ALERT: Avoid Ticket Fraud

Nearly two years ago, Erie Events cautioned patrons about the secondary ticket market growing in popularity across the country. Since then, we’ve continued to see an increase in the amount of people unknowingly buying tickets from brokers who sell them to make a profit. This problem continues to affect many of our valued patrons and can turn a special event into a costly nightmare.

At Erie Events, we strive to ensure that all patrons attending events at our venues have an enjoyable experience and get the best possible seat for the best possible price. Unfortunately, there is a growing presence of predators that seek to take advantage of our patrons by selling counterfeit tickets or reselling tickets at grossly inflated prices. Despite our best efforts, we can’t stop them, so we need to educate our patrons and advise them to be careful when purchasing tickets. Erie Events is not able to honor, replace or refund invalid or counterfeit tickets.

While we have taken many steps to stop these predators, there are only three ways to safely purchase your tickets:

  1. Purchase them online at our secure website www.erieevents.com.
  2. Purchase them in person at the Erie Insurance Arena box office (no handling or service fees).
  3. Purchase them by calling the Erie Insurance Arena box office at (814) 452-4857.

Erie Events fully guarantees tickets purchased in any of these three ways.

The following national touring shows are scheduled to perform this year, so we are taking this opportunity to remind you about the dangers of the secondary ticket market.

  • Jason Aldean (May 5, Erie Insurance Arena)
  • Blue Man Group (May 7 & 8, Warner Theatre)
  • Sesame Street Live (May 10 & 11, Warner Theatre)
  • The Oak Ridge Boys (May 15, Warner Theatre)
  • Celtic Woman (June 26, Warner Theatre)
  • Jim Gaffigan (July 20, Erie Insurance Arena)
  • Lindsey Sterling (July 26, Warner Theatre)
  • The Carnival of Madness Tour, ft. Shinedown, Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry and Whiskey Myers (August 14, Erie Insurance Arena)
  • KISS (August 27, Erie Insurance Arena)
  • Florida Georgia Line (September 8, Erie Insurance Arena)
  • ZOSO (October 22, Warner Theatre)

Show announcements, ticket presale information and promotions can be received by signing up for our email through our website. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WordPress. We hope you “Get Up and Go” to one of our many entertainment events at the Erie Insurance Arena, Warner Theatre, Jerry Uht Ballpark and the Bayfront Convention Center!

Cirque du Soleil – OVO – Erie Insurance Arena

Erie, Pa – Cirque du Soleil returns to Erie in November 2016 with OVO, its newest touring show in arenas. The production will be presented at the Erie Insurance Arena November 17-20, for six performances only, as part of the global tour in arenas around North America. The show is presented by Visa Signature.

Thrilling more than 4.5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in Montreal in 2009 as the Big Top show, OVO will embark on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, but now in arenas, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town.

About the Show:

OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.

When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first site when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye – and the feeling is mutual.

The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countires specializing in many acrobatic acts. One highlight of OVO is the stunning Flying ACt in which a group of scarabs soar high  about the stage, from both edges to the middle landing on a platform.

The creative team behind the world of OVO is: Artistic Guides Guy Laliberte and Gilles Ste-Croix; Writer, Director and Choreographer Deborah Colker (first female director at Cirque du Soleil); Director of Creation Chantal Tremblay; Set and props Designer Gringo Cardia; Costume Designer Liz Vandal; Composer and Musical Director Bema Ceppas; Lighting Designer Eric Champoux; Sound Designer Jonathan Deans and for the first time at Cirque du Soleil; Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer Fred Gerard; Acrobatic Performance Designer Philippe Aubertin; and Makeup Designer Julie Begin.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the general public will be available starting Friday, May 13, 2016 at http://www.erieevents.com. Tickets starting at $33 for adults (subject to change) and $25 for children. Senior, military, student discounts and family 4-packs available.

EMTA Partners with Erie Arts & Culture, Erie Events, and the Erie Downtown Partnership; Expands Cultural Loop Trolley Service

Erie, PA – The Cultural Loop Trolley Service will shorten wait times, offer new pick up locations, and run from 5:00pm until midnight on Saturdays as a part of the Loop’s expansion which goes into effect May 7th.

Key partners in the expansion include the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority, Erie Arts & Culture, Erie Downtown Partnership and Erie Events. The free Saturday evening trolley service runs every fifteen minutes along a dedicated route set apart from EMTA’s regularly scheduled lines, providing “door to door” service to downtown arts and culture venues, dining, and entertainment.

“The Cultural Loop is a unique service that helps us connect the many assets that are in downtown Erie,” says John Buchna, Executive Director of the Erie Downtown Partnership. “This key service allows riders to enjoy the many different business, arts, cultural and sporting events that happen each weekend. We are grateful for those involved that helps improve the overall experience of downtown Erie.”

The inception of the Cultural Loop began with a phone conversation between Erie Arts & Culture Executive Director, Amanda Brown Sissem, and a patron of the Erie Philharmonic. “They requested that we explore a park and ride service that would meet the needs of patrons during the winter months,” says Brown Sissem. “Last year the pilot program launched, and this year we are pleased to be able to help expand the service. The Cultural Loop allows community members easy navigation of downtown Erie’s arts and cultural offerings making it easier than ever to participate.”

Park and ride options for the Cultural Loop include the Erie Intermodal Transportation Center, as well as the newly added locations of Liberty Park and the Sheraton Bayfront Hotel. The Liberty Park option was implemented for boaters docking at the marina to participate in Saturday evening activities in downtown Erie. The Sheraton Bayfront Hotel stop is also a part of the service’s expansion and allows tourists in town for conventions or recreation an option to explore downtown.

One of the primary differences between the Cultural Loop and other EMTA routes, is that it is the only route servicing French street from the Bayfront to 14th, and making stops directly in front of venues such as the Erie Insurance Arena, Warner Theatre, Erie Playhouse, Dramashop and Radius Gallery inside the Renaissance Centre, and the Performing Artists Collective Alliance (PACA). “This new service is a departure from our normal model,” says Michael C. Tann, Executive Director of the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority. “We are excited about the collaborative possibilities created by this service and potential for growth moving forward.”

Cultural Loop maps are available at EMTA, and most arts and cultural venues in Downtown Erie. Route maps can also be downloaded online at www.erieartsandculture.org and www.ride-the-e.com. As a part of the expansion, and to better promote and service patrons, LED screens displaying where the trolley is along the route in real-time are being installed at the Warner Theatre and Sheraton Bayfront Hotel. Riders can also track the trolley via EMTA’s new mobile app myStop and sign up for texts that alert them when the trolley is arriving at their stop via www.ride-the-e.com/mystop. 

About Erie Arts & Culture

The mission of Erie Arts & Culture is to strengthen the vibrancy and vitality of the Erie Region and enrich the lives of our people through the advancement of arts and culture. Additional information about Erie Arts & Culture is available online at www.erieartsandculture.org.

About Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority

EMTA (Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority) provides over 3 million rides a year in Erie County. In operation since 1966, EMTA currently operates 29 fixed routes through Erie city and county; including Albion, Corry, Cranesville, Elk Creek, Erie, Fairview, Girard, Harborcreek, Lake City, Lawrence Park, McKean, Millcreek, North East, Summit, Union City, Waterford, Washington, and Wayne townships. In order to provide reliable service to as many as possible in Erie County, these fixed routes operate an average of over 20 hours and over 5,500 miles each day Monday through Sunday.

About Erie Events

The mission of Erie Events is to provide world class convention facilities and entertainment venues presenting diverse performing arts and sporting events for county and regional residents and their visiting families and friends, meeting and convention visitors, travelers and vacationers. Erie Events strives to present a diverse selection of performing arts and sporting events enjoyable to not just residents of our own community, but also to meeting and convention visitors, travelers and vacationers.

About Erie Downtown Partnership

The Erie Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of downtown Erie by improving its image, business climate, physical environment, and design. More information is available online at http://www.eriedowntown.com/.