Start June in the Erie area with street dance, murals, a campfire and Shakespeare outdoors

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As June begins, you can attend a celebration of street dance culture, an urban based mural extravaganza, a campfire and a comedy by Shakespeare, all in the Erie area.

"Ode to the Streets" will take place June 1, the first day of the Views Festival that will present more than two dozen murals. Both are in Erie.

June 2 will be the first of three First Friday Campfires at Asbury Woods Nature Center in Millcreek Township. That same day will be the first of three performances of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" outdoors at Goodell Gardens & Homestead in Edinboro.

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Find details about these and more events below. We couldn't list everything. Additional events can be found at

Note: It's always a good idea to check with organizers in advance to make certain an event is still taking place.

Spring events

"Wildlife of PI": Through May 30, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive. Annual Natural Impressions Presque Isle Student Art competition. Artwork by students in first grade through college will be displayed. 814-833-7424,

"Connecting with the Collection: Photographic Portraits": Through June 25, Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. Exhibition featuring a small selection of the many photographic portraits found in the collection of the museum from formal studio-style portraits shot against simple backdrops, to composed scenes that offer contextual clues as to their subject’s identity, to documentary-style photographs and street photography. Artists in the exhibition are: Serge Balkin, Karen Bell, Kevin Bubriski, Tom Caravaglia, Kerry S. Coppin, Joseph Diess, Michael Emery, Mark Frey, Robert Gilge, Kenneth Graves, Mahlon Hirsch, Kathe Kowalski, Tony Ray-Jones, Arthur Rothstein, Edward Sheriff Curtis, Len Speier, Alfred Stieglitz, Mark Perrott, Jose Picayo and Rick Smolan. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 2-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 am-5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-6 p.m. Museum admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, free for age 16 and younger. 814-459-5477,

Family Fun Time Story Book Party-Stuffed Animal Party: June 1, 10-11 a.m., Lincoln Branch Library, 1255 Manchester Road, Fairview Township. Storytime for preschoolers; take a favorite stuffed animal for stories, play and art. Free. 814-451-7085,

"Ode to the Streets": June 1, 6 p.m., Hirt Auditorium, Blasco Library, 160 E. Front St. Erie's Black Wall Street presents a celebration of the street dance culture in Erie; event kicks off Views Festival organized by Erie Arts & Culture and will showcase the talents of local dance troops and B-boys. Free.

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Views Festival: June 1-13, various Erie locations. An urban based mural extravaganza organized by Erie Arts & Culture presenting 28 murals led by local and guest artists; also with events or exhibitions that relate to and demonstrate urban arts and culture, including hip-hop showcases, a visual exhibition of sneakers featuring collections from local sneakerheads, and a vendor market of streetwear brands. 814-452-3427,

"Up Close with the Collection": June 1, 6-8 p.m., Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. Evening of heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and conversation; explore a behind-the-scenes view of the Erie Art Museum; tour the museum’s collection of over 8,000 objects and engage with the artist-in-residence, exhibiting artists and staff. Includes reception and book signing for visual artist and documentarian Tony Machi, whose show, "Passionately Curious," opens June 1 in the Customs House. $50. 814-459-5477,

First Friday Campfires: June 2, July 7 and Aug. 4, Asbury Woods, 4105 Asbury Road. Take your chairs and hang out by the campfire behind the Nature Center. Campfire is free; s’mores ingredients will be available for purchase in the gift shop. 814-835-5356,

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Comedy and magic shows: June 2 and 3, 7:30 p.m., Kellar's: A Modern Magic & Comedy Club, 1402 State St. Featuring Matt Donnelly, $30. Upcoming shows: June 9 and 10, Chris Kattan, $35; June 16-18, Matt Marcy, $30; and June 23 and 24, Eric Dittleman, $30. 814-461-0911,

"A Midsummer Night's Dream": June 2-4, 6 p.m., Goodell Gardens & Homestead, 221 Waterford St., Edinboro. Meadville Community Theatre performance of Shakespeare’s playful comedy outside in an actual garden; rain or shine. $30; $20 for Goodell and MCT members.

Drop In and Discover: June 3, 1-2 p.m., Asbury Woods Nature Center, 4105 Asbury Road. Guided nature hike of about a mile for National Trails Day will explore some lesser-known trails in the Asbury Woods trail system and use the Seek App to delve deeper into the flora and fauna on the trail. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 814-835-5356,

Summer Concert Sessions: Saturdays, Through Aug. 26 plus some other days, 6-10 p.m. unless otherwise noted, Erie Sports Center, 8161 Oliver Road. June 3, Twisted Lid; June 10, Disco Inferno; June 17, Crush; June 24, The Groove Band; July 1, Chris Higbee, 7:30-10 p.m.; July 8, The Breeze Band; July 15, Reign Maker; July 22, Family First Music Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; July 24, Cadets Community Performance, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; July 29, Daytona Beach 2000; Aug. 5, Cherry Bomb; Aug. 12, Frontier; Aug. 19, Lucky Dog; and Aug. 26, Northern Accents.

Monday Music in the Woods: Mondays, June 5 through July 31 except July 3, 6-8 p.m., Asbury Woods Nature Center, 4105 Asbury Road. Local musicians perform folk, bluegrass, classic rock and other favorites in the Celebration Garden. Take lawn chairs; coolers allowed. Performers are: June 5, Ange and Shani Acoustics; June 12, Rankin & Schell; June 19, Mike and Marie Acoustics; June 25, Steve Gutting; July 10, Key West Express Lite; July 17, Jeremy Jaeger; July 24, Acoustics by Fudge; and July 31, Jesse James Weston. Free. 814-835-5356,

Comedy open mic night: June 5, 7-9 p.m., Outlaw Barbecue Revolution Westlake, 3040 West Lake Road. With Off Constantly Comedy; continues every first, third and fifth Mondays of the month. Free admission. 814-520-6781,

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Summer Soiree: June 8, 6-10 p.m., Ambassador Conference Center, 7794 Peach St. Dinner concert featuring the Erie Philharmonic and Music Director Daniel Meyer with unforgettable and virtuoso performances paired with gourmet food and festive drinks. $200. 814-455-1375,

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"Jersey Boys": June 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24, 7:30 p.m., and June 18 and 25, 2 p.m., Erie Playhouse, 13 W. 10th St. Musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the iconic foursome from New Jersey. $20.40 plus fees for June 9 and 10; $17.49-$27.40 plus fees for remaining shows. 814-454-2852,

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"The Essence of Spring": June 10, 7 p.m., St. Peter Cathedral, 230 W. 10th St. Performance by Erie's professional chorus Transcendence of new compositions by conductor Richard Robert Rossi and sacred and secular works by composers including Monteverdi, Bruckner, Stanford, Memley and Moses Hogan. Free. 814-453-6677,

Drop In and Discover: June 10, 1-2 p.m., Asbury Woods Nature Center, 4105 Asbury Road. This week's theme is: Cloudy with a chance of ... Learn how clouds can tell us about our future weather and make a cloud viewer to help predict the weather where you live. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 814-835-5356,

14th Fest: June 14, 5-10 p.m., East 14th Street between French and Holland streets. Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority and Erie Downtown Partnership event to celebrate the beginning of summer and all thatdowntown Erie has to offer. Includes food trucks, local breweries, children's activities and music by Small Town Revolution at 5:30 p.m. and The Groove at 8 p.m. 814-459-4287,

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Summer events

Wee Play: June 23, July 7 and Aug. 4, 10-11 a.m., Blasco Library, 160 E. Front St. Free play with blocks, toys, puzzles and friends for babies and toddlers. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 814-451-6927,

The Mane Event: June 24, 7-11 p.m., Erie Zoo, 423 W. 38th St. Fundraiser with a "Down Under" theme featuring grazing stations, watering holes, behind-the-scenes tour, animal encounters, zookeeper talks and live music. Benefits animal care and operations at the zoo. $140 for zoo members, $190 for nonmembers. 814-864-4091,

Panegyri: July 7, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and July 8, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 4376 West Lake Road. Greek Festival with Greek cuisine, pastries and drinks; Greek music and folk dancing; tours of the church; souvenirs, jewelry, handmade icons and religious items for sale; and more. Free admission. 814-838-8808,

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Welcome Back My Friends: The Return of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tour: July 14, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Concert using live footage of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake on massive video walls alongside of Carl Palmer and his band playing live on stage. $62, $46.50, $36.25, plus fees. 814-452-4857,

Waterford Heritage Days: July 21-23, Waterford. Showcase of the community, churches, nonprofits, booster groups, and businesses; includes parade, entertainment, games, crafts and food for sale. More details to come.

Matt Fraser at the Warner: Aug. 11, 8 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Psychic medium and star of the TV show "Meet the Frasers" brings his readings to Erie. Must be age 18 or older to attend. $89.75, $69.75, $49.75 plus fees. 814-452-4857,

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Rock & Rescue Charity Concert: Aug. 12, 5:30-10:30 p.m., Erie Humane Society, 2407 Zimmerly Road. Features country music artist Niko Moon headlining with special guest Jordan Fletcher opening. Honors local veterans, raises awareness for the shelter/pets and raises funds for the Shelter to Service Program. $35 for general admission, $125 for VIP, plus fees. 814-835-8331,

Fire Lights Music & Arts Festival: Sept. 8-10, The Heron Farm and Event Center, 2361 Wait Corners Road, Sherman, N.Y. Formerly held in Edinboro. With music, painters, workshops, art installations, flow performances, more. $149.99 plus fee for presale ticket online.

Disney Junior Live on Tour: Sept. 9, 4 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. "Costume Palooza!" show brings beloved Disney Junior characters and favorite Marvel Super Heroes live on stage for a jam-packed, concert-style show with singing, dancing, acrobatics and more. Tickets go on sale May 12. 452-4857,

Fall events

The Fab Four: Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Erie stop on the Beatles tribute tour with a performance of "Rubber Soul" in its entirety, as well as the Beatles' greatest hits. Tickets go on sale April 28. 814-452-4857,

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"Dirty Dancing in Concert" is coming to Erie's Warner Theatre in October 2023.

"Dirty Dancing in Concert": Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Screening of the film as a five-piece band and vocalists perform the songs live, in sync with the movie; encore party offers singing and dancing along with the band to favorite "Dirty Dancing" songs. Tickets go on sale May 12. 814-452-4857,

Joe Gatto's Night of Comedy: Oct. 29, 7 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Comedian, actor and producer best known for the TV shows “Impractical  Jokers” and “The Misery Index” performs. $57.75, $47.75, $37.75 plus fees. 814-452-4857,

Aaron Lewis 2023 Acoustic Tour: Nov. 15, 8 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Concert by the founding member of Staind, who returned to his origins for his No. 1 Billboard Country Album debut "Town Line." Rescheduled from July 23. $79.75, $69.75, $59.77, $49.75 plus fees. 814-452-4857,

Nate Bargatze: The Be Funny Tour: Nov. 19, 4 and 7 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Clean and relatable performance by the Grammy-nominated comedian and podcaster. $87.75, $77.75, $67.75, $57.75, $47.75, $37.75, plus fees. 814-452-4857,

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This article originally appeared on Erie Times-News: Erie, PA entertainment: Street dance, Shakespeare, more for May 30, beyond