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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. Stay tuned for dates for Erie Restaurant Week 2024!

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 food! Pictured: AmeriMasala in July

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.

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. 

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The AmeriMasala, hosted annually in downtown Erie.
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The X Ambassadors perform at CelebrateErie 2022.
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Downtown d'Lights is hosted annually to kick of the holiday season in the City of Erie.

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 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). 

Tall Ships Erie

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. 

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