on times.
Saturday, September 12: Woofstock, Camp KCS, Long Pond (570) 646-6012. An invitation to all- owners & leashed friendly pets alike to enjoy a day of festive play benefitting Monroe Animal League. Includes live entertainment, demonstrations, prizes & more from noon to 7 p.m. Free to attend you decide what to spend with fabulous food, raffles & vendors.
Saturday, September 12: Hike to the Top, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Join Environmental Educator Brittney Coleman for this 10 a.m. “discovery hike” to the top of the unnamed ridge across from EE Center. See undisturbed wildlife, a glacial erratic boulder & do some off-trail exploring. Wear proper shoes & bring water with a snack. Cost is $5/non-members, $3/children under 12. EE Center members free.
Sunday, September 13: Bridge the Gap: Day Paddle, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Join PEEC from 9 to 3 for a free daytime paddle down the scenic Delaware. Bring lunch & a water bottle. Dress for the weather. Choose between a canoe or kayak. Pre-registration required by 9/06 as space is limited.
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.