Bob and I attended CelebrateErie this past Sunday. We left home a little after 11:00 am. When we arrived in Erie we found parking at 11th and State Streets, right before where State Street was blocked for no vehicular traffic. State Street was closed from 4th to 11th in downtown Erie.
According to its website, “CelebrateErie is a four-day summer street festival held in downtown Erie. The event features free access to local art museums, displays and demonstrations from local artists, street vendors, and entertainment and activities designed to encourage the arts. It also includes musical performances from a wide variety of local and nationally renowned artists across the multiple genres. The event is divided into multiple “zones” or areas to include: Celebrate Diversity, Kids Zone, Kids Construction Zone, Chalk Walk, Taste of Erie, Artist Colony and more.“ This year’s festival was held from August 13 through August 16. It was the first time that Bob and I attended this event.
We walked down State Street, all the way to Dobbins Landing — a distance of 1 mile each way. Along the way we walked through the Kids Zone (spanning the two city blocks between 8th and 10th Streets). All activities in the Kids Zone were free of charge. Our three-year-old granddaughters would have enjoyed the hands-on educational activities, the clown who made balloon animals, and playing in the bounce houses. We spun the wheel at the Kwik Fill booth. I won a water bottle. Bob won a compass key chain.
Leaving the Kids Zone we entered the Chalk Walk (between 8th and 7th Streets), where we admired the many colorful art murals.
Leaving the Chalk Walk, we walked to Perry Square, where there were many vendors –- food vendors, vendors selling things and blow-up rides for kids.
The blow-up rides were not free. Ride tickets were $1.00 each. Some of the rides took more than one ticket.
From Perry Square we went to Molly Brannigan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, where we enjoyed Sunday brunch. We each ordered an Irish omelet with baked beans and wheat toast. Our meals were very tasty. We have never been disappointed, when we have eaten at Molly Brannigan’s.
After brunch, we walked rest of the way to Dobbins Landing.
After taking at few pictures in the vicinity of Dobbins Landing, we started our walk back to 11th Street, where we had parked the motorcycle. We spent maybe an hour at Perry Square, at the intersection of S Park Row and State Street. We watched the very talented Elite* Performance Company musicians, singers and dancers perform.
We have known the three dancers who performed since July 2010, when they danced at our hometown’s Ribfest. The three dancers are Brett Fallon, Haeli Augenstein and her younger sister.
We left Erie around 4:30 pm, making a couple stops on our way back home. We stopped for custard ice cream along Rt. 19 near Waterford, PA and for Snapple iced tea at the Kwik Fill in Sugar Grove. We returned home around 7:30 pm. Our motorcycle ride was enjoyable, as was our time in Erie. I only wish it had been a cooler day. Boy was it a hot day!