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Here's a look at what's new for the Erie area in 2021-22 including a new African American Heritage Tour, updates to the Erie Zoo, Kellar's Magic & Comedy Club, Hagen History Center plus... Presque Isle State Park celebrates it's 100-yr anniversary in 2021!
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Mark Your Calendars!  Tall Ships Erie returns in 2022!  Niagara. Lynx.Pride of Baltimore II. parade of sail through Erie channel TSE 2013. photo by Tim McLaughlin

The return of Tall Ships Erie will take place August 25-28, 2022. Several Tall Ships will join Erie’s Flagship, the U.S. Brig Niagara in the popular Parade of Sails, ship tours and more for this 4-day event! Set your course for our shores!

Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk

Erie Arts & Culture assisted the Erie Downtown Development CorporationSculpture Walk Big Sky to plan and implement  the first-ever Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk, a year-round outdoor exhibition of art. This privately funded initiative was curated by a panel of local leaders, art enthusiasts, and Downtown stakeholders. The Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk features 15 sculptures in Downtown Erie and the Bayfront, representing the work of 13 different artists from throughout the United States. The inaugural set of sculptures are on display through August 2023. As you participate in the Downtown Erie Sculpture Walk, we encourage you to think critically about public art. We've created a handy guide to assist you in the process. The questions we encourage you to reflect on are intended to assist you in moving beyond immediate responses such as "I like/don't like it" and "I don't get it." For a list and map of current sculptures, click here.  (pictured is "Big Sky" by Nathan Pierce)

Erie Zoo Wild Open Spaces campaign seeks to bring more animals, more exhibits and more upgrades to the Zoo in 2022 and beyond. Improvements include Main Zoo Building renovation, Colobus monkey exhibit, new otter exhibit, expanded giraffe exhibit and a new bear exhibit designed to house sloth bears.  Other plans include a new 40-person restaurant, additional concession areas, expanded gift shop and a new train station.   

Frontier Park's THE GRIFF" - Three 40’ giant stainless steel slides will soon debut at Frontier Park (Fall 2021). The attraction is being calledGiant Slides G Wolford GoErie “The Griff” and is located on the hillside just south of the Frontier Park playground off West Sixth Street.  Other parts of The Griff include stairs and a stone archway.  The slides are for both children and adults. Frontier Park is a 33-acre park located in Erie’s west side featuring over 1,000 trees plus pathways, kiosks, education center, amphitheater and plenty of year-round outdoor recreation and educational programs.

Presque Isle State Park
recently announced the installation of eight new electric vehicle charging stations under construction. Four will be installed at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC), two at Beach 8 and two at the Presque Isle Marina. 

Oliver’s Beer Garden – Summer 2021. Located between the Erie Maritime Museum and the new Hampton Inn & Suites, Oliver’s Beer Garden will feature local breweries plus pour drafts of its signature brew, Shipfaced. There will be 16 draft beers on tap plus a full bar with cocktails, mixed drinks, hard seltzers and more. A food truck will serve Smith’s Hot Dogs, Italian Sausage Sandwiches, a Lobster & Seafood Rolls, Gyros, and Salads. Also includes outdoor fire pits, Adirondack chairs, picnic tables with umbrellas, and yard games such as bocce and corn hole. A large stage for live music and special events is viewable from the entire seating area.

Kellar’s: A Modern Magic & Comedy Club Kellars Opening 2

Shows appearing and disappearing nightly featuring the brightest names in Comedy and Magic performing live on stage, from TV shows like America’s Got Talent, Penn & Teller: Fool Us, The Tonight Show, Last Comic Standing and Netflix. Formerly Jr.’s Last Laugh Comedy Club, Kellar's is a Magical Experience Bar/Restaurant. Meet the Real Wizard of Oz! Celebrating the man who defined magic, inspired the Wizard of Oz and mentored Houdini! Henrich “Harry” Kellar is from Erie PA, and the new club looks inside Kellar’s life and illusions with memorabilia and genuine artifacts from Kellar’s career.

Zenarii Kayak Rentals & Youth Fishing Lessons is a local family-owned business who want to share their love for the outdoors with others. They offer single or tandem kayaks for all ages (canoe also available on special request). Two or four hour rentals (for groups up to 5 people) on local waters which include: Howard Eaton Reservoir, Lake Pleasant, Findley Lake and Lake LeBoeuf. Also offering French Creek float trips for 16 and older, in which they drop you off and take you back to your vehicle at the end of the trip! Youth Fishing Lessons and they provide all fishing gear needed for children ages 5 to 16.

Your Sailing Adventure – Make great memories with people on sailing adventures and city explorations. Beginning May 2021 experience 4-day adventures, private charters, sunset sails and more!

Hagen History Center/Erie County Historical Society has plans to unveil nine new exhibits during their summer campus grand reopening July 16-18, 2021. Among those exhibits is a sword belonging to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.  The sword has been inFrankLloydWright Exhibit the historical society’s collection since before 1913.  Another new exhibit is Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic San Francisco Office (rebuilt).  Wright’s 1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet, will also be on display along with a 17-foot model of The Butterfly Bridge, a structure designed to connect San Francisco and Oakland across the bay with a monumental reinforced concrete bridge, proposed in 1949. While the bridge was never built, the impressive model was featured in the Bruce Willis film “Die Hard.” The office is a permanent exhibit, but the Cord is on loan only until October, and the bridge will be on display for at least a year. Eight of the nine exhibits scheduled for display are part of the first phase of the center's $2.5 million comprehensive exhibit design plan.

Flagship City Food Hall

Showcasing Erie’s diverse culinary talent with a passion for food and cooking’ located in the heart of Downtown Erie. Vendors will include: Luckie Louie’s Beer & Wieners, Taste of Love, Shawarma Station, Red Letter Hospitality (brick oven pizza, delicatessen and taco stand), The Straw Hat Sundae Shop, Taste and See Fruit & Veggie Bar. The Hall will also have live music, public art displays, themed nights and events. Coming summer 2021

Goodell Gardens Expansion

Goodell Gardens & Homestead is launching their next phase of development. After an extensive strategic planning process, Goodell Gardens & Homestead identified several goals to help guide programming, development, and vision over the next three years. Goals include increased programming, adding trails to the 80-acre site, renovating existing structures, improving amenities for gatherings and events, and adding an observation platform where visitors can see the wildlife on Edinboro Lake Cove. They are also in the beginning stages of planning a Children's Garden and new Visitors Center. 2022-23

Hampton Inn Bayfront Hotel & Oliver’s Rooftop Bar & Restaurant 

Erie's newest hotel, a Hampton Inn & Suites along Erie's Bayfront opened in the fall of 2020. Featuring stunning views of Presque Isle Bay, including panoramic views from Oliver's Rooftop restaurant on the hotel's eighth floor. The hotel's interior design pays tribute to the Erie region's rich naval history and is inspired by Oliver Hazard Perry, a naval commander in the War of 1812. Learn More.

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UPMC Ballpark 

Home to the Erie SeaWolves AA baseball team, the new improvements to the Park include a new entranceway, indoor expanded team store, updated picnic and beer garden, new stadium club, home plate suite, enhanced ballpark suites, renovated restrooms, playing surface and scoreboard upgrades. Learn More.


Asbury Woods Low Ropes Course 

Asbury Woods is excited to announce the launch a brand new outdoor recreational activity. Six low ropes course elements have been installed and are ready for groups (minimum of 6 people) to schedule programs. These elements are designed to challenge participants through cooperation, communication, and team-driven problem solving. Groups of all kinds can take on these challenges during a facilitated session with a trained Asbury Woods employee.


African American Heritage Tour with Audio!

Explore this new self-guided tour with audio! VisitErie has partnered with the creators of A Shared Heritage Tour and Erie Arts & Culture to create a new tour that celebrates Erie County Black History.  The new self-guided audio-narrated tour is available through VisitErie’s ‘Hello Erie’ mobile app and online here. The African American History Tour features 35 historic points of interest, public art, and businesses that pay tribute to the City of Erie's African American heritage.  


Grand re-opening of the Warner Theatre – Fall 2021 

$26.7 million in upgrades including a new stage and orchestra shell, updated sound system and many behind-the-scene improvements.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! 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

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.

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Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

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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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Port Farms Fall Harvest

Experience Fall Harvest at Port Farms September 18th - October 31st. With a variety of activities, the farm is sure to please guests of all ages. Located in Erie County, PA, the farm offers many activities including a Jumpkin Patch, Slide Mountain, Tiny Town, Pedal Carts, 8-acre Corn Maze, Pumpkin Picking, and MUCH more. Create lasting memories today!

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New Direct Daily Flights to Washington, DC

Erie International Airport now offers two direct daily flights to and from Washington Dulles International Airport with connecting flights to the east coast, west coast and international destinations. Book your flight today!

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The Cork 1794

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

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Creation Station

The Creation Station is an unique arts and crafts studio where kids can create and have fun!
Book your birthday party, register for a ladies night out or stop in during open Craft days and choose a project from the project board.

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Millcreek Mall

A destination for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Experience it all!

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