Summertime is upon us, and as you begin to fill your calendar with fun in the sun events, don’t forget to pencil in this year’s Wally Lake Fest in the Poconos! This highly anticipated end-of-the-summer festival is hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and features fun-filled activities at various locations all across the lake, including Hawley Silk Mill! It’s a three-day long party that you definitely don’t want to miss!
Why You Should Go to Wally Lake Fest
Why shouldn’t you go to Wally Lake Fest would be a much more appropriate question! From August 26-28, all of Hawley will come to life with over 50 festivities for you and your entire family to participate in all weekend long! The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the natural beauty and life of this gorgeous region, and more than 10,000 visitors joined us in our community’s reverence last year alone! Activities from past years include local marching band concerts, watercraft activities on the lake, car shows, a 41-mile motorcycle ride in support of Wallenpaupack Watershed, children’s author readings, and so much more.
This year, you can expect most of past activities to return along with two open market fairs, a watercraft and ATV expo, a boat parade on the lake with a $1,000 prize for the winner, plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment in Downtown Hawley, and Wallypalooza! There will also be an arts and crafts fair brimming with unique vendors and products at Hawley Silk Mill and a Battle of the Bands, which has become the cornerstone of the event. The Mojito Ice Bar at Cocoon Coffee House is an absolute must! You’ll enjoy custom mojitos made from locally grown fruit, delectable mint, and Don Q Rum on a sculpted ice bar! The best part is, the list of entertainment at Wally Lake Fest continues to grow. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors, participate in all the fun, and experience the beauty and culture of the Poconos like never before!
For a complete list of Wally Lake Fest events, download the brochure!
Interested in Becoming a Vendor?
If you’re interested in becoming a vendor at Wally Lake Fest and exposing your brand/products to over 10,000 visitors, you can choose to register for placement at either Wallenpaupack High School or Hawley Silk Mill.
Best Places to Stay For Wally Lake Fest:
If you aren’t a local but still want to join in the end-of-summer festivities, there are many beautiful lodging options right in the Poconos! That way you can stay in comfort while being just a few minutes away from all the fun!
Settler’s Inn is a charming hotel and the location for Wally Lake Fest’s Jazz on the Deck event on August 26! Boasting comfortable rooms, scenic gardens, and one of the finest farm-to-table restaurants in Hawley, it’s the cherry on top to a perfect vacation.
For a memorable stay right on the lake, Silver Birches offers lovely waterfront suites and cottages. It’s the perfect place for enjoying your own private deck, sipping a glass of champagne, and soaking in the gorgeous sunset views.
Ledges is a breathtaking hotel settled right in between the rock ledges of Paupack High Falls provides unique luxuries you won’t find anywhere else. They are passionate about maintaining their aesthetics and history while celebrating the legacy of community.
Don’t Forget to Visit Hawley Silk Mill During Your Stay
Our historic building has been a beacon of the Hawley community for years and 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 such as unique shops, an art gallery featuring the masterpieces of artists from all over the world, a market offering only the freshest products, Cocoon Coffee Shop, and more!