Scranton is a city of all seasons, as its springs are relatively warm, hitting high fifties by late April, and its summers somewhat temperate, with highs above 85 rather rare.  Winter drops into the teens throughout most of January and February, however, and March is not all that much warmer than December; so if you are coming to Scranton during this time of year, be prepared for fifty inches of snowfall over the course of its three winter months.

Much of this destination’s outdoor sports and leisure activities are seasonal—just as you wouldn’t expect to do much skiing in the summer, hikers and nature lovers may be better off visiting in the fall or the spring when the leaves are most stunning and the weather is totally agreeable.

There are numerous festivities that dot Scranton’s calendar, the first being aptly called First Night, a New Year’s Eve gathering of fireworks spectators and revelers in Downtown Scranton.  This is followed in coming months with multiple winter carnivals and the fourth largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the nation.  

Wine tastings and cherry pickings take place in the spring, and the Moscow Music and Arts Festival brings in visitors from throughout Northeast Pennsylvania each summer.  There’s also August’s “Wings Over Montage” annual hot wings celebration, and the Labor Day Weekend tradition of "La Festa Italiana" on Courthouse Square usually brings over 100,000 people to downtown for a variety of Italian foods and music. Oktoberfest celebrates Scranton spirit with beers and good times to share in the crisp autumn weather.