'Kinky Boots,' RibFest, Crawford County Fair, concerts offer entertainment around Erie

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There's little more than a month of summer left and while some concert series are winding down, there's still plenty to entertain you in the Erie region.

This week you can attend the final Gazebo Concert in Lawrence Park Township, the second-to-last 8 Great Tuesdays concert in Erie and Thursdays in the Park concert in Corry plus the Brass Ensemble performances that are part of the Erie Philharmonic's In Your Hometown concerts.

There are rescheduled performances of "Kinky Boots" at the Erie Playhouse, a RibFest at Conneaut Lake Park and the start of the Crawford County Fair.

Find more details on these and other events in the Erie region below. We couldn't get everything in here, so be sure to visit GoErie.com/calendar for more.

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Note: It's always a good idea to check with organizers in advance to make certain an event is still taking place and to find out what COVID-19 measures are in place.

Summer events

"Narcissus": Through Sept. 18, Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. Erie Art Co. and Noodlefish collaborative narrative installation inspired by the ancient Greek myth found in Ovid’s "Metamorphoses." Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 2-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-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, erieartmuseum.org/narcissus

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"Ole' Say Can We See?": Through Feb. 19, Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. Exhibition by Garry Bibb addressing social and political ideas with sculptures, 2D prints and video. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 2-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-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, erieartmuseum.org/narcissus

"Connecting with the Collection: Photographic Portraits": Through early 2023, 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, erieartmuseum.org/collection-connection-photographic-portraits

"Out of Many – Stories of Migration": Through Feb. 26, 2023, Erie Art Museum, 20 E. Fifth St. A series of exhibits, events and conversations centering on the work of five photographers working out of Pittsburgh and featuring the faces and experiences of multiple generations of migrants and immigrants, and their descendants. Includes photography by Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Nate Guidry, Lynn Johnson and Annie O’Neill. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Fridays, 2-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-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, erieartmuseum.org/out-of-many

Everyone's Comedy Open Mic: Aug. 15, Sept. 5 and 19, Oct. 3 and 17, Nov. 7 and 21, and Dec. 5 and 19, 8-10 p.m., 1505 State St., fourth floor. RandyBillDuck and Off Constantly Comedy present the event for comics of all levels to try out their new material, get on stage for the first time, or perfect their seasoned classics in five-minute spots. Free; donations accepted for Performing Artists Collective Alliance or RandyBillDuck. facebook.com/events/2843413479299195/2843413485965861, offconstantlycomedy@gmail

"Kinky Boots": Aug. 16-18, 7:30 p.m., Erie Playhouse, 13 W. 10th St. In the musical with a Tony Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, Charlie Price, who has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory on the verge of bankruptcy, finds inspiration in Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Performance scheduled for Aug. 11 was rescheduled to Aug. 18, Aug. 12 was moved to Aug. 16 and Aug. 13 was moved to Aug. 17 due to members of the cast, crew and orchestra testing positive for COVID-19. For more information on the rescheduling, contact the Playhouse. $12 to $21.70 plus fees. 814-454-2852, erieplayhouse.org/events/kinky-boots

8 Great schedule: Here's the lineup for the 8 Great Tuesdays summer concert series

ErieBank 8 Great Tuesdays: Tuesdays through Aug. 23, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Liberty Park’s Highmark Amphitheater on Erie's bayfront. Performers: Aug. 16, Buffalo Rose, opening: The Ron Yarosz Power Organ Trio; and Aug. 23, Bruce in the USA, opening: Jack Stevenson & The Buried Treasure Band. Free. 814-455-7557, porterie.org

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Whitford Park Summer Concerts: Wednesdays through Aug. 31, 7 p.m., Whitford Park, 5400 Iroquois Ave., Harborcreek Township. Performers: Aug. 17, Kurt Novakowski (Elvis impersonator); Aug. 24, David Julius; and Aug. 31, Gem City Band. Take a folding chair or blanket. Free. harborcreektownship.org

Erie Philharmonic Brass members warm up their instruments prior to rehearsal on the new Warner Theatre stage on Jan. 7. The Phil's Brass Ensemble will perform as part of the In Your Hometown concert series.
Erie Philharmonic Brass members warm up their instruments prior to rehearsal on the new Warner Theatre stage on Jan. 7. The Phil's Brass Ensemble will perform as part of the In Your Hometown concert series.

In Your Hometown concert series: Aug. 24, 7 p.m. Erie Philharmonic tour featuring a 16-person Brass Ensemble. Lake Erie Community Park, Lake City. Free. 814-455-1375, eriephil.org/hometown

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Music in the Park: Wednesdays through Aug. 31, 7 p.m. to sunset, Lake Erie Community Park, 10192 West Lake Road, Lake City. Girard concert series with food trucks and refreshment tents. Performers: Aug. 17, Rodger Montgomery Blues Band; Aug. 24, Erie Philharmonic Brass Ensemble; and Aug. 31, West County Rangers. Free entertainment. 814-774-4738

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Thursday in the Park: Thursdays through Aug. 25, 7-9 p.m., City Park Gazebo, intersection of North Center and East Smith streets, Corry. Performers: Aug. 18, Happy Days; and Aug. 25, Radioactive. Take a folding chair or blanket. Free. corryareaartscouncil.com

Gazebo Concerts: Aug. 18, 7-9 p.m.; gazebo in Beute Park, between Iroquois and Silliman avenues and Morse Street, Lawrence Park Township. Performance by Chris & Julie Moore from Tennessee Back Porch. Take a folding chair or blanket. Free. lawrenceparktwp.org

RibFest at Conneaut Lake Park: Aug. 19 and 20, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Aug. 21, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 12382 Center St., Conneaut Lake. National rib teams, live bands, local breweries, car cruise-in, corn hole tournament, crafters, more. $5; free for 12 and younger. theribfest.com/home

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"The Rule of Three": Aug. 19, 20, 26 and 27 and Sept. 2 and 3, 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 21 and 28 and Sept. 4, 3 p.m., All An Act Theatre, 652 W. 17th St. Performance of three stories of intrigue — "Afternoon at the Seaside," "The Rats" and "The Patient" — by Agatha Christie. $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $5 ages 6-11. www.allanact.net

Open Market: Aug. 20 and 27; and Sept. 3, 10 and 17; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Gibson Park, Routes 20 and 89, North East Borough. Homegrown and handmade goods for sale from local growers and artisans, live music, samples from wineries, breweries and distilleries. Free admission. 814-725-4262, info@nechamber.org

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Beyond the Blue concerts: Aug. 20, 2:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., and Sept. 2-4, The Heron Farm & Event Center, 2361 Waits Corners Road, Sherman, N.Y. Aug. 20 is Funk Fest with Funk You, Jimkata, more; Sept. 2-4 features Pokey LaFarge, Ryan Montbleau Band, more. Tickets range from $20 to $97. theheron.org

Crawford County Fair: Aug. 21-27, gates open 8 a.m. most days; 13291 Dickson Road, Meadville. The 75th year of the fair includes rides, games, animals, live music and more. Entertainment includes singer/ventriloquist Darci Lynne and a Country Music Night featuring The Hillbilly Way and Country Redford. Single-day admission prices are free, $5 or $8 depending on day and time. Children under age 5 are free. 814-724-3022 or 814-333-7465, crawfordcountyfairpa.com or facebook.com/officialcrawfordcountyfairpa

Perry Square Concert Series: Aug. 25, Sept. 1 and 8, 7-10 p.m., Perry Square, downtown Erie. Performers: Aug. 25, First to Eleven; Sept. 1, The Breeze Band; and Sept. 8, The Erie All-Stars. Organized by Erie Downtown Partnership. Free. https://bit.ly/3BZi2Mt, www.eriedowntown.com/

Couples dance during the 2018 Zabawa Polish Festival at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Erie.
Couples dance during the 2018 Zabawa Polish Festival at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Erie.

Zabawa Polish Festival: Aug. 26, 5-10 p.m.; Aug. 27, noon-10 p.m.; and Aug. 28, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2220 Reed St. Polish festival with music, food, more. Polka Mass on Aug. 27 at 5 p.m.; Polish Heritage Mass on Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Free admission. 814-456-0671, holytrinityrc.org

Mac, a pig in the the Pork Chop Revue, a variety show that features performing pigs is shown at the Erie County Fair, Aug. 31, 2021 at the Wattsburg-Erie County Fairgrounds in Venango Township.
Mac, a pig in the the Pork Chop Revue, a variety show that features performing pigs is shown at the Erie County Fair, Aug. 31, 2021 at the Wattsburg-Erie County Fairgrounds in Venango Township.

Erie County Fair at Wattsburg: Aug. 29-Sept. 3; Gates open 9 a.m. on Aug. 29-30, Sept. 3; Gates open 4 p.m. on Aug. 31-Sept. 2; 13993 Routes 8 and 89, Wattsburg. The 137th Erie County Fair features tractor and truck pulls, a rodeo on Sept. 1 and daily midway show. Live music includes Jess Kellie Adams at 7 p.m. on Aug. 28 in the grandstand and The Joe Matczak Orchestra (polka music) at 5 p.m. on Aug. 31. Gate admission is $10 for general admission, which includes the grandstand and rides except for special attractions; free gate admission for age 5 and younger and for military. Additional fees for special events. 814-739-2232, wattsburgfair.com, facebook.com/wattsburgfair

German Heritage Festival: Sept. 4, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sept. 5, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., St. Nick's Grove, 5131 Old French Road. Food, music, dancing, merchandise, beer and more in celebration of German culture. $5, or $8 for a two-day pass; free for children 11 and under. 814-456-9598, dank-erie.org

Spartansburg Community Fair: Sept. 4-10, 231 Jefferson St., Spartansburg. It's the centennial celebration of the fair, which will include show exhibits, rides, games, lemon pie contest, tractor pulls and more. Features music by Concord Station on Sept. 7, Revolving Again on Sept. 8, Union Overdrive on Sept. 9 and Radioactive on Sept. 10. $4 for daily admission, free for age 12 and younger; $9 for weekly; additional fees for rides and some events. 814-654-7608, spartansburgcommunityfair.comfacebook.com/SpartaFairPA

Waterford Community Fair: Sept. 5-10, 13012 Route 19 S, Waterford. The fair celebrates its 85th anniversary with amusement rides, games, a horse show, exhibits, tractor and truck pulls, live music nightly at the gazebo and more. Live music nightly starting at 6 p.m. at the gazebo includes the following: Mountain Thyme Ramblers on Sept. 6; Earth Angel on Sept. 7; Loose Change Band on Sept. 8; Traditional Country on Sept. 9; Old Hat Band on Sept. 10; and Polka Relations on Sept. 11. The Misery Bay Dulcimer Club & Friends will perform Sept. 11 from 1-5 p.m. $4 for daily admission, free for age 8 and younger; $8 for weekly button; $25 for ride-a-rama, $20 in advance. 814-796-6923, 814-651-3586, waterfordfair.org

Edinboro Highland Games & Scottish Festival: Sept. 9, 5:30-8 p.m.; Sept. 10, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 219 Meadville St., Edinboro. Music acts to be announced. Most events are free. 814-732-2000, edinboro.edu/events/highland-games/index.php

Albion Area Fair: Sept. 13-17, 30 Academy St., Albion. The 77th version of the Albion Fair will feature amusement rides, games, exhibits, livestock judging, tractor and truck pulls, king and queen contest, live music in the grandstand and more. Entertainment in the grandstand includes Mark Morris and Lucky Dog (7 p.m.) on Sept. 14; Johnny Lambert, The Misfits bluegrass band and Small Town Revolution (7:30 p.m.) on Sept. 15; Jay Baumgardner’s Band, Ralph Chamberlain Jr. Band and Lock Down (7:30 p.m.) on Sept. 16; and South of 90 and Theory of Evolution (8 p.m.) on Sept. 17. $5 for daily admission for age 12 and older, $10 for week; additional fee for rides: $15 for rides wristband on Sept. 13, $20 daily for rest of week. 814-756-3911, albionfair.com, facebook.com/albion.fair.16401

Erie Irish Festival: Sept. 16-18. St. Patrick Church, 130 E. Fourth St. Food, music, dancing and more in celebration of Irish heritage. Free admission. 814-454-8085, erieirishfestival.com/new

Sept. 14:Rock band Daughtry to stop at Erie's Warner Theatre with 'Dearly Beloved' tour

Daughtry: The Dearly Beloved Tour: Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. The rock 'n' roll band that has sold over 9 million albums, including "Cage to Rattle," and 16 million singles, including "World on Fire," will appear with special guest Pop Evil. $77.25, $52.25, $44 plus fees; VIP packages available. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com

One Sweet Afternoon: Sept. 17, 1-5 p.m., Erie Brewing Co., 6008 Knowledge Parkway, Harborcreek Township. Fueled By Hops 1990s throwback party featuring more than 20 breweries, beers inspired by favorite 1990s snacks and a DJ playing '90s music. $55 for general admission, $70 for early entry, $100 for VIP and $25 for designated driver. www.onesweetafternoon.com

Fall events

"Whose Live Anyway?" Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" cast members Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, Ryan Stiles and Joel Murray present their improv tour. $37, $47, $57. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com

Clay Walker concert: Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Performance with special guest Tracy Byrd. $37, $57, $77, $97. 814-452-4857, www.erieevents.com/events/event/09/29/2022/clay-walker

Zach Williams Fall '22 Tour: Oct. 15, 7 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Grammy winner Williams performs his signature blend of southern rock, country and faith-filled songwriting; with special guest Ben Fuller. $20.50, $30.75, $41, $72. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com/events/event/10/15/2022/zach-williams-fall-22-tour

“Wheel of Fortune Live!”: Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Live stage show lets fans experience the game show in-person and audition to go on stage, spin a replica of the iconic wheel and solve puzzles to win prizes; audience members will get the chance to be randomly selected to win cash and prizes. $36, $46, $56, $66, $82; VIP packages available. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com/events/event/10/19/2022/wheel-of-fortune

Oct. 20:Country music star Cole Swindell brings tour to Erie for concert at Warner Theatre

Cole Swindell concert: Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. The fast-rising country music superstar brings his "Down To The Bar Tour" with special guests Ashley Cooke and Dylan Marlowe. $37.75, $47.75, $57.75 and $67.75 plus fees. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com

ZZ Top will bring its Raw Whisky Tour to Erie's Warner Theatre on Oct. 23.
ZZ Top will bring its Raw Whisky Tour to Erie's Warner Theatre on Oct. 23.

ZZ Top Raw Whisky Tour: Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Performance from the bluesy, iconic rock band, known as “That Little Ol’ Band From Texas” and Roll Hall of Fame members since 2004. $77.75, $87.75, $97.75 plus fees. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com

Trace Adkins performs on the Oak Stage during the inaugural weekend of the Hometown Rising Festival in Louisville, KY on Sept. 14, 2019
Trace Adkins performs on the Oak Stage during the inaugural weekend of the Hometown Rising Festival in Louisville, KY on Sept. 14, 2019

Trace Adkins concert: Nov. 17, 7 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Performance by the country legend who has sold more than 11 million albums, charted over 20 singles, earned numerous awards and Grammy nominations, and garnered over 2 billion streams. $40.25, $55.75, $71.25, $102, $122.75 plus fees. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com

Nov. 17:Country singer Trace Adkins heading to Erie for concert at Warner Theatre

"A Motown Christmas": Nov. 19, 8 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Family-oriented show featuring a world-class vocal group assembled from past and present members of Motown's most legendary groups including Ali Woodson’s Temptations, The Miracles and The Contours. $52, $47 and $42 plus fees. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com

Kenny G's "The Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour": Dec. 8, 7 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. The saxophonist with the iconic curly hair performs. Tickets were to go on sale Aug. 12. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com

"Blue’s Clues & You! Live On Stage": Dec. 13, 6 p.m., Warner Theatre, 811 State St. Theater production based on the hit preschool television series featuring Blue, her friends Magenta and Rainbow Puppy and many more in an original musical adventure. $52.50, $42.50 and $32.50 plus fees. 814-452-4857, erieevents.com

Find more events and submit your own for free at GoErie.com/calendar.

This article originally appeared on Erie Times-News: Erie, PA entertainment: Music, festivals, art, more for Aug. 16, beyond