Aug 3rd First Friday
The First Friday (and Saturday) of August will feature the Hazleton Art League’s Peace Love & Chalk Competition, the annual Chamber Car Cruise-In, the new Wyoming Street Fusion Food Festival, the PTPA’s opening performance of “All Shook Up,” two free outdoor movies, an art exhibit, Fleatique, St. Gabe’s annual parish festival, live music, Farmer’s Market, and a free Stunt Show, as well as the Hazleton Police Department’s National Night Out.
Friday will kick off with the weekly Farmer’s Market along the Center City Park at the corner of Broad and Laurel. Beginning at 10AM vendors will be selling fresh fruits and veggies, baked goods, as well as soaps, wine, essential oils, honey, and honey-based products. You can also taste test some healthy recipes provided by the Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO), and get some free information and health screenings at the Health Fair. Lehigh Valley Health Network will be providing free blood pressure screenings and oxygen level testing, the Hazleton YWCA will be providing free BMI (Body Mass Index) screenings, and Amerihealth Cartias and UnitedHealth Care will be providing free health care and insurance information. The market lasts until 2:00 PM. For more information contact the Chamber at 570-455-1509 x 101.
Beginning at 6:00 PM on Friday the Chamber will be hosting its 11th annual Classic Car Cruise-in. This will take place on Broad Street, which will be closed to traffic from Church St. to Pine Street. Cars will be available for viewing by the public until 9:00 PM. During this event, the “Legends” oldies band will be performing in front of Jimmy’s Quick Lunch. In addition, DJ Tony Pacelli and DJ Jim Dino will be playing music throughout the evening along Broad Street, and Verrastro’s will be hosting free beer tastings next to the Chamber building. For more information call the Chamber at 570-455-1509 x 101.
Wyoming Street Fusion Food Festival
The Wyoming St. Fusion Food Festival will take place in conjunction with the Chamber’s Annual Car Cruise on First Friday, Aug. 3rd, from 5-10 PM. This event will celebrate the many ethnic foods and flavors found throughout Hazleton, including several Dominican, Italian, and Mexican dishes, including Empanadas (fried pastry dough filled with meats and spices), Arancini (Sicilian rice balls), Ceviche (raw fish), Paella, tacos, pizza, and more traditional favorites. Stop by the corner of Wyoming and Broad to enjoy the many tastes of Hazleton! Participating restaurants include: Sazon Latino, Frankie’s Pizzeria, Station 33, Tacos El Poblano, Cabana’s Restaurant, Manuel’s Empanadas, and Pizzette!. For more info: 570-579-8500.
Pop-Up Ice Cream Parlor
From 6:00-9:00 PM on Friday The Shop 2 (105 E. Broad St.) will be hosting a Pop-Up Ice Cream Parlor featuring Milkhouse Creamery homemade ice cream. Sales will then continue all day Saturday from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM in conjunction with the Peace Love and Chalk Festival near the future Arts Center (31 W. Broad St.). Tricky Tray Raffle tickets will also be for sale. Artists may also register here for the Peace Love & Chalk Competition. For more information call 570-861-8455.
“DON’T WALK” Art Exhibit
The Hazleton Art League (225 E. Broad St.) will be featuring the work of local artist and instructor Lisa Knecht from 6:00-8:00 PM. “Don’t Walk” is a collection of recent photographs, which shines a light on America’s love affair with rusty cars and trucks, antique street lights and signs and roadside buildings from another time. For info: 570-454-2982.
50 Empty Bowls is the Goal!
On Friday from 5:00-8:00 PM the Hazleton Art League (225 E. Broad St.) invites the public to create an original and hand crafted ceramic bowl which will be fired and used to raise funds for the Empty Bowls Project, a nationwide event that will be held September 23rd to combat hunger in our area and across the country. No experience is necessary to create a bowl and all materials will be provided. For more info call: 610-996-2254.
Sanctuary Stunt Studio Open Try Outs / Auditions for Season 9 and 5th Anniversary Stunt Show
Do you have a talent such as singing, gymnastics, acting, or an interest in stunts and stage combat? If so the Sanctuary Stunt Studio will be hosting auditions for Season 9 on Friday August 3. Open Stage will begin at 8pm which will be followed up by a FREE live action stunt show which should run until about 10pm. For more info visit Facebook.com/SanctuaryPA or call 570-262-0636. The sanctuary studio is located inside the beautiful former Holy Trinity Church at 172 N Wyoming Street.
St. Gabriel’s Annual Parish Festival
Beginning at 5:00 PM, St. Gabriel’s Church will be kicking off its annual two-day Parish Festival along S. Wyoming St. between Chapel and Birch. The festival, which will continue until 10:00 PM, and all day Saturday, will feature ethnic foods from around the world as well as a huge selection of carnival type games, many activities for children, and other entertainment. For more information contact Carol Matz at 570-956-0817.
“All Shook Up”’
“All Shook Up” opens at the PA Theatre of Performing Arts (212 W. Broad St.) on Friday evening at 7:00 PM. This production will also be performed again on Saturday, Aug 4th at 7:00 PM, and Sunday the 5th at 3:00 PM. The schedule will be repeated the following weekend. For tickets or more information contact the PTPA at 570-454-5451.
Free Outdoor Movies
The Hazleton Area School District Travel Abroad Program will be presenting two family-friendly outdoor movies on Friday night in the Center City Park starting at dusk. Come see “Finding Dory” and the documentary “Chasing Coral.” Baked goods and refreshments will be available. All proceeds benefit the HASD Travel Abroad Program, which will be organizing educational trips to New Zealand and Australia. For info email: email@example.com.
For live music, stop by the Pines Eatery & Spirits (8 W. Broad St.) where the Fuzzy Park will perform from 6:00-9:00 PM. For more info or to make dinner reservations, call 570-501-0330.
National Night Out with the Hazleton Police Department
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live. Come meet the officers of the Hazleton Police Department on Friday, Aug 3rd from 6-8 PM as they mingle with the public near the corner of Wyoming and Broad Streets. For more information contact the mayor’s office at 570-459-4910.
SATURDAY Aug 4th
Peace Love & Chalk
Saturday kicks off at 9:00 AM with the fourth annual Peace Love & Chalk Festival, where dozens of artists from our region will turn the sidewalks of downtown Hazleton near the new City Arts Center (31 W. Braod St.) into masterpieces of color and self-expression. A junior division also showcase the talents of budding artists from 12 to 17 years old. Adults will use a 36”x50” piece of paper, youth will use 22”x36”. Artists have four hours to create their work before judging. Cash prizes will be awarded for First, Second, Third and People’s Choice in the Senior Division. The award ceremony will take place at 2:30 PM. Advance registration is now available online at www.hazletonsartleague.org, or at the Shop 2 (105 E. Broad St.). This event is hosted by the Hazleton Art League in partnership with Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation.
Featuring antiques, art, upcycled items, and collectibles, the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, in cooperation with the Shop 2 and Sage Exchange, is hosting a “Fleatique,” which will take place in the Center City Park, corner of Broad and Laurel Streets, from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM in conjunction with the Peace Love & Chalk Festival. Vendor registration will be accepted until July 31st. Registration forms are available online at www.downtownhazleton.org, or by contacting Krista Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other First Friday events and promotions for the upcoming months are being planned. A Blues, Brew, and Barbeque event will take place on September 7th.
Anyone interested in participating in or helping plan or participate in First Friday events is encouraged to do so. For additional information and a printable flyer, visit www.downtownhazleton.org or call the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress at 570-455-1509, ext. 109. The 1st Fridays promotions are organized by the Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress in partnership with the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, Hazleton POWER!, and the Hazleton Art League, with support from the Luzerne County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.