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A Summer to Remember

It is officially the first day of summer! Celebrate the season, relax and have fun with family and friends. Below is your guide to some awesome local events, check them out and make this an unforgettable summer. 

 

Bear Creek Mountain Resort offers a wide range of events including: Sunday Night Jazz, Margarita Mondays, and Music under the stars on Thursdays.

The Banana Factory Arts Center has something for everyone with tons of fun activities including: arts and crafts, filmmaking and photography to anniversary exhibitions and so much more. Take a look at their calendar and plan your next creative experience.

Musik Fest is celebrating their 35th Anniversary from August 3- 12. The fest offers 500-plus music and art performances spanning 10 days and that makes this the largest free admission music festival in the U.S.

At the Allentown Art Museum you are sure to be inspired as you learn and create, gain insight on guided tours, and partake in community events. Also, don’t forget about the free admission Sunday afternoons and every third Thursday. Be sure to check out the calendar to see what is happening.

 

Spring Festivals in the Valley

A close-up of a saxophone held by one of the band members during a jazz concert

See what the Valley has to offer this Spring!

Spring is here! While it’s been a cold start, warmer days are to come and so are festivals and events! The Lehigh Valley has a diverse lineup of fun activities, musical acts, breweries, and more!

The SouthSide Music & Arts Festival kicks off on Friday, April 20th in SouthSide Bethlehem. It’s a celebration of music and visual arts! The two-day festival will take place on April 20th and April 21st. Country and rock band, Delta Rae will be performing along with bluegrass group the Infamous Stringdusters, and folk-pop singer Dar Williams. For the full experience, grab a single-day wristband for $30 or a two-day wristband for $50!

On Wednesday, May 2 to Thursday, June 7 SteelStacks in SouthSide Bethlehem will host a monthlong music series. RiverJazz will include Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and singer Lisa Simone. Lisa Simone will give a Q&A accompanying a screening of the acclaimed documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?”, about her mother, the legendary jazz singer Nina Simone. You can find the full lineup here.

On May 4th to Sunday, May 6th the Emmaus Theatre will host the 2018 Emmaus Film Festival. The festival will highlight both local and international filmmakers and also women of independent cinema. The theme of the festival is “The Masks We Wear.” Afterward, film lovers can join the afterparty over at Yergey Brewing. The program also features a Women in Film discussion panel, workshops and table reads of screenplays. You can get tickets here.

Mayfair Festival of the Arts is also right around the corner! The festival has been a staple in the Lehigh Valley and will return this year after a cancellation in 2017. From Friday, May 25th to Sunday, May 27th, Cedar Crest College will host this celebration of art, music, community, and crafts!