City of Erie announces dates, presenting sponsors for CelebrateErie; vendor/performer applications open

Mayor Joe Schember, on Thursday, March 23, announced that Erie’s marquee summer festival, CelebrateErie, will return to downtown Erie, Aug. 18 to Aug. 20. The presenting sponsors for this year’s event will once again be Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and AHN Saint Vincent Hospital.

“Kudos to the City of Erie and all those involved in this event,” said Jim Teed, Highmark’s Vice President of Sales for Pennsylvania Regional Markets. “There is truly something for everyone – whether it’s music, visual art, culture, or food. It’s a great time for family, for friends and for community – that’s why Highmark is happy to be part of the event.”

According to Dr. Chris Clark, President and CEO of AHN Saint Vincent Hospital, “The arts have a profound effect on our bodies – reducing stress, increasing dopamine – the feel-good hormone, getting our bodies moving, even easing depression. Be sure to get yourself and your loved ones out to enjoy this great event.”

Some of the returning features at CelebrateErie include:

  • The Police Athletic League Basketball Tournament, Three-Point Contest, Cornhole Tournament.
  • Local food vendors, including food trucks, will fill Perry Square.
  • Our rich cultural diversity will be highlighted in the Marketplace area with local artists, performers, and vendors.
  • The chalkwalk, one of our most popular attractions, will cover State Street with art.
  • Local acts will perform on three stages; The Perry Square stage, the Family District stage in East Perry Square, and the Living Room stage on State Street. Our main stage, located at Fourth Street, will feature a diverse mix of exciting music with broad appeal. An announcement about the CelebrateErie headliners will be made later this spring.

City officials are ready to show off the best of Erie during CelebrateErie. According to Events Manager, Adrienne Nannen, “Our application portal for local artisan, business, food vendors, musicians, and performers is now open. To apply, please visit

“To me, summer isn’t summer without CelebrateErie’s concerts, chalkwalk, local artisans, musicians, food vendors, and the opportunity to walk around and talk with so many City of Erie residents,” said Mayor Joe Schember on Thursday. “We love showing off Erie to visitors to the region, as well as our friends and neighbors across northwest Pennsylvania and the tri-state area.”

On March 23, 2023, at a CelebrateErie news conference, shown from left to right: Dr. Chris Clark, President of AHN Saint Vincent Hospital; Jim Teed, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Vice President of Sales for Pennsylvania Regional Markets; Mayor Joseph Schember, Adrienne Nannen, the City of Erie’s Events Manager. PHOTO BY MONICA Z. GUSTIN
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