Hot Good Stuff This Summer

Dorflinger’s Wildflower Concert Series

            Dorflinger’s Wildflower concert series is pleased to announce the return of its summer concert season, beginning on Saturday, July 1. There will be seven Saturday concerts through August 12 plus two special mid-week Wednesday shows July 19th and August 2nd. These concerts, performed by nationally and internationally known artists, will feature a variety of music genres such as jazz, bluegrass, blues and some fabulous tribute groups. All concerts begin at 6:00 p.m. They take place in the Wildflower Amphitheater on the grounds of the beautiful Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills, PA.General admission tickets good for any concert are $26; students 12 to 18 years are $13. There is no charge for children under 12. Reduced price Flex tickets may be purchased up until July 1st starting in quantities of four or more.

            Wildflower is an open-air outdoor concert series, held in a tiered amphitheater among majestic trees and green ferns. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on as chairs are not provided. Picnics and beverages of your choice are permitted at all outdoor concerts. Follow the Smoke catering will offer for sale a delicious barbecue menu with refreshing non-alcoholic drinks at each outdoor concert. Parking is free. All performers and programs are subject to change.

            For additional information on the series, performers, contributions, tickets, rain location and directions, please call, (570) 253-5500, email, or visit online at

Downtown Honesdale Sidewalk Sales

Honesdale’s Annual Sidewalk Sales is back on Thursday July 13 to Saturday July 15 for a three-day event filled with shopping, vendors, music, kid’s activities, and so much more. Your local small businesses and merchants will be lining Honesdale’s Main Street with goods and discounted merchandise. There is something for everybody during this event!

     Starting Thursday July 13, head to downtown Honesdale and check out the shops for special deals and promotions.

     Then on Friday July 14, vendors and artisans will line Main Street. Following a day of shopping, enjoy a town-wide Happy Hour starting at 5pm.

     Start your day off on Saturday July 15 with a free yoga class in Central Park from Get Flexy at 8am. In addition to street vendors, live music will fill Main Street from 12-4pm, followed by live music in Central Park from 4:30-6:30pm. The Cooperage Project is also hosting their first Young Artisan’s Fair, where young entrepreneurs will be selling their handmade products from 10am-3pm. And while you’re in town, make sure to grab a bite or a drink at one of Honesdale’s many restaurants, cafés, and bars.

            Head to for more information.

Scranton Jazz Festival

            All of downtown Scranton will serve as center stage for award-winning music festival as the 18th Annual Scranton Jazz Festival (SJF) tradition returns to the Electric City, Friday through Sunday, August 4, 5 and 6. The festival is made possible through partnerships with Blu Elefante Events, PA Jazz Alliance Inc., Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau, First Friday Scranton, Lackawanna County, and Scranton Tomorrow, and with the generous support of sponsors and media partners.

            This year’s event continues the tradition, reminiscent of a New Orleans style festival. New this year are two ticketed main stage performances and multiple free venues throughout downtown Scranton. Featuring national, regional, and local musicians, SJF fans will enjoy the extensive variety and unique experience they have grown to expect, and love.

            The SJF continues its support of local businesses. While enjoying performances by accomplished jazz, blues and world beat musicians, visitors to downtown Scranton are encouraged to explore the wonderful restaurants, pubs and cafés in the business district. So many establishments are still recovering financially, and these small businesses will benefit from the extra foot traffic generated by the festival.

            The SJF has garnered international recognition and has been mentioned in U.S. News and World Report, for the cultural diversity and integrity it has brought to the region. In celebration of its commitment to the arts, admission is free on Friday. There will be two ticketed events, Saturday at the Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College featuring 10 time Grammy award winning vocal group Take 6, and Sunday at The Ritz Theater featuring the Emmy nominated Scranton Jazz Festival Big Band with award winning vocalist Kathy Kosins & special guests. Everyone is invited to enjoy live music in more than 20 venues in the downtown Scranton business district all weekend!

            For more information about the 18th Annual Scranton Jazz Festival, tickets, a schedule of performances, and artist info, visit and follow Scranton Jazz Festival on social media.

Wayne County Fair

            The most fun you’ll have all year is back!  2023 is the 161st anniversary of the Wayne County Fair.  The annual fair spans 9 days every August and celebrates the rich agricultural history of the region. This year’s fair dates are Friday August 4th through Saturday August 12th. 

The 9-day fair packs each and everyday with shows, thrills, rides, games, food and of course, farm.

            There’s so much fun for kids of all ages on the large and impressive midway,  including 26 thrill rides and an awesome and expanding kiddie land.  More than just rides, the Fair’s packed daily entertainment schedule includes a mix of  thrill shows, harness racing, fireworks, the ever popular demolition derby, a huge monster truck show and free musical grandstand shows with some national cover bands.

            Farm meets fun at the Wayne County Fair with daily agricultural events like horse, tractor, and truck pulls, kids’ pedal pulls, and even a pony pull plus 4-H animal shows and judging.   And if you like farm animals, head to the north end of the midway for horses, cows, pigs, rabbits, and more raised by local 4-H kids.

            And the Wayne County Fair boasts an affordable pay one price model of only $12 per day, per person, that includes rides, parking, exhibits and most entertainment. 

            Half price admission is offered on Friday August 4th and Wednesday August 9th to seniors 62 and over and for our active military personnel and veterans.

            Nothing beats the food you’ll find at the Wayne County Fair! If your passion is sausage and peppers, homemade ice cream, corn on the cob, funnel cakes, or artisan grilled cheese, you’ll be sure to find something delicious to eat.

            The 161st Wayne County Fair, a family tradition where farm meets food and fun! For more information on entertainment and the full schedule of events, visit  

Wally Lake Fest & More

Wally Lake Fest is the biggest family-friendly event of the summer in the Northern Pocono Mountains! There are so many fun events planned for this year’s three-day weekend; you won’t want to miss a moment of it. The 13th annual Wally Lake Fest takes place August 25-27. Float on the waves, watch loads of live music performances, snack on delicious food and drinks, visit the boat and outdoor show, browse artisan and vendor fairs and more. Dive into an exciting weekend line-up of events both on water and on land.  Visit for more information! Plus, we’ll have all the details in our August issue.

     In the meantime, check out some of the other community events planned for July and August. Local residents and visitors from nearby areas don’t have to travel far for free or low-cost summer fun.

Wildflower Music Festival:

July 1-August 12

Shawnee Riverfest:

July 9

NASCAR Cup Series Race Weekend:

July 21-23

Yenser’s Sunflower Festival:

August 4-13

Wayne County Fair:

August 4-12

Carbon County Fair:

August 7-12

Elements Music & Arts Festival:

August 11-14

West End Fair:

August 20-26

Greene Dreher Sterling Fair:

August 25-September 3

Wally Lake Fest:

August 26-27

Pocono State Craft Festival:

August 26-27

            The fun continues through Labor Day weekend and beyond with events such as StroudFest, Tough Mudder Poconos, and The Pocono Food Truck Festival in September and the Pickle Me Poconos Festival and fall festivals in October.

            Visit for information about year-round happenings across the four-county region.