March 2013


Arts & Culture | Attractions | Dining & Shopping | Fairs & Festivals | Family Fun
Ski, Board & Tube | Heritage | Outdoor Recreation | Sports | Wineries & Breweries

“In like a lion, out like a lamb,” that’s the age old saying for the month of March. However, with so many events going on leading up to spring, March in Lehigh Valley will come in like a lion and hopefully leave like one, as well!

Be sure to check out our Restaurant Madness promotion throughout the whole month on our Facebook page. Each day, we will be giving away a $25 gift certificate to a participating Lehigh Valley restaurant.

March also means St. Patrick’s Day! Lehigh Valley is rich in Irish tradition and that will be evident during the 3rd Annual Parade of the Shamrocks on March 16 in Bethlehem and with four performances of “Finnegan’s Farewell” at ArtsQuest™ Center at SteelStacks™.

Make sure to visit our events calendar. As always, we welcome you to find us on Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch.

There are some great things happening in Lehigh Valley, and with that comes plenty of great ways to save! Don’t forget to visit our Deals & Discounts page, created just for you.

Arts & Culture

Finnegan’s Farewell

ArtsQuest™ plays host to the unique play “Finnegan’s Farewell” at the Musikfest Café™ on March 7 – 10. It’s time to say goodbye to Paddy Finnegan, a beloved U.S. postman who won $10 million in Atlantic City then promptly dropped dead. As Father Seamus presides over this authentic Irish wake, the audience is treated to eulogies, sing-alongs and a missing corpse. While the cast searches for the missing body, be ready to eat, drink and dance to the music of the Dublineers.


Casino Fun

The Irish Tenors will help you enjoy St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish at the State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton on March 6. With a full orchestra, The Irish Tenors will bring their special magic to the legendary treasury of Irish music that is loved the world over.

Bobby Vinton

Travel to beautiful Jim Thorpe when American music legend Bobby Vinton comes to Penn’s Peak on March 23. This is a reserved seating show. Tickets are $40 and $35.

Dining & Shopping

Titled Kilt Party

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Kilt-style at The Tilted Kilt. Their Two Day Tent Party will be held Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. The party will include five bands, bagpipers, Irish dancers, green beer, giveaways, all day beer and liquor specials and, of course, the Tilted Kilt Girls! Irish breakfast will also be served Saturday and Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. If that wasn’t jam packed enough for you, also come out to support the Allentown Fire Department K-9 Unit and their fire dog, Judge.

Beer Cask Festival

The Great Allentown Brew Works Cask Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, March 16.  From 4 to 7 p.m., sample more than 30 cask and craft beers from your favorite breweries. Browse vendor tables offering something for everyone. From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. dine from an Irish-themed buffet with offerings such as soda bread, bubble and squeak, root vegetables, shepherd’s pie potato, leek soup and more. There will also be a V.I.P. hour from 3 to 4 p.m. where participants can enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres from Chef Mike Honeywell. A limited number of discounted tickets are available.

Fairs & Festivals

Auto Show

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show returns to Stabler Arena from March 21 – 24 and this year is going to be bigger and better than ever. The premier auto show in the region showcases some of the newest automobile styles and technologies in the industry.

Doggie Day Parade

Dress your canine to compete in Donegal Square’s Celtic Doggie Parade, on Sunday, March 10, outside of Donegal Square, from 1 – 3 p.m. Doggie competition categories include biggest dog, smallest dog, anything Irish, leprechaun wanna-be, and dog/owner look-a-like. Pre-register your pooch  by filling out the registration form, or register on the day of the event at Donegal Square (dogs welcome inside) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Family Fun

Moravian Book Shop

Spend St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 17 at Moravian Book Shop with prizes, sales, and more! Guests may select a card upon checking out and win 5, 10, or 15 percent off of one item. Save 10 percent on all St. Patrick’s themed books all day. The first 24 guests to spend $50 or more will receive a Pewter Lucky Shamrock Coin. Professionally trained Irish Step Dancers will perform at 1 p.m. to demonstrate and teach the basics of Irish Step Dancing. Kids can make crafts all day and guests can try their luck at a Pot O’ Gold Guessing Game. How lucky are you feeling? Prizes are limited to one per customer. For details and information call Moravian Book Shop at 610-866-5481 or visit

Jelly Bean Town

Jelly Bean Town USA is hosting special weekend, family-friendly events throughout the whole month of March including: March 10, 1 to 3 p.m. “Daylight Savings Time Craft”; March 17, 1 to 3 p.m. “St. Patty’s Day Craft”; March 23, 1 to 3 p.m. “Spring Egg Hunt & Craft” (Bring your baskets or bags and enjoy the fun) craft and open playtime included for only $5 per child.


Still Skiing Time Left

Lehigh Valley hotels have great deals on ski packages for Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Blue Mountain Ski Area that include lift tickets plus an overnight stay with breakfast to get you fully charged for when you hit the slopes this winter.

Bear Creek Mountain Resort will host their Spring Fling Weekend on March 16 – 17 with a cardboard box race and pond skimming. Bear Creek Mountain Resort is a family-friendly resort featuring skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. It has 21 total slopes, trails and parks on 86 ski-able acres.

Blue Mountain Ski Area has 39 trails, featuring Pennsylvania’s highest vertical and five terrain parks for all abilities. Ride the region’s only high-speed six person lift and touch the sky at Blue Mountain Ski Area.


Parade of the Shamrocks

The Celtic Cultural Alliance is very excited to announce the Third Annual “Celtic Classic Parade of Shamrocks.”  This St. Patrick’s Day celebration will take place in Historic Downtown Bethlehem on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Bring the family out for a full day of fun and visit some shops or restaurants in the downtown area before you return home.

Steel Tour

The Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel Tour continues through March 31 on Saturdays and Sundays. Learn how blast furnaces worked, why men needed brass checks to get in the gate every morning, and which buildings housed which operation on this on-site walking tour that gives visitors a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a steel worker. After the tour, hear the stories of steel from the men and women who worked at the plant at a free exhibit on Main Street, “The Steel Way of Life.”

Outdoor Recreation

Free Paintball

The coming of spring means it’s time to enjoy a variety of activities that are shelved during the colder months. Join Pocono Whitewater any day from March 29 to April 30 and receive a free pass to come back and play Skirmish Paintball!

St. Patrick’s Day on the Greens

Celebrate the wearing of the green … on the greens! Iron Lakes Country Club’s St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tournament kicks off the golfing season on March 16. The St. Patrick’s Day event is a four person scramble, shot gun start at 11:30 a.m. followed by a traditional meal of Corned Beef and Cabbage.


Indoor Football

The opening game of the Lehigh Valley SteelHawks season is on March 17. Watch Lehigh Valley’s indoor football team take on the Knoxville Knighthawks at Stabler Arena on Lehigh University’s campus. Kickoff is slated for 4 p.m. Season tickets as low as $48 and individual tickets as low as $10.

Play Ball

You know it is spring when Lehigh Valley IronPigs tickets are on sale! Get ready to “oink” on the Triple-A Pigs through the 2013 season. Coca-Cola Park has also introduced two new seating areas for this season. “The Hot Corner” is located directly below the PPL Picnic Patio and provides an almost on-the-field experience for fans while “The Bacon Strip” emulates Fenway Park’s fabled Green Monster along the right field wall.

Wineries / Breweries

March Madness will be happening all month long at the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail wineries, making them quite busy on the weekends. If you do plan on visiting but don’t have a March Madness Passport, we’d recommend visiting the wineries during the weekdays. It’ll make your experience more enjoyable and give you more time to peruse the vintages at a leisurely pace. If you do happen to have a passport for this excellent event, let the madness begin!