Carbondale, Pennssylvania, The Pioneer City

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Food, Music and Art — August 15th-18th — Downtown Carbondale

In the mood to do something different? Discover Northeast Pennsylvania's best-kept secret, the historic City of Carbondale, located just North of the Poconos…a unique and memorable Main Street Experience. Explore outdoor adventures, learn about our rich history, enjoy cultural activities, and shop and dine along our charming Main Street. Join us for The Greater Carbondale Ethnic Festival. Sample foods from Poland, Italy, Ireland, Wales and more. Authentic recipes. Traditional flavors. Fun for the whole family.


(*) Ticketed Venue – ALL tickets can be reserved in advance.
Only SOME can be purchased at the event.


Parking Available: 28 & 30 River Street / Pioneer City Train Station
Pennstar Bank / PNC Bank


Irish & Welsh Heritage Day

Wednesday, August 15th

  • Festival Opens 5 p.m. — (some food vendors open at 12 noon)
  • "Altered Books" Exhibit 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. — Carbondale Public Library (next to City Hall)
  • YMCA Children's Carnival 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. — Carbondale Fire Dept. (across from City Hall)
  • Red Dragon Karate Show/Demonstration 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. — Main Stage Area (General O'Malley Way)
  • Authentic Welsh Tea(*) 5:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. — Trinity Episcopal Church, Trinity Place and River Street
  • Irish Society Step Dancers 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. — Main Stage Area (General O'Malley Way)
  • "Donny Brook Band" (Irish) 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. — Main Stage (General O'Malley Way)

Celebration of America Day

Thursday, August 16th

  • Festival Opens 5 p.m. — (some food vendors open at 12 noon)
  • "Altered Books" Exhibit 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. — Carbondale Public Library (next to City Hall)
  • YMCA Children's Carnival 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. — Carbondale Fire Dept. (across from City Hall)
  • Red Dragon Karate Show/Demonstration 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. — Main Stage Area (General O'Malley Way)
  • Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Show 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. — North Main Street between City Hall and Salem Avenue
  • "Zumba" Presentation 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. — Main Stage Area (General O'Malley Way)
  • "Picture Perfect" 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. — Main Stage (General O'Malley Way)

Italian Heritage Day

Friday, August 17th

  • Festival Opens 5 p.m. — (some food vendors open at 12 noon)
  • "Altered Books" Exhibit 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. — Carbondale Public Library (next to City Hall)
  • YMCA Children's Carnival 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. — Carbondale Fire Dept. (across from City Hall)
  • Wine Tasting(*) 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. — City Hall
    Wineries include: Starr Hill, Ferrone Family Winery, Capra Collina,
    Maiolatesi Wine Cellars and Blue Mountain Winery
    Tickets: $10/Person — RSVP to: mtaylor@pmsd.org or mbannon@icontech.com
  • Historical Society and D&H Museum Open House 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. — (City Hall – 3rd Floor)
  • Main Street Gallery Art Show 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. City Hall
  • Chamber of Commerce Art Gallery Opening 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. — 27 North Main Street
  • Lynette's Twirlerettes 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. — Main Stage Area (General O'Malley Way)
  • "Frank Santoro Band" (Italian Music) 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. — Main Stage (General O'Malley Way)
  • Huge Fireworks Display 9:30 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. — Main Stage (General O'Malley Way)

Eastern European Day

Saturday, August 18th

  • Kiwanis Club's "Kiddies Day" 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. — Russell Park (Park Street / 11th Avenue)
  • Antiques in the Park 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. — Memorial Park (across from City Hall)
  • "Altered Books" Exhibit 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. — Carbondale Public Library (next to City Hall)
  • Book Sale 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. — Carbondale Public Library (next to City Hall)
  • Steamtown "Heritage Explorer" Train Excursion Arrives 11:45 a.m. — Pioneer City Train Station. Advance Tickets ONLY! Train leaves Steamtown/Scranton at 10 a.m.
    Tickets available at Lackawanna County Libraries.
  • Festival Opens 12 p.m.
  • Brew Tasting(*) 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. — City Hall (Three Guys & A Beard - Carbondale PA Brewery, Lions Head, Sparks, Molson, Killian’s Irish, Leinenkugal and Peroni)
    Tickets: $10/Person — RSVP at: mtaylor@pmsd.org / mbannon@icontech.com
  • Main Street Gallery Art Show 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. — City Hall
  • Chamber of Commerce Art Gallery Show 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. — 27 North Main Street
  • Historic Trolley Tours(*) 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. — Advance
    Tickets ONLY. Tickets: $5/Person. Call: 570-282-0385.
  • Ethnic Mass 4 p.m. — St. Rose Parish – 6 North Church Street
    (Ethnic Hymns start at 3:30 p.m.)
  • Ethnic Parade 5 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. — Downtown Business District (Parade begins on 8th Avenue/Route 6 and goes to Church Street, then down Main Street, and ends at the intersection of 7th and Main Street)
  • "Apple Strudel Gang"(Polka/E. European Band) 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. — Main Stage (General O'Malley Way)

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