via Scranton Fringe Festival Facebook page

by Gabriela Fitzpatrick | Staff Writer

SCRANTON – As businesses shutter their doors, event halls cancel lineups and the University of Scranton continues its second week of a two-week online instruction period, students say they struggle finding things to look forward to. Several businesses and events in Scranton would like to make it clear that while futures are uncertain, not all of 2020 has been canceled.

1. Fringe Under Glass

What: The Fringe Festival will host a live theatre celebrating the arts, culture and community, all behind glass to maintain social distance safety measures.

Where: 101 Penn Ave., Scranton. Various sidewalks and storefronts in downtown Scranton.

When: Sept. 26 and 27, with shows at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. on both days.

Details: Five total performances all for $20. Tickets for private groups of 15 are sold out. Ticket sales end Sept. 25. Performances will be by Simone Daniel, Mostly Opera, Nichole Nicholas, The Pop Up Studio, Gaslight Theatre Company and The Black Scranton Project. Small groups may walk from show to show.

2. NEPA Horror Film Festival/Scranton Punk Rock Flea & Zinefest

via NEPA Horror Film Festival Facebook page

What: The 6th annual NEPA Horror Film Festival, partnered with Scranton Punk Rock Flea & Zine Festival.

Where: Circle Drive-In Theatre, 1911 Scranton Carbondale Highway.

When: Noon on Oct. 17 to 2 a.m. Oct. 18

Details: This addition to the spooky season costs $20, and will include 13 short films, live music and vendors with this two-in-one festival.

Attendees may purchase tickets for this annual festival on Eventbrite.

3. Autism Awareness Truck or Treat

via Autism Awareness Trunk or Treat Eventbrite page

What: Trunk or Treat drive-through event sponsored by Mohegan Sun Arena and Mission Autism Clinics.

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Twp.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30

Details: Registration for this event is required and free for everyone who is trick or treating. All treaters (individuals trick or treating) will receive one ticket. Admission is $25 for each vehicle entering the event as a trunker (cars giving out candy). Parents, guardians and drivers do not require tickets unless they plan to trick or treat. All attendees are required to stay inside their cars and wear masks. The event will also host a Facebook costume contest, provide giveaways and have a photo-op area.

4. Roba’s Family Farm


What: A family-owned and family-oriented farm featuring corn mazes, pumpkin-picking, a café and various other autumn-related activities for children and adults.

Where: 230 Decker Rd., N. Abington Twp.

When: Now through Nov. 1, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m Friday & Saturday.

Details: For the fall season Roba Family Farm has animals, an apple orchard and cidery, sunflower patch, produce ready for harvest, live music and special events, such as their drive-through Halloween Light Show which runs 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in September and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in October and November.

Tickets are available for purchase online here for the following:

5. Scranton Chocolate, Wine & Whiskey Festival

via Scranton Chocolate, Wine & Whiskey Festival Eventbrite page

What: An event for those 21+ years old consisting of unlimited tasting of chocolates, wine and craft spirits.

Where: Genetti Manor, 1505 Main Ave., Dickson City.

When: Noon to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 14

Details: There are two sessions for this event: 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Early bird general admissions cost $37.95 after tax. The Early Bird VIP tickets cost $60 and includes early access, private reserved tasting of ‘rate/unique whiskies/champagnes,’ on top of what is already offered according to

6. Creekside Glamping

Creekside Glamping at WallyCreekFarm, via page

What: Camping

Where: 674 S. Sterling Rd, South Sterling

When: Attendees choose and book a date! The campsite is open any night of the week as long as tents are available.

Details: Average price per night per person is $75 for one to four people. After that, $15 is added per person, excluding the cleaning fee of $20. A canvas tent located near Wallenpaupack Creek hosts up to 10 guests per site. Campfires and pets are allowed. Generators are prohibited. Wi-Fi, electrical hookups and showers are not included with tents. A toilet, water, a kitchen, a picnic table and trash and recycling bins will be provided. Campers can buy firewood for $10 and one dozen farm fresh eggs for $5.