Weekend Entertainment | Light My Fire

The second and final Waterfire Festival of the year will take place Saturday from 2 to 11 p.m. in downtown Sharon, Pa.

The event hits its zenith at dusk, when 55 braziers full of wood anchored to the surface of the Shenango River are ceremoniously set ablaze. It’s always a great scene.

But the festival has a lot more to offer. On the music stage, The Hern Brothers will play from 4 to 7 p.m., and Grant Street Exit will perform from 8 to 10 p.m.

There’s also an act called Ukeladies Gone Wild playing from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

There is also a children’s fun zone from 3 to 7 p.m. and, of course, vendors, artisans and a food court. Click HERE.

In Lisbon, the Johnny Appleseed Festival returns this weekend. It starts with a parade at 10:45 a.m. in the downtown area and goes late into the night. The festival is also open Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Click HERE.

The Pabsolutely rock festival, now in its 16th year, also returns Saturday with a dozen bands performing on an outdoor stage at The Royal Oaks bar, 924 Oak St., on Youngstown’s East Side.

The hard-rock lineup is not for the faint of heart and will culminate in a 10 p.m. set by headliner Rebreather. It also includes 11 other bands, including three that insist on using all capital letters: LAKE LAKE, DAGGRS and WE.


Admission is $10, and proceeds benefit Purple Cat of Youngstown.

Comedian Anthony Rodia will do his standup bit at Stambaugh Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday. 

The New Yorker built his following the old fashioned way – by posting tons of videos on YouTube during a pandemic. Check out his podcast, Little Bit of Laughs, to get caught up. Get tickets for his Youngstown show HERE.

Mary Faktor’s one-woman show “The Six Ages of Woman” will come to the Robins Theatre in Warren at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The time-tested comedy show, which was launched in the 1980s and is updated yearly, chronicles the life of a woman named Vicki through hilarious phone conversations with her best friend.

The crowd listens in as the years pass by, and Vicki grows from a teenager to a menopausal woman over the course of the 75-minute show.

For tickets, click HERE.

The highlight of the weekend will be Saturday’s concert by rising Nashville star Hardy and Lainey Wilson. The show is sold out, but tickets can be had if you have the cash. To learn more, click HERE.

Alt-rock act Blue October (“Hate Me,” “Into the Ocean”) will come to Packard Music Hall in Warren for an 8 p.m. show on Sunday. For tickets, click HERE.

For a look at everything going on in the area, check out The List.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.