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.

Win $1000 in the Boat Parade

Hosted by Chant Realty, decorate your boat for the boat parade, show off for the thousands of spectators and maybe you will come home with $1000!

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 2015: Register Now For These Events


Hawley, PA. July 27, 2015. The 6th Annual Wally Lake Fest is shaping up to be non-stop, action-packed fun August 28th through the 30th. With brand new events and returning favorites on the itinerary, this is a summer celebration that brings people of all ages to beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack, which is the third largest lake in the state, and the surrounding Lake Region.

This is a unique part of the Pocono Mountains with no shortage of things to do including boating, fishing, swimming and parasailing on the lake as well as hiking, antiquing, dining, shopping, exploring and sight-seeing around every corner. The festival brings all of these elements together and adds even more excitement to the mix with more lake activities from a boat parade and sailboat rides to live music right on the lake on top of a floating stage and canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard demonstrations.

Some events require advance registration such as the Boat Parade, Tour de Towpath Bike Ride, and the Motorcycle “Ride for the Lake.” Wally Lake Fest is exactly a month away so sign up now to secure your spot!

The Boat Parade is one of the most anticipated events during Wally Lake Fest as people get creative and decorate their boats in a variety of fun themes and styles. The parade takes place on Saturday, August 29th. Participants enter their boat to win prizes for “best dressed.” The first prize winner receives $1,000. Trophies and other prizes are also awarded.  Registration is free and anyone interested in entering should call (570) 226-4518.  Spectators can watch these decked out boats as they parade around the lake. The parade route is mapped out in the Wally Lake Fest brochure. Boats assemble at Shuman’s Point around 11:30 a.m. and arrive at the Tafton Dike at approximately 2 p.m.

For those who prefer to stay on dry land, the Tour de Towpath Bike Ride may be the event for you! It’s another activity people enjoy participating in. On Sunday, August 30th, the Tour de Towpath runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The bike ride begins at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and continues along a beautiful route to the historic Zane Grey Museum on the scenic Lackawaxen River.  This is an approximate 16 to 32 mile road ride. Cyclists can choose a self-guided ride or leave with the group at 10 a.m. Shuttle service is available from the museum or people can ride back. Shuttle service is $10. Bike rentals are available for $35. People can pre-register or sign up the day of the event beginning at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to register, call (570) 352-3444.

See beautiful views of the Big Lake from a motorcycle while supporting an important cause! The Motorcycle “Ride for the Lake” takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants are asked to meet at the Wallenpaupack Area High School for an expanded 41 mile motorcycle ride around the lake. The event benefits the non-profit Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District, which studies the lake and protects it from pollution. Maps and registration are available on the Wally Lake Fest website or by calling (570) 226-3865.

These events fill up fast! Pre-register now and don’t miss out on these fun lake activities!

To make it possible for people to get the most out of their Wally Lake Fest experience, free shuttle buses will run on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. So park your car once and take free shuttles all day.

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. Additional details and daily updates are posted on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.

Wally Lake Fest 2015: The Place for Outdoor Adventure

Hawley, PA. July 16, 2015. Wally Lake Fest is an annual event celebrating beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack and the surrounding lake region. Haiti . The last weekend in August promises endless fun for people of all ages with exciting activities and events scheduled throughout August 28th through the 30th.

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, Canoe, Stand Up Paddleboard and Kayak Demos with on and in-water trials, Wallypalooza (formerly called Battle of the Bands) 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 Boat Parade, 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, free shuttle buses will run on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with stops at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, Gresham’s Landing, the Wallenpaupack High School and the Environmental Learning Center. 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.

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


Download the 2015 Brochure Here

EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it.  The new 2015 brochure is right here in an easy to download and view web-friendly PDF.  Click the images below to download the brochure or just a picture of the map.

Of course, if you don’t want to download the brochure, you can view the entire line up of events across our events pages FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY.

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WLF Maps 2014


Stay tuned, more information coming soon!

Wally Lake Fest 2015: Returning Events

Preparations for this year’s Wally Lake Fest are in full swing. The highly anticipated three-day festival from August 28-30 celebrates ultimate fun on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack as well as in and around the Lake Region with activities and events for people of all ages from boat parades to craft shows and ice cream socials to kayak demonstrations.

This year marks Wally Lake Fest’s sixth year and it’s now widely known as the biggest festival celebrating the Big Lake and the tail end of the summer season.  Residents and visitors flock to the shoreline and glistening waters to participate in the many scheduled water activities and also have a blast on dry land. There are many returning events people look forward to including the open market fair, the boat, watercraft and outdoor show, live music ON the lake, sailboat rides, the boat parade, the tour de towpath bike ride and many others.

On Friday, Wally Lake Fest officially kicks off in a celebratory way as the local restaurants, pubs and other establishments feature a variety of live entertainment including The Settlers Inn, The Boat House Restaurant, Ehrhardt’s Pub, and The Ritz Theater. Live music is also scheduled for the rest of the weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, The Open Market Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center as local artisans and crafters showcase their wares and handmade products from maple syrup to soaps.

Both days, the Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor Expo at the Wallenpaupack Area High School allow boat enthusiasts the opportunity to view beautiful boats, watercraft and ATVs.  People can enjoy vendors and food stands in between browsing.  In addition, many local marinas display some of their products. The show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One of the most popular Wally Lake Fest events is the sailboat rides, which are offered on Saturday. People who always wanted to sail but may not know how to themselves can experience this thrilling sport at Lighthouse Harbor Marina from 1 to 4 p.m.  The lake is appreciated in all its glory as the wind whips the sails and the boats glide through the glistening water.  The sailboats depart approximately every hour for a one hour sail.  Members of the Paupack Sailing Club enthusiastically volunteer their time, boats and skill to give people a one-of-a-kind experience on the lake. Reservations are required and start on July 31st at 10 a.m.   Call the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center at (570) 226-2141. Voice messages are not accepted. Boats fill up quickly so be sure to reserve your spot early!  A $5 donation is asked, which will support the American Red Cross.

The boat parade is another boating event people love whether they enter and decorate their own boat or watch from the shoreline.  Boat registration is free and entrants win fantastic prizes for the best “dressed” boats with the first place winner receiving $1,000. Have fun and get creative! The parade begins around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and spectators can see the boats go past the Dike at approximately 2 p.m.

A returning crowd pleaser is the Battle of the Bands. This event debuted two years ago and was a big hit. On Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., two bands perform right on the water on top of a floating stage near the Dike and Visitors Center. The bands scheduled are Eric Rudy & Friends and Barely Covered. People are invited to drop anchor and listen on the lake from their boats, sit on the Dike while soaking up the sun and tunes or stroll along the walking trail, which spans a mile and a half from the Dike to the dam.

On Sunday, the Tour de Towpath Bike Ride takes off from the Visitors Center for a beautiful 16-32 mile road ride to the Zane Grey Museum along the Lackawaxen River. Shuttle service is provided from Zane Grey or cyclists can bike back.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Visitors Center. People can pre-register or sign up the day of the event.  Bike rentals are available for $35. The shuttle service is $10.

These favorite events and more are making a comeback for another weekend of Wally Lake Fest fun. Be sure not to miss out on these exciting activities!

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

Additional details and daily updates are posted on the Facebook page, so be sure to check it out http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.   Pick up a Wally Lake Fest brochure at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center or other area businesses.

2015 Wally Lake Fest Planning Underway

Hawley PA Lake Fest

The committee has reconvened after a LONG and painful winter (right?! I mean, -35 degrees windchill… it was like an episode of Ice Road Truckers for the better part of February!).  As the doors and windows were sealed shut to keep the frost from coming in for the past 5 months, we see the first inklings of springs upon us.  Thawed lakes.  Rushing streams. The majestic Robin returns.  The mighty Bald Eagle hatches. Wally Lake Fest planning gets under way.

We’re hitting the ground running.

And we’re calling ALL SPONSORS and EVENTS to hop aboard.  Click the links below to download our forms.

As always, feel free to call or write with any questions, concerns, suggestions, stories, or jokes… we love jokes.

Phone: 570-226-2141
Fax: 570-226-2143
Wally Lake Fest 2512 Route 6 Suite 1 Hawley, PA 18428
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All events for Saturday are currently on as scheduled!  for up to the minute updates stay tuned to Facebook.com/wallylakefest

Download the 2014 Brochure

Looking for ALL (save for a couple of  late-entry events) Wally Lake Fest has to offer, from event schedule to bus routes, informative maps, really cool pictures and a kick-ass color scheme?  Look no further, just download this 3.3mb PDF file and you’re all set.



Now, once you download the brochure, it may look a little quirky, all you have to do is set your home printer to “print double sided; flip on long edge” then you can just take the collated papers off your printer, fold them in half long ways and presto – a usable brochure.  If by chance that didn’t work for you, just stop in at the Visitor’s Center, or along the free shuttle route and pick up a copy.

Live Music and Activities all Weekend Long

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 fifth annual festival kicks off on Friday, August 22nd with an evening of music and entertainment around the lake and in downtown Hawley.

The lakeside restaurants will have music of all genres from jazz to rock, food and fun. Immerse yourself in the Hawaiian spirit during Ehrhardt’s Pub’s Lakeside Luau from 4 to 6 p.m. with Hawaiian décor, festive appetizers and drink specials. The Hawaiian theme will last all night, so be sure to stop in anytime. Wally and the Paupacks are set to entertain from 8 to midnight. People can also head over to the Boat House Restaurant for an Evening Concert Series with Tom Rogo on the deck and Jason Hoffman in the bar, where they’ll play for an enthusiastic crowd from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

In Hawley, from 5 to 10 p.m., the Settlers Inn’s on Main Avenue is featuring their popular New Orleans Jazz and BBQ. 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. Specialty cocktails and tastings will be available throughout the evening. Beginning at 8 p.m., The Ritz Company Playhouse on Keystone Street is showing “Merrily We Dance and Sing/ The Naughty Boy”, a funny musical comedy. Also in town, Hotel Belvidere is introducing the Roaring 20s, with dining and music inspired from the 1920s from noon to 10 p.m. People can also enjoy the ambient sounds of local musician Jason Merrill, as he performs at Roots Yoga Studio for a combination of movement and music.

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— Battle of the Bands returns for a third year. On Saturday August 23rd, three bands will perform throughout the day on a floating stage in front of the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and the Tafton Dike. From 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., local favorites Blue London, Tribes, and Merchants of Groove bring the music out of the restaurants and pubs and onto the lake, the source of the celebration. 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 5 to 9 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 7:30 p.m. inside the Boiler Room in the Hawley Silk Mill, Harmony Presents is excited to introduce Jason Myles Goss, a captivating artist whose style is comparable to Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams and The Wallflowers. This intimate performance is $16 in advance and $20 at the door. Cocoon Coffee House caters wine, beer and snacks at the show. In addition, Roaring 20s is at Hotel Belvidere and The Ritz is showing their comedy.

Up at the lake, Nichole Granville Duo will play tunes in the Boat House Restaurant and Harkland at Ehrhardt’s Pub.


On Sunday, August 24th, live music kicks off from noon to 4 p.m. during The Boat House Restaurant’s New England Clambake N Brew. Enjoy big pots of steamers, corn on the cob, potatoes, brews and a live music duo.

Head down to the Palmyra Twp Beach for the HIGH-OCTANE BEACH PARTY sponsored by ROCK SCHOOL.  12 to 1 pm Stan – playing all you favorite classic rock from 60s 70s & 80s;  1:15 to 2:15 East Coast Rockers – AC/DC , Guns & Roses, Motley Crue, Jackyl, Living Color, Mr Big & more;  2:30 to 3:30 Skin n Bones – The bad boys from Scranton PA doing their pure raw dirty Rock & Roll original sound; 4 to 5:15  Northeast PAs Militia – celebrating 21 years of high octane Rock n Roll!

As the festival trickles to an end, the entertainment still continues. Close the festival out in style at Ledges Hotel for Blues, Brews & BBQ. From 4 to 10 p.m., the deck at Glass-Wine.Bar.Kitchen is the scenic site of delicious BBQ style food, specialty cocktails, sample tastings from Stoudts Brewery and music provided by The Merchants of Groove. Reservations are suggested.

Jason Hoffman plays at The Boathouse Restaurant from 5 to 8 p.m. and the Ritz Playhouse features its final showing of “Merrily We Dance and Sing/ The Naughty Boy”.

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, free shuttle buses will run on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. So park your car once and take free shuttles all day.

Park Once and Hop Aboard the Shuttle

Wally Lake Fest 2014: Park Once and Hop Aboard the Shuttle

Hawley, PA. August 4, 2014. The fifth annual Wally Lake Fest is just a couple of weeks away and local residents and visitors are looking forward to celebrating the good times of summer on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack with many activities from free sailboat rides and a boat parade to an open market fair and a tour de towpath bike ride.

Wally Lake Fest takes place August 22nd through the 24th. Families and friends attend the action packed event celebrating this scenic lake and all it has to offer. The festival gives people the opportunity to have a blast out on the water and on dry land. It’s also an ideal way to spend the last summer weekend together before back to school and the Labor Day holiday.

With many events offered at different locations, festival-goers may wonder how they can easily make it from one to the next without concerning themselves with searching for parking spots at each place. While a variety of activities are within walking distance of each other, there are some that require a short drive.

To make it possible for people to get the most out of their experience, free shuttle buses will run on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is a convenient new service, which allows people to park their car once as the free shuttle bus brings them around to many of the event locations. The route includes stops at these prime locations along Route 6: the PPL Environmental Learning Center, the Wallenpaupack High School, the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, Gresham’s Landing, the Hawley Silk Mill, the Lock 31 Canal Festival and various locations throughout downtown Hawley.

Take advantage of this free shuttle and don’t miss any of the fantastic events planned!

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