PHOTOS: Lackawanna Arts Festival in Scranton with James Brown Dance Party, Rogue Chimp, and more, 08/04/18
On Saturday, Aug. 4, the area’s largest arts festival, Arts on the Square, returned to Lackawanna County Courthouse Square for the sixth year with a new name during a new weekend of events centered in downtown Scranton.
Now called the Lackawanna Arts Festival, the free outdoor event created by ScrantonMade and Lackawanna County moved from July to August so it could be sandwiched in between Scranton’s monthly First Friday art walk and the 14th annual Scranton Jazz Festival, establishing Lackawanna Arts Weekend to attract tourists and offer locals a summer staycation of arts, crafts, handmade goods, interactive activities, and plenty of live music.
As the Jazz Festival played on nearby, the Lackawanna Arts Fest lineup featured local artists Rogue Chimp, Starbird, and Christopher Kearney, along with Harrisburg jazz funk band Yam Yam and the headlining act, the James Brown Dance Party, on a big stage that took over North Washington Avenue, with the William J. Nealon Federal Building and United States Courthouse as their backdrop and vendors lined up on either side and around the square.
Like last year, NEPA Scene had two photographers on the scene to capture two different perspectives.
Photos by Jason Riedmiller Photography:
Photos by Scott Kucharski Photography:
See NEPA Scene’s photos from the 2017 festival here.
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, adequate photographer, podcast co-host, and practicing poet. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.