From jazz to good old rock ‘n’ roll, music festivals always draw a crowd. Whether you are a local or don’t mind traveling a few miles just to see your favorite act, the following are several music festivals in the Poconos you don’t want to miss!
Music Festivals in the Poconos
Honesdale Roots and Rhythm Music and Arts Festival
Held each summer since 2005, the Honesdale Roots and Rhythm Festival is a free, family fun event that features music and art. The weather is usually gorgeous and the perfect setting for experiencing music and art in two locations: the Main Stage and downtown Honesdale. Bands that participated in the past include Commander Cody, Big Leg Emma, MiZ, and The Farm Hands.
Delaware Gap Celebration of the Arts
Also known as COTA, this annual festival focusing on incredible jazz music is held each September. The Delaware Water Gap Festival was started in 1978 featuring local artists. When you attend this fun annual three-day event, you can hear seven or eight great bands each day with a variety of acts that are sure to please the whole family!
Wildflower Music Festival
For more than 30 years, music lovers have been going to the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary in White Mills, PA, to enjoy incredible music in a beautiful outdoor environment. Held at a natural amphitheater, the Wildflower Music Festival features live music every Saturday between July and August. During inclement weather, performances are held at the local high school.
Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival
The Buck Hill Skytop Festival features a wide variety of music, including opera, jazz, dance, chamber music, cabaret and Broadway! Enjoy a different type of music in a different venue every day during this 8-day festival that spans two weekends in late July to early August.
Live Music in Hawley, PA
Even if there isn’t a music festival going on, there are still plenty of opportunities to see live music in the Poconos, especially right here in Hawley, PA!
Three of our favorite places include Harmony Presents, Glass-Wine.Bar.Kitchen at Ledges Hotel and The Settlers Inn.
Harmony Presents brings incredible acts to town and is famous for presenting “off the grid” independent musicians and comedians. Year round, Harmony Presents features performers from music genres including Americana, Funk, Rock, Bluegrass, Soul, Classics and more on a weekly basis.
Most concerts are held center stage in the former boiler room on the ground floor of Hawley Silk Mill. Large windows and exposed brick serve as a backdrop to each musical performance in this small, intimate and historic venue.
Ledges Hotel features Glass-Wine.Bar.Kitchen, a lovely bar and restaurant that overlooks the river gorges. Each Thursday, you can listen to John Curtain perform from 6-9 p.m. In addition, various acts perform Fridays, providing the perfect opportunity to kick off your weekend with a bit of live music!
Settlers Inn features live jazz music every Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. on the deck from July through August. It’s the perfect setting for listening to talented artists perform and enjoy a delicious meal.
The Pocono region is rich with talented musicians and venues that attract artists from far-reaching destinations. Just about any time of year you visit this area, you’ll be able to find music festivals or live music event that will get your foot tapping!
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