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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First Friday Scranton | Friday, September 2 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. 

Check out which locations are participating in this month’s First Friday here.  

La Festa Italiana | Friday, September 2-Monday, September 5 | Courthouse Square

La Festa Italiana is celebrated each year in Downtown Scranton. This organization was created to promote and preserve the customs, art and culture of the Italian American people in Lackawanna and adjacent counties for generations to come. The festival is in its 41st year and features hundreds of food, vendors, and entertainment over the four days of Labor Day weekend. This year, The University of Scranton's Jazz Band will take part with a performance on September 3 at 9:00 PM. For more information on La Festa Italiana, check out their website or Facebook!

2016 American Masters Lecture | Thursday, September 9 at 7PM | Scranton Cultural Center

Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian who has written books on Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, and serves commentator on the presidency for CNN, will deliver the 2016 American Masters Lecture.

A professor of history at Rice University in Houston, Texas, Brinkley has written 23 books. In addition to his presidential histories, he has written about a diverse range of American figures and movements ranging from Rosa Parks to Walter Cronkite.

The American Masters Lecture is part of the Library System’s Matthew F. Flynn Library Lecture Series. It was established by a group of community-minded individuals who wanted to support the tradition of presenting important speakers in Lackawanna County.

Tickets are available online or at all Lackawanna County libraries.

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