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Downtown Stroudsburg Festivals & Events

downtownLOGOsnipDowntown Stroudsburg Business Association is an organization dedicated to a vibrant Downtown Stroudsburg. Its mission is to improve the downtown image by enhancing its physical appearance, building consensus among organizations and the community, promoting downtown’s unique characteristics, and restructuring and diversifying our economic base.




The first Saturday of every month is when to stroll the art galleries and view opening exhibits. Mix, mingle and enjoy a new experience!
Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society’s Winterfest
Main St. in Stroudsburg! Live music and fun to get rid of that cabin fever.
The Pocono Irish Parade
The Pocono Irish American Club was founded in 1978 to preserve and promote Irish culture.  Every year since it’s founding the club has organized and produced the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade covers a distance of not quite two miles, beginning in the borough of Stroudsburg and ending in East Stroudsburg.


MAY – Saturday 2nd week – May 16th, 2015

Arts On Main

Invite your friends and family to celebrate the Pocono Arts throughout downtown Stroudsburg. A variety of special performances, fine arts, and craft exhibits will be displayed. Downtown parking will be free during the event.




JUNE – Saturday the first week

Pocono Raceway Festival

The Pocono Raceway Festival features over 100 craft and retail vendors, tons of food vendors, multiple stages of music, a full carnival on Main Street, face painting, a rock climbing wall, beer tents, and more!




FRIDAY, JULY 4th Celebration………….12PM-10PM       FIREWORKS! 9PMamerican-flag

American Freedom Festival

As in years past, local non-profit groups, artists, businesses, and other institutions will be present to show the community what they have been up to all year. Visitors can enjoy food, carnival rides, games, music and much more throughout the day. Fireworks start at 9pm.


SATURDAY, AUGUST last week  12PM-6PM


This event will have free parking and free admission. There is something here for everyone!
Plenty of food from hot dogs, gyros, and more from local vendors. Activities for kids such as face painting. Enjoy looking at local artisans and crafters, plus a full day of listening to great music. Come everyone and enjoy this fun-filled day. To learn more about this event go to our website shermantheater.​com

Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration

thorpeSATURDAY & SUNDAY, MAY 17-18…………..ALL DAY


The 19th Annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration will be held at Josiah White Park in Jim Thorpe. The celebration starts with a Native American tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum, followed by the carrying of the lighted torch by the Olympian Cross Country and Track teams to the Jim Thorpe High School Stadium.  The weekend includes free musical performances, Native American folklore, dancing and drumming, craft and food vendors, a clown for the children, a large Chinese Auction, and a headline show at the Opera House.

Pocono Weddings

SBL DahliaWedding (1)DESIGNS BY SUSAN BERNADETTE     As a child, nature, family, travels, and her Italian and Catholic heritage profoundly influenced Susan. She was destined to find the extraordinary in her surroundings and to express the universal feelings that those surroundings inspired through her life as “art in motion”. The great outdoors, architecture, and the changes of seasons continue to inspire her to create art reflecting a deep commitment to life and its myriad manifestations of life lessons. Learn more about designer and artist, Susan Bernadette, her art, and her 25 years of experience in the execution of private events as the lead floral designer at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. Browse her online art store or get inspiration for your upcoming wedding.

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Stroudsmoor Country Inn affords its guests a variety of accommodations, including the charming Main Inn, Cabins, Suites, and Cottages. Whether you join us for the evening, the weekend, or a week, your stay at Stroudsmoor will be one of impeccable quality, personal service and old-world hospitality. Our convenient location makes it easily accessible from all major highways and Airports.

RD #4 Stroudsmoor Road Stroudsburg, PA 18360              570-421-6431            1-800-955-8663


INN AT POCONO MANOR     The Inn at Pocono Manor offers 237 Guest Rooms & Suites. Our Historic Main Building was completely renovated in 2011! Offering 2 golf courses, various packages and excellent banquet & wedding services. Celebrating 110 years of hospitality! Great location with easy access to NY, NJ & Phila.

Rt. 314, One Manor Drive, Pocono Manor 18349         800-233-8150       570-839-7111


MtAiry ExtMOUNT AIRY CASINO RESORT      Here in the mountains, excitement is always at its peak with over 2,000 slot machines and 72 table games. Take down a poker pot, hit a blackjack or double your dollars with a roll of the dice. If you want action, you hit the jackpot. Get your heart racing at our world-class casino, then relax like never before with a spa treatment. Play 18 holes on our championship course, then sink your teeth into a USDA prime steak. Here, the fun and excitement goes on & on & on. Please call or visit our website for reservations,full entertainment schedule, casino promotions, and more.

312 Woodland Rd. Mount Pocono, PA 18344           1-877-MTAIRY-1        (1-877-682-4791)


SHAWNEE INN & GOLF RESORT     Built in 1911 and operating continuously as a full service resort, The Shawnee Inn has something for everyone. Golf, Spa, Adventure, Dine and Meet. 99 guest rooms including luxurious suites and cottages create the perfect destination wedding, offsite business meeting or relaxing weekend getaway. Play and Stay packages available.
One River Road, Shawnee on Delaware , Pennsylvania 18356         1-800-SHAWNEE


SKYTOP LODGE     This grand historic estate features the very best in accommodations, fine dining and limitless recreation. You and your SKytop Lodgefamily can explore 5,500 pristine acres of inspiring natural beauty while enjoying a range of seasonal activities. Choose from the adventurous—like clay shooting and downhill skiing—to the serene—like nature hikes and full spa services.  Call or visit  the website for reservations and full schedule of activities. When using a GPS sytem to navigate to  Skytop Lodge please do not enter address. Instead, please enter the following  coordinates into your GPS system to ensure accuracy:  N41° 13’ 39.9″ W75° 13’  58.9″
One  Skytop, Skytop, PA 18357           1.800.345.7759

Downtown Stroudsburg Shopping

DunkelvergerDunkelberger’s Sports Outfitter started as a one man shop on N. 6th St. in Stroudsburg, PA, February 18, 1972. Jere Dunkelberger offered the local & not so local anglers and hunters the necessities they needed. Many years later Dunkelberger’s set up shop in a beautifully restored,6000 square foot building on Main St. in downtown Stroudsburg. Stop in for all of your sporting needs, whatever your passion is! Store hours are Monday – Thursday : 9:00am – 6:00pm Friday: 9:00-7:00pm Saturday: 8:00am – 5:00pm Sunday: 9:00am – 4:00pm.

585 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360                570-421-7950             



ECHO – Features the re-sale of fine women’s apparel and accessories. This boutique is operated by Women’s Resources of Monroe County. Shop at Echo to support an end to domestic and sexual violence.
Ann Street, Stroudsburg               (570) 424-2093



Josephine Store FrontJosephine’s Fleur-de-lis is a fine specialty life-style boutique that offers a unique shopping experience with excellent customer service. Josephine’s offers a large selection of gifts, home accent items, and women’s jewelry and accessories that you will not see anywhere else. Enjoy the largest selection of Trollbeads in the Poconos, explore Lori Bonn® charm bracelets with Bonn Bons as slides, and create a Kameleon TM interchangeable jewelry arrangement. Call for our special events and promotions. Gift certificates available on line and at our store. Josephine’s Fleur-de-lis…the destination for any occasion!

601 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360                      570-476-7909

Celebrating the Holidays at Stroudsmoor

You are Inn-vited to spend your holidays at Stroudsmoor Country Inn…


Christmas at Stroudsmoor

Christmas Tree Lighting– December 7

12:00 to 5:00
Stroudsmoor Inn Towne Offers holiday baked goods
– 125 Broad Street, Stroudsburg 570-517-0663
10:00 to 1:30
Tree Lighting Brunch at The Main Inn For reservations call 570-421-6431, Ext. 409
3:00 to 5:00
Tree Lighting Characters by: ESU Fine and Performing Arts
3:00 to 5:30
Pony Rides – at Lawnhaven
3:00 to 5:30
Petting Zoo – on the Grand Lawn at Lawnhaven
3:00 to 5:00
Face Painting – at the Stroudsmoor Spa
3:00 to 5:30
Food Pavilion at Lawnhaven
• Hot Chocolate and Apples compliments of the Innkeepers
• Hot Dogs and Soft Pretzels are available for purchase
3:00 to 6:00
Art Exhibit at Auradell Gallery – A collection of work by artist Susan Bernadette and
the Embroiders Guild Association Holiday entertainment by Mountain Winds
Woodwind Directed by Jenny Galunic from 3:00-4:00
3:00 to 8:00
Tree Lighting Grand Buffet at The Main Inn Reservations Required call
– 570-421-6431, Ext. 409

Entertainment and Activities Schedule may vary slightly without notice.

Art in the Family at Auradell Gallery         December 7

New Year Celebrations               December 31-January 1


Winter Events at Skytop Lodge

Holiday Happenings


skytop gingerbreadLife sized Gingerbread House     Open Daily from November 1 through December 31, 2013.

Tree Lighting    Help us light our Spruce Tree every Friday night, at 8:15pm – join us for caroling, hot chocolate, and tasty treats while we celebrate the Holiday Season.  The ceremony will last about 30 minutes, and is located on the North Circle nightly from November 1 – December 25.

Storytime     From November 1 – December 24, every Saturday from 2pm-3pm, join our cast of holiday characters as we host Story Time inside our life size Gingerbread House.  From Christmas Elves, Reindeer, Toy Soldiers, Mrs. Claus, and St. Nick himself – this is an experience not to be missed!

Yule Log    Starting Saturday nights at 6:30pm from December 1 through Christmas Eve, join the experience of our annual tradition of The Yule Log Ceremony at Skytop Lodge.  Guests from prior years bring their Yule Log chips and toss them into the wood burning fire in the Pine Room, and receive a new Yule Log chip in the spirit of good luck.   All guests join together to decorate the Yule Log before it goes into the Fire.

North Pole     Standing tall on Skytop’s North Circle at the Main Lodge Entrance from November 1 through December 25, don’t miss an opportunity to capture family memories in action.

Sleigh Rides    Starting December 7th through December 28th, every Saturday, guests can take a horse drawn carriage ride to Indian Ladder Falls.

Santa on Ice   From December 1 through Christmas Eve – Ice Skate with Santa Claus every Sunday morning at 9 am in the Ice Rink at Skytop Lodge.  Bring your own ice skates or rent them from us!  Kids will get a kick out of seeing Old St. Nick having a jolly old time.

New Year’s Eve   Celebrate the holiday season with classic elegance at Skytop Lodge! Dance the night away at our New Years Eve party in the Pine Room with the Skytop Orchestra and complimentary hats and noise makers, a balloon drop and count down to the new year with a black-out at midnight followed by Chef Sundberg’s legendary midnight buffet. And be sure not to miss our spectacular fireworks display on December 31st.


Winter Activities



Art in All Forms          Click here for more info

Dog sledding Adventures at Skytop

Skytop Skiing

Ice Skating




Top 10 Reasons to Stay (and Play!) in the Poconos


10. Haven of History

History buffs will have a ball hopping from museum to museum throughout the northeast Pennsylvania area. You can start at the Packer mansions in Jim Thorpe, at the southernmost end of the Poconos, and not stop until you’ve experienced life on a 19th century Pennsylvania German farmstead at Quiet Valley Historical Farm, the coal region’s lifeblood at the No. 9 Mine, or discovered the area’s first residents at The Pocono Indian Museum. The Monroe County Historical Society  houses all the local history you can handle, along with a genealogy research library. Whatever the era, the Poconos have lived to tell its story. It’s yours to discover!

9. Avenues of Art

The architecture alone in the entire area is eye catching to creative souls and appreciative onlookers alike. The Poconos have long since been a haven for and an inspiration to artists of all mediums. Stroll up Jim Thorpe’s historic Broadway and pop in at The Gandy Dancer to view art and photography drawn from the local scenery and history, or Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation to take in Abstract Expressionism, films, and poetry. There are many open gallery doors in between. Stroudsburg is home to Susan Bernadette Lebel. Susan is not only a professional florist that creates fairytale wedding arrangements for The Stroudsmoor Country Inn’s blushing brides, she is also a gifted painter. Her nature-inspired art decorates the Auradell Gallery at the Inn, as well as many other places throughout the Poconos and Lehigh Valley.

8. Music is Everywhere

Not a day goes by without music in the Poconos. If theaters are your thing, tickets are always on sale for great acts at the Sherman Theater and Mauch Chunk Opera House. An eclectic array of musicians are always stopping by the area, from classic rock and oldies, to folk, jazz, blues, Celtic music, and hits of today. If a more relaxed atmosphere, or dancing, is what you are looking for, most taverns and restaurants in the area have weekend musicians on tap regularly. There’s no shortage of live entertainment any night of the week.

7. Adventures for the Brave

Afraid of heights? Don’t like getting wet? Close your eyes and keep walking. Are you young, young at heart, or in charge of keeping some youngsters busy for the weekend? Then you’ll be in the right place here. Camelback has more adventure than you can imagine with their ziplines and water slides. Camelback isn’t just for skiers anymore! If you are adventurous (but not that adventurous) you may choose to go horseback riding at the Inn at Pocono Manor’s stables or scream around the track at a local go kart track. Jim Thorpe is home to some of the best whitewater rafting on the Lehigh. Take a kayak lesson at Northeast PA Kayak School, grab a paintball gun, or rent a boat from the Pocono Boat House. Are you the type of person to seek out the Poison Dart frogs at Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, or the one to sit in the Flutterarium allowing several species of butterflies to noiselessly land in the palm of your hand?  The Pocono area is waiting to take your breath away.

6. Time for Tee

If you haven’t experienced the beauty and serenity of the prime greens at the Inn at Pocono Manor or the sprawling fairways at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, then you haven’t really golfed. The picturesque Mahoning Valley Country Club is now open to the public. A bad day on the golf course isn’t really such a bad day, is it? The Poconos are home to some of the most manicured and breathtaking courses in Pennsylvania…and they are waiting for you.

5. Let the Festivities Begin

All of this relaxing and beauty is enough to make someone want to celebrate. Luckily, the Poconos are always celebrating. The town of Jim Thorpe celebrates its namesake’s birthday every May, along with Earth Day, Fall Foliage, St. Patrick’s Day and an Olde Time Christmas. Halloween brings ghost walks and haunted mines, and horrifyingly haunted woods and mansions. Stroudsburg has notable parades, art festivals, car shows, and carnivals. Keep an eye on local newspapers and websites for full schedules. Most festivals are held in downtown common areas, resorts, and ski hills where they are hard to miss. The Poconos celebrate everything from the Blues, to wine, to garlic, to being Irish for a day!

4. Shop Til You Drop

Nothing compares to finding the perfect item in a unique shop in a quaint town. Stopping in at Josephine’s Fleur-de-lis on Main Street in Stroudsburg, you’ll find the most meaningful jewelry or home décor item to remember your visit. Dunkelberger’s offers women a chance to find the perfect ensemble to wear for a weekend outing while its adjoining outfitter shop will keep any significant other distracted by outdoor gear just long enough.  Josephine’s, Dunkelberger’s, and many other boutiques offer specialty items you can’t find just anywhere. The shopping district on Stroudsburg’s bustling main street often offer shoppers special deals, unique treats, and rare deals just to thank you for shopping local. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Once you start, you won’t want to stop.

3. Nature Calls

People move to the Poconos to get away. Tourists visit the Poconos to get away. You need a getaway! There is a state park or environmental center everywhere you turn. Mountains loom on one side of you, a lake, river, or stream flows on the other, no matter where you go. You can’t help but breathe deeper, smile broader, and relax. Hike to the highest lookout or pull up a picnic bench and your favorite book. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot a deer, fox, raccoon, bird, or even a bear. What could be better? You can visit the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau or Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to find a place to hike or camp. If enjoying nature on a more permanent basis is what you are looking for, you can call Commonwealth Real Estate Your Way or Pocono Mountain Lakes Realty to point you in the right direction.

2. Most Comfortable Places to Hang Your Hat

All of that shopping and adventure will make you want to stay just one more day. There is no lack of hospitality when you need a place to stay for the night. Most resorts and hotels in the Poconos offer their guests so much, visitors don’t even need to leave the property. Stroudsmoor Country Inn is a popular wedding destination with a very romantic atmosphere offering special dinners and packages, while the Inn at Pocono Manor and the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort offer many activities and amenities to keep you busy and boast sprawling grounds and beautiful architecture. Bed & Breakfasts adorn the Jim Thorpe area. Take a step in to a different era at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, or hop across the pond and feel like English royalty at Hillcrest. If you can handle a rustic accommodation, Jim Thorpe Camping and many state parks offer space to park your RV or pop up your tent.  The Poconos just beg you to stay…

There’s just one thing left to do before you leave the Poconos…

1. Eat, Drink, & Be Merry!

I have yet to have a meal at a Pocono restaurant I did not enjoy. This area is rich in vineyards, bistros, taverns, pubs, fine restaurants, diners, and hole-in-the-wall local secrets. If you’ll be stopping in town, there are two things you do not want to miss; dinner at Andrew Moore’s Stone Bar Inn and a martini at Liquid. Each offers such a sophisticated and unique atmosphere with truly fantastic menus. Put them on your list, but also give the local specialties a try. Crave at 66 Broadway in Jim Thorpe offers the area a rare option: an authentic Absinthe bar. Give it a whirl and stay to munch, or wander down the street for an eclectic array of options from Irish, to Tex Mex, to local organic.  Chances are, you’ll leave full and happy. (If you do actually decide to leave…)

Fall Foliage Weekends in Jim Thorpe


OCTOBER 5-6          OCTOBER 12-13          OCTOBER  19-20
First Three Weekends in October in Downtown Jim Thorpe PA

Experience the biggest festival in Jim Thorpe this fall as art, crafts, music, food, kids’ activities, special evcnts, shops, and adventure spread from the train station, to the park, and all through the historic downtown Jim Thorpe area. Stroll up and down Race Street and Broadway, ride the train, browse the outstanding vendors in Josiah White Park. Hop aboard the horse drawn carriage. Gaze in awe at the mountains hugging Jim Thorpe as they transform in to a kaleidoscope of color. This is a Can’t-Miss extravaganza in Jim Thorpe, PA. Don’t forget to check out the line up and special concerts at the Mauch Chunk Opera House during these weekends!

Parking is available along the streets as well as in the county parking lot and various lots nearby. Arrive early. Grab your train tickets. Enjoy Fall Foliage Festival Weekends in Jim Thorpe PA  — one weekend or all three!

New renovated restrooms are conveniently located at the visitor’s center in the Train Station.

The spectacular fall foliage view is only visible this one month each year. It serves as the most breathtaking backdrop to the biggest, most fun festival in Jim Thorpe – Fall Foliage Weekends in Jim Thorpe PA.

CLICK HERE for directions to Jim Thorpe, PA to be sure you don’t miss the Fall Foliage Weekends in Jim Thorpe, PA.

Don’t forget to PRINT YOUR LOCAL COUPONS for savings during your visit to Jim Thorpe!

Pocono State Craft Festival

August 24 & 25

DonationQuilt_2010As summer reaches its summit, and the true splendor of Pennsylvania hits its apex, everybody knows it’s time for the Pocono State Craft Festival. Enjoy fine jewelry, woodworking, clothing, metal work, stained glass, furniture, leather, basketry, and pottery are some of the distinctive crafts on display for your shopping pleasure. Watch the craft demonstrations, enjoy festival foods, and listen to the best in Dixieland and Bluegrass music.

Please visit  for a $1 discount admission coupon.

10am-6pm/Saturday, 10am-5pm/Sunday            

$6 per person, children 12 and under free


Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
1000 Turkey Hill Road, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
 (570) 992-6161