Things to Discover in Lehigh Valley, PA

April 2012

There are so many events happening each month in Lehigh Valley, and this is only a taste of what’s going on. That’s why it would be beneficial to make it a habit to check out our events calendar and social media sites so you know what’s happening all the time.

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Make sure you visit our Travel Tuesday section of our website. Every Tuesday, we announce the newest deals and discounts available at area hotels and inns. You will find these deals exclusively on our website, and we’ll continue to work with area hotels and attractions to bring you the best money-saving deals around.

Arts & Culture

The Arts Community of Easton will hold its 14th Annual Open Studio Arts Tour on the weekend of April 14 & 15, welcoming visitors for a leisurely self-guided walking tour into various galleries and shops across the city. Pick up your free map at Connexions Art Gallery (213 Northampton Street) and at most other gallery locations on tour days.

You’re invited to the 2012 Gala at the Allentown Art Museum on April 14 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Awaiting you at the Gala is a wonderful dinner, a silent auction filled with fantastic prizes and dancing throughout the beautiful and newly renovated galleries at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley. Tickets are $225 / person. Find out everything you need to know here.


Do you remember what it was like to cruise in and catch a movie at the drive-in movie theaters back in the day? Who are we kidding … back in the day? You can still do it right here in our backyard! Becky’s Drive In Theatre in Berlinsville is opening this weekend, with various showtimes on April 6, 7 & 8. Admission costs just $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-12 (2 and under are free). Check here for movies and show times.

The folks at Rodale Institute are awaiting the 25,000 organic tulips that they planted last spring to burst into bloom very soon, and you’re invited to view this spectacular sight during their Organic Tulip Festival. The festival will be held on Saturday, April 14, beginning at 10 a.m., but you can come and pick tulips anytime between April 3 and 21. Make sure to bring a camera as well as your own bucket for your blooms.

Dining & Shopping

If you’re into antiquing, collecting, or just getting a great deal, you can’t miss Renninger’s Antique & Collector’s Extravaganza in Kutztown from April 26 – 28. The event has long been a meeting place for dealers and collectors from all over the world to buy and sell amongst themselves and the general public. For hours and full information, click here.

Lehigh Carbon Community College invites you to join them for Great Chefs 2012 demonstrations inside some of the most interesting restaurants in the area. The series includes cooking instructions, recipe sharing, wonderful sampling, and great company. The registration fee of $20 for each restaurant session includes the feature demonstration and all food samples at each restaurant. For a list of event dates and restaurants, click here.

Fairs & Festivals

Pet lovers won’t want to miss Paws on the Promenade at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, on April 28 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. You’ll have the chance to meet volunteers from a variety of local animal shelters and groups, participate in the pet parade, and enjoy “Yappy Hour” at the Patio Food Court. Bring your pups and the whole family. Who knows, you might even find your next pet! Get all your information here.

Family Fun

Get the family out of the house this month and head over to Dorney Park, opening for the season on April 28. Home to more than 100 rides and attractions, including eight roller coasters and dozens of state-of-the-art thrill machines, Dorney Park is the only place on the East Coast where families can visit Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the PEANUTS gang at Camp Snoopy. Save the family from that long drive home and make it an overnight stay with our exclusive Dorney Deals.

If you’re not sure how to get to Sesame Street, then look no further; we’ve got the answer! Sesame Street Live is coming to Stabler Arena in Bethlehem from April 6 – 8. Bring the family to see a world of adventure come to life with Elmo, Abby Cadabby and friends for an imagination inspired musical. Tickets are available at


The golf season is in full swing here in Lehigh Valley after one of the mildest winters we’ve ever seen. The region is home to many beautiful golf courses to fit any style of play and any budget. From 18 challenging holes on award-winning courses to rounds of mini-golf to improve your putting on the weeknights, we’ve got you covered. View our full list of courses.

Looking for that perfect golf getaway with your buddies? Discover Lehigh Valley’s Stay & Play package takes all the stress out of booking your overnight stay. We’ve worked with local hotels to put together packages that include an overnight stay, breakfast and 18 holes out on the course. The only thing we can’t promise is reducing your handicap out on the links!


Crafters, quilters and art lovers: Don’t miss this exhibit of never-before-displayed Pennsylvania German quilts and coverlets during Quilt Fest at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum. The exhibit will be held on April 21 from 1 – 4 p.m. and is free to members. Admission for non-members: $6 adults, $3 children, under 5 are free.

The brand new “Cars that Were Stars” exhibit debuts at America on Wheels on April 14 at 10 a.m. and will remain in the museum until October. This exhibit showcases a truly unique collection of cars that were featured in major motion pictures or television series. Find out more information here.

Outdoor Recreation

Get some fresh air while helping the community at the same time during the Historic District City Clean Up and Celebration on April 28 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Clean Up will take place from 9 – 11 a.m. along Main and Broad Streets, picking up litter, cleaning out planters, and planting new flowers for spring! All ages are welcome. After the Clean Up, join in the celebration from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and mingle with representatives from Earth Friendly Organizations to learn about their sustainable initiatives while listening to bands perform live on the street.


The Lehigh Valley IronPigs 2012 season is now underway, with the opening game on April 5 at Coca-Cola Park. If you haven’t been to a game yet, you have no idea what you’re missing. Single game tickets are available for as low as $7 for general admission or $10 for field level tickets. Before you go, visit the IronPigs’ promotions page for the schedule of giveaways and special events.

Wineries / Breweries

Visit the beautiful Bear Creek Mountain Resort for the 3rd Annual Spring Wine Festival on the weekend of April 14 & 15. Guests will enjoy wine and food samples, live music and helpful seminars. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For more information or for tickets, click here.