History. Heart. Hustle.

Welcome to Downtown Scranton.
1/2

There's wonderful energy in and around Downtown Scranton!

From arts and culture to outdoor recreation, unique shopping and fabulous dining, the City of Scranton is always bustling with activity. Take a look!

 

 Year Round  
  • Broadway in Scranton: In partnership with NAC Entertainment, Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania presents a full season of national touring Broadway shows at the historic Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Avenue, in downtown Scranton. Don’t miss your chance to experience Broadway in Scranton!
  • Creative and Performing Arts Academy (CaPAA): Located inside the historic Ritz Building, 222 Wyoming Avenue, CaPAA offers classes in creative and performing arts to people of all ages. Everyone is welcome to act, sing and dance in this beautifully-restored theater. 
  • Downtown Walking Tours: The Lackawanna Historical Society hosts Downtown Walking Tours featuring Scranton’s exceptional and varied architecture. Listen to surprising tales about some of the city’s prominent buildings as you stroll through the downtown. Along the way, you’ll learn about the history, design, and craftsmanship of such structures as the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, Scranton City Hall, the Albright Memorial Library, the Federal Courthouse and Post Office building, Hotel Jermyn, St. Peter’s Cathedral, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Tours are offered on Saturdays from June through October.
  • Electric City Aquarium and Reptile Den: Learn about land and sea creatures at the Electric City Aquarium and Reptile Den inside the Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Avenue, downtown Scranton. The 20,000+ square-foot facility features fish and reptiles, and promotes a message of conservation and respect for all aquatic life.
  • The Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art: The Everhart Museum’s permanent collection features  American folk art, works on paper, rocks and minerals, birds, plants, Dorflinger glass, and more. Located on the grounds of Nay Aug Park in East Scranton, the Museum hosts rotating exhibits and a full schedule of programs and events. An architectural gem, the Everhart Museum is just minutes from downtown Scranton.
  • First Friday ScrantonA monthly gallery hop in downtown Scranton, First Friday offers a wide variety of cultural events in restaurants, cafés, galleries, boutiques, and other small businesses. Highlighting visual and performing arts, visitors may explore venues on foot, or ride the trolley bus. First Friday Scranton is held on the first Friday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m. in venues throughout the downtown.
  • Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour: Go down in history — 300 feet beneath the surface of the earth in a once abandoned, but now restored, hard coal mine. On this tour, you’ll see where and how men and boys worked to heat a nation and fuel the conversion of our nation's economy from agriculture to industry. The Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour at McDade Park, 1 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton, runs April 1 through November 30. 
  • Steamtown National Historic Site: This national park is located in the center of downtown Scranton. Steamtown NHS is an industrial heritage site that showcases the role steam railroad transportation played in the American Industrial Revolution. The site features exhibits, a theater, gift shop, and of course, excursions and tours!
Spring 2019

  • Sunday, April 7 - Scranton Half Marathon: The 6th Annual Scranton Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, April 7, beginning and ending at Valor Credit Union Field at Memorial Stadium. The goal of the race is to highlight the greater Scranton community, and increase traffic to local businesses. 

  • Saturday, April 13 - 4th Annual Buy Local Spring Fling Marketplace: The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple hosts this spring shopping event featuring 175 of the area’s finest local businesses, artisans and wineries. Explore vendors on 4 floors of this beautiful, historic building in the heart of downtown Scranton! The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Avenue. Admission is $2. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. 

  • Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 - Art in Bloom: The Everhart Museum hosts a celebration of its collection as interpreted through fresh flowers. The event features a reception on Friday, April 26 from 6 to 8 p.m., showcasing fresh art-inspired floral arrangements created by local designers. On Saturday, April 27, from 1 to 4 p.m., a free community day includes guided workshops, lectures, tours of the galleries and guests may shop for nature-inspired creations by local fine artists and traditional crafters.

  • Sunday, April 28 - Tour de Scranton: An annual, non-competitive bike ride for people of all ages and skill levels, the Tour de Scranton welcomes everyone, from amateur riders to experienced cyclists. Participants may choose from a variety of routes. In conjunction with the bike ride, the Tour de Scranton River Walk will be held along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail on Olive Street.

​Summer 2019
  • Wednesday, May 29 to Sunday, June 2 - Lackawanna County Heritage Fair: A family-friendly celebration of the heritage and culture of those who call Lackawanna County home, the festival will feature food, entertainment, rides, fireworks and more on Montage Mountain in Moosic!
  • Scranton Shakespeare Festival: An annual summer tradition in the Electric City, the Scranton Shakespeare Festival offers a diverse season of free, professional theatre in Scranton. The 2019 lineup includes: The Behavior of Light; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Troilus & Cressida; Richard III; and Cabaret.
  • Co-Op Farmers’ Market: Founded in 1939, this open-air market features fresh, locally grown food, including fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, flowers, honey and more! Just on the outskirts of downtown Scranton, the Co-op Farmers’ Market is open July through November, at 900 Barring Avenue, Scranton. 
  • Friday, August 2 to August 4 - Scranton Jazz Festival: Enjoy an authentic weekend of Jazz, Blues, World Beat music and much more at the 15th annual Scranton Jazz Festival in downtown Scranton. The Main Stage is located at the historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel. After the Main Stage closes, embark on a "Jazz Walk" in venues throughout the downtown.
  • Saturday, August 24 - Electric City Classic: Scranton Tomorrow will host the inaugural Electric City Classic in historic downtown Scranton. The event is a Criterium, also known as a Crit among riders, is a race on a short-circuit course where cyclists complete multiple laps. Hundreds of athletes will race on bikes at speeds up to 45-miles per hour, just inches away from each other. Expect to see thousands of fans cheering them on as riders whisk past them every 90 seconds as they jockey for position. The fun continues on Sunday with the Classic Hill Climb!
  • Saturday, August 24 - Electric City Classic Yoga with Jaya Yoga: To kick off the Electric City Classic in Scranton, Hilary Steinberg, founder and owner of Jaya Yoga, and Corrin Rimosites, instructor, will offer a one-hour session for yogis age 13 and older of all skill levels. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. with the class starting at 8 a.m. Participants should bring their own yoga mats. In lieu of an admission fee, freewill donations in any amount will gladly be accepted with a suggested donation of $10. Follow Scranton Tomorrow on Facebook for updates.
  • Sunday, August 25 – Classic Hill Climb: As part of the Electric City Classic, local and regional cyclists will compete in the Classic Hill Climb on Olive Street in the Hill section of Scranton. This cobblestone street is a well-preserved feature of the city’s historic past, and will provide a true challenge for all who race to the finish! 
  • Friday August 30 to Monday, September 2 - LaFesta Italiana: Scranton celebrates the unofficial end to summer in a most delicious way – with Italian delicacies and music all weekend at LaFesta Italiana on Courthouse Square! Festival hours are Friday, 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Monday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event features more than 80 food vendors and continuous live entertainment on multiple stages around the square. There is no admission charge.
     
Fall 2019
  • Scranton After Dark: The tragic and macabre aspects of Scranton’s history are brought to light in the annual Scranton After Dark paranormal walking tour. Lackawanna Historical Society (LHS) guides weave a candlelit path through downtown Scranton imparting tales of tragic events, curious occurrences, and ghostly apparitions that have become part of the city’s lore. Participants are invited to attend a presentation by local paranormal investigators who reveal evidence collected at several reportedly active haunted locations within the city. 
  • Sunday, October 13 - Steamtown Marathon: The Annual Steamtown Marathon is a point-to-point race held Columbus Day weekend in Scranton. The race is an official Boston qualifier, and thousands of runners participate each year.
  • Saturday, October 19 - Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces: This annual fall festival welcomes people of all ages to the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces at 159 Cedar Avenue, Scranton, for cultural activities, fire entertainers, art, music, dance, theater, food and beverages. The Bonfire at the Iron Furnaces is a magical celebration for the season on the grounds of one of Scranton’s most unique historic sites.
  • Wednesday, October 23 - 57th Annual Mayors' Prayer Breakfast: Scranton Tomorrow will host the Mayors' Prayer Breakfast, an annual interfaith awareness event open to the public, on Wednesday, October 23, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Radisson at Lackawanna Station, 700 Lackawanna Avenue, downtown Scranton. Tickets are $25 per person. Advance reservations are preferred by calling 570.963.5901.
  • November - The Santa Parade: Kick off the holiday season with fun for the whole family at the annual Santa Parade! The event features seasonal floats, balloons, and live entertainment as thousands welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Electric City. 
Winter 2019
  • Friday, November 29 - Downtown Scranton Black Friday: Ready. Set. Shop! Check out the latest Black Friday promotions on our Facebook page.
  • Saturday, November 30 - Small Business Saturday in Downtown Scranton: Shop small to make a big impact in your community! On Small Business Saturday in Downtown Scranton, more than 50 shops and eateries will offer special sales and promotions. Spread the word about the eclectic shops and eateries in the Electric City using #shopsmall, #smallbiz, #shoplocal on social media. 

© Scranton Tomorrow 2017

1011 N. Main Avenue,

Scranton, PA 18508

Email: lizbaldi@scrantontomorrow.org

Phone: 570.963.5901

Proudly created by HelloDSA.com

  • White Instagram Icon
  • White Facebook Icon
  • Twitter Clean