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Festivals and Events

Festivals and Events in Erie

Mark your calendars and don’t miss any of Erie County’s most popular festivals, fairs, and events. Erie is known for its vibrant ethnic festivals, live music on the water, fairs with classic food and midway rides, and celebrations of all sizes that showcase the best of Erie, PA. 

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Signature Events in Erie County

Erie County is known for its year-round festivals and events (many of them free!), and new events are always being added to the calendar. These mainstays are among the many events that return annually, and keep visitors coming back to Erie year after year. 

Erie Restaurant Week

Traditionally held the last week of January, VisitErie welcomes visitors to sample and savor the flavors of Erie County restaurants during Erie Restaurant Week. Over the course of the event, you'll find prix fixe menus and accessible price points for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at some of your favorite Erie County establishments. 

Beer and Wine Events

Erie's craft beverage scene is one of its most popular assets, especially the many wines that come from Lake Erie Wine Country, the largest grape-growing region east of the Rocky Mountains. Sip and savor all of the flavors at Erie's beer and wine themed events, such as Wine on the Lake (February), Erie Beer Fest (April), Beer on the Bay (July), and Harvest Weekends (November).

Ethnic Festivals

Erie offers a diverse melting pot of ethnic festivals each spring and summer. Make time to stop at the Troika Russian Festival (May), Panegyri Greek Festival (July), AmeriMasala (July), St. Paul’s Italian Festival (August), Zabawa Polish Festival (August), German Heritage Festival (September), and St. Patrick’s Irish Festival (September). Each one showcases traditional items from their origin countries, live entertainment and of course delicious authentic food! 

Erie Pride

Celebrate pride in Erie each June at the region's largest pride festival. Erie Pride includes drag queen performances, entertainment, vendors, food and more. 

Juneteenth

Celebrate freedom and silence the violence during Erie's Juneteenth celebration, hosted by the Booker T. Washington Center, Erie's Black Wall Street and Erie's Juneteenth Celebration Organization. 

UPMC Sunset Series at Presque Isle State Park

Pack a chair and get ready to relax on Beach 11 on summer Wednesdays in June and July. Concerts take place from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and feature two live bands, food trucks, and extended swimming hours.

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The AmeriMasala, hosted annually in downtown Erie.
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FloRida performs at CelebrateErie 2023.
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Downtown d'Lights is hosted annually to kick of the holiday season in the City of Erie.

Lights Over Lake Erie

Erie's largest fireworks display happens over the bay on July 3 each year. 

8 Great Tuesdays

One of Erie's most beloved summer traditions is held Tuesdays in July and August at Liberty Park! Soak in spectacular views of Presque Isle Bay to the sound of live music along with local food trucks and beverages. 

Sporting Events and Competitions

In addition to Erie's minor league sports teams playing all year long (Erie Otters, Erie SeaWolves, Erie Commodores), visitors can watch and participate in sporting events all year, including Lake Erie Cyclefest, Presque Isle Triathlon, and Barber Beast on the Bay.

Discover Presque Isle

Held annually during the last week of July, Discover Presque Isle celebrates Erie’s most treasured asset with dozens of family-friendly recreational and educational activities geared to draw attention to Presque Isle State Park’s diverse ecosystems and the importance of protecting its natural environment. A festival favorite is the popular sand sculpture competition on Beach 11 or the annual bonfire on Beach 1.

Downtown Events

Regular, free events are hosted in downtown Erie year-round, celebrating the diverse culture and businesses that make Erie so unique. Some of the most popular events hosted by the Erie Downtown Partnership include the annual Erie Winter Carnival (February), summer concert series (Thursdays, July and August), Sunday farmers markets (June to September), Erie Downtown Fall Fest (October), Small Business Saturday (November) and Downtown d'Lights (December). 

Lucille Ball Comedy Fest

Hosted each August in her hometown of nearby Jamestown, New York, the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival features over 50 live events, including notable and up-and-coming comedians at the National Comedy Center. 

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The UPMC Sunset Series at Presque Isle State Park draws crowds to the beach for free live music each summer.
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Celebrate Pride each June at the region's largest pride parade and festival.
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Sample and savor the fruits of the vine at WineFest in North East each September.

Erie's Blues and Jazz Fest

One of Erie's most popular free festivals will return in 2024! Erie's Blues and Jazz Fest is a multi-day festival in July is a celebration of art and music in Frontier Park, showcasing musicians whose work arises from blues, jazz and the African diaspora. 

CelebrateErie

CelebrateErie is a three-day extravaganza taking place annually mid-August in Downtown Erie. It is designed to bring everyone together for a showcase of all things Erie. The event features nationally headlining artists on its mainstage as well as districts highlighting the best of Erie's food, arts, culture and business. CelebrateErie’s top attraction is the Chalkwalk, where more than 40 vibrant chalk murals done by local and regional artists span the length of a city block. 

Tall Ships

This four-day maritime celebration offers visitors the rare chance to climb aboard and explore a fleet of tall ships, set sail in a historic vessel, or enjoy many other festival highlights. Tall Ships is typically hosted in Erie every three years and will sail into port again in 2025.

Erie County Fair

Erie County's oldest and largest fair features entertainers, amusement rides, truck and tractor pulls, horse pulls, and lots of fun in August. 

WineFest

WineFest, like fine wine, improves each year with age! During the last full weekend of September, visitors can expect a wide selection of wine tastings, local arts vendors, grape stomping and live music in charming North East, Pennsylvania. Winery tours are also held during the event at various wineries throughout the region. 

Downtown d'Lights

Downtown Erie comes to life for the holidays on the first Friday in December. Watch the annual tree lighting in Perry Square, hear from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, enjoy sleigh rides and hot cocoa, and so much more. 

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