Why Wally Lake Fest is One of the Best Poconos Events

With the summer season quickly approaching, it’s time to put together your Poconos getaway itinerary! From great weather to a surplus of outdoor activities, there are plenty of things to be excited about in Hawley this summer. One of the most highly anticipated events – for locals and visitors alike – is Wally Lake Fest! This end-of-the-season event features fun-filled activities at various locations on the lake and in the surrounding area, including Hawley Silk Mill. It’s a multi-day party that you definitely won’t want to miss!

Looking for more things to do this summer? Don’t forget to stop by Hawley Silk Mill! Our thriving lifestyle center is the perfect place to enjoy local shopping, food, and Wally Lake Fest events.

What to Expect at the Wally Lake Fest This Year

For over seven years, Wally Lake Fest has brought together thousands of local residents and visitors to embrace the natural beauty of Lake Wallenpaupack and the Hawley community. There are 3 days of exciting summer activities planned for this event; some returning and some brand new. Here are just some of the best events you can count on for this year:

  • Free Ice Cream and the Local Marching Band 
  • Open-Air Markets
  • Watercraft Activities on the Lake
  • Car Show
  • Motorcycle Ride
  • Boat Parade
  • Blues, Brews & BBQ at Ledges Hotel
  • Jazz on the Deck at The Settlers Inn
  • Fudge and Beer Tastings
  • Craft Fairs
  • Watercraft and ATV Expos
  • Artisan Fair & Bakery Sale at the Hawley Silk Mill
  • Kayak Demos
  • Wild Mushroom Walk
  • Wallypalooza, Floating Music on the Lake
  • Lakeside Luau at The Dock on Wallenpaupack
  • Pancake Breakfasts

We’ve only scratched the surface of all the fun things to do at Wally Lake Fest! For a full schedule, be sure to check out the events page on their website!

Best Places to Stay For Wally Lake Fest

The festival is only half the fun! There are many beautiful lodging options right in the Poconos for you to choose from, each boasting their own amenities and activities. No matter which of the following accommodations you select, you’ll stay in comfort just a few minutes away from all the fun!


The Settlers Inn is a charming Arts & Crafts style lodge that is home to one of the best farm-to-table restaurants in Hawley. With its comfortable rooms and scenic gardens, you may never want to leave!


For a memorable experience right on the lake, Silver Birches offers lovely waterfront suites, rooms, cottages and houses. It’s the perfect place to enjoy your own private deck, sip a glass of champagne, and soak in the gorgeous sunset views. This resort will also be the site for the Lakeside Luau and live music all weekend. 


Ledges is a breathtaking hotel set right in between the rock ledges of Paupack High Falls. It provides unique luxuries you won’t find anywhere else, including a refined wine bar. They are passionate about maintaining their aesthetics and history while celebrating the legacy of community.

Don’t Forget to Stop by Hawley Silk Mill This Summer

Our historic factory has been a beacon of the Hawley community for years. It has served as a silk mill, textile factory, antique center, and now a lifestyle center. There are so many things to do and discover at Hawley Silk Mill! Indulge in a treat in our brand new bakery, find souvenirs in the unique shops, browse the art gallery, or join the gym where a day pass is only $10. Boredom will never be an option during your visit.

We look forward to seeing you in Hawley soon!