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City spotlight: Erie, PA

Photo By: Trip Advisory


Stephanie Caven

As new students at Penn State Behrend, you probably don't know cool places to visit. When coming from all sorts of different areas, Erie might seem like a small boring town, but what you may find out might be shocking. Erie is a great central hub for many fun festivals and community events; each week and month brings new functions that are fun for all ages. The rich culture that surrounds Erie also lends itself to a new and exciting variety of food. 

If you are a fan of Bubble Tea, check out Andora's Bubble Tea shop on the corner of State Street in Perry Square. They have fun flavors like Bubble Lemonade and Starburst. If you aren't a fan of tea and need coffee to fill the void in your soul, Pressed or Ember+Forge are very popular with the locals. Pressed also offers a small bookstore that you can wander freely while you sip on a delicious cup of coffee. 

Are you looking for a little more excitement? Round1 is a new arcade that caters to more than just kids. With a fully stocked bar and only 21+ allowed after 11 PM,  Round1 makes a super fun spot to meet up with friends and play some arcade games. You can even slide on some bowling shoes and bowl a few rounds with their complete bowling alley on the second floor. For adult nightlife fun, Coconut Joe's or Docksiders offers a great atmosphere to dance the night away.

Facebook gives users opportunities to find local events as well, if you open the Events tab, you will probably be overwhelmed with the number of festivities taking place all month long. This month, and all Fall, Sissons' Pumpkin Patch offers pumpkin picking, corn mazes, obstacle courses, hayrides, and so much more! If corn mazes aren't your thing, Inner Balance Pilates is having an open house event on Sunday, September 22nd. Take a few minutes to search through the local events tab, and you will be sure to find something to do.


While fall usually means the start of chilly weather, it also means the start of football and marching band season. Every weekend until Halloween, local high school marching bands compete at different schools, so, If you like music, this would be a fun way to support local musicians and students. 

Everyone likes to do different things, thankfully, Erie offers many fun and diverse opportunities for everyone to enjoy themselves. Take the time to find something you haven't tried before.