What You Can Expect

NEW! Family District—family-friendly entertainment and hands-on activities designed to engage both children and adults through wellness, learning, and the arts.

NEW! Business District—a bustling block dedicated to Erie’s homegrown shops, businesses, and startups showcasing the products and services produced and performed in our region.

Art District—artwork of all kinds, including live demonstrations and displays by Erie’s finest local artists and artisan vendors adjacent to everyone’s favorite Chalkwalk.

Culture District—a true multicultural marketplace of international food, artisans, and performances celebrating Erie’s diverse communities.

Food District—a taste of Erie’s best food and drinks from our hometown food trucks, restaurants, distributors, brewers, winemakers, and distillers.

Mainstage—the largest free music concerts in the region, hosting three nights of world-class musical acts and local opening acts.

Chalkwalk—local artists come together to color State Street alive with more than 40 vibrant chalk murals the length of a city block.

District Stages—four unique stages showcasing Erie’s talented musicians, dancers, and other performing artists.

Hometown Vendors—artisan, retail, and food merchants located throughout the event for attendees to purchase local goods from local vendors.

Headliners

The CelebrateErie Mainstage is located at 3rd and State Streets in downtown Erie. Admission to all concerts is free.

Erie Celebrates Queen – Friday, Aug. 16, 8 p.m.

A true celebration of Erie, The Erie All-Stars have been a staple of the CelebrateErie Mainstage for years, headlining for the first time in 2018. A collaboration between the Erie All-Stars, the Erie Philharmonic, the Erie All-Stars Choir, and the Erie Thunderbirds Drumline will honor the esteemed rock band, Queen.

Sister Sledge and Keri Hilson – Saturday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Saturday will feature a Mainstage double headliner with Sister Sledge and Keri Hilson.

Rising to fame in the disco era, Sister Sledge performs a range of disco, soul, and jazz. The sisters are most known for their hit “We Are Family,” which earned them a Grammy nomination. Sister Sledge continues to tour internationally and has performed in the White House, as well as for Pope Francis in 2015.

Beginning her career as a background vocalist and songwriter, Keri Hilson wrote for artists including Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears. Her feature in Timbaland’s “The Way I Are” sparked her solo career in 2007. Known for her hits, “Knock You Down,” “I Like,” and “Pretty Girl Rock,” Hilson’s music influences include R&B, hip hop, and pop. Her first studio album, “In a Perfect World…” debuted the Billboard Hot 100 at number four, and earned her two Grammy nominations. Now, ten years after her debut album and nine years since her latest album release “No Boys Allowed,” Hilson announced new music to be released this summer, and is touring alongside Mya, Brandy, Ashanti, and Monica in the “Femme it Forward” tour.

Scotty McCreery – Sunday, Aug. 18, 8 p.m.

American Idol’s Season 10 winner, Scotty McCreery established himself as a successful country artist quickly after the show, with two certified platinum singles “The Trouble with Girls” and “I Love You This Big” on his debut album. McCreery was awarded New Artist of the Year at both the Academy of Country Music Awards and the American Country Awards in 2011. His third studio album, “See You Tonight,” featured the popular hits “See You Tonight” and “Feelin’ It” in 2013.

McCreery’s newest album, “Seasons Change” was released in 2018. Singles “This Is It” and “Five More Minutes” have both topped Billboard’s Country Airplay chart at number one since the album’s debut. This summer, McCreery is on a US tour performing his latest album.

Districts

Celebrate Music

Local and regional musical acts of all genres, followed by national headlining acts.

  • Mainstage: the largest free music concert in the region, hosting three nights of world-class musical acts and local opening acts.
  • 4 different stages showcasing musical and performing art from the region’s most talented entertainers.

Along with featuring music throughout the entire weekend, CelebrateErie showcases five event districts, each representing a different part of what makes Erie unique:

Celebrate Art

A display of our region’s visual arts, interactive demonstrations, and artisan vendors.

  • Chalkwalk: a colorful display of chalk art, showcasing a wide range of creative subjects.
  • Artisan Vendors: artwork of all types of medium, created and sold by some of Erie’s finest local artists.
  • Demonstrating Artists: watch artists craft their artwork live, right on the street.
  • Local Artist Gallery: explore an Erie-themed gallery dedicated to local art and artists.  

Celebrate Culture

Diverse sights, sounds and tastes from the international cultures that call Erie their home.

  • Multicultural Marketplace: local merchants representing the diverse cultures and goods from around the world.
  • Unique Cuisine: a sampling of some of the finest international food vendors that are unique to Erie.
  • Culture District Stage: a stage dedicated to celebrating Erie’s diverse performers, from music to dance and everything in-between.

Celebrate Food

Unique cuisine from our region, from food trucks, to local dining, to locally made wine and craft beer.

  • Erie Restaurants and Food Trucks: Perry Square hosts restaurants that are unique to Erie with menus featuring customer favorites, special dishes and drinks made just for CelebrateErie.
  • Local Food Tour: visit local brick-and-mortar restaurants within the CelebrateErie area to purchase samples of local cuisine.
  • Brews and Wines: enjoy local craft beer and wine in our beer garden.
  • Perry Square Stage: catch a diverse sample of Erie’s local music scene while enjoying a meal or craft brew in the park.

Celebrate Family

Engaging, family fun for children, teens, parents, and grandparents.

  • Interactive Family Experiences: from crafting to STEM to music and arts, there’s something for everyone in the family to join in the fun.
  • Family District Stage: music, dance, and wellness activities for children and adults to enjoy.

Celebrate Business

Erie’s hometown businesses and the people behind their success, all in one place.

  • Small Business Retail Setups: tailored to showcase and feature the unique products sold right here in Erie.
  • Interactive Showcase: a display of products and services from Erie’s business community, including hands-on demonstrations and activities.

Schedule

event programs

friday

  • Discovery Corner Entertainment @ expERIEnce Children’s Museum 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Jefferson Educational Society Lecture Series @ City Hall Council Chambers Topic: Great Personalities of Erie Politics 4:00 PM
  • Erie SeaWolves vs. Akron RubberDucks @ UPMC Park 7:05 PM

saturday

  • PA National Guard Great Lakes Challenge sponsored by Crossfit FBO @ State Street between North Park Row and 5th Street 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • The Erie Water Works Chestnut Street Pump Station and Big Bertha Tours @ Across from 340 West Bayfront Parkway 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Kick off to Kindergarden @exERIEnce Children’s Museum 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Tenth Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta @ Bayfront Maritime Center – 40 Holland Street 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • The Grumpy One and Grumpy Two Show A live, interactive “sentimental journey” for seniors @ City Hall Council Chambers 12:30 PM
  • Jefferson Educational Society Lecture Series @ City Hall Council Chambers Topic: Buggin’ State Street (2:00) / Screening of “Rust Belt New Americans” (5:00) 2:00 PM / 5:00 PM
  • Erie SeaWolves vs. Akron RubberDucks @ UPMC Park (fireworks after game) 7:05 PM

sunday

  • Mayor’s Race 5k and 10k 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Erie SeaWolves vs. Akron RubberDucks @ UPMC Park 1:35 PM
  • Rhythmic Explorations Community Drum Circle @ State Street between North Park Row and 5th Street 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Jefferson Educational Society Lecture Series @ City Hall Council Chambers Topic: Remarkable Erie Women (2:00) / Black Heroes (4:00) 2:00 PM / 4:00 PM

celebrateerie mainstage

friday

  • First to Eleven 5:30 PM
  • Matty B & The Dirty Pickles 15-Year Anniversary Show 6:30 PM
  • Erie Celebrates Queen feat. Erie All Stars, Erie All Stars Choir, Erie Philharmonic, and Erie Thunderbirds 8:00 PM

saturday

  • Familiar Spirit Band 5:30 PM
  • Sister Sledge 7:00 PM
  • Keri Hilson 8:30 PM

sunday

  • 100 Proof 5:30 PM
  • Refuge 6:30 PM
  • Scotty McCreery 8:00 PM

pa lottery perry square stage

friday

  • Gem City Jazz Ensemble 12:00 PM
  • The Roof Top Project 1:00 PM
  • Jeff Fetterman Band 2:00 PM
  • Ish 3:30 PM
  • Stiletto 5:00 PM
  • TK Blues Company 6:45 PM

saturday

  • Cats a Bear 12:00 PM
  • Lights + Letters 1:00 PM
  • Diesel Houdini 2:00 PM
  • Big City Hangover 3:30 PM
  • Charles Brown Experience 5:00 PM
  • Ron Yarosz & The Vehicle 6:45 PM

sunday

  • JB Hobgood 12:00 PM
  • Jonah Krull 1:00 PM
  • Liquid Nixon 2:00 PM
  • The Breeze Band 3:30 PM
  • Eric Brewer & Friends 5:00 PM
  • The Groove 6:45 PM

pnc bank family stage

friday
Family Game Day

  • Footlights Theatre Program – Newsies’ 12:00 PM
  • The Jack & Tammy Show 12:45 PM
  • Patterson School of Ballet 1:45 PM
  • Udgiri Sister’s Violin Performance 2:45 PM
  • Family Fun Charades – Erie Playhouse 3:30 PM
  • Dance Party in the Park 5:00 PM

saturday
Sports and Wellness Day

  • Parks Taekwondo Demo Team 12:00 PM
  • Get Movin’ wtih Albion and Erie Jazzercise 12:45 PM
  • Guided Meditation – Self-Love and Kindness by Donika Gunther 1:45 PM
  • The Jack and Tammy Show 2:45 PM
  • Hula Hoop Dance Play Shop 3:30 PM
  • Simon Says with Erie Sports Mascots 4:45 PM
  • Little Miss Soul 5:30 PM

sunday
STEAM Day

  • Teddy Bear Picnic with Erie Playhouse and Imagination Library 12:00 PM
  • Yoga for Everybody by Yoga with Abi 12:45 PM
  • Parks Taekwondo Demo Team 2:00 PM
  • The Magic of Cliff & Kelly Hopkins 2:45 PM
  • Musical Story Time – Erie Playhouse and Imagination Library 3:30 PM

port of erie culture stage

friday

  • Prep/Villa Dance Ensemble 12:00 PM
  • Rebecca Mae 12:30 PM
  • Jordy the Traveler 1:15 PM
  • CarlaQuarius feat. Lake Erie Belly Dance 2:15 PM
  • Paper Matches 3:45 PM
  • Dirty Leaf Band 5:00 PM
  • Celtic Hooligans 6:45 PM

saturday

  • Yoga Sculpt with Rise Erie 12:00 PM
  • Legendary Cyphers 1:15 PM
  • Little Dance Studio 2:00 PM
  • Erie Dance Conservatory 2:45 PM
  • Sovereign Ballet 3:30 PM
  • Legendary Cyphers 4:10 PM
  • Erie Dance Theater Team 5:00 PM
  • Mambo 6:45 PM

sunday

  • Summer Sweat with Rise Erie 12:00 PM
  • Spotlight Studio 1:15 PM
  • Antioch Chosen Mime & United We Sing Ministries 2:30 PM
  • Erie Asian Pacific American Alliance 3:15 PM
  • Matt Bennett Blues Band 5:00 PM
  • Mulligans 6:45 PM

living room stage

friday

  • Jonathan Nolan 12:00 PM
  • Tommy Link 12:45 PM
  • Elle Taylor 1:30 PM
  • Bus 17 2:45 PM
  • Mark and Dan 4:00 PM
  • Orphean Son Acoustic 5:15 PM
  • Acoustic Ear Candy 6:30 PM

saturday

  • Graham Scott 12:00 PM
  • Claire Stuczynski 1:30 PM
  • Brooke Surgener 2:45 PM
  • Jesse James Weston 4:00 PM
  • Buttermilk Falls Gang 5:15 PM
  • Gem City Revival 6:30 PM

sunday

  • Kyle Byler Music 12:00 PM
  • Monica Lewis 12:45 PM
  • The Collective Few 1:30 PM
  • Generic Newgrass 2:45 PM
  • Zack Orr 4:00 PM
  • World of Music – Uke Jam 5:15 PM
  • The Acoustic Jukebox 6:30 PM

Shuttle Service

Free shuttle service at CelebrateErie will be provided by EMTA

Our 2018 survey results showed that parking was the main concern about the event. This year, we're partnering with EMTA to provide a free shuttle service for attendees.

Free parking is available at the Lincoln Park-And-Ride, Liberty Park, and the Intermodal Transportation Center (disability parking available at the Intermodal)

Buses will run from Lincoln Park-And-Ride, Liberty Park, and the Intermodal Transportation Center, to Perry Square at French Street

Shuttles will run on the hour and on the half hour from 12 p.m. until the end of the Mainstage shows

Thanks to EMTA for providing this new service for our event. We hope these shuttles make CelebrateErie more accessible for everyone to enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

When is CelebrateErie?
CelebrateErie is Aug. 16-18, 2019.

Where is CelebrateErie?
CelebrateErie is located in Downtown Erie, PA, on State St. between 4th and 9th streets.

Where do I get tickets? How much?
CelebrateErie is completely FREE and open to the public. There are no admission fees for music or other festival programming.

Where can I find handicapped parking?
Handicapped parking is available on the north side of W. 7th St. between State St. and Peach St. and also on the first floor of the parking garage at W. 7th St. and Peach St.

What time do the Mainstage acts start? 
Openers go on at 5:30 p.m. and headliners will start at 8:00 p.m. daily.

Is this a family-friendly event?
Yes! We welcome friends and family of all ages! CelebrateErie is located in the heart of downtown Erie and there is something fun for everyone to enjoy!

What is the criteria for vendor and performer selection this year?
We receive an overwhelming amount of applications every year from talented local vendors and performers. All performers and vendors are objectively selected based upon level of quality, family-friendliness, and uniqueness to Erie. Additionally, all vendor and programming setups are required to interactively engage attendees through activities, demonstrations, and/or retail. Our team does its best to balance diversity of offerings to avoid overlap of vendors and performances genres. Ultimately, CelebrateErie’s goal is to put together an event that is uniquely Erie and that celebrates local art, business, culture, food, and families.

I’m a vendor and have a specific question. Who can I contact?
Please contact our vendor team at celebrateerie.vendors@gmail.com.

Can I bring my dog?
Due to the level of activity and thousands of people that come through the event each year and activity, CelebrateErie does not allow dogs for both the safety of your pet and the attendees. However, certified service animal are permitted.

What if it rains?
CelebrateErie is a rain or shine event. Though we are crossing our fingers for a warm and sunny weekend, we know that Erie weather can be temperamental to say the least. In case of rain or inclement weather, please keep in mind that some programming areas may be delayed or cancelled.

Will there be fireworks at CelebrateErie this year?
There will not be an official CelebrateErie fireworks display this year. Our team decided to focus our resources on the unique local food, culture, art, and music programming to showcase the best of Erie.

We felt it was more important to have the largest fireworks display of the summer in celebration of Independence Day on July 3 at Lights Over Lake Erie. If you still want to see fireworks that weekend, the Erie SeaWolves will feature fireworks at UPMC Park following their 7:05 p.m. game on Saturday, August 17. Check out www.milb.com/erie for more information.

My company wants to sponsor CelebrateErie. How can we do that?
Absolutely! CelebrateErie wouldn’t happen without our sponsors. Check out our sponsor page and fill out an application. We’ll be in touch shortly.

I have an opinion about CelebrateErie. Who can I tell? 
Please let us know! Contact us. Our team will read every message.