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Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe continues free Peak Fest concerts with NEPA artists through Nov. 1

Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe continues free Peak Fest concerts with NEPA artists through Nov. 1
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From a press release:

As Carbon County businesses began to reopen, Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe started a free Social Listening Series in June with regional acts. Taking the place of the venue’s regular summer deck party series, these weekend shows ran through August, and in September, “Peak Fest” took their place.

This two-month-long live music series featuring more local bands, solo artists, duos, and trios will continue in October under heated tents on the lower deck, so these events will be held rain or shine through Nov. 1. There is no cover charge.

Peak Fest concerts run on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Fridays from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

“We have a great mix of your local favorites and tons of new talent!” Penn’s Peak said on its website. “We ask for your patience as we adjust to this ‘new norm!'”

The venue is striving to become an industry benchmark for health and safety, so coronavirus guidelines currently in place include the following:

  • All guests are required to wear masks while entering, exiting, or otherwise traveling throughout the venue. Face coverings may be removed while seated.
  • Observe social distancing by staying 6 feet apart from groups outside your own.
  • Per state requirements, a maximum of eight guests are allowed at one table.
  • Per state requirements, the maximum number of people allowed on the deck will be 250. Once that number is hit, no additional guests will be allowed to enter until others leave.

Roadies Restaurant and Bar is open, so food and beverages will be available.

These shows also come with a warning: “In connection with your visit to Penn’s Peak, please be advised that you must follow Penn’s Peak’s policies, CDC guidelines, and the recommendations of health officials. Please note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19, and Penn’s Peak cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit. By visiting Penn’s Peak, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance. You also agree to follow posted safety instructions. Failure to follow instructions may result in removal from premises.”

For an up-to-date list of changes to the venue’s regularly scheduled concerts, including canceled and rescheduled events, visit

Peak Fest schedule

Thursday, Oct. 1 at 5:30 p.m.: Dustin Douglas

Friday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m.: Large Flowerheads

Saturday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m.: Maury & Tim of Shellshocked Churchills

Saturday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m.: Sapphire

Sunday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m.: Flaxy Morgan Duo

Thursday, Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m.: Keith & Heidi of The Who Knows Band

Friday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m.: James Supra Band with Sarah Ayers

Saturday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m.: Deb Callahan & Allen James

Saturday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m.: Mystery City

Sunday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m.: Becky & The Beasts Acoustic Trio

Thursday, Oct. 15 at 5:30 p.m.: Bill T. Acoustically of The Large Flowerheads

Friday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m.: Becky & The Beasts

Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.: King Solomon Hicks

Saturday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m.: Dustin Douglas & The Electric Gentlemen

Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m.: Butter N’ Onions Trio

Thursday, Oct. 22 at 5:30 p.m.: Mikey Jr. Duo

Friday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m.: Toolshed Jack

Saturday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m.: Craig Thatcher Trio

Saturday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m.: The Large Flowerheads

Sunday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m.: Bill T. Acoustically of The Large Flowerheads

Thursday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m.: Becky & The Beasts Acoustic Trio

Friday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m.: South Penn Dixie

Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m.: Cirotti Trio

Saturday, Oct. 31 at 6:30 p.m.: Mother Nature’s Sons

Sunday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m.: Dustin Douglas

Penn’s Peak (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe) is a beautiful mountaintop entertainment venue can comfortably host 1,800 concertgoers with a spacious dance floor, lofty ceilings, a concert bar/concession area, and a full service restaurant and bar aptly named Roadies. Complete with a broad open-air deck for summertime revelry, Penn’s Peak patrons enjoy a breathtaking overlook of nearby Beltzville Lake, plus a commanding, picturesque 50-mile panoramic view of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Appalachian Mountains. The venue also hosts weddings, banquets and special events that are truly “above the rest.”

Geographically convenient to residents of major population zones in Hazleton, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Stroudsburg, the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, and New York City, Penn’s Peak is an ideal location for any event. It is located only four miles from Exit 74 of the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Photo of Dustin Douglas by Rich Howells/NEPA Scene