Keep your weekend affordable with these suggestions of things to do for $20 or less

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Another weekend is here at last. Start it off on Thursday by supporting your local music favorites at the Steamtown Music Awards. Then check out a film festival or even an auto show and watch a car magically appear. There are lots of family-friendly activities taking place. Here’s a list of weekend events for $20 or less.

Steamtown Music Awards: $5. The second local music awards show takes place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at The V Spot in Scranton. Stop by to find out who the winners are. The event highlights local musicians and their accomplishments. The Red Carpet portion of the evening begins at 6:30 p.m.For more information check out their Facebook page, SteamtownMusicAwards.

Listen to some reggae, mon: $12. Kevin Kinsella and The Analogue Sons, Roots Attack and George Wesley. Where you ask? At the River Street Jazz Cafe, 667 N. River St., Plains. Doors open at 5 p.m. so grab a bite (and a good seat) before hand.

Restaurant Week: TBD! Enjoy a wide variety of cuisines at special prices from Sept. 18 to 27. Participants include Alpine Downtown Eatery, Anthracite, Barnes & Noble Cafe, Bart & Urby’s, Boscov’s, Bottlenecks Saloon, Cafe Toscana, Cheesesteak Factory, El Zocalo, Franklin’s, Frank’s Pizzeria, Hottle’s, King of Kings Gyro, Le Manhattan Bistro, Letts Eat, Mimmo’s Pizza, Oyster, Ox’s Eatery, Pete’s Middle Eastern Restaurant, Pronto Via Pizzeria, Rodano’s and Senunas’ Bar & Grill. Menus at

NEPA Auto Show: $5. A display of 2016 models with more than 1,000 new and pre-owned vehicles at special prices. There’s activities for kids, too. A Ferris wheel, bumper cars, kiddie rides, tailgate party with Damon’s Grill, football on a 12-foot screen and a magician on Saturday who will attempt to make a car appear out of thin air. Mohegan Sun Arena, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township. Noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 18; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 19; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 20.

Fall Film Festival: $8. Three weeks of foreign, independent and art films for $8 each. Showings of “A Walk in the Woods” and “Mr. Holmes” can be viewed. The event runs through Oct. 8 with a post-festival film discussion at 1 p.m. Oct. 9. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. For a schedule of movie offerings log onto or 570-996-1500.

Ghost Walks in Old Mauch Chunk: $12. Embark on a one-mile, lantern-lit tour and hear tales of lore, ghoulish encounters and histories of buildings along Broadway, led by a costumed storyteller. Meet at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway. 8 p.m. Sept. 18; 7 and 8:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Children are $6. Reservations: 570-325-2346.

Culture Shock: Free! Head to Scranton for a day of art, food, merchandise vendors, live mural painting, poetry readings and two stages of music showcasing 16 local bands including Skip Monday, Pity Party, Down to Six, Silhouette Lies, James Barrett and more. Nay Aug Park, Scranton. Noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 19. Free. Info at

A Day Without a Mexican: Free! Hold the anger and outrage, it’s based on the 2004 mockumentary which depicts what would happen if the entire U.S. Mexican population suddenly disappeared. The flick is being shown as part of the fifth annual King’s College Hispanic Film Festival in Burke Auditorium at the McGowan School of Business, West Union and North River streets, Wilkes-Barre. The show starts at 7 p.m. on Sept. 23. For more information, call 570-208-8021.

Mushroom Fair: Free! Wait, what? It’s a day filled with mushroom identification services by the Wyoming Valley Mushroom Club, guided walks and children’s activities. The event is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. For more information, call 570-403-2006 or 570-256-9002.

Seth Glier: $20. The Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Drive. If you purchase tickets in advance, by calling 570-588-8077, admission will only set you back $16.

Things to do in NEPA for $20 or less

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