Keep your weekend affordable with these suggestions of things to do for $20 or less
Rain, rain, go away because there are some great outdoor events happening this weekend. Start the weekend off right by stopping by Weekender’s first Sizzlin’ Summer Series. It’s a happy hour party with free raffles and lots of event tickets to give away. Get the laughs rolling with the Scranton Summer Comedy Bash or drink up for a good cause any time this week at Cooper’s Seafood House in Scranton.
Sizzlin’ Summer Series: Free! OK, shameless plug here, but at 6:30 p.m. on June 5 at Grotto Pizza at Harveys Lake Weekender is kicking off our traveling happy hour. We’ll be raffling off concert tickets, T-shirts and other fun prizes. The first 15 people at the series will receive one of five T-shirts (a different one will be handed out at each of the five events).
‘The Goonies’: $5. Remember this ’80s classic with Chunk? At 7 p.m. on June 3 the Dietrich Theater will show this coming-of-age classic. For tickets stop by the ticket booth or visit dietrichtheater.com. June 7 marks the 30th anniversary of the movie. Every year a Goonies Day festival is held in Astoria, Oregon, the city where the movie was filmed.
Olyphant Queen City Days Picnic: Free! The Olyphant Eureka Volunteer Fire Hose Company #4 will host home-grown fun from June 4 – 6. There’s a parade at 7 p.m. June 5 from downtown Olyphant to the top of East Grant Street and ends at the picnic location, Rep. Joseph Wargo and Monsignor Stephen Hrynuck Sports Complex, 700 Block of East Grant Street . Fireworks are at 9 p.m. on June 6. Local groups will offer food and drinks, Bingo and raffles and K-9 demonstrations. For more information call 570-383-0319.
National Trail Day: Free! Find your favorite trail and spend some time outdoors. Don’t have a favorite trail? Head to Hickory Run State Park Complex, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. At 1 p.m. June 6 show up at the park office with a water bottle, long pants and sturdy shoes. Register by calling 570-403-2006.
Cocktails for Culture: Varies. Need a reason to throw a couple back during the week? Then head to Cooper’s Seafood House in Scranton through June 7. During the first week of June, known as Negroni Week, local bars volunteer to donate 100 percent of cocktail proceeds to a good cause — in this case, the Everhart Museum is the beneficiary.
Nature Walk: Free! Fun for the whole family with this National Trails Day celebration — join guides and other adventurers on a search for interesting plants and animals along part of the Deer Tail. Walk starts at 9 a.m. on June 6. Participants are asked to meet at the boat rental parking lot.
Arts on Fire Festival: $20, free.A three-day celebration of arts, heritage, industry and community. On June 5, the sixth annual “Fire at the Furnace” kicks off from 8 to 11 p.m. offering food, drinks, live music and hot-iron pours. From June 6 to 7 the fun continues starting at 10 a.m. with children’s activities, iron pour, artisans, trolley rides, yoga, Ring of Fire demonstrations and music by Jay Smar, the Keystone College Jazz Band, Friend of the Gypsy, David Stone in “The Johnny Cash Experience” and the Mid Valley High School Steel Drum Band. Historic Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Ave., Scranton. 570-963-6730.
Scranton Summer Comedy Bash: $20. Laugh out Lepka is at it again. At 6:30 p.m. June 7 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station hotel a legendary comedic line-up showcasing “The Reverend” Bob Levy, Bonnie McFarlane, John Kensil, Ron Babcock, Louis “Twitchels” Centanni, Alan Dudeck, Matt Serniak, Dave Savage and Fast Freddy will take place.
Strawberry Festival: Free!West Pittston is bringing it back with the annual strawberry festival and community flea market. Lots of strawberry desserts will be available. The event is sponsored by the First United Presbyterian Church of West Pittston at St. Cecilia’s Church, 1700 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 6.
Taste of Kutztown Festival: Free! Enjoy samplings of food, wine, beer, mead and cider all while listening so some live entertainment by jazz guitarist Brian Betts and his group, alt rockers Jonathan Movement, Caroline Reese & the Drifting Fifth, Lazy Afternoon and the Wandering Troubadours. The fun is from noon to 5 p.m. June 6 at Kutztown Community Park, 440 E. Main St. For more info visit tasteofkutztown.org.