The summer may be winding down, but there’s still time for one more big bash and Carbondale is just the place to do it.
Carbondale’s annual Pioneer Nights festival will be held Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 16-19, 5-11 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday — though some vendors will be open for lunch — and 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday.
The schedule looks like this:
• On Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m., performing on the big stage will be the Chris Mullineaux Experience. On Thursday, Aug. 17, Wanna Bees will start at 7 p.m., take a break at 9 for a performance by the Red Dragon Fire Show, and then start up again about 9:45.
• Also on Thursday, the Chamber Art Gallery in the Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce building will unveil a new exhibit from 4-9 p.m.: Sonia Munson selling Ink Art note cards and Ink Art objects and Lou Shapiro selling note cards and art print. An opening reception for “The Color Ink Drawings of Lou Shapiro” will be held Friday, 4-9 p.m. Admission is free
• On Friday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m., Lynnette’s Twirlerettes will perform, then at 7 there’ll be a rockin’ set by Daddy O and the Sax Maniacs. They’ll take a break at 8:30 for a performance by Anatolia Fire Goddess and then Daddy-O will be back for another set.
Saturday, Aug. 19, will be the big day, with plenty happening up and down Main Street.
• Antiques in the Park will be open for business 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Memorial Park, featuring more than 30 art and antique dealers. Live music will be playing from a nearby roof.
• Carriage rides will begin at 1 p.m.
• You can get your antiques appraised from 1 to 4 p.m.
• You can have your photo taken with the vintage International Harvester pick-up truck
• You can get a tarot card reading from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• At about 11:30 a.m., a Steamtown Heritage Explorer Train Excursion will arrive at the Carbondale station that has travelled up the D&H right-of-way from the Steamtown National Historical Site in Scranton. The passengers will enjoy the festival until the train departs for the homeward journey at 2:30 p.m.
• The Carbondale Public Library will have a book and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will also be holding a basket raffle.
• Touch-a-Truck, a display of many different styles of heavy equipment, trucks and emergency vehicles for kids of all ages will be on display at City Hall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• The Pioneer Nights Parade will step off at 6 p.m. and make its way around the downtown.
• On stage that evening is Mace in Dickson, starting at 7 p.m.