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Spring Into Fun: Ten Must-See Arts and Culture Events in Erie, PA

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. Experience the power of creativity firsthand and schedule yourself to attend these engaging spring arts and culture events throughout the Erie region.

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Downtown Art Brunch
March 11, April 8, May 13, and June 10
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Every second Saturday of the month, art enthusiasts can visit four downtown art galleries while enjoying light brunch refreshments and strolling through a multitude of beautiful and inspiring art exhibits. The participating galleries are Glass Growers Gallery, City Gallery, D’Hopkins Denniston Gallery Fine Art, and The 10|20 Collective. Admission is free.

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The 100th Annual Nicole and Harry Martin Spring Show
March 17 - August 11, Erie Art Museum
Thursday-Friday 2-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m.
It’s time to party with the Erie Art Museum as they celebrate the 100th Annual Nicole & Harry Martin Spring Show. The annual juried event showcases multi-media artwork from artists living or working within a 250-mile radius of Erie. This year’s juror is art historian and arts administrator Gaëtane Verna, the executive director of Wexner Centre for the Arts. General museum admission is free for members and $10 for non-members.

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Artist Exhibits: Malcolm Christhilf and Rachael Burke
March 24 – April 24 (Malcolm), April 28 – June 12 (Rachael), Glass Growers Gallery
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Specializing in still life and landscape paintings, Malcolm Christhilf is a professor of Fine Arts at Edinboro University and has been exhibited in national and regional exhibitions for more than thirty years. With a fascination for the energy of nature and its elements, Rachel Burke, a former art professor at Edinboro University, has had numerous solo exhibitions in many galleries, museums, and universities. Admission is free.

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Cirque at the Symphony with Troupe Vertigo
April 15, Warner Theater
3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Presented by the Erie Philharmonic inside the historic and recently renovated Warner Theater, the 2022-23 Pops season concludes with Troupe Vertigo, a group of expert circus performers who have collaborated with numerous national and international symphonies. Expect an evening of stunning physical feats choreographed into stunning works of art. Ticket information can be found here.

April 15 – May 10, Erie Station Dinner Theatre
Wednesday Noon, Saturday 5:30 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m.
This comedy by Norm Foster tells the tale of a married pair of struggling actors who decide to reinvent themselves as self-help gurus. Soon they have it all from fame to fortune, along with a shocking discovery. Their lives unravel in a hilarious farce as they try to conceal a body and hold on to their falsely won fame. Box office hours and tickets are here.

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“Spooks, The Haunting of the Skowronski Sisters”
April 21 – May 6, PACA (Performing Artist Collective Alliance)
Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m.
This play, which showcases an Erie theme, was written by local playwright Richard Boler and enjoyed a successful run of over 100 performances at the former Roadhouse Theater. Set in 1986, the Skowronski sisters have gathered for a blessing of the family home, but a ghostly presence disrupts the ceremony and demands an airing of the family’s “horrible secret”. The sisters’ dilemma: Just exactly whose horrible secret is it? Tickets can be found here.

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Presque Isle Gallery & Gifts Spring Open House
April 22, Inside the Tom Ridge Environmental Center
5-9 p.m.
Filling the gift shop and the first floor of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, the annual spring event highlights artwork from more than 20 local artists in an eclectic mix of mediums including photography, painting, sculpture, textiles, and pottery. Door prizes, snacks, live music, and local libations will be available. Admission is free.

“What is Susan’s Secret”
May 5 – 21, All An Act Theatre
Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.
This fresh and unique play is an American farce about the story of the endearing and elderly Michael and Susan Edwards, their seemingly mundane lives, and the unique characters they meet. It is a performance of unexpected mayhem and hilarity. Box office hours and tickets are here.

Disney Pixar’s “Finding Nemo, Jr.”
May 12-21, Erie Playhouse
Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.
The musical adaptation of the beloved Pixar movie comes to life on the Playhouse stage. Take an epic adventure across the ocean with Nemo, Dory, and all their sea creature friends in a vibrant underwater story full of family, friendship, and adventure. Box office hours and tickets are here.

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Edinboro Art & Music Festival
May 19-21, Downtown Edinboro, PA
Events take place at various times all weekend
This festival showcases grassroots art and music in the unique spirit of Appalachian culture and tradition. Activities include a variety of live music performances, instrumental workshops (banjo, ukulele, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, etc.), health and well-being workshops, local artisan and food vendors, as well as a children’s tent with interactive art workshops, sing-a-longs, DIY stations, and drum-making. Admission is free.

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Erie Events

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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.

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Oliver’s Bayfront Mini Golf

This 18-hole course is the newest addition to Oliver’s Beer Garden, offering stunning views of Erie’s Bayfront and the Bicentennial Tower. Play your round and then enjoy delicious food & drink from the snack bar or Oliver’s Food Truck!

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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.

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Dobbins Landing

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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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Summer Days at Port Farms

Join us for Summer Days at Port Farms from August 5th through September 10th! Enjoy 5-acres of u-pick flowers, themed festivals every weekend, special events, dances, live music, farm treats, specialty drinks, 20+ farm attractions and more! There is something for everyone.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

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