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Favorite thing: Wilkes-Barre is not an overly exciting place, but the location on the banks of the Susquehanna River and the interesting historical buildings here make it a pleasant stop on your way to somewhere else. Be sure to check out the Luzerne County Court House, the River Common along the edge of the river and the River Street Historic District to the West of the Market Street Bridge by the campus of Wilkes University. There are over 200 historic buildings and it's on the National Register of Historic Places.
Updated Jul 25, 2005
Favorite thing: The Fine Arts Fiesta happens every May in downtown Wilkes Barre on the square where Main and Market Street meet. The festival lasts about a week. The festival has over 50 years of history and features crafts and artwork from artists from around the country!
Local artists that are members of the Wyoming Valley Art League offer an open air exhibit of their selected works which is judged in several catagories.
Great food is everywhere! The local Greek church makes excellent food. (Their sister church in Scranton hold the annual Greek Food Festival, see my tip.) Usually, ethnic Lebanese, Jersey Shore favorites (from actual boardwalk shops) and the famed Nico's Pizza are all present.
There is usually a special board hung somewhere with a schedule of children's activites, from puppet shows to hands-on craft activites.
Wandering jugglers, clowns and musicians can be found inbetween artist's tents around the square.
Pets welcome, but do respect others and the artists' works!
Please do not eat over someone's artwork and keep dogs and other pets out of their display tents.
Updated Jun 14, 2005