Thank for theater, dancing, comedy, music and more entertainment in the Erie area



We can all be thankful this week that entertainment has returned to the Erie region after all of the COVID-19 cancellations of 2020.

The next feast of entertainment includes theatrical productions, the Festival of Trees, “The Nutcracker”, Ana Gasteyer and more including Sharks.

Here’s some of what’s happening in the region as November draws to a close and we look to December and beyond. The list is not complete. We couldn’t get everything here, so be sure to check out for more.

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To note: It’s always a good idea to check with organizers ahead of time to make sure an event is still taking place and to find out what COVID-19 measures are in place.

Fall / winter events

“Sharks: Assignment with Brian Skerry”: Until January 30, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive. National Geographic exhibit organized by the Tom Ridge Environmental Center Foundation. To free. 814-833-7424,

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Medieval Festival Dinner Theater: November 27-28 and December 3-5, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Peek’n Peak Resort, 1405 Olde Road, near Findley Lake, New York. The Riverside Players present a performance and a meal. $ 65. 716-355-4141,

“Funny Money”: November 27 and December 3, 4, 10, 11, 7:30 p.m., and November 28 and December 5, 12, 3:00 p.m., All An Act Theater, 652 W. 17th St. Production of the British farce by Ray Cooney. Proceeds from November 27 will benefit the Community Shelter Services Christmas Campaign. $ 15 for adults, $ 12 for people aged 55 and over and for students, $ 5 for ages 6 to 11. 814-450-8553, 814-449-6554,

Visitors look at the decorated trees on display on November 29, 2019, during the St. Vincent Tree Festival at the Bayfront Convention Center.

Festival of Trees: November 26 and 27, 9 am-8pm, and November 28, 9 am-5pm, Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier. See over 80 holiday trees decorated by local artists, plus the interactive Santa Claus Castle, Teddy Bear Clinic, and Reindeer Experience. $ 10 for over 12s, $ 6 for ages 2 to 12 and free for the youngest; additional charges apply for face painting, train rides and raffle tickets.

Holiday fun: Festival of the Trees returns to an in-person event at Erie’s Bayfront Convention Center

Light Up Night: November 27, 6 p.m., Gibson Park and Heard Park, Northeast. Lights and twinkling lights; parade featuring Santa Claus on a fire truck, the Northeastern High School Marching Band and more; live reindeer; to sing; outdoor movie; fire; lighting a 40 foot Christmas tree. Free to attend. 814-725-4262,

“The Nutcracker”: November 27 at 7 p.m. and November 28 at 2 p.m. Mercyhurst University’s Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, 501 E 38th St. The Erie Contemporary Ballet Theater presents its 7th annual production of the classic celebrates over 100 actors and the Erie Philharmonic, directed by Matthew Kraemer, offering live music for both performances. $ 20 to $ 45. 814-824-3000,

Ana Gasteyer’s “Sugar & Booze” Tour in the MIAC Live Series: November 30, 7:30 p.m., Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst University, 501 E. 38th St. screen, “Saturday Night Live” and accomplished singer with her group performs songs from her new holiday album, “Sugar & Booze”. $ 20 to $ 45. 814-824-3000,

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Victorian holidays: December 2 and 4, 10 am-5pm; Dec 3, 10 am-8pm; and December 5, noon to 5 p.m. Watson-Curtze Mansion, 356 W. Sixth St. Holiday market December 3-5 with local vendors. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted for Toys for Tots. Free entry. 814-454-1813,

“Sweet Tea and Christmas Trees”: December 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:30 pm and December 5 and 12 at 2 pm, Meadville Community Theater, Odd Fellows Building, 400 N. Main Street, Meadville. Production of the sequel to “Sweet Tea and Baby Dreams” by local playwright Maribeth McCarthy. $ 13 for adults, $ 11 for seniors and students over 13; $ 10 to watch a recording after the show is broadcast. 814-333-1773,

Disney on Ice: February 3 and 4, 7 pm, and February 5 and 6, noon and 4 pm, Erie Insurance Arena, 809 French Street Introducing “Into the Magic” featuring Disney characters. 814-452-4857,

Gordon Lightfoot Concert: February 5, 8 pm, Warner Theater, 811 State St. Concert by the legendary singer-songwriter and musician whose catalog includes “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”. Postponed from August 14. $ 57 to $ 73. 814-452-4857,

Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr. in the MIAC Live series: March 26, 6:30 p.m., Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst University, 501 E. 38th St. Odom, an award-winning singer, songwriter, songwriter and actor, performs songs from her vacation albums and more. Reprogrammed from December 6. $ 40- $ 65. 814-824-3000,

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