National, Family-Friendly Events Highlight August in Erie Region

9 Aug, 2017

The Erie Sports Commission will wrap up its busy summer season by hosting and supporting multiple events in August, including the highly-anticipated Nitro Circus Live, The Color Run, and The Lantern Fest.

The Lake Erie Cycle Fest will host its inaugural, four-day event August 10-13, kicking off with a slow roll ride at Perry Square. The event features daily rides of varying lengths for all riders, including the annual Tour de West County. Event proceeds will benefit EmergyCare, the YMCA of Greater Erie, and WQLN. Learn more at

The Color Run returns to Erie for its fourth year on August 12 with The Color Run Dream Tour, Presented by Lay’s®. The colorful 5K run will follow its traditional route in Downtown Erie, ending with a party in Perry Square. New this year is the Foam Zone, unicorn medal, and a purple Color Zone. Learn more at

North Coast Bass Association will host its two-day King of Bass Tournament at Presque Isle State Park on August 19-20. Anglers will catch largemouth bass only on Saturday, and either large or smallmouth bass on Sunday, with a $2,500 prize to the first place team. To learn more, visit

On August 20, Lake Erie Speedway will host Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live for the first time, showcasing an all-start international lineup of world-class action sports athletes in freestyle motocross, BMX, scooter, and inline, including multiple X Games medalists. Learn more at

On August 26, PA B.A.S.S. Nation will host an Open Buddy Tournament on Lake Erie. A first place prize of $10,000 goes to the team with the heaviest catch – based on a 100-boat field. Learn more here:

The Lantern Fest makes its second trip to Lake Erie Speedway on August 26. Spectators will come together for food, music and dancing before the lanterns go up after dark. Learn more and register at

For a full event calendar and more information, visit

The Erie Sports Commission is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The ESC strives to enhance the image of Erie by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.


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