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Arts on the Square festival gathers arts, crafts, music, food, games, tech, and more in downtown Scranton on July 25

Arts on the Square festival gathers arts, crafts, music, food, games, tech, and more in downtown Scranton on July 25
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From a press release:

Paintings, crafts, technology, music, dance, and much more will be on display as the Lackawanna County Courthouse grounds are transformed into an outdoor entertainment center and galleria for the third annual Arts on the Square festival on Saturday, July 25.

This free event will run from noon-8 p.m. with over 100 vendors. The festival will wrap around Courthouse Square, Linden Street, and Spruce Street. North Washington Avenue will be closed and one lane of Adams Avenue will be open to traffic.

Food trucks, children’s activities, interactive art pieces, a live mural, crafts, and music will all be a part of the event. Local downtown Scranton restaurants and boutique shops will also be open, featuring sidewalk sales and specials. This is perfect opportunity to spend a day in downtown Scranton.

The 2015 festival will offer a variety of events to suit all ages. In the children’s tent, local artists and 4-H members will conduct free youth activities. The Pop Up Studio will have an area to create your own art using chalk on the streets and on North Washington Avenue, along with games like Plinko and a scavenger hunt. Bouncy houses will also be on the lawn.

As part of Scranton’s Sesquicentennial celebration, which is highlighting a different decade every month, the Everhart Museum, Lackawanna County Library System, and Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple will present an interactive game show with a 1910-1920s theme hosted by the local improv comedy group Here We Are in Spain. Guests can participate in a variety of game show performances that will take place at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.

There will be two music stages on Spruce Street and Linden Street, showcasing some of the area’s best musicians performing music from swing to indie rock to bluegrass to techno fusion.

The musical entertainment schedule is as follows:

Highway 81 Revisited Stage – Linden Street

12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: Roy Williams and The Human Hands
2 p.m.-3 p.m.: Skip Monday
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: The Bog Swing Group
5 p.m.-6 p.m.: Coal Town Rounders
6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.: Rogue Chimp

Summersteps Records Stage – Spruce St.

Noon-1 p.m.: Brian TV
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: Heavy Blonde
3 p.m.-4 p.m.: Cherokee Red
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Family Animals

French Girls will be on-site demonstrating its app, which allows “selfies” to turn into physical works of art through digital portraiture. People will be able to draw their friends or be drawn by app artists and users.

Voyager Video will be set up with the Pennsylvania Film School and JVW Inc. videotaping, allowing people to discuss why they love Scranton. Footage will be used as part of a new marketing initiative by ScrantonMade.

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

Arts on the Square was coordinated by Lackawanna County, ScrantonMade, Electric City, WVIA, Shanty Town Design, Kujat Design, and many other partners.

For more information, visit,, or the Facebook event page.

See photos from last year’s Arts on the Square here.