Erie has a thriving art and culture scene. Each year local productions, Broadway shows, national touring acts, and our annual heritage festivals pack local social calendars across Erie County. A world-class kids museum, the Flagship Niagara, historic Warner Theater, and a zoo that has been the pride of the community since it opened its doors in 1927, offer family activities or experiences for locals and tourists.

Year round cultural experiences are the heart of Erie County's special lore.  Live music in North East vineyards and on the beaches of Presque Isle, or theatrical performances downtown on one of our First Friday experiences at the Erie Art Museum and local art galleries. Erie provides entertainment found in a larger city with the affordability, easy accessibility, and convenience of a smaller town.

Erie’s extraordinary arts and cultural community provides residents and tourists alike with experiences that deepen the roots of our region, enliven neighborhoods, fuel creativity and learning, and bridge cultural divides. For a complete resource guide to all the area's arts and culture organizations, check out Erie Arts and Culture.

Erie Arts & Culture is a backbone organization uniting and supporting local arts and culture.
All An Act Productions, or A3, as we affectionately call it, is an Erie theatre troupe whose mission is to make quality theatre more accessible to the Greater Erie Community.
The Erie Art Museum receives general support from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Erie County Gaming Authority and is a partner of Erie Arts & Culture.
The expERIEnce Children’s Museum is a place that has been inspiring creativity and imagination in children for twenty years.
The Erie County Historical Society has opened the brand new History Center in Erie’s nationally recognized West Sixth Street Historic District! Experience our rich history with the multi-million dollar Hagen History Center.
In existence for over 100 years, the Erie Philharmonic is comprised of 65+ world-class musicians from around the region.
Since 1983, the Erie Playhouse has been at its current address 13 West 10th Street, the home of the former Strand Theatre, which was built as a movie house in 1947.
Erie County, Pennsylvania has a rich history. So rich in fact the county boasts more than twenty museums and historical societies. These organizations came together to create Erie Yesterday.
Goodell Gardens & Homestead is a non-profit botanical garden and arboretum located in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Brig Niagara, home-ported in Erie, Pennslyvania, is a replica of the relief flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.
The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture strengthens the vibrancy of the Erie region by presenting world-class performing arts experiences that lift the spirit, galvanize the intellect, stimulate the imagination and encourage the free exchange of ideas.