How is it that the unofficial end of summer is already here? I plan to make the most of this weekend by hitting a few of these family-friendly events,

  • Enjoy the food at La Festa Italiana. We usually hit the festival at least once over the long weekend, eating something there (try the UNICO porketta sandwich) and getting pastries to take home. Family-friendly activities include a juggler, magician and marionette theater. The annual festival runs Friday from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Monday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Lackawanna County Courthouse Square.
  • Ride the trains at Railfest. My kids love “choo choo trains,” and this annual event draws people from around the region and beyond. While the Steamtown National Historic site is a great place to visit any day, Railfest includes live music, special demonstrations and kids activities. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children ages 6 to 15.
  • Check out the Wyoming County Fair. The annual event runs through Monday and features everything a good fair does: rides, animals, music and too much deep-fried food.
  • Explore nature at Lackawanna State Park. The park will host a scavenger hunt Monday at 10 a.m.

Looking for more events? Check out the Access NEPA event calendar.