Kayaking, SUPs, Tubes and More

Enjoy the Battle of the Bands from an inner tube, SUP (standup paddleboard), from your own watercraft or just hang out on the dike from 11 - 7 on Saturday. This event is a new cornerstone of Wally Lake Fest.

Ride for the Lake

Come out and show support for Wallenpaupack Watershed as you Ride for the Lake. This 41 mile motorcycle ride is a great way to celebrate the big lake.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Wally Lake Fest is about the celebration of this wonderful region. Hike along the picturesque Lake Wallenpaupack Nature Trail, take a scenic boat tour or relax with beautiful vistas at one of the great restaurants in our area.

Saturday evening kicks off with the Wallenpaupack Area High School marching band concert in the courtyard and free ice cream followed by shopping, music and more.

Wally Lake Fest is great fun for the whole family. From the pirate ship bounce house to the children author readings to the open market fair and much more in between, Children and adults alike will have a great time.


Wally Lake Fest 2018: The Place for Outdoor Adventure

Wally Lake Fest 2018: The Place for Outdoor Adventure

Wally Lake Fest: August 24-26, 2018

Hawley, PA. July 5, 2018. Wally Lake Fest is an annual event celebrating beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack and the surrounding lake region. The last weekend in August promises endless fun for people of all ages with exciting activities and events scheduled throughout August 24th through the 26th.

Since Wally Lake Fest honors the “big” lake’s natural scenic beauty and the many recreational opportunities it provides from boating to biking, there will be an abundance of outdoor adventures residents and visitors can participate in.  The great thing about these activities is people don’t have to be athletes to take part in them because there is something for everyone with all skill levels. The most important thing is to have a blast while doing them. Some of these fun outdoor adventures happen right on the lake or beach, while others venture farther out into the lake’s surrounding area.

Whether bike riding or enjoying sailboat rides, outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to three days of enjoying all that Wally Lake Fest has to offer. There will be a Motorcycle “Ride for the Lake” with a 41 mile ride around the lake, Stand Up Paddleboard and Kayak Demos with on and in-water trials, Wallypalooza with live music ON the lake on top of a floating stage, Sailboat Rides, a Sailboat Regatta Race featuring the Paupack Sailing Club, a Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor Show, an Open Market Fair, a Tour De Towpath Bike Ride, and much more!

To make it possible for people to get the most out of their Wally Lake Fest experience, multiple free shuttle buses will run throughout the weekend, making a variety of stops. Due to the strong demand last year – more buses have been added this year. So park your car once and take the free shuttle around to the many different activities.

Wally Lake Fest is proudly hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina and Settlers Hospitality Group.

For more detailed information, pick up a Wally Lake Fest brochure at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and other area businesses. The brochure (which will be available the beginning of August) lists the complete schedule of events for the entire weekend. Additional details and daily updates are posted on the website, http://www.wallylakefest.com, and the Facebook page, so be sure to check it out at http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.

Wally Lake Fest Aug. 24th-26th 2018

Wally Lake Fest is back for another outstanding year! 2018 will mark the 9th year for the festival and we want, nay, need you to be a part of it!

Coming off of the strongest year yet for Wally Lake Fest, 2018 is poised to be even better, let’s just be sure to keep thoughts of wonderful weather ever-present.

Our goal is to embrace the area’s pristine natural beauty and fun atmosphere, as well as provide opportunity for local business to showcase products and services, stimulate tourism and strengthen the community.

Wally Lake Fest continues to grow, and as a marketing-focused committee, we specialize in leveraging our sponsorship dollars in the most effective way possible through online advertising, social media, billboards, posters, brochures and more.

If you would like to participate in the weekend via sponsorship, hosting an event, decorating your boat in the parade, keeping your store open late on Saturday night, a table at the Open Market Fair, facilitating an outdoor experience, or anything else you can think of please complete one of the attached forms or contact us at info@wallylakefest.com or give us a call at 570-226-2141.

We’ll see you at the lake!
Presented by the Downtown Hawley Partnership

Your Wally Lake Fest Quick Reference Guide!

Here are some insights from an 8 year veteran of enjoying Wally Lake Fest!  One of the BIGGEST festivals in the Pocono Mountains!

  1. What is going on during Wally Lake Fest???
    • You can download the full Wally Lake Fest brochure and print it out at home.
    • You can find every event listed on our website for FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY.
    • You can pick up a brochure at the visitor’s center when you arrive to WLF, and there’s some at every shuttle stop, local businesses, the vendor fairs and beyond.
    • Facebook has every event listed and will post a “heads up” just prior to the start of each event.
  2. I heard the Boat Parade was cancelled, what’s that mean?
    • While the Boat Parade was a signature event of the festival, it wont have a big impact on your ability to enjoy Wally Lake Fest.  At just one, short event across a weekend there are 60 other listed events around town to enjoy.  AND Wallypalooza will still be taking place on the floating stage right in front of the Tafton Dike all day long!
    • If you’re interested in entering a boat in next year’s Boat Parade we ask that you shout it from the roof tops and let us know early on.  It was a seeming lack of participation that led us (and our great sponsor Chant Realty) to cancel the event for this year.
  3. Where can I park and get around?
    • Glad you asked.  There are plenty of designated parking areas around the festival.  Try the High School, or the Brookfield Environmental Learning Center, or head downtown into Hawley, or over at the Hawley Silk Mill.  Our FREE shuttle buses are running all day Saturday and Sunday till 5.  Check out the Wally Lake Fest brochure for designated parking areas, shuttle bus stops and shuttle schedule!
  4. What else?
    • Wear sunscreen… dont look directly at the sun (I think we all learned that this week)… There will be food vendors around, but we recommend you stop by one of our MANY MANY WONDERFUL local restaurants in the area from The Dock to The Boathouse to Gresham’s to Downtown Hawley for lunch and dinner!  Stop at Gresham’s Ice Cream shop, or head down to Cocoon at the Silk Mill for incredible coffee!
    • You CAN buy an official Wally Lake Fest T-shirt this year, sold for $10 in the Visitor’s center!! And you can pick up a FREE WallyLakeFest sticker anywhere you can find them! 
  5. Please please please check out our sponsors!  If not for them we couldn’t organize and promote this great event year after year.  A special shout out to Lighthouse Harbor Marina, Silver Birches, Resorts and Lodges, and New Wave Marina among so many others.
  6. Most importantly, none of this would happen without the support and hosting of the Downtown Hawley Partnership!  Wally Lake Fest isn’t the only event hosted by them, check out Hawley Harvest Hoedown in October, Hawley Winterfest in December, and Hawley Earthfest in April!

We’ll see you ON THE LAKE!

Wally Lake Fest Teaser

Check out this little teaser for Wally Lake Fest – and make sure you follow us on FACEBOOK, TWITTER and INSTAGRAM to keep up to date with everything Wally Lake Fest!!!

A Family Affair: A Wally Lake Fest for All Ages

Wally Lake Fest is three days of fun, sun, sand and water on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack and the surrounding region. From August 25th through the 27th, people of all ages attend the weekend-long event celebrating the third largest man-made lake in the state and all its 52 miles of shoreline has to offer.

[View our Wally Lake Fest long-form interview on ECTV Live!]

The action packed festival gives people the opportunity to have fun out on the water and enjoy themselves on dry land.  Wally Lake Fest is the perfect way to spend the last summer weekend together as a family before back to school and the Labor Day holiday. Who says summer can’t last just a little bit longer? On Lake Wally, it can!

This August marks the eighth year and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. The party gets started on Friday with a variety of live music at the local restaurants and pubs as well as a comedic play at the local playhouse. The live entertainment continues throughout the weekend.

The thrilling festival continues with fanfare on Saturday and Sunday. Some of the exciting activities planned include an open market fair, a motorcycle ride, a bike ride, kayak and standup paddleboard demos, various artisan and craft fairs, a beer tasting, live music on a floating stage, a boat, watercraft and outdoor show, free tastings of local cheeses, train rides, a boat parade, sailboat rides, a sailboat regatta race, a kids activity zone complete with face painting, kids tattoos, balloons and more, a car cruise, plenty of shopping, an ice cream social with homemade ice cream, several contests and much more.

Wally Lake Fest is a non-stop adventure in the Lake Region with a plethora of activities for the young and young at heart. Gather the family and spend the weekend on Lake Wallenpaupack, whether you live locally or are visiting the scenic area for the day or the entire weekend!

To make it possible for people to get the most out of their Wally Lake Fest experience, multiple free shuttle buses will run throughout the weekend, making a variety of stops. On Saturday, FREE shuttle buses will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, busses run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wally Lake Fest is proudly hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina and supported by dozens more!

Wally Lake Fest 2017 Brochure

Wally Lake Fest 2017 Brochure

Our Wally Lake Fest 2017 Brochure is off to the printers and will soon be available at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitor’s Center and all around town. Can’t wait? You can take a sneak peek right now online to see the line up for 2017. Click here to check out all the fun this year’s festivities will hold including Wallypalooza, the Boat Parade, Ride for the Lake, Craft & Vendor Fairs, Boat & Outdoor Show, Live Music all over town, a Free Shuttle Bus and more!

Calling All Sponsors and Events for Wally Lake Fest 2017

Help Support the Biggest Festival Celebrating the Lake!

The Wally Lake Fest committee would like to remind all businesses, non-profits and individuals that the deadline for new event and sponsorship forms for the 8th Annual Wally Lake Fest is just around the corner. An exciting line-up is planned for the weekend and all sponsors who want to help make this year’s Wally Lake Fest a success should have their forms sent in by May 15, 2017.

The committee’s goal is to create another weekend full of events that embrace the natural beauty and fun atmosphere of the Lake Region as well as provide opportunities for local businesses to showcase their products and services, stimulate tourism and strengthen the community.

For the past seven years, Wally Lake Fest brought thousands of local residents and visitors to Lake Wallenpaupack and the surrounding area.  The festival celebrates the end of summer in the Lake Region in a unique way with something for everyone. Wally Lake Fest calls for sun, sand, water, shades, sunscreen and everything else that signifies enjoyable outdoor summer events, so let’s hope for a rain free weekend!

There are many entertaining activities planned with plenty of new and exciting developing events. The committee and everyone else involved are hoping for a highly successful weekend. This wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of the local sponsors. It’s not too late to support a great festival!

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Looking to be a vendor at one of our open market fairs?  Applications below:

Vendor Application – @ Lake Wallenpaupack Visitor’s Center

Vendor Application – @ Wallenpaupack Area High School


Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter; or call 570.226.2141 for more information!
We’ll see YOU on the lake!

Wally Lake Fest 2017! Get Ready

That’s right, we’re back and better than ever!  Coming off of the most spectacular year we’ve had, meaning we saw an incredible number of people come out and experience the event, we had sunshine galore and we had more events than ever to keep everyone entertained and enjoying our great region.

The dates are set.

Mark your calendars.

August 25 – 26 – 27, 2017.

The 7th Annual Wally Lake Fest!!!


Wally Lake Fest

Wally Lake Fest Weekend is Finally Upon us in the Pocono Mountains!

Here we are, the 8th annual Pocono Festival has finally reached us.  My how fast a year goes by.  Here is a pertinent information recap for your traveling needs.








  • Shuttle buses will be running Saturday and Sunday
  • Saturday will have 2 routes, from the north end to downtown
  • Sunday will have 1 route just in the north end
  • View map for details and parking assistance
  • There will be brochures at the Visitor’s center, many vendor booths, at every bus stop and you’ll be able to find an insert in the NewsEagle as well that gives a high level overview of the weekend.
  • Many of these events are FREE!!!! for the public, some things have a minimal charge, but get out there and enjoy.  We’re so happy to have you.
  • Check us out on facebook for constant updates, twitter too, OH YEAH and we’re on instagram too because we’re really cool.
  • Last, but not least, please please please check out our sponsors, this couldn’t be possible without their support.

ENJOY THE WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wally Lake Fest 2016: Live Music and Activities all Weekend Long

Wally Lake Fest 2016: Live Music and Activities all Weekend Long
Wally Lake Fest: August 26-28, 2016
Hawley, PA. August 15, 2016. It’s nearly here. Wally Lake Fest is just days away and people are anticipating three days of non-stop fun and adventure.
The festival is one of the biggest events in the Pocono Mountains. It prolongs summer fun before back to school and the busy Labor Day holiday weekend.
 If you love live music, you won’t want to miss what’s planned this year. The 7th annual festival kicks off on Friday, August 26th with an evening of music and entertainment around the lake and in downtown Hawley.
The lakeside restaurants will have music and of all genres, food and fun. Immerse yourself in the Hawaiian spirit during The Dock at Silver Birches Lakeside Luau from 4 to 9 p.m. with Hawaiian décor, music from Gone Crazy and a hula competition at 5 p.m. with prizes from Kona Brewing Company.  People can also head over to the Boat House Restaurant for an Evening Concert Series with Sachi Rodriguez from 5 to 8 p.m. on the deck and then Porter and Sayles from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
In Hawley, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Settlers Inn’s on Main Avenue is featuring their popular Jazz on the Deck. There will be live jazz music with Spencer and Nancy Reed Quartet performing from 6 to 9 p.m Reservations are strongly suggested for the meal, which includes a special BBQ menu buffet for $39. Cocktail service is available in the garden. There is no cover charge for the music. Beginning at 8 p.m., in the Boiler Room at the Hawley Silk Mill, Harmony Presents brings you Seth Glier and his accompaniment with multi-instrumentalist Joe Nerney. Tickets are $19 in advance and $22 general admission. In addition, at 8 p.m., The Ritz Company Playhouse on Keystone Street is showing “Amorous Ambassador”. Lake Wallenpaupack is a popular attraction and each season it draws numerous people to the Lake Region. The sparkling waters provide an endless amount of water activities from swimming to parasailing and boating to fishing. But these are not the only activities that can be done on the lake.
You can also listen to live music right ON the water. That’s right—Wallypalooza takes place on Saturday August 27th. Three bands will perform throughout the day on a floating stage in front of the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and the Tafton Dike.  From 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gone Crazy performs, 2:30-5:30 p.m.; Harkland and from 5:30-8 p.m.; The May Babies. This free event allows people to listen to live music as they participate in the festivities happening around the lake.
The entertainment continues throughout Saturday evening in downtown Hawley with a Car Cruise in the Dime Bank parking area and Keystone Street from 4 to 8 p.m. featuring DJ Ricky Z.  From 6 to 7 p.m., students from the Wallenpaupack High School Marching Band entertain in the AMSkier Insurance Agency gazebo during the popular Ice Cream Social with homemade ice cream provided by Coutts. Beginning at 8 p.m., Harmony Presents is excited to welcome Ari Hest, with piano, guitar, strings and thoughtful lyrics. The tickets are $19 in advance and $22 at the door. Also on Saturday, the Ritz is showing their comedy at 8 p.m. and Paulie Knakk performs at The Dock at Silver Birches 9 p.m. to midnight.
As the festival trickles to an end on Sunday, August 28th, the live entertainment still continues at The Dock at Silver Birches from 3 to 6 p.m. with The Pick-Up Artists, Serene Green at The Boathouse from 5 to 8 p.m., and Blues, Brews & BBQ at Glass—Wine. Bar. Kitchen at Ledges Hotel from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy music by the Scott Weis Band, BBQ dishes and local craft beer samples. The beer and BBQ is $32.50 per person. There is no cover charge for just the music.
Head to the Big Lake for Wally Lake Fest to see what all of the buzz is about and don’t miss out on the biggest festival of the summer! To make it possible for people to get the most out of their Wally Lake Fest experience, multiple free shuttle buses will run throughout the weekend, making a variety of stops. On Saturday, three buses will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, two will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wally Lake Fest is proudly hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina.
For more information, pick up a Wally Lake Fest brochure available at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and other area businesses. The brochure lists the complete schedule of events for the entire weekend.

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