The energy of the Erie region’s arts and entertainment flows through downtown to the surrounding communities and it is electrifying. From immersive experiences, live concerts, and mesmerizing stage productions to profound artwork that stirs your thoughts and talent that is truly awe-inspiring, Erie offers top-tier cultural attractions for everyone in an affordable, convenient, and charismatic environment.
Erie’s museums present a rich tapestry of cultural exploration, each with its own distinctive appeal. From a remarkable collection of more than 8,000 artifacts at the Erie Art Museum to fascinating tales of Erie’s role in the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie at the Erie Maritime Museum, it's an immersive and interactive blend of discovery. Erie is home to two floating museums that are also active sailing vessels from May through October. The U.S. Brig Niagara and the Schooner Lettie G. Howard allow visitors to experience the art of seamanship while enjoying a leisurely sail on Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie.
Erie has a vibrant array of performance theaters that host a wealth of entertainment from moving theatrical productions to interactive performances, and comedic showstoppers that celebrate the region’s artistic expressions in engaging settings. From the stages of the Erie Playhouse to the historic Warner Theater, each features intimate floor plans giving you the best seats in the house. Inspired by Erie’s famous resident, Henrich “Harry” Kellar, Kellar’s Magic and Comedy Club celebrates the magical legacy of this magician who inspired L. Frank Baum’s iconic character in “The Wizard of Oz”. Kellar’s hosts live performances by renowned magicians and comedians from across the nation.
The Cultural Loop, a partnership between the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA) and the Erie Philharmonic, is a free trolley service providing Saturday evening service to popular events and activities throughout Downtown. For service times and stops, click here.
In recent years, Erie’s urban landscape has transformed into a captivating canvas of creativity through a remarkable collection of mural art. From the heart of downtown to neighborhood corners, it’s like strolling through an outdoor art gallery where the walls don't just talk – they sing, tell stories, and evoke emotions that resonate within Erie’s diverse community. These murals are a powerful way for the region to document its history, celebrate its present, and build a legacy for - and envision - the future. In total, there are more than 100 murals throughout Erie County, each telling its own unique story including a vibrant mural adorning the corner of East 10th and Holland Street in Downtown Erie. The untitled piece was created by Chinese-American artist Stevie Shao. Shao incorporated her love of nature, color, and community, with images influenced by her Chinese culture to create the beautiful mural.
Whether it’s a family outing, date night, girls' night, or birthday bash, bringing a slice of your experience home with you is a memorable way to capture the essence of the moment. Located within Village West, Board & Brush is a haven for group revelry and crafting a variety of personalized wooden masterpieces in a fun and engaging atmosphere. At Allen Stoneware Gallery, groups of two to eight, under the guidance of local artist Vicke Allen Shea, learn to sculpt stoneware marvels from scratch. The gallery also sells an array of handcrafted pottery and artwork inspired by the natural beauty of Presque Isle State Park.
Shopping Erie’s local art scene is a window into the region’s cultural vitality and a celebration of creativity where each piece tells a story. Your support makes you part of the narrative, fostering a deeper sense of belonging and appreciation for Erie’s talented artists. Local shops such as Glass Growers Gallery, Moose Head Pottery, and Relish Studio & Gallery, stock their shelves with a selection of artisan handcrafts and one-of-a-kind items including beach glass jewelry, paintings, photographs, pottery, and glass. In the nearby city of Corry, the Painted Finch Gallery is part of the Pennsylvania Route 6 Artisan Trail, a vibrant trail of more than 400 artisans, creative businesses, cultural organizations, and art supporters.
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.
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!”
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.
Your “Home Away from Home” short term rental sleeps 8 and is in a great location close to Erie Sports Center, Splash Lagoon, shopping and restaurants, as well as Steelhead Fishing. This restored 1881 Farmhouse is located on 10 private acres. Reminisce about bygone days when life was slower and simpler. With a long driveway and large yard, kick back by the firepit, watch wildlife or enjoy a beautiful Erie sunset from the back patio.
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.
Stop by Port Farms to check out the newest addition, Poverty Knob Farmhouse Ales. We offer hand-crafted beers and delicious sharable food year-round. The brewery is family and dog friendly with both indoor and outdoor spaces. We offer games, music and entertainment for all ages!
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.
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!
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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