Boy Scout Badge Festival

Attention all Bears, Webelos, and Boy Scouts! Join us for a fun day of badge work and ask us about turning it into an overnight! Bears will work on the Bear Necessities adventure (pre-req 5 and 9). Webelos will work on Castaway adventure (pre-req 2a: assemble and bring a survival kit). Boy Scouts will work towards their Nature Merit Badge (pre-req 4.a.2, 4.d.1-collect 10 insects/spiders). Scouts must be supervised at all times by a parent or troop leader. Payment is required at registration. Space is limited – call early!

April 7, 9:30 am – 4 pm

Disney On Ice presents Dream Big

Enter a world where adventure is awaiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. Through enchanted pixie-dust, Tinker Bell takes you on a journey of beloved Disney tales LIVE ON ICE. Make a splash with the fearless dreamer Ariel as she yearns to explore life above the waves. Watch Rapunzel, Cinderella and Belle as they learn about the power to make their own magic. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa, and the hilarious Olaf from Disneys Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all. Be there to discover a whole new world with the daring Jasmine, and join Snow White, Aurora and Tiana as they remind you to always be strong, kind and fearless.

Giant Center, Hershey, PA
April 7, 3 pm

Night at the Races

The Rotary of the Pocono Mountains will once again be hosting A Night at the Races. Come on out and bet on the ponies and enjoy an exciting and fun night of horse racing. It’s easy and you will feel like you are in a special box at the race track. No experience necessary.

The PourHouse
April 8, 4 – 10 pm

Salamanders, Frogs, and More!

Amphibians are stirring in the woods! Join us as we explore nearby breeding pools for salamanders, frogs, and egg masses. We’ll provide nets and collection jars for gentle, up-close study. Wear boots and clothes that can get muddy or wet.

April 8, 10 am – 12 pm

EcoZone Discovery Room

Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave, explore a beaver lodge, and dig in a fossil pit! Explore this indoor discovery room and enjoy hands-on exhibits on natural history, sustainability, and the local environment. No registration required.

April 8, 1 – 4 pm

Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival

The Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (JTIFF) is back for a second year of screenings and awards. Channeling the rebellious spirit of the Molly Maguires, JTIFF challenges the boldest, most defiant filmmakers to present their work, shatter convention, and incite spirited debate. The festival credo is “eyes and minds wide open,” and they mean it!

Mauch Chunk Opera House
April 12 – 15

The Wizard of Oz: The Spectacular New National Tour

There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful WIZARD OF OZ, twists its way into the F.M. Kirby Center! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto, and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs.

F.M. Kirby Center
April 13, 7:30 pm

Becky’ Drive In – Opening for the Season

The opening night of our 2018 season will be Friday, April 13th! We’ll be giving away a pair of free passes each week this season, and we’re starting right now. Just like and share this post for a chance to win!

Becky’s Drive In
April 13, 7:30 pm

Wally Wine Fest

Don’t miss Wally Wine Fest in the Waterfront at Silver Birches! There will be 100 domestic and international wines to sample and bottles to purchase. Food and gift vendors will be on site. Appetizers and live entertainment will be featured. Proceeds from this event benefit the Fourth of July Fireworks display over Lake Wallenpaupack.

Silver Birches Resort
April 14 – 15

PT Reptiles @ the Barrett Paradise Friendly Library

Celebrate National Library Week! Join us on Saturday, April 14th at 2:00 pm for a visit from PT Reptiles. Children (and their families) are invited to look at, learn about, and touch a wide variety of critters. Learn more about this awesome, local performer at

Barrett Paradise Friendly Library
April 14, 2 pm

Girl Scout Badge Fest

Attention all Girl Scouts! Come to PEEC for a fun day of hands-on badge work and ask us about turning it into an overnight! Brownies will explore the trails while working on their Letterboxer badge. Juniors will get creative with the Outdoor Art badge. Cadettes will work towards the Trees Legacy badge. Seniors will work on their Outdoor Art Expert badge.

April 14, 9:30 am – 4 pm

Bike ’n’ Brew

Take a loop ride from the ShawneeCraft Brewery out the Joseph McDade Trail and back on River Road, which will be closed for the event. After the ride, enjoy some well-deserved craft brews, food, and music at the Pavilion at Shawnee Inn. This event will raise funds to help complete new bike trails at Glenn Run. There will be raffle drawings and a silent auction. Riders of all abilities are welcome for the moderately difficult ride. The total distance is 16 miles, but there are several places to turn back sooner. Admission includes the outing, two post-ride ShawneeCraft brews, build-your-own burger and pie tasting, live entertainment, and a souvenir mug. Rain or shine. Advance ticket purchase required. Visit the website to register.

Shawnee Craft Brewery
April 14

Bridge the Gap: Bike the McDade

Join us for a bike ride along the McDade Trail! We will provide all equipment and transportation. Please bring a water bottle and wear sturdy footwear. We will have extra water and snacks available. Funding for this program provided by the William Penn Foundation. Call for details.

April 15, 1 – 4 pm

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Scranton Cultural Center
April 20 – 22

Monroe County Earth Day Celebration

Join us as we celebrate Monroe County’s environmental efforts and successes! From 10 am – 3 pm there will be ongoing live music, speakers, exhibitors, workshops, give & take, tire amnesty, e-cycling, children’s activities, food, and more! Sponsored by MCCD and Northampton Community College (NCC) Monroe campus, the event will take place at NCC’s beautiful, new Monroe campus on Rt. 715 in Tannersville. Don’t miss it!

Northampton Community College Monroe Campus
April 21, 10 am – 3 pm

Spring Pepper Search

These tiny tree frogs have thawed out and are active again in our forested wetlands. Listen to the impressive choir made by these vocal amphibians as we carefully catch, study, and release them. Bring a flashlight for better searching!

April 21, 7:30 – 9 pm

Earth Day Clean-Up

Spend the day appreciating the planet by helping us with a clean-up of our campus and the surrounding area. This is a great opportunity to get involved in our volunteer program!

April 22, 10 am – 12 pm

Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour

Are you ready to DANCE?!? An ALL NEW interactive live concert experience. Sing along to Disney Junior’s greatest hits with your favorite characters: Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia The First, Puppy Dog Pals, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, The Lion Guard and more! Kids of all ages and their families are invited to get up and dance, play games and join the biggest dance party around!

F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA
April 27, 6 pm

WHS Musical Production of Cinderella

Pocono Mountain West High School presents Cinderella. Impossible things are happening every day! Support PMWHS Performing Arts.

Pocono Mountain West High School
April 27 – 29

Earth Day Festival

Help us celebrate the Earth! There will be hands-on learning stations, interpretive hikes, conservation exhibits, crafts, food, music, and much more! Pre-registration is NOT required.

April 28, 11 am – 4 pm

Knoebels Opening Weekend BOGO

It’s never too early to plan your first visit to Knoebels! Buy one ride-all-day pass, get one free (of equal or lesser value)! Free pass must be used on the same day as the purchased pass and is valid Opening Weekend only.

April 28, 12 – 6 pm

The Bike Train

All aboard the scenic Bike Train! Step back in time and enjoy a relaxing train ride up the Lehigh Gorge for 25 miles, then pedal your bike back down to Jim Thorpe at your own pace along the Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail. Round-trip train ride tickets are also available. Bike Trains are scheduled for April 28 and 29, May 12 and 13, June 9 and 23, July 7, 8 and 21, August 4, 18 and 19, September 8, 9 and 15, and November 3 and 4, 2018. Advance ticket purchase required. Call or visit the website for details.

April 28 – November 4

Bark Bash

Join Blue Mountain Resort for their second annual Bark Bash! This festival is for animal lovers and their furry friends. Shop from pet-friendly crafters and vendors, talk to local rescue and adoption agencies, enjoy live music, see pet-oriented demonstrations, and more. This is a free, pet-friendly event. Guests bringing pets must fill out a waiver to enter. Some restrictions apply. See website for details.

Blue Mountain Resort
May 5, 12 – 5 pm

Run, Hike, Crawl: PEEC 5k

Take a journey through the woods of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Our 5k runs through our main campus and a variety of different woodland habitats on two of our gorgeous trail loops.  Top 3 participants for male and female in each age group receive awards. Early Bird Registration by April 14th guarantees participants a t-shirt. Call for more details – maximum of 100 spaces!

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
May 5, 8am Registration / 10 am Race Begins

Shawnee Mountain Color Run

Join us for our 2nd annual Shawnee Mountain Color Run! A 5K run or walk event designed for the whole family! Participants will be sprayed and doused in vibrant colors (non-toxic, corn starch color powder) while making it around the course. The terrain is pretty flat and also stroller and wheel chair accessible. You can skip, jump, run or walk – just come and have fun! You will love the color celebrations at the finish line and enjoy great energy with music, food trucks and spending time outdoors!

This event is created and organized by the Summit School of the Poconos – Monroe County’s first and only project based STEAM school! This is a rain or shine event. We thank you for your support!

Shawnee Mountain
May 6, 10 – 1 pm

Mommy & Me Teacup Fairy Garden Class for Mother’s Day

Mommy and Me Fairy Garden Teacup class. $10.00 per teacup. All materials provided.

Ross & Ross Nursery
May 12, 11 am – 12:30 pm & 2 pm – 3:30 pm

30th Annual Farm Animal Frolic

The last two weekends in May, Quiet Valley comes alive with new baby farm animals. Come and join this celebration of new life. This is a unique opportunity for children and the young-at-heart to see and touch a variety of baby farm animals. See baby chicks hatching from their eggs and feel the soft fur of the baby bunnies. Don’t miss seeing the new lambs, with their soft, woolly fleece, or the frisky baby goats. The adorable baby piglets with their funny little noses charm everyone. Get to know our workhorses, Gunther and Wilhelm. This year’s hands-on theme area will be the Pig Pen where you can learn all sorts of swine lore and enjoy some crafts and activities that will put you in hog heaven. Great fun for all animal lovers so come and bring the whole family. This event will be held rain or shine.

Quiet Valley
May 19 – 27, Sundays and Saturdays

Wilderness Walkabout

Get out and explore PEEC! Join Paul Kovalski, AKA Dr. Dinosaur, as we hike one of our trails and discuss the natural history of our park.

May 20, 1- 3 pm

2018 Run for the Red

Get ready for the 2018 Run for the Red Marathon, Half, and 5k, powered by Lehigh Valley Health Network! Proceeds benefit the American Red Cross of the Pocono Mountains. More information will be coming, so stay tuned.

Stroudsburg High School
May 20, 7 am

Create Your own Walking Stick

Spend the afternoon with us as we create handcrafted walking sticks. Wood, tools, gloves, and aprons will be provided, as well as suggestions and pointers on how to personalize your work. Workshops will take place on May 20 and September 23, 2018. Pre-registration is required.

May 20, 1 – 4 pm

Castle Nights at Skirmish

Play castle to castle from 5 – 8:30 pm select Saturday nights at Skirmish Paintball. You’re either defending or charging. Either way, you’re playing the biggest and the best. Castle Nights are set for May 26, June 9, July 21, August 11, September 1, and October 6, 2018. Invasion of Normandy participants can play Castle Nights free on Friday, July 13, 2018. Call for information.

Skirmish Paintball
May 26, 5 – 8:30 pm

Shawnee Celtic Festival

Kick off summer in the beautiful Pocono Mountains with the sights and sounds of the Emerald Isles and Scottish Highlands! Join Shawnee Mountain Memorial Day weekend for non-stop Celtic music on two stages, a foot stomping bagpiper and Celtic jam, working sheep dogs, Irish step dancers, a variety of Celtic crafts, and food vendors.

Shawnee Mountain
May 26 – 27, 11 am – 5 pm