Arts On The Square Organizers

Organizers of Arts On The Square finalize arrangements for the July 30 event. Courthouse Square will be turned into an arts, crafts, music and theatrical hub with over 130 vendors/artists participating. Art items, food and literature will be available for sale from noon to 8 PM.

L-r, Maureen McGuigan, Lackawanna County’s Deputy Director of Arts & Culture; Cristin Powers, Director of ScrantonMade; and Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley.

Arts On The Square Set For July 30

Lackawanna County Courthouse Square will once again be transformed into an arts and entertainment hub with music, crafts, painting and more at the fourth annual “Arts on the Square” on Saturday, July 30, from Noon – 8 p.m.

The free event is being sponsored by Lackawanna County, ScrantonMade, The City of Scranton, Backyard Ale House, Electric City, King Outdoor and WVIA.  The annual galleria has grown into a premier regional arts festival, featuring unique handmade items by local artists and artisan vendors, while also offering a wealth of free arts activities for all ages in the beautiful green space in the heart of downtown Scranton.

This year’s event features over 130 vendors and two stages on Linden Street and Spruce Street with live local music brought to you by NEPA Scene and Summersteps Records.  Dance will also be featured by Scranton Civic Ballet along with comedy by Laugh Out Lepka’s Comedy Club.

The Scranton Cultural Center, Lackawanna County Library System and Everhart Museum will present a creative participatory activity with a fairytale twist that corresponds to the Everhart’s current exhibit:  Wolves, Magic Mirrors & Spinning Wheels: The Anatomy of Fairy Tales.  Everyone will get the opportunity to meet fairytale characters, play fun theater games, participate in hands-on projects, and explore an exhibit of fairytale-inspired artwork.

There will be two outdoor galleries curated by the AFA Gallery and Michael Lloyd, as well as several interactive art installations that the public can participate in sponsored by DXDempsey, Wayne Bank, Crow Design, The Bhakti Collective, Hexagon Project, Artworks, and Mandalas by Ariell.  The NEPA Yarn Bombers will decorate the square along with other local artists providing various installations.

This year’s event will celebrate the food culture in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  There will be a Pop Up Restaurant area on the N. Washington Avenue side of Courthouse Square with several local restaurants participating, including Electric City Roasting, Terra Preta and Harvest.  Seating will be available on the lawn. On Spruce Street in the Piazza Dell’Arte, attendees can shop at a farmers market featuring Purple Pepper Farms  and Burkes Maple among others.  On Linden Street, The Backyard Alehouse will have a front outdoor seating area for the day, with service available from its restaurant.  Patrons can eat a great meal, while listening to live music on the Linden Street stage.

The entertainment schedule for the event follows:

Linden Street Stage Schedule

Noon -1 p.m.                     The Dishonest Fiddlers

1 p.m.                                   National Dance Flash Mob

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.                 Hickory Project

2:30 p.m.                             Scranton Civic Ballet

3 – 4 p.m.                             Grupo Zona

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.                 Bog Swing Group

6 – 7 p.m.                             Jung Bergo

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.                 Nasstronaut

Spruce Street Stage Schedule

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.               Das Black Milk

1:40 – 1:50 p.m.                 Comedian John Walton

2 – 3 p.m.                             Science Queen

3:10 – 3:20 p.m.                 Comedian Kevin Lepka

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.                Spur

4:40 – 4:50 p.m.                 Comedian John Walton

5 – 6 p.m.                            Pity Party

6:10-6:20 p.m.                   Comedian Mike Stankiewicz

6:30-7:30 p.m.                   Esta Coda

The Everhart, Scranton Cultural Center and Lackawanna County Library System Fairy Tale Activities Schedule

Everhart Museum Exhibit- ALL DAY

Noon – 12:30 p.m.                            Library art activity

12:30 – 1 p.m.                                     Scranton Cultural Center interactive theatre

1 – 1:30 p.m.                                       Library art activity

1 – 2 p.m.                                             Library visiting characters and storytelling

2 – 2:30 p.m.                                       Library art activity

2:30 – 3 p.m.                                       Scranton Cultural Center interactive theatre

3 -3:30 p.m.                                        Library art activity

The downtown garages will be offering a $5 rate for parking.

For more information about Arts on the Square contact the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department at or 570.963.6590, ext. 102.