Be a Tourist: Animations in town on weekends from August 6 to 8
Looking for some fun plans this weekend? Look no further than here in Erie. Here is a list of some great activities taking place this weekend!
100 years of Presque Isle exhibition
Presque Isle State Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a new educational exhibit showcasing the history of the park. This exhibit will be on display from May 17 to August 23 at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center. In this exhibit you will find newspaper articles, photographs, maps and more. All these pieces tell the story of this large park. This exhibition will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information on this exhibit, please call 814-833-7424 or click here.
Goodell Gardens Summer Music Series
Thanks to generous sponsors, admission to the 2021 Summer Music Series is free, although donations are welcome! Summer concerts are from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Bring your most comfortable lawn chair (or borrow one of our own), face mask and dance shoes, and enjoy great music in a great atmosphere! Concessions are generally available for purchase. Want to become a Goodell member and enjoy free entry to these events? Become a member today! The 2021 Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Erie Federal Credit Union, the Clarence E. Beyers Performance Fund at Erie Arts & Culture and Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority. This week’s featured issue will be Patchouli & Terra Guitarra. To learn more about this event, visit their website.
Downtown Farmer’s Market
The weekly Farmers’ Market will be held in Perry Square on August 8 starting at 10 a.m. This event will also feature live music on the Perry Square stage from noon to 1 p.m.
Saturdays by the river at the National Comedy Center
Join the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York for their FREE “Riverside Saturday” series at Comedy Center Park, featuring a variety show, acrobats, comedy movie screening and more! A limited number of places are available, so it is recommended that you bring garden chairs and blankets. Beer, wine and snacks will be available for purchase. This event will also include music, a terrace cafe / bar and fun activities for the whole family. The Riverside Saturdays series will take place on Saturday nights and will culminate with a free outdoor comedy film from June 26 to August 7. Enjoy comedy in the museum all day, then outdoor activities and drinks at 7 p.m. with the movie starting at 8:45 p.m. This week’s theme is the classic Lucy and Desi episodes / moments. The film starts at 8:45 p.m. To learn more about this event, call 716-484-2222 or visit the National Comedy Center website.
Weeks of Summer Fun at the National Comedy Center
The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, celebrates some of the most beloved comedy genres and talents from June 20 to August 7 with Summer Fun Weeks. Each week, the Comedy Center will honor a special kind of comedy within the National Comedy Center with fun activities for all ages, special video programming, and outdoor events, culminating with a free outdoor comedy film at The Comedy. Center Park tied to a weekly theme, during their Riverside Saturday celebrations. The theme for this week is workplace comedy. From The Office to 30 Rock to Cheers and M * A * S * H, workplace humor has been at the center of some of the most revered movies and TV shows of all time. Play hooky this week and hang out with your favorite comedy colleagues. This week is We Love Lucy and Desi week. Since its debut in 1951, I Love Lucy has brought joy and inspiration to millions of people. Join us as we mark the 70e anniversary of “I Love Lucy” and the 25th anniversary of the Lucy Desi Museum and honor the legacy of two American pioneers of innovation. For more information on this series of events, please visit the National Comedy Center website or call 716-484-2222.
Sunday sesh at 5 and 20
Enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon on the terrace to listen to live local music from Paolello & Gone! Have a glass of your favorite beer, wine or cocktail from our newly renovated menu, sit back and relax. Enjoy live music from Paolello & Gone, a self-described porch blues duo. Food will be provided by Over the Rainbow Food Truck! Space will be limited, all seats are first come, first served. Please note that we cannot guarantee seating for large groups during busy periods / events. Help us maintain our events by following our published safety guidelines. It’s a free event. Please no food or drink outside. To learn more about this event, visit their website or call 716-793-9463.
Local lovin: an Erie pop-up store
This is the last event at Bastion Studios, so come and see this magnificent building one last time with local vendors and artists. Join unique local manufacturers for a monthly pop-up shop with revolving vendors from the Erie region. There will be a bit of everything available. There are vendors inside and outside the studio space. Do not hesitate to explore the building. Bring your own chair to sit outside and enjoy the music and the festivities, if you like. Parking is available at the 21st & Peach exit past the Hallman Chevrolet paved parking lot in the dirt / grass lot. The food line includes Coffee in the Park: The Brunch Box. Live music includes Dominick DeCecco from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Logan Battin from 1 to 3 p.m. The supplier line includes 94 Eleven Co, Blind Tiger Spirit Free Cocktails, Broken EGG Clay, Dragonfly Scents, Emily Bond, Erie Maidin Candles, Flagship City Press, Flower Kitchen, Get Thrifty With Me, Light Me Up Candles, Love Letters in Bloom Flowers, Melancholy Brand, Politisticks, Purrista Cat Cafe, Rope & Bloom Macrame, Shop Cosmic Dreams, Through The Side Door, Wicks n Wax Candles, and Wildflower Botanic.
Kellar’s Modern Magic & Comedy Club Presents: John Hinton
John Michael Hinton Magician. Storyteller. Redhead. As seen on The CW’s hit show “Penn & Teller: Fool Us & with millions of views on YouTube, John Michael’s unique style of close-up magic for the stage uses everyday objects to accomplish feats. impossible. Using a live video feed, each member of the audience is transported to the stage within inches of the mystery. Driven by a passion to encourage people to embrace joy, he uses the power of magic, storytelling, and humor in a blend you won’t soon forget. This weekend’s shows will take place on Friday August 6 and Saturday August 7 at 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit their website or call 814-461-0911.
55th Annual Dan Rice Days
The Dan Rice Days 2021 festival is launched! Dan Rice was an established circus owner long before he made Girard his home. In 1965, Joseph Mager Jr. and a group of volunteers came together to plan a celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the erection and unveiling of the Civil War Memorial in the downtown area. This celebration marked the start of Dan Rice Days, which have grown and become more popular each year. Held the first full weekend in August of each year, a dedicated committee is now planning the celebration that recognizes and commemorates the many contributions Daniel McClaren (aka Dan Rice) has made to the town of Girard. The festival offers free entertainment, craft vendors and merchants, great local cuisine, educational activities and a parade. The Festival begins on Thursday evening and ends on Saturday evening. For more information on this year’s event, please visit their website or Facebook page.
Italian feast of St. Paul
For three great days in August, the people of Erie celebrate our Italian-American heritage with food and friendship, all in thanksgiving to God. This festival will begin on Friday August 6 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a pasta e fagioli dinner at the parish center. The festival will continue on Saturday August 7 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will include a spaghetti tasting competition at 3 p.m. The festival will end on Sunday August 8 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will include another spaghetti dinner from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the central parish. There will also be a Mass celebrated Sunday at 11 a.m. by Bishop Lawrence Persico. For more information on this festival or to purchase tickets, please call 814-459-3173 or visit their website.
Crash-A-Rama brought to you by Plyler Entry Systems with School Bus Figure 8 Racing, Enduro, Flagpole Race, Skidd Carz Race, Trailer Race, Hoods Up Race, Fireworks, and more! Grandstand The doors open at 5 p.m. and destruction begins at 7 p.m. This event will take place rain or shine and all ticket sales are final. For more information on this event, please visit their website or call 814-725-3303.
Flower festival of harbor farms
Port Farms will open for its 2021 season with a new five-acre flower festival where guests can pick their own zinnias and sunflowers. The Flower Festival will run from August 7 to September 12, 2021 (open Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). General Port Farm admission will be required for entry and will include one free bloom. Other pickup package options will be available. The farm will provide mowers, a picking bag, and a watering station. Other options such as mason jars and buckets will be available for an additional cost. On-farm activities will be open, along with live music, a Beer Garden featuring Lavery Brewing, and more. For more information on this festival, please visit their website or Facebook page.
experience Children’s Museum birthday party and street party
The Children’s Museum experiment missed its 25th anniversary celebration last year due to COVID-19. Join the museum as they celebrate this year! Celebrate the museum with face painting by Taradoodles, music by DJ Bill Page and a show by Danka ‘n Ollie from “Forever Friends”, plus free hot dogs, cakes and refreshments. The birthday party is included in the entry, so join the party and play through the exhibits like in 1995. For a weekend only, there are reduced entry and membership prices in honor. of ECM’s 25th anniversary! The museum is bringing admission and membership prices back to 1995. Be sure to visit the museum on August 7 and 8 for $ 3.50 admission and get a $ 25 membership! For more information on this event, please call (814) 453-3743 or visit their website.
Second Sunday – Outdoor Chalk Wall Painting
Every second Sunday of the month, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Erie Art Museum hosts a drop-in art class for you and your creative kids. Admission is Pay-What-You-Wish, and donations are appreciated. Second Sundays are great for spending time with your children at the Museum. Different artistic activities every second Sunday of the month. For more information on this event, please call 814-459-5477 or visit their website.