Church Picnics – 2013 Northeast Pennsylvania

2012 Sacred Heart of Jesus picnic in Dupont, Pa.

Church picnics have a long history in our part of Pennsylvania. They bring communities together and give an important boost to neighborhood churches. Each local parish has dozens, sometimes hundreds of committee members and volunteers that make these events happens. Visit these picnics and support good people. There performances by local bands most nights.

Explore the event when you get there, often there is a main food tent offering typical fare. Burgers, hot dogs, french fries. Wandering around you can find the specialty stands that focus on one delicacy, potato pancakes, clams, and dishes from one or more ethnic groups active in the parish.

Fried Potato Pancakes
Potato Pancakes, Fried by the thousands at church picnics across Northeast Pa.

The Scranton Diocese is rich with ethnic churches. Check out the parish websites through the links below to find out if the picnic features Mexican, Polish, Italian, Lithuanian, Irish, or other traditional favorites.

Note that some of the links below take you to the parish website if possible. when there is no information about the parish picnic on their site I link to the Google map I created to support this post. Onomahuna!

JULY 2013

25, 26, 27 –– Our Lady of Fatima, Wilkes-Barre, Holy Redeemer High School parking lot, South Pennsylvania Ave MAP

26, 27, 28 –– St. Maria Goretti, Laflin, church grounds & hall (Laflin Road)

“Great homemade food: Porketta, Pigs-In-The-Blanket, Clam Chowder, Haluski, Pierogies, Potato Pancakes and Sausage & Peppers”

26, 27, 28 –– Christ the King, Archbald, St. Mary Church grounds, Betty& Main Sts., Eynon

26, 27, 28 –– St. Joseph’s Center, Scranton, Marywood University campus 

The St. Joseph’s Festival is more than a picnic. Local TV personalities promote the great work done by the staff and volunteers at the center. If you are in the area tune in to WNEP-TV Channel 16 for daily updates. Through the hard work of the station staff the St. Joseph’s Festival is the highlight of the summer. Follow Go Joe 16.


1, 2, 3 –– Our Lady of the Snows, Clarks Summit, St. Benedict Church grounds, Newton Ransom Blvd., Newton Ransom Township.

1, 2, 3 –– Sacred Heart of Jesus, Dupont, church grounds (215 Lackawanna Ave, Dupont, Pa)

“The food offerings includes pierogi, golombki (pigs in the blanket), halushki, kielbasi, and placki (potato pancakes).  Pizza, hot dogs, and sausage are also part of the venue.  The men and women of the parish prepare the ethnic foods.”  Source –

1, 2, 3 –– St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Wilkes-Barre, St. Aloysius Church grounds, Barney & Division Sts

2, 3 –– Our Lady of Victory, Tannersville, church grounds (Cherry Lane Road)

8, 9, 10 –– St. John the Evangelist, Pittston, church grounds (Church & Broad sts.) and Seton Auditorium

9, 10, 11 –– SS. Anthony & Rocco, Dunmore, St. Rocco Church grounds, 122 Kurtz St. (Bunker Hill section)

9, 10, 11 –– St. Jude’s, Mountain Top, church grounds/grove (420 S. Mountain Boulevard)

“The picnic includes food, music, a raffle of cash prizes, games for children & an open-pit chicken BBQ on Sunday.” From “In Your Neighborhood”

9, 10, 11 –– St. John the Baptist, Larksville, church grounds (126 Nesbitt St.)

16, 17, 18 –– Blessed Sacrament, Throop, parish grounds & hall (215 Rebecca St.)

17 –– St. Juliana’s, Rock Lake, church grounds, Route 247-N (Creamton Drive)

17, 18 –– Queen of Heaven (St. Mauro Festival), Hazleton, parish grounds (750 North Vine St.)

23, 24, 25 –– Prince of Peace, Old Forge, St. Lawrence Church grounds, 620 S. Main St., Old Forge

September 2013

13,14,15 — St. Paul Parish Block Party, 1510 Penn Ave, Scranton, Pa

Please send any pictures you have of these picnics. I will include them in a slide show and next years list.


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