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Here's a look at what's new for the Erie area in 2022 including Tall Ships Erie, Erie Sports Center, Flagship City Food Hall and more!
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Niagara. Lynx.Pride of Baltimore II. parade of sail through Erie channel TSE 2013. photo by Tim McLaughlin

  • Mark your calendars! 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!
  • Erie Sports Center - The Sports Center will be a 28-acre multi-purpose venue for sports, tourism, business and social events as well as sports conferences. The facility will also have 61,000 sq. ft. indoor dome with FIFA –certified astro turf, 12 outdoor soccer fields and 8 baseball fields, Fun Park with go karts, mini golf, batting cages and climbing wall, 1,800 sq. ft. beach arena (where the bumper boats resided) for volleyball and soccer, 150 seat LUMI café/restaurant/bar, conference room and sports science facility. Phase 1 opens Winter 2021, Phases 2 and 3 are set for spring 2022 and beyond.
  • Flagship City Food HallShowcasing Erie’s diverse culinary talent with a passion for food and cooking’ located in the heart of Downtown Erie. Vendors include: Luckie Louie’s Beer & Wieners, A Taste of Love, Shawarma Station, Dina’s Authentic Domincan, Blue Willow Bakery & Café, Noodle Love, Perry’s Tavern, The Straw Hat Sundae Shop, Taste and See Fruit & Veggie Bar.  The Hall also features a food market with Gordon’s Meat Market and Erie Food Co-Op plus live music, public art displays, themed nights and events.   Food Hall hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am -10 pm, Friday - Saturday 8 am -11 pm, Sunday 8 am – 6 pm.  Opened November 2021.
  • Bayfront Market House - A 22,000-square-foot, multi-story waterfront building is planned for the former GAF property on Erie’s Bayfront just south of the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. It will be open year-round and feature a full-service grocery store, as well as local vendors that sell chocolates, wine, meats, produce, crafts and other goods.
  • Icing on the Lake - Revolutionizing how and when you satisfy your sweet cravings! Introducing a new Afterhours Treat Machine (ATM) to satisfy late night after hour snack attacks. Located just outside their store, the new dessert ATM will be stocked and ready for you! 
  • expERIEnce Children’s Museum Mobile Museum - The Mobile Museum has 5 mobile museum exhibits available for rental: Mobile Magnet Wall, Chalk Spinner, Flight Lab, Makers Space, and Rig-a-ma-jig. To book the Mobile Museum, you can reach out to Breanna Daughtery at for after school programming, community events, and more! We bring the van to YOU and can set up a table/tent depending on the event.
  • 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. 
  • Presque Isle State ParkRecently unveiled a Climate and Sustainability Plan for Presque Isle State Park that will take the park to net zero energy. The park will add a 280kW solar canopy array over the parking lot at Beach 8 that is expected to take the park to net zero energy consumption. The array will save DCNR $30,000 on electricity annually while producing enough energy to power 25 average American homes. It will also reduce the park’s carbon footprint by more than 211,000 pounds a year, or the equivalent of removing 20 passenger cars from the road annually. Net zero energy is the use of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and on-site renewable generation to account for 100 percent of energy usage. Other plans include three public electric vehicle charging stations at Beach 8, and the addition of a plugin hybrid minivan and electric motorcycle added to Presque Isle’s vehicle fleet.
  • Goodell Gardens Expansion - Goodell Gardens & Homestead is launching our next phase of development. After an extensive strategic planning process, Goodell Gardens & Homestead identified several goals to help guide our 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. We're also in the beginning stages of planning a Children's Garden and new Visitors Center. 2022-23
  •  Erie’s Station Square - Let’s Make Downtown Erie Fun Again! Erie’s Station Square Ltd. is a PA non-profit corporation that recently established “Station Square District” to rejuvenate the area around Erie’s historic Union Station and Griswold Park. Plans include six Pickleball courts, a synthetic ice rink, musical swings, bubble soccer and more!
  • The Three Forts of Presque Isle & Interpretive Center – Coming Soon!


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)


Partner Spotlight

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

Local wine is great for holiday entertaining, plus it makes a great gift! Stop by to try (and pick up) award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA.

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Direct Daily Flights to Charlotte, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte, Chicago, and Washington D.C. with connecting flights to the east coast, west coast, and international destinations. Book your flight today at or

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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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Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

The Erie Regional Chamber is leading Erie’s economic evolution through awareness, advocacy, and access to the people, education, and information integral to elevating regional success and economic growth. Become a member today and join us in championing a vibrant and sustainable regional economy.

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Holidays at Port Farms

Experience the holidays at Port Farms November 26th through December 23rd. The farm features horse-drawn carriage & sleigh rides, Santa's Workshop with holiday activities, surprise visits from Santa, live music, pick your own Christmas trees, holiday decor, and more. The farm will be open Wednesday - Sunday. Create lasting memories with your family and friends at Port Farms!

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Millcreek Mall

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

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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.

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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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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

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!”

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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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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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UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.

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