Theater, music, wine, food, more for summer ’21

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Theater, music, wine, family fishing, food trucks, monster trucks, pets on parade. The Erie area has all that and more this summer. 

Concerts, festivals, shows and other events that were canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic are returning and new ones are starting. Here is just some of what you can find to do this summer. The list isn’t complete. It couldn’t be. So many events are going on that we couldn’t get everything in. And the fate of some is still being decided.

Note: It’s always a good idea to check with organizers in advance to make certain an event is still taking place and to find out what COVID-19 measures are in place.

Summer events

Hot air balloon flyover: June 18, 7 p.m., and June 19, 7 a.m., Meadville. Thurston Classic was cancelled due to COVID-19 but seven balloonists will honor the late event chairman Ted Watts with flights over the Meadville area, weather permitting. Times are approximate. No specific viewing areas; balloons will launch from outlying areas and attempt to fly over the city. Free.

“Rogues’ Gallery” by John Patrick Shanley: June 18 and 19, 8 p.m., PACA, 1505 State St., second floor. A collection of 10 monologues explores the allure of bad behavior and the absurdity of being human. $15 in-person, $10 online. 814-616-7222, 

Party @ the Pines: June 18, July 2 and 23, Aug. 6 and 20, and Sept. 3, Whispering Pines Golf Course, 15630 Middle Road, Meadville. Summer concert series featuring country, rock-tribute, Janis-Joplin tribute, blues bands and more. $50-$360 for two, four or eight tickets. 814-333-2827,