This week’s Erie-area entertainment is packed with music benefits, a fair, festivals and free outdoor concerts.
The Rock & Rescue Charity Concert with country artist Mitchell Tenpenny benefits the Humane Society’s Shelter to Service program on Aug. 13 at Erie Humane Society, 2407 Zimmerly Road. The Blues for Shoes music benefit is set for the following day, Aug. 14, at Big Bar, 14 E. 10th St. The Breeze Band hosts the event with several other bands appearing to help raise funds to purchase school supplies for youth of the Erie community.
You can grab some pasta or a cannoli or two at the annual St. Paul’s Italian Festival, which runs Aug. 12 through Aug. 14 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 1617 Walnut St.
PACApalooza starts Aug. 12 at 1505 State St. The Performing Artists Collective Alliance is celebrating its anniversary with a three-day event that includes theater performances, live music and more.
Fair season is in full swing as the Warren County Fair runs Aug. 9-13, with gates opening at 8 a.m. daily at 371 Barton Run in Pittsfield.
A number of outdoor concert series continue this week, and there’s a family movie night at UPMC Park on Aug. 13 and several ongoing art exhibits, as well.
Find details on these and more events in the Erie region below. We couldn’t get everything in here, so be sure to visit GoErie.com/calendar for more.
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Note: It’s always a good idea to check with organizers in advance to make certain an event is still taking place and to find out what COVID-19 measures are in place.
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“Narcissus”: Through Sept. 18, Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. Erie Art Co. and Noodlefish collaborative narrative installation inspired by the ancient Greek myth found in Ovid’s “Metamorphoses.” Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 2-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-6 p.m. Museum admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, free for age 16 and younger. 814-459-5477, erieartmuseum.org/narcissus
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“Ole’ Say Can We See?”: Through Feb. 19, Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. Exhibition by Garry Bibb addressing social and political ideas with sculptures, 2D prints and video. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 2-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-6 p.m. Museum admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, free for age 16 and younger. 814-459-5477, erieartmuseum.org/narcissus
“Connecting with the Collection: Photographic Portraits”: Through early 2023, Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. Exhibition featuring a small selection of the many photographic portraits found in the collection of the museum from formal studio-style portraits shot against simple backdrops, to composed scenes that offer contextual clues as to their subject’s identity, to documentary-style photographs and street photography. Artists in the exhibition are: Serge Balkin, Karen Bell, Kevin Bubriski, Tom Caravaglia, Kerry S. Coppin, Joseph Diess, Michael Emery, Mark Frey, Robert Gilge, Kenneth Graves, Mahlon Hirsch, Kathe Kowalski, Tony Ray-Jones, Arthur Rothstein, Edward Sheriff Curtis, Len Speier, Alfred Stieglitz, Mark Perrott, Jose Picayo and Rick Smolan. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 2–8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 am–5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1–6 p.m. Museum admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, free for age 16 and younger. 814-459-5477, erieartmuseum.org/collection-connection-photographic-portraits
“Out of Many – Stories of Migration”: Through Feb. 26, 2023, Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. A series of exhibits, events and conversations centering on the work of five photographers working out of Pittsburgh and featuring the faces and experiences of multiple generations of migrants and immigrants, and their descendants. Includes photography by Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Nate Guidry, Lynn Johnson and Annie O’Neill. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 2-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-6 p.m. Museum admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, free for age 16 and younger. 814-459-5477, erieartmuseum.org/out-of-many
ErieBank 8 Great Tuesdays: Tuesdays through Aug. 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Liberty Park’s Highmark Amphitheater on Erie’s bayfront. Performers: Aug. 9, Latin Fusion, no opener; Aug. 16, Buffalo Rose, opening: The Ron Yarosz Power Organ Trio; and Aug. 23, Bruce in the USA, opening: Jack Stevenson & The Buried Treasure Band. Free. 814-455-7557, porterie.org
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Warren County Fair: Aug. 9-13, gates open at 8 a.m. daily; 371 Barton Run, Pittsfield. The 91st year of the fair will have rides, truck and tractor pulls, a rodeo, drag races, stock car football, live music and more. Live music acts include Travis Denning and Jake Worthington on Aug. 9, Kentucky Headhunters on Aug. 10 and Blue Morning on Aug. 13. Gate admission is $10 per person, $7 in advance. Children under 2 are free. 814-563-9386. warrencountyfair.net
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Whitford Park Summer Concerts: Wednesdays through Aug. 31, 7 p.m., Whitford Park, 5400 Iroquois Ave., Harborcreek Township. Performers: Aug. 10, Polka Relations; Aug. 17, Kurt Novakowski (Elvis impersonator); Aug. 24, David Julius; and Aug. 31, Gem City Band. Take a folding chair or blanket. Free. harborcreektownship.org
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Music in the Park: Wednesdays through Aug. 31, 7 p.m. to sunset, Lake Erie Community Park, 10192 West Lake Road, Lake City. Girard concert series with food trucks and refreshment tents. Performers: Aug. 10, Jim Madden & Friends; Aug. 17, Rodger Montgomery Blues Band; Aug. 24, Erie Philharmonic Brass Ensemble; and Aug. 31, West County Rangers. Free entertainment. 814-774-4738
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Thursday in the Park: Thursdays through Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m., City Park Gazebo, intersection of North Center and East Smith streets, Corry. Performers: Aug. 11, Diana Evans (children’s music); Aug. 18, Happy Days; and Aug. 25, Radioactive. Take a folding chair or blanket. Free. corryareaartscouncil.com
Full Moon Hike: Aug. 11, 10 to 11 p.m. at Brown’s Farm Barn, 5774 Sterrettania Road. Learn how our senses transition from light to dark and how full moons got their names: June’s Strawberry Moon; July’s Buck Moon; and August’s Sturgeon Moon. Wear comfortable shoes and outdoor clothes. Note: In the event of rain, this program will move indoors. Adults and children ages 10 and older, $7 for supporting donors and $9 for general admission. 814-835-5356
Corvette Show: Aug. 11, 5 to 11 p.m. Oliver’s Beer Garden, 130 E. Front St. Show off your ‘Vette and check out others. Live music by Ron Yarman Band. oliversrooftop.com/events
Fly the friendly skies: Aug. 11-14, 2 to 5 p.m., 1603 Asbury Road. The Erie Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association is hosting a visit by a 1928 Ford Trimotor, one of America’s earliest airliners. The airplane will be at the Erie International Airport on display and rides will be available from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday through Sunday. flytheford.org
“Kinky Boots”: Aug. 11–13, 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 14, 2 p.m., Erie Playhouse, 13 W. 10th St. In the musical with a Tony Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, Charlie Price, who has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory on the verge of bankruptcy, finds inspiration in Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. $12 to $21.70 plus fees. 814-454-2852, erieplayhouse.org/events/kinky-boots
Whirlybird Music & Arts Festival: Aug. 10-13, downtown Jamestown, New York. Collection of carefully curated concerts at a variety of venues plus free pop-up solo performances. Headlining will be Jamestown funk legends Smackdab along with Chicago-based festival favorites Mungion, electronic funk rockers LITZ, nationally touring indie artist Mikaela Davis and more. $25 for a pass for Friday or Saturday; $45 for a weekend pass. whirlybirdfest.com
The Fab Four — The Ultimate Tribute: Aug. 11, 8 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Tribute group performing live renditions of Beatles’ songs. $83, $68, $58, $53, $48, $43, $33. 814-452-4857, eriewarnertheatre.com/events/event/08/11/2022/the-fab-four
St. Paul’s Italian Festival: Aug. 12, 5-10 p.m.; Aug. 13, 1-10 p.m.; Aug. 14, noon-6 p.m. St. Paul Catholic Church, 1617 Walnut St. Annual Italian-American heritage festival starts Aug. 12 with Pasta e Fagioli dinner for $10. Dancing, music, activities, food and drink throughout the weekend. Sunday mass at 11 a.m. Free admission. 814-456-6256, stpaulrcerie.org
Goodell Summer Music Series: Aug. 12, 7-9 p.m., Goodell Gardens & Homestead, 221 Waterford St., Edinboro. Performers: Jess Royer & Nick Warren. Take a folding chair or blanket; concessions available for sale. Free. goodellgardens.org
Firelights Music & Arts Festival: Aug. 12-14, 1000 Washington Drive, Edinboro. Three-day camping festival with art installations, fire performers, live musicians, visual artists, DJs, food, workshops, more. Benefits Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department. $90 for single-day pass, $159.99 for three-day pass. firelightsfestival.com
PACApalooza: Aug. 12-14, 1505 State St. The Performing Artists Collective Alliance celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a three-day event that includes theater performances, live music, dance, comedy, poetry, film screenings, fashion shows, an art auction and more. Events start at 5 p.m. on Aug.12, noon on Aug. 13 and 2 p.m. on Aug. 14. Free. 814-616-7222. www.paca1505.org
Comedy Cruise: Aug. 13, 10 p.m.-midnight, Victorian Princess, 1 State St. Standup comedy with Craig Baxter, Aaron Forsyth and special guests while cruising on the party boat. $25. 814-459-9696, www.victorianprincess.com
Movie Nights: Aug. 13, 8 p.m., UPMC Park, 831 French St. Sit in the field and watch “Luca” on the big screen. Take lawn chairs or blankets. $5 plus $2 fee if ordered online, free for ages 3 and younger. milb.com/erie/tickets/movie-nights
Rock & Rescue Charity Concert with Mitchell Tenpenny: Aug. 13, 6-10:30 p.m., Erie Humane Society, 2407 Zimmerly Road. The double-platinum country music artist will be the headliner, with Erie’s own Refuge opening. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society’s Shelter to Service program that trains a shelter dog over the course of two years to become a service dog that is then awarded to a local veteran for free. $25 for general admission, $125 for VIP. bit.ly/3wUiUxX
Arts and Vegan Festival: Aug. 13 and 14, noon-6 p.m., 1020 Collective, 1020 Holland St. With art, music and food. 814-983-8566, www.1020collective.com/arts-and-vegan-festival
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Open Market: Aug. 13, 20 and 27; and Sept. 3, 10 and 17; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Gibson Park, Routes 20 and 89, North East Borough. Homegrown and handmade goods for sale from local growers and artisans, live music, samples from wineries, breweries and distilleries. Free admission. 814-725-4262, email@example.com
Red, Blue, and White Summer Fun at the Light: Aug. 13, 6 to 9 p.m., Presque Isle Lighthouse. Includes a new beer from Lavery Brewing, Three Lights Lager, music by Tennessee Back Porch, meal by Underdog BBQ, and corn-hole tournaments, giant Jenga, and badminton. $75. Call 814-833-3604 or visit bit.ly/lighthousefundie.
Blues for Shoes: Aug. 14, 4-9 p.m., BigBar, 14 E. 10th St. Musical benefit hosted by The Breeze Band with several other bands also performing. Other bands include: Stephen Trohoske Jazz Ensemble, Monica Lewis Acoustic, Duke Sherman Band, Jack Stevenson Acoustic, Mark Pacileo Acoustic, Rodger Montgomery Blues Band and Barry King Blues Band. Proceeds used to purchase school supplies for youth of the Erie community. Admission fee is a suggested donation of $10, but all are welcome; school supply donations accepted at the door. facebook.com/events/426728169321445
Aquatic Wonders: Goodell Gardens & Homestead, 221 Waterford St. Aug. 14 and 28, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Explore underwater flowers and grass-like plants. Members, $7; nonmembers, $15. For more information, visit bit.ly/goodellwaterplants or call 814-734-6699.
814 Concert Series: Aug. 14, 6 p.m., various Erie parks. Concerts follow a 4 p.m. drum circle session by One World Tribe. Aug. 14, Eric Brewer & Friends at Baker Field, East 32nd and Holland streets. Free. 814concerts.com
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Sounds of Summer series: Aug. 15, 7 p.m., various Erie senior living communities. Gem City Jazz Ensemble at Curry Schell Apartments, 3909 Schaper Ave. Free. 814concerts.com
Everyone’s Comedy Open Mic: Aug. 15, Sept. 5 and 19, Oct. 3 and 17, Nov. 7 and 21, and Dec. 5 and 19, 8-10 p.m., 1505 State St., fourth floor. RandyBillDuck and Off Constantly Comedy present the event for comics of all levels to try out their new material, get on stage for the first time, or perfect their seasoned classics in five-minute spots. Free; donations accepted for Performing Artists Collective Alliance or RandyBillDuck. facebook.com/events/2843413479299195/2843413485965861, offconstantlycomedy@gmail
In Your Hometown concert series: various dates through Aug. 24, 7 p.m., various outdoor locations in Erie County. Erie Philharmonic tour featuring a 16-person Brass Ensemble: Aug. 17, Gibson Park, North East; Aug. 19, Goodell Gardens, Edinboro; and Aug. 24, Lake Erie Community Park, Lake City. Free. 814-455-1375, eriephil.org/hometown
Gazebo Concerts: Aug. 18, 7-9 p.m.; gazebo in Beute Park, between Iroquois and Silliman avenues and Morse Street, Lawrence Park Township. Performance by Chris & Julie Moore from Tennessee Back Porch. Take a folding chair or blanket. Free. lawrenceparktwp.org
“The Rule of Three”: Aug. 19, 20, 26 and 27 and Sept. 2 and 3, 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 21 and 28 and Sept. 4, 3 p.m., All An Act Theatre, 652 W. 17th St. Performance of three stories of intrigue — “Afternoon at the Seaside,” “The Rats” and “The Patient” — by Agatha Christie. $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $5 ages 6-11. www.allanact.net
Beyond the Blue concerts: Aug. 20, 2:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., and Sept. 2-4, The Heron Farm & Event Center, 2361 Waits Corners Road, Sherman, N.Y. Aug. 20 is Funk Fest with Funk You, Jimkata, more; Sept. 2-4 features Pokey LaFarge, Ryan Montbleau Band, more. Tickets range from $20 to $97. theheron.org
Crawford County Fair: Aug. 21-27, gates open 8 a.m. most days; 13291 Dickson Road, Meadville. The 75th year of the fair includes rides, games, animals, live music and more. Entertainment includes singer/ventriloquist Darci Lynne and a Country Music Night featuring The Hillbilly Way and Country Redford. Single-day admission prices are free, $5 or $8 depending on day and time. Children under age 5 are free. 814-724-3022 or 814-333-7465, crawfordcountyfairpa.com or facebook.com/officialcrawfordcountyfairpa
Zabawa Polish Festival: Aug. 26, 5-10 p.m.; Aug. 27, noon-10 p.m.; and Aug. 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2220 Reed St. Polish festival with music, food, more. Polka Mass on Aug. 27 at 5 p.m.; Polish Heritage Mass on Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Free admission. 814-456-0671, holytrinityrc.org
Erie County Fair at Wattsburg: Aug. 29-Sept. 3; Gates open 9 a.m. on Aug. 29-30, Sept. 3; Gates open 4 p.m. on Aug. 31-Sept. 2; 13993 Routes 8 and 89, Wattsburg. The 137th Erie County Fair features tractor and truck pulls, a rodeo on Sept. 1 and daily midway show. Live music includes Jess Kellie Adams at 7 p.m. on Aug. 28 in the grandstand and The Joe Matczak Orchestra (polka music) at 5 p.m. on Aug. 31. Gate admission is $10 for general admission, which includes the grandstand and rides except for special attractions; free gate admission for age 5 and younger and for military. Additional fees for special events. 814-739-2232, wattsburgfair.com or facebook.com/wattsburgfair
German Heritage Festival: Sept. 4, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sept. 5, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., St. Nick’s Grove, 5131 Old French Road. Food, music, dancing, merchandise, beer and more in celebration of German culture. $5, or $8 for a two-day pass; free for children 11 and under. 814-456-9598, dank-erie.org
Edinboro Highland Games & Scottish Festival: Sept. 9, 5:30-8 p.m.; Sept. 10, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 219 Meadville St., Edinboro. Music acts to be announced. Most events are free. 814-732-2000, edinboro.edu/events/highland-games/index.php
Erie Irish Festival: Sept. 16-18. St. Patrick Church, 130 E. Fourth St. Food, music, dancing and more in celebration of Irish heritage. Free admission. 814-454-8085, erieirishfestival.com/new
Sept. 14:Rock band Daughtry to stop at Erie’s Warner Theatre with ‘Dearly Beloved’ tour
Daughtry: The Dearly Beloved Tour: Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. The rock ‘n’ roll band that has sold over 9 million albums, including “Cage to Rattle,” and 16 million singles, including “World on Fire,” will appear with special guest Pop Evil. $77.25, $52.25, $44 plus fees; VIP packages available. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com
“Whose Live Anyway?” Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” cast members Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, Ryan Stiles and Joel Murray present their improv tour. $37, $47, $57. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com
Clay Walker concert: Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Performance with special guest Tracy Byrd. $37, $57, $77, $97. 814-452-4857, www.erieevents.com/events/event/09/29/2022/clay-walker
Zach Williams Fall ’22 Tour: Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Grammy winner Williams performs his signature blend of southern rock, country and faith-filled songwriting; with special guest Ben Fuller. $20.50, $30.75, $41, $72. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com/events/event/10/15/2022/zach-williams-fall-22-tour
“Wheel of Fortune Live!”: Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Live stage show lets fans experience the game show in-person and audition to go on stage, spin a replica of the iconic wheel and solve puzzles to win prizes; audience members will get the chance to be randomly selected to win cash and prizes. $36, $46, $56, $66, $82; VIP packages available. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com/events/event/10/19/2022/wheel-of-fortune
Oct. 20:Country music star Cole Swindell brings tour to Erie for concert at Warner Theatre
Cole Swindell concert: Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. The fast-rising country music superstar brings his “Down To The Bar Tour” with special guests Ashley Cooke and Dylan Marlowe. $37.75, $47.75, $57.75 and $67.75 plus fees. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com
ZZ Top Raw Whisky Tour: Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” performs. Tickets were to go on sale July 29. $77.75, $87.75, $97.75 plus fees. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com
Trace Adkins concert: Nov. 17, 7 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Performance by the country legend who has sold more than 11 million albums, charted over 20 singles, earned numerous awards and Grammy nominations, and garnered over 2 billion streams. $40.25, $55.75, $71.25, $102, $122.75 plus fees. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com
Nov. 17:Country singer Trace Adkins heading to Erie for concert at Warner Theatre
“A Motown Christmas”: Nov. 19, 8 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Family-oriented show featuring a world-class vocal group assembled from past and present members of Motown’s most legendary groups including Ali Woodson’s Temptations, The Miracles and The Contours. $52, $47 and $42 plus fees. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com
“Blue’s Clues & You! Live On Stage”: Dec. 13, 6 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Theater production based on the hit preschool television series featuring Blue, her friends Magenta and Rainbow Puppy and many more in an original musical adventure. $52.50, $42.50 and $32.50 plus fees. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com
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