Scranton Area Events

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The Office of Community Relations is pleased to provide information on downtown and area community events.  Like us on Facebook to stay up to date with Scranton happenings.  

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Scranton Thinks Symposium Series | April 14-20 | Local Scranton Colleges & Universities

The Scranton Thinks Symposium Series will take place at 8 local colleges & universities. The aim of the series is to educate and enterain as a way to celebrate Scranton's 150 years! Visit Scranton Tomorrow to find out details on each evening of events!

Scranton Thinks

Library Lecture Series | Thursday, April 14 at 7pm | Scranton Cultural Center

Rainbow Rowell is the author of AttachmentsEleanor & ParkFangirl and Landline.  She writes books about misfits and nerds, or people who feel like misfits and nerds, and how find their way through life — cracking each other up and falling in love. Rainbow’s books are international bestsellers and award winners. But they’re hard to categorize. She writes books about teenagers that adults read. And books about adults that teens read.

She is the author of this year’s community book for “On the Same Page in Lackawanna County.”  Sign up at your local library to get a free book and join in a discussion of it.  Then, see Rainbow Rowell in person!

A book sale and signing will follow this event, which is free and open to the public. Tickets are available at any Lackawanna County Library System library or online at


Skippyjon Jones Snow What Children's Series | April 16 at 11am | Scranton Cultural Center

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest Chihuahua of them all? Skippyjon Jones the Siamese cat who thinks he's a Mexican Chihuahua of course! While his sisters listen to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Skippy heads off for the REAL adventure awaiting him in his closet. There, as his alter ego Skippito Friskito, and with the help of his friends the Seven Chimichangos, Skippyjon must rescue the beautiful princess Nieve Qué (Snow What), battle the evil dragon and defeat the Bruja. A brand new musical based on the book by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones Snow What is a twist on the classic fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (Approximately one hour in length, recommended for grades PreK -3) Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family.

Jog for Jude | Sunday, April 17 at 9am | Dunmore Community Center

This is the second annual Jog for Jude, held in memory of Jude Zayac who suddenly and tragically passed away on July 23rd, 2014 from S.I.D.S. (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). It is the area's only 5K race raising awareness and funds for S.I.D.S. research. There will be the 5K race and a 1 mile Fun Run/Walk. Children age 5 and under are free. After the race, there will be a Community Celebration with food, drinks, baskets, and more! Check out or their Facebook page for more information on Jog for Jude and the Jude Zayac Foundation.

Scranton's 150th Anniversary of Charter Day | Saturday, April 23 starting at 9am | Downtown Scranton 

At 9am, Charter Day will kick off will 150 seconds of church bells followed by 150 seconds of sirens!

From 9am-12pm, the Lackawanna Historical Society will be offering multiple tours of Scranton. To register, call 570-344-3841 or email lackawannahistory@gmail.comYou must register by 4/22. You must specify which tour(s) you would like to participate in, and the number of people in your group. The tours are as follows: 

                                 9am   Courthouse Square Tour

                                 10am Commercial District Tour

                                 11am  Gothic District Tour

From 9am-4:30pm, there will be a Sesquicentennial Quilt Exhibit by the Pennsylvania Quilters' Association at Scranton City Hall. 40 quilts will be on display, and there will be a raffle to win a quilt!

From 12-2pm, a Citizens Sesquicentennial Luncheon will be held at the Scranton Cultural Center. Tickets are $75 per person, and can be purchased here.  

From 2pm - 4pm, there will be a Lego Contest for ages 5 and up at the Mall at Steamtown. Here is a FREE Registration Form. Those who wish to participate must register by 4/20.

From 3-6pm, there will be a free Choir Showcase in the Center Court at the Mall at Steamtown

From 4-7pm, The Hunt, a historic scavenger hunt will take place throughout Scranton. The event is free, but you must register by 4/22. Register here. This event is sponsored by the Pop Up Studio and the Lackawanna County Historical Society. For more information on The Hunt 2016, please see below. 

From 7-11pm, immediately following The Hunt, will be a Sesquicentennial Birthday Bash at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel in the lobby and outside deck! The Gerard Mayer Show Band will play in the lobby from 7-10pm, and Picture Perfect will play in the Showmobile from 8-11pm. This is a free event, which includes a birthday cake competition and cash bar and food stations.

The Charter Day celebration concludes with fireworks at 10pm! 

The Hunt 2016 | Saturday, April 23 at 4pm | Radission Lackawanna Station and Hotel

"The Hunt" is a scavenger hunt inspired by the best of Scranton- its people, its history, and its architecture. Explore aspects of the city often overlooked while cruising the streets with your besties. The first clue comes by text, leading you to a series of strategically located experiences, with the final clue taking you to the finish line where you will be rewarded for your efforts. "The Hunt", in its fifth year, is open to all ages. Non-residents of Scranton might be more challenged. Some working knowledge of the city is recommended, but not required.

This year, The Pop Up Studio's Hunt is part of Scranton's 150th Anniversary Charter Day Celebration. The Hunt's final location will be The Radisson Lackawanna Station, where teams will be honored and awarded prizes for your efforts. Stick around for free live music and a piece of Scranton's birthday cake. Charter Day festivities at the Radission begin at 7pm. Details for other Charter Day activities:

Team sizes are limited to "one car load". Specific details will be emailed to the team leader closer to the starting date.

Only the team leader needs to register. Upon registering, the team leader will be asked to provide: team name, team leader cell phone number, and team leader email address. Tickets are a suggested team donation of $30, which includes Pop Up Studio limited release hats for each team member. 

First Friday Scranton | Friday, May 6 from 6pm - 9pm | Downtown Scranton

First Friday Scranton is a 501(3) non-profit, volunteer-supported organization composed of a Board of Directors and Advisory Council that organize, promote and market a free art walk held on the first Friday of every month at dozens of galleries and businesses around downtown Scranton. First Friday features a wide variety of cultural events found in some of the city’s best restaurants and cafes, as well as galleries, boutiques, and other small businesses. All events associated with First Friday take place from 6-9PM in a walk-able, close knit footprint, though a trolley bus is available to provide shuttle service at designated stops.

Are You My Mother? Children's Series | May 14 at 11am | Scranton Cultural Center

At long last, Baby Bird emerges from her shell and expects to be greeted by her mother’s song. But her mother is not there. Where is she? Why isn’t she home? With the help of Dog, Cat, and Hen, Baby Bird sets out in search of Mother Bird in this colorful musical adventure based on P.D. Eastman’s whimsical and well-loved picture book.

Questions? Contact the Office of Community Relations at 570-941-4419 or