It's a Trifecta of Summer Festivals
German Heritage Festival, Zabawa Polish Festival, and the Erie County Fair -- all happening in two weeks!
The German Heritage Festival, Zabawa Polish Festival, and Wattsburg Erie County Fair are all back to help close the summer season – but not without one last Gemutlichkeit!
German Heritage Festival
Running Aug. 30 to 31, this family favorite kicks off with Bob Hamilton, better known as the "Mad Bavarian," opening on the main stage – and only gets better from there. Guests can enjoy authentic German cuisine, other live music, a petting zoo, pony rides, historical and genealogical research, and of course, a bräu or zwei. This event is rain or shine – as all activities are held under tents. Cost is $5.
St. Nick's Grove, 5131 Old French Road // http://dank-erie.org/festival/ // Hours vary
Zabawa Polish Festival
The weekend of Aug. 22 be sure to explore this annual Polish fest and feast. No matter your heritage, Zabawa (which means "great fun") is an instant fan-favorite once you partake in the live Polka music from nationally renowned bands alongside plenty of dancing, authentic Polish cuisine, baked goods, and spirits. This family-friendly event held at Holy Trinity Church will also boast a children's area and several games for all-ages. Free admission.
456.0671 //East 23rd Street
Erie County Fair
The 2014 theme – Treasure the Memories – will host a variety of family-friendly activities, rides, and attractions, including Buffo, the world's strongest clown, and the Black Cat Hell Drivers stunt show. Running Aug. 25 to 30, a county fair wouldn't be a county fair without a truck and tractor pull of course. Ride-a-rama tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the week of the fair – but to get through the gate, you'll only need $6. — Rebecca Styn
13993 Route 8 & 89 Wattsburg // 739.2232 // wattsuburgeriecountyfair.com and Reed streets // Hours vary