Arts & Culture

Check out the newest exhibit at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley: Art of the Fantastic. This exhibition is the most comprehensive display of fantastic art to date, and this is also the first time that it has been presented on such a large scale. Make sure to read our review of the exhibition and view our photos before attending.

Head to Lehigh Valley’s hottest new performing arts venue this summer; the Sands Bethlehem Event Center. This new concert venue is bringing in world-class acts, including these performances for July:

Find out more and get your tickets here.


The whole family will love the Lehigh Valley Zoo, home to more than 275 animals ranging from African Penguins to Zebras. The zoo was named “Best Family Day Trip” each year since 2009 by the Morning Call’s Reader’s Choice Awards. The zoo is open daily (weather permitting) and visitors can get in for about $10 / person. Visit to find out more.

Many parts of the world are being explored for signs of the paranormal, and Lehigh Valley is no exception. Having been around for centuries, it should be no surprise that our area is home to an exceptional number of “haunted” locations and more than a few “true-life” horror stories. Stay & Investigate in Lehigh Valley to find out for yourself.

Dining & Shopping

Saucon Valley is holding its Restaurant Week this month at various participating restaurants. From July 22 – 28, Sagra Bistro, Braveheart Highland Pub, Yianni’s Taverna and other local restaurants will offer specially priced menu items for lunch and dinner. Find out more here.

Fairs & Festivals

Each summer, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival on the campus of DeSales University produces a season of Shakespeare and other classics. The festival is the summer home to nearly 150 artists from around the country, including winners and nominees of the Tony, Obie, and Emmy awards. The 2012 season will have performances through August 5. Find out more at

The sweetest festival of the summer is right around the corner! Historic Bethlehem Partnership’s annual Blueberry Festival takes place on the weekend of July 21 & 22, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. There will be plenty of food vendors and entertainment to keep the whole family happy. Make sure to get there early to reserve your spot in the pie eating contest!

Family Fun

BounceU recently opened its third Lehigh Valley location in Easton (along with existing locations in Allentown and Bethlehem). Throughout the weekend of July 13 – 15, all three locations will celebrate by holding “open bounce” events that are open to the public and free, with a catch. The ‘price’ of admission is a donation of $5 or more worth of school supplies per guest to benefit Lehigh Valley Foster Children. So bounce on over and check them out to support a great cause!


Allentown Municipal Golf Course is an 18-hole championship golf course with greens to challenge even the most serious golfer, and was voted the #1 best public course and driving range by the Morning Call‘s Readers Choice Awards in 2009. Make sure to stop by Brew Works on the Green for a celebratory round after you’re finished.

Coming in for a golf weekend? Our Stay & Play golf packages have everything you need for a successful day out on the course. Starting at just $99 per person, the packages include overnight accommodations, breakfast, and 18 holes of golf (including cart and greens fee) at one of seven participating golf courses.


Each year, the city of Easton celebrates Heritage Day in early July to commemorate the date in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was read to the public in the city’s “Great Square.” This year’s celebration will be held on July 8 in Centre Square, with colonial re-enactors, a Civil War encampment, historic pageants and goods from period crafters. Find everything you need to know here.

Tour the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum on Friday, July 27, and see the exhibits come to life during “Ghosts of the Museum.” Meet Pennsylvania Germans, colonial Americans, and many other personalities as they show how the past connects with the present. The first tour leaves at 5:30 p.m. and the last tour leaves at 9 p.m. This tour is free to members. For non-members, it’s just $6 for adults, $3 for children & under 5 are free.

Outdoor Recreation

Grab your binoculars and take a leisurely hike up Hawk Mountain in Kempton, with eight miles of trails leading up to an incredible view of the surrounding peaks. It was the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and the Sanctuary encompasses a total of 2,600 miles. This hike is suitable for even the most novice climbers and the small $6 trail fee goes directly to conservation efforts. Click here for more information and directions.


Eagles Training Camp returns to the fields of Lehigh University this month! Rookies and quarterbacks will report to training camp on Sunday July, 22, and the remaining veterans will report to Lehigh on Wednesday, July 25. Exact practice times and autograph schedules will be announced at a later date. Follow @EaglesInsider on twitter for real-time updates and visit the Eagles’ website for more information. Camp is scheduled to break on Wednesday, August 15.

Thousands of amateur athletes will converge on Allentown this month for Lehigh Valley Sportsfest, taking place July 19 – 22 at various locations and parks around the city. The annual Sportsfest features more than 10,000 athletes, competing in everything from archery to volleyball. Find out more at

Wineries / Breweries

Enjoy delicious wine samplings from the eight wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail during Wine on the Mountain at Penn’s Peak. Relax with good wine and good people on the spacious panoramic deck overlooking the surrounding Pocono Mountains. Artists and crafters will have tables set up, plus there will be live musical entertainment. The event takes place July 28 & 29, from noon to 5 p.m. each day. Tickets are $14 in advance or $16 at the door. Find out more here.

Various tours will be offered this month at Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery in Breinigsville. You’ll spend the afternoon sipping wine as you tour Clover Hill and learn about the grape-growing and wine-making process from start to finish. If the weather permits, visitors will have the chance to go into the vineyard and other areas of production. The cost is $12 per person and advance tickets are required. Tours will be offered:

  • July 14 at noon and 2 p.m.
  • July 23 at 2 p.m.