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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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Erie Restaurant Week

Sample, savor, and sip your way through the delicious dining options during Erie Restaurant Week running January 20th through 29th! With specialty menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch at nearly 40 participating restaurants, it’s the perfect time to head to your favorite go-to spot, or to discover a new favorite. Each meal could win you a $100 Visa Gift Card from VisitErie!

 

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Ethnic Festivals

Erie offers a diverse melting pot of ethnic festivals each summer. Make time to stop at the 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.

Erie’s Blues & Jazz Festival

Known for its perfect blend of music, art and food, Erie’s Blues and Jazz Festival is one of the area’s most popular events. Each August the free, multi-day celebration of art and music highlights national, regional, local blues and jazz entertainment set in the beautiful outdoor, family-friendly setting of Frontier Park in the City of Erie. 

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. Pictured

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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. Pictured

Great Lakes Beach Glass and Coastal Arts Festival

The biennial Great Lakes Beach Glass and Coastal Arts Festival has become one of the largest arts festivals in the region, featuring artists and craftspeople from across the United States and Canada. Thousands of visitors come for the handmade jewelry, art, home decor, lecture series, live music, bottle and shard identification exhibit, antique collections, wine tasting and more. The event is hosted in October at Erie’s Bayfront Convention Center.

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 including the Parade of Sails, live music and entertainment, children’s activities, a festival marketplace, food vendors, and much more. Tall Ships is typically hosted in Erie every three years and will sail into port again in 2025. 

 

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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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Millcreek Mall

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.

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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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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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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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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

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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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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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 Weddings

Nestled in the small town of Waterford just outside of Erie, PA, Port Farms offers a charming countryside wedding venue. Our unique barn is located on 200 rural acres making it the perfect backdrop for your special day. Say “I do” outside under the beautifully decorated pergola or inside the rustic barn. Our timbered barn showcases vaulted ceilings adorned with romantic and whimsical lighting. The venue offers a Bridal Suite and Grooms Cottage where you and your wedding party can get ready. To help make your day stress free, we have a dedicated wedding coordinator and staff to ensure you and your guests enjoy the perfect day.

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