frequently asked questions

When is CelebrateErie?
CelebrateErie is Aug. 14-16, 2020.

Where is CelebrateErie?
CelebrateErie is located in Downtown Erie, PA, on State St. between 4th and 9th streets.

Where do I get tickets? How much?
CelebrateErie is completely FREE and open to the public. There are no admission fees for music or other festival programming.

Where can I find handicapped parking?
Handicapped parking is available on the north side of W. 7th St. between State St. and Peach St. and also on the first floor of the parking garage at W. 7th St. and Peach St.

What time do the Mainstage acts start?
Openers go on at 5:30 p.m. and headliners will start at 8:00 p.m. daily.

Is this a family-friendly event?
Yes! We welcome friends and family of all ages! CelebrateErie is located in the heart of downtown Erie and there is something fun for everyone to enjoy!

What is the criteria for vendor and performer selection this year?
We receive an overwhelming amount of applications every year from talented local vendors and performers. All performers and vendors are objectively selected based upon level of quality, family-friendliness, and uniqueness to Erie. Additionally, all vendor and programming setups are required to interactively engage attendees through activities, demonstrations, and/or retail. Our team does its best to balance diversity of offerings to avoid overlap of vendors and performances genres. Ultimately, CelebrateErie’s goal is to put together an event that is uniquely Erie and that celebrates local art, business, culture, food, and families.

I’m a vendor and have a specific question. Who can I contact?
Please contact our vendor team at

Can I bring my dog?
Due to the level of activity and thousands of people that come through the event each year and activity, CelebrateErie does not allow dogs for both the safety of your pet and the attendees. However, certified service animal are permitted.

What if it rains?
CelebrateErie is a rain or shine event. Though we are crossing our fingers for a warm and sunny weekend, we know that Erie weather can be temperamental to say the least. In case of rain or inclement weather, please keep in mind that some programming areas may be delayed or cancelled.

Will there be fireworks at CelebrateErie this year?
There will not be an official CelebrateErie fireworks display this year. Our team decided to focus our resources on the unique local food, culture, art, and music programming to showcase the best of Erie.

We felt it was more important to have the largest fireworks display of the summer in celebration of Independence Day on July 3 at Lights Over Lake Erie. If you still want to see fireworks that weekend, the Erie SeaWolves will feature fireworks at UPMC Park following their 7:05 p.m. game on Saturday, August 17. Check out for more information.

My company wants to sponsor CelebrateErie. How can we do that?
Absolutely! CelebrateErie wouldn’t happen without our sponsors. Check out our sponsor page and fill out an application. We’ll be in touch shortly.

I have an opinion about CelebrateErie. Who can I tell?
Please let us know! Contact us. Our team will read every message.