Last updated: 9/7/17 -- Check back in August 2018 when this blog will be updated! Why battle the crowds at the beach when you can play, stay and celebrate on Lake Wallenpaupack? Jump in! Seal your summer vacation with a splash during Wally Lake Fest.
Wally Lake Fest is an annual end-of-summer event that packs the best parts of a Pocono Mountains vacation into one epic weekend. It's three days of food, music, sports, shopping, tours and activities for all ages, and it's coming our way August 25-27, 2017.
- Book your room - It's worth staying for the full experience. Act early to secure a spot close to the fun.
- Download a brochure - The map inside is a great resource!
- Pack for play - We suggest sunscreen, swimsuits and sneakers. Check the brochure for specifics.
- Call with questions - [570-226-2141] puts you in touch with information specialists at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center.
The Big Lake boasts 52 miles of shoreline. With events on and off the water, you’re looking at a lot of ground to cover. Fortunately, celebrations are set in three main areas and free shuttles run on Saturday and Sunday.
- Downtown Hawley groups the northernmost businesses; those located along Route 6 in town. The Settlers Inn, Hawley Silk Mill, The Stourbridge Line and Ritz Company Playhouse are there.
- North-End venues are slightly south of Hawley, along the lake’s eastern shore. Stick to Route 6 between 507 and 590. Points of interest there include Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tours, the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, Antler Ridge Winery and the Wallenpaupack Area High School.
- The Lake Region begins beneath the North-End and curves around the water to Lakeville. It’s where you’ll find waterfront businesses like Lighthouse Harbor Marina, The Dock on Wallenpaupack and The Boat House Restaurant. Lacawac Sanctuary and the Lakeville Fire Company are also in this section.
Free parking is available at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and the Wallenpaupack Area High School. Free shuttles stop at both locations on Saturday and Sunday.
Save time and money. Park once and ride the shuttles out to Wally Lake Fest hot spots.
- The Red Shuttle stops at Gresham’s Landing, the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, the Wallenpaupack Area High School and the Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Center. Catch it between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday.
- The Blue Shuttle stops at the Wallenpaupack Area High School, the Hawley Silk Mill and Downtown Hawley. It operates between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
On Saturday, the Stourbridge Line runs a train to Wally Lake Fest! Board the train in Honesdale at 10 a.m. and enjoy the festival on the lake before returning at 3:30 p.m. Depart from Downtown Hawley to Lackawaxen and back for a one-hour scenic train ride. Advance purchase is advised. See brochure for details.
On the Water
If watersports are what you want, stick around the North-End on Saturday and Sunday. You'll have access to kayak and stand-up paddleboard demos, the Wallypalooza floating music stage, scenic boat tours, the Sailboat Regatta, and the Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor Show.
- Friday - Warm up for the weekend with live music! Embrace the Hawaiian spirit on the lake during the Lakeside Luau at The Dock on Wallenpaupack. Journey into Downtown Hawley for Jazz on the Deck at The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park.
- Saturday - Saturday's Wallypalooza puts performers on the lake with the help of a floating stage. Saturday night brings more music to restaurants in the Lake Region. You can also see a theater show at Hawley's Ritz Company Playhouse. Pull the Other One begins at 8 p.m.
- Sunday - Slide into Sunday with a Bloody Mary brunch on The Dock on Wallenpaupack. The Bloody Mary bar is open from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and live music begins at 3. Glass - Wine.Bar.Kitchen presents Blues, Brews & BBQ from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are recommended.
On the Table
Be sure to bring your appetite. One of the best parts of Wally Lake Fest is the food!
- Friday - Kick things off with a meal and some music. The Settlers Inn, The Boat House Restaurant and The Dock on Wallenpaupack have performances planned. Unwind at one or hop around and have a bite at each place.
- Saturday - Plan to sample on Saturday. The day’s events include food pairings, fairs, markets and free tastings. Cocoon Coffee House hosts the Don Q Rum Mojito Ice Bar from noon to 6 p.m. and Gresham’s Chop House presents Wally, Tito's and Beer! from 2 to 8 p.m. This is a prime spot to catch Wallypalooza, especially since the TITO's RV will be there. Grab a cold cocktail, tour the custom camper and unwind to the on-water entertainment.
- Sunday - Pancake Breakfast or Bloody Mary Brunch? Both are options early Sunday. Fairs and tastings continue at various locations, and The Boat House Restaurant kicks off its Clam Bake 'N' Brew at noon. Don't forget about Blues, Brews & BBQ! It happens at Glass - Wine.Bar.Kitchen from 5 to 9 p.m.
Shop at Wally Lake Fest and you could head home with wares or watercraft. The festival features several outdoor markets including the Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor Show at the Wallenpaupack Area High School. Check the brochure for a shopping breakdown, and remember to browse around Downtown Hawley. Local businesses set up specials and events specifically for Wally Lake Fest.
To get the most out of a bash this big, you've got to plan in advance. Visit the Wally Lake Fest website or the Wally Lake Fest Facebook page to learn more about daily schedules, activity centers and places to stay.