Festivals, Food and Fun at Shawnee Mountain
Best known for being the premier family-friendly ski mountain in the Poconos, did you know that Shawnee Mountain is also home to exciting summer and fall festivals too? Shawnee Mountain has been hosting new festivals every year ranging from rodeos to lumberjack competitions. Although all of the festivals focus on different themes, there is one constant that ties them all together – great food!!!
The Pocono Wurst Festival is taking place this weekend. Forget about Christmas – I want Oktoberfest in July! Of course, ShawneeCraft Brewing will have taps at the Wurst Festival along with more wieners, kielbasa, pierogies and …… wursts than you can point a finger at! Also featured will be polka music and traditional German dancing.
For the first time ever, Shawnee Mountain will be hosting the Pocono Wing Off benefitting Monroe County Meals on Wheels. This is certainly an event to attend. All of the best restaurants in the Poconos will be flexing their hot sauce muscle –vying for the acclaimed title of “Best Wings in the Poconos”. Each year a new king is crowned, but this is no monarchy – the prestigious honor is voted upon by the audience of wing fanatics! The Pocono Wing Off will take place on August 12.
Welcoming in the new season is Shawnee Mountain’s Garlic Festival. Garlic flavored iced cream anyone? I know you won’t believe me, but its delicious and probably one of the reasons why I can’t wait until the fall. Vampires beware as this festival is no place for fanged friends. However, if you love everything garlic then the Garlic Festival is your place. The Garlic Festival will take place on September 1 and 2.
Although there is barely enough room for all of the fun, Shawnee Mountain has blended two country favorites into one esteemed festival – Shawnee Mountain’s Rodeo and Chili Cook-off. Spend the afternoon watching cowboys wrangle up some excitement as the country’s best take on barnyard animals of different varieties. Afterwards, be the judge of this year’s best chili in the Poconos. The Rodeo and Chili Cook-off will take place September 22 and 23.
Shawnee Mountain’s Autumn Timber Festival features great food and excitement for the whole family. Watch as expert climbers scale wooden poles in a matter of seconds or professional lumberjacks singlehandedly saw through huge tree trunks with surgical precision. The Timber Festival takes place during the height of Shawnee’s foliage and is the perfect event to truly take in the fall season. The Autumn Timber Festival will take place on October 6 and 7.
New to Shawnee Mountain this fall, Art on the Mountain Art Show & Sale will be on Friday, November 16 from 3pm to 8pm and Saturday, November 17 11am to 5pm, and features regional painters, photographers and sculptors. The admission is free.
The Hope Lodge will house twenty-two artists ranging in age from 17 to 84 years old and with styles as different as their ages. The artwork on sale will fit any budget.
EZ-Bumps bar will be open with light refreshments and musical entertainment.
Come join us for a casual and fun look at some of the area's most talented artists!
Jeromy Wo, Public Relations