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Sunset Music Series and Discover Presque Isle return this summer


The UPMC Sunset Music series is back and will kick off a return to Discover Presque Isle after both events are canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

Presque Isle Partnership officials have announced that the popular evening beach concert series and annual multi-day festival will resume on July 21 at Presque Isle State Park. The sunset concerts will move to Beach 11 and continue weekly from Wednesday to August 11.

Discover Presque Isle will run through July 25 at various sites across the peninsula, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a state park.

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“Discover Presque Isle and the UPMC Sunset Music Series are so much a part of the culture here at Presque Isle State Park that we were eager to put something in place to honor this 100th anniversary,” said Jon DeMarco, Executive Director of Presque Isle. Partnership. His non-profit organization hosts both events and raises funds to support the park’s programs and projects.

Sunset Music Series

Here is the lineup of the Sunset Music Series. For each date, the first group listed must play at 5:30 p.m. The second group will perform at 7.15pm.

  • July 21: Lori Burke, Key West Express
  • July 28: Claire Stuczynski with Eric Brewer, The Breeze Band
  • August 4: Rankin & Schell, shaded side
  • August 11: Tyler Smilo, Fox Grotto (Falling Hollywood)

Each event in the series will take place from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. In the past, concerts attracted thousands of people to Beach 1 of the park.

DeMarco said the series has been moved to Beach 11 because it has the most parking, most amenities, and the best accessibility for boaters and people with disabilities.

Organizers said each concert will also include extended swimming hours and a raffle. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the beach concession stand.

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Discover Presque Isle

Discover Presque Isle will again feature the sand sculpture contest, pancake breakfast, family fishing, volleyball, bonfire and kite as well as an outdoor movie night featuring featured “Jaws”.

Activities will be spread over five days instead of the usual three to help control crowds in the park, which has already seen more visitors due to the pandemic, DeMarco said.

He said the main difference at this year’s Discover Presque Isle will be the lack of a craft and food sales area. Concerns about large numbers of people in small areas are also a reason food trucks won’t be at Sunset Music Series concerts, he said.

People can take their own food and drink, with the exception of alcohol, which is not allowed in the park. DeMarco said it was important that visitors “pack what they pack. Garbage has been a big issue in the park recently.”

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While almost all upcoming programs are free, including concerts, donations will be accepted. Visitors will also be able to get special PI Anniversary Wood Chips, in lieu of frog buttons from years gone by, for a donation of $ 5. The chips will be available during DPI and on concert nights, DeMarco said.

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Pictures: Presque Isle State Park and Presque Isle Bay, June 2021

For more details, including a full Discover Presque Isle schedule, visit or dial 814-838-5138.

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