Read about fun things to do in Erie PA and surrounding Erie County. Check back with us often for the latest and greatest news, to-do lists, event happenings and inside looks!
Friday Dec 1st, 2023
This season make short work of your long holiday gift list and give the gift of memories, connection, and experiences with Experiences from Erie holiday gift packs!
Thursday Nov 9th, 2023
The holidays bring people together to celebrate the true spirit of the season and be surrounded by those who mean the most to us. During this special time of the year, the Erie region hosts many festive events, from dazzling light displays to heart-warming performances.
Friday Nov 3rd, 2023
Embracing the freedom of fall and cherishing quality time together provides the perfect reason to plan an overnight, week, or weekend getaway before the holiday season’s busy pace takes over. Take your time and explore at your own pace so your Erie getaway is relaxing and memorable.
Thursday Nov 2nd, 2023
Pack your bags, jump in the car, and make your plans to visit Erie for the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.
Photo Credit, NASA
Friday Oct 27th, 2023
Beyond Erie’s well-known attractions is a treasure trove of often missed attractions and experiences waiting to be discovered and explored. From historic buildings to delicious food, these ten hidden gems are among the region’s best-kept secrets.
Thursday Oct 26th, 2023
Treat yourself to the region’s irresistible assortment of comfort food delights that will satisfy your hunger and warm your heart.
Friday Sep 22nd, 2023
If you are looking for a shopping day filled with remarkable local shops and hidden gems, Erie, PA is the ideal shopping destination for you! In addition to Pennsylvania having no sales tax on clothing, the Erie community prioritizes supporting local businesses to create a unique and cost-effective shopping experience.
Wednesday Sep 20th, 2023
Fill up your mug, glass, goblet or stein with the crisp, sweet flavors of fall! From classic pumpkin spice and cinnamon to inventive and unexpected concoctions, this must-sip list has it all.
Friday Sep 15th, 2023
Fall in Erie is a magical time filled with crisp air, pumpkin patches, fall events and spectacular colors! The Erie region is one of the best places in Pennsylvania to experience fall’s beauty up close, especially when reflected in the waters of Lake Erie.
Friday Sep 15th, 2023
Whispers of otherworldly secrets and restless spirits beckon, as Eerie Pennsylvania readies for its spookiest season.
Friday Sep 15th, 2023
Erie coffee shops are always intriguing to visit as each café constantly updates their menus with innovative drinks and irresistible savory and sweet treats. At every coffee shop in Erie, it is effortless to find the perfect pair that best suits you and your taste buds.
Friday Sep 1st, 2023
Fall is a time for colorful leaves, Halloween costumes, hay rides, pumpkin spice everything, and some of Erie’s favorite festivals.
Wednesday Aug 30th, 2023
It's never too soon to start planning where you will be to view the upcoming total solar eclipse. The celestial phenomenon that has captured the imagination of skywatchers around the world takes place on Monday, April 8, 2024.
Wednesday Aug 2nd, 2023
Summertime in Erie, PA is encompassed by a nightlife scene that is charming, energizing, and entertaining. Relaxation and quality time spent with family and friends are at the heart of nightlife in Erie.
Tuesday Aug 1st, 2023
With miles of pristine sandy beaches, exhilarating water parks, invigorating splash pads, and a plethora of other options that will truly embrace your love for aquatic activities, the Erie area is brimming with refreshing options.
Monday Jul 24th, 2023
Our family had the pleasure of visiting Erie for three days in July. We were looking for a destination that would be inclusive and accessible for a variety of needs.
Wednesday Jul 12th, 2023
The Erie region has a vibrant drink scene with an array of summer libations from refreshing cocktails with tropically-inspired vibes to indulgent creations bursting with local flavors.
Thursday Jun 29th, 2023
The Erie region has many unique locations that are considered to be picture perfect. Here are a few suggestions of the best places to take a picture in the Erie area.
Friday Jun 23rd, 2023
Whether you seek scenic waterfront restaurants with colorful umbrellas and rooftop vistas, or a quaint locale adorned with decorative lighting and accompanied by the soothing sounds of live music, the options are plentiful.
Monday Jun 12th, 2023
Savor the flavors of the region with Erie County's vibrant farmers' markets.
Tuesday Jun 6th, 2023
Erie drag contributes to the region’s cultural diversity and serves as a form of artistic self-expression, entertainment, and celebration of inclusivity.
Thursday Jun 1st, 2023
Independence Day weekend in Erie, PA is packed with cherished traditions, friendly gatherings, picnics, parades, dazzling fireworks, and other festivities commemorating America’s independence.
Thursday Jun 1st, 2023
Escape from the daily grind and camp under the stars in Erie PA.
Friday May 26th, 2023
Nestled on the scenic shores of Lake Erie and flanked by the City of Erie, Presque Isle State Park is a year-round outdoor oasis and a national natural landmark that welcomes more than four million visitors annually, and with good reason. Photo by Tim Sharkey.
Friday May 26th, 2023
The Erie area provides the perfect setting for a host of water-based activities. Regardless of whether you own a boat or not, there are numerous ways to immerse yourself in some outdoor fun.
Thursday May 25th, 2023
Erie, Pennsylvania is considered by many to have some of the best sunsets in the world. Photo by @robhornaman.
Monday May 22nd, 2023
June marks a significant month for the LGBTQ+ community, where people come together to celebrate love, acceptance, and diversity. Erie, PA has numerous events lined up in June and throughout the summer for you to rejoice in inclusivity and self-expression.
Thursday May 11th, 2023
Indulge in a summer filled with making memories and budget-friendly family fun on Erie’s beautiful shores.
Thursday May 11th, 2023
Erie’s Bayfront District is a dynamic and lively waterfront area set between Downtown Erie and the southern shores of Presque Isle Bay. Photo by 814.Photo.
Tuesday May 9th, 2023
Tuesday May 2nd, 2023
The Erie area is packed with free festivals, events, attractions and activities to help you plan your lake escape and save a few dollars.
Friday Apr 21st, 2023
Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate and pay tribute to the remarkable birth mothers, adopted mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, mothers-in-law, or other motherly figures by expressing our heartfelt gratitude for their unwavering love and support.
Wednesday Apr 19th, 2023
Nestled on the scenic shores of Lake Erie, North East, Pennsylvania is a picturesque area that perfectly captures the essence of small-town charm.
Thursday Apr 6th, 2023
Corry, Pennsylvania has reinvented itself from a quiet small town of a few businesses and numerous empty storefronts into a revitalized, energetic town filled with a strong sense of community spirit, rich history, and new growth.
Friday Mar 31st, 2023
Erie County is home to numerous environmentally friendly attractions or "green" wonders.
Tuesday Mar 21st, 2023
Downtown Erie is a vibrant and dynamic area, bursting at the seams with energy and community pride. There is growth around almost every corner, from impressive new buildings and extraordinary expansions to repurposed spaces and inspiring stories.
Friday Mar 10th, 2023
End your weekend on a delicious note and bring your families and friends together for a bountiful brunch experience filled with love, laughter, and amazing food!
Wednesday Mar 1st, 2023
Now that warmer temperatures are on the way, are you ready to “spring” out of the house and find some fun things to do? Photo by @SnapsBySean
Tuesday Feb 28th, 2023
Erie’s arts and culture scene offers a vibrant mix of events for you to explore artistic expressions through various subjects such as visual arts, music, dance, and theater. These events will move, challenge, and inspire your senses, leaving lasting memories.
Monday Feb 27th, 2023
Discover the breathtaking beauty of Erie’s public gardens by exploring the flowers, shrubs, and trees that thrive there.
Friday Feb 24th, 2023
March is Women's History Month and to celebrate, VisitErie is shining a spotlight on four fabulous, Erie women business owners.
Friday Jan 27th, 2023
If you’re looking for ideas on how to spend a ski weekend in the Erie region, you and our slopes are covered! Make the most out of winter surrounded by beautfiul snow coated landscapes and the fresh, crisp air.
Friday Jan 20th, 2023
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and we’ve got some great ideas on how you can celebrate this special day in Erie PA. Whether it’s a girlfriend gathering, a traditional romantic night out or something a little different, there are many ways you can spend a memorable Valentine’s with the ones you love the most.
Thursday Jan 12th, 2023
Some of the region’s favorite foodie hangouts are found throughout Erie’s downtown. An assortment of breweries, cafes, restaurants, and taverns are dishing up everything from classic pub grub to inspired cuisine.
Tuesday Jan 3rd, 2023
Get ready to kick off the new year with these ideas to help you relax, reset, and recharge yourself in Erie, PA.
Thursday Dec 29th, 2022
Solve the problem every parent faces when hearing “we’re bored!” and “there’s nothing to do!” by treating them to an indoor adventure at one of Erie’s kid-friendly indoor attractions!
Tuesday Dec 27th, 2022
Here’s a look at what’s new in Erie, Pennsylvania for 2023!
Friday Dec 16th, 2022
Looking for fun things to do on New Year’s Eve that are kid-friendly or are you searching for something a little more grown-up? The Erie region has got you covered!
Wednesday Nov 30th, 2022
Whether you’re craving an after-dinner snack or in need of a little pick-me up, Erie has you covered! Treat yourself to a rich, chocolatey mug of hot cocoa or meet up with friends for a round of peppermint martinis.
Monday Nov 21st, 2022
The snow has arrived in Erie and that means SNOW MUCH FUN is waiting to be had!
Monday Nov 14th, 2022
It’s that time of year when the days get shorter, coats get longer and the lure of a warm, inviting dining room provides the perfect space to catch up with family and friends. Whatever the occasion, the Erie region has several warm, cozy locales where guests can shake off outdoor chills.
Monday Oct 17th, 2022
Whether you are getting together for the first time in years or just saw each other last week, it’s always exciting to plan a girlfriend getaway.
Tuesday Sep 20th, 2022
Fall is a time for colorful leaves, Halloween costumes, hay rides, pumpkin spice everything and some of Erie’s favorite festivals.
Tuesday Jul 5th, 2022
The Hagen History Center, formerly known as the Erie County Historical Society, is a museum campus located in downtown Erie with a focus on the history of Erie County over the past 200 years.
Friday Jul 1st, 2022
The Shops on the Hill, located in Erie’s Historic Federal Hill area, is a neighborhood that focuses on revitalizing small business, community engagement, diversity, and inclusion.
Tuesday Jun 14th, 2022
If you’re scratching your head over what to do for dad this Father’s Day, never fear! The Erie region has some great ideas to help you along.
Thursday May 19th, 2022
The PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor covers all of Northern Pennsylvania including parts of Erie County. The Erie segment has several attractions, shops and restaurants waiting for you to discover.
Tuesday Feb 22nd, 2022
March is Women's History Month and to celebrate, VisitErie is shining a spotlight on four local, and amazing, women business owners.
Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.
The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is a relaxed hotel eatery offering American fare all day in a scenic setting with a patio & bay views. Experience a fresh take on casual dining, from breakfast to dinner, with creative menu selections and regional cuisine in our waterfront restaurant. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.
Whether you’re searching for the perfect Christmas tree or a place to experience a magical horse-drawn sleigh ride, plan a trip to Port Farms! Join us at Santa’s Workshop every weekend for visits with Santa, live music, crafts, cookie decorating, and holiday food & drinks! We also offer cut-your-own trees, pre-cut trees, freshly made wreaths, holiday décor, and other great gifts throughout the week. Activities are a la carte. Plan an enchanting Christmas experience at Port Farms today! Plus, check out our new brewery, Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales!
Erie Events manages a four facility entertainment complex that includes the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, Bayfront Convention Center and UPMC Park. These four venues host a variety of events that include world-class entertainment, family friendly shows and sporting events.
Showcasing the incredible year round beauty of the City of Erie and its surrounding areas, commonly referred to as its area code "the 814". Explore some of Erie County's most breathtaking landscape photography.
AHN Saint Vincent has been here from the beginning, providing award-winning inpatient and outpatient medical care. Need express care? We’ve conveniently placed AHN facilities on the west and east side of Erie, just walk-in! AHN Saint Vincent is not only recognized locally (Erie’s Choice- Best Hospital) but nation-wide, so you can expect high-quality care, greater safety, and better results.
NOW OPEN! ASCEND fosters a community-centered climbing, fitness, and yoga experience by serving individuals and groups of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Located in Downtown Erie, ASCEND welcomes Erie visitors to stop in and give climbing a try!
Join us at Peek'n Peak Resort for a Fall adventure you won't want to miss! From the 35th Annual Fall Fest on October 14-15 and 21-22 to the epic German Beer Fest known as the Wurst Party Ever on November 4 and the hilarious Medieval Feast Dinner Theater on November 10-12 & 17-19, there's something for everyone! Check out our full event schedule and secure your tickets now at pknpk.com/events.
The Mazza family welcomes you to explore 3 unique locations in Lake Erie Wine Country. Sip and savor award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA, and be sure to visit their combination winery, distillery and brewery, Mazza Chautauqua Cellars/Five & 20 Spirits and Brewing, in nearby Westfield, NY.
The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.
Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”
UPMC Hamot is a 458-bed hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital serves as a regional referral hub and is the only accredited trauma center in the region.
We proudly opened our doors in Erie in 1965. A lot has changed between now and then, but our mission remains the same – offer fresh food, from our favorite local brands, at a convenient location. In one stop, you can fill up your gas tank and grab breakfast, lunch, groceries and a bottle of wine or a 6-pack to go. We look forward to serving you and your family during your trip to Erie!
The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.
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