Things to Discover in Lehigh Valley, PA

March 2012

Can you believe it’s March already? Before you know it, it will soon be summer and festival season in Lehigh Valley, so start planning your getaways now. If you’re interested in winning a getaway for FREE, make sure you enter our monthly “Win A Getaway” contest on our website. You can enter as many times as you like, so the more you enter the better your chances are.

If you find yourself in the area and don’t know what to do, make sure to bookmark our daily events calendar and find us on facebook and twitter to keep in touch. We’re always posting about some of the most interesting events and news that Lehigh Valley has to offer.

Make sure you visit our Travel Tuesday section of our website. Every week (on 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

“Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present” is a unique exhibit organized by the Brooklyn Museum and now on display at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley. “Who Shot Rock & Roll” has a unique focus on the influence of the photographer capturing the image, providing visitors with unique visual access to some of the most recognizable names in rock for the past 50 years. This exhibit will be on display at the museum through May 13.

“Rockin’ Broadway,” an original musical revue, will come to the Civic Theatre on March 14 at 8 p.m. for one show only. This show, in conjunction with Rock through the Valley, celebrates the influence of Rock & Roll on various art forms, in particular the American musical. From “Hair” to “Tommy” and “Rent” to “Grease,” Rockin’ Broadway will emphasize how Broadway captures the musical beat of each generation.


Flint Hill Farm Agricultural Education Center’s mission is to bridge the gap between the family farm and the surrounding suburban community. They offer family farm stays and tours for families and school groups interested in learning more about the relationship between the consumer and the local farm. The farm store is open daily to the public, selling eggs, goat and cow milk artisan cheeses, yogurt and fresh cream butter. Stop by on March 17, 24 or 31 as Flint Hill Farm welcomes the “new kids on the block.” They are expecting around 90 newborn farm animals to hang out with the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday.

Nurture Nature Center in downtown Easton is home to a dynamic community facility that includes a science theatre and space for community workshops, as well as the famous Science on a Sphere® Exhibit, one of only 70 sites in the world lucky enough to host such an exhibit. Visitors are invited to the interactive Science on a Sphere shows every Saturday. Experience the Best of the Sphere show at 1:30 p.m. and the Rising Waters show at 2:30 p.m.

Dining & Shopping

Explore the incredibly diverse cuisine that Allentown has to offer during the city’s first ever Restaurant Month this March. Each week will feature different restaurants and different themes, and each time you dine out you’ll get a chance to win great prizes, including round-trip airline tickets to Myrtle Beach or Florida courtesy of Lehigh Valley International Airport. Find out more at

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, we suggest a visit to Donegal Square for an Irish shopping experience so authentic you’ll feel like you’re back in the old country. Specializing in Celtic imports from Ireland and the rest of the British Isles, Donegal Square is full of Celtic jewelry, clothing, home décor and even food and tea from across the pond. Stop by McCarthy’s Tea Room, located right behind Donegal Square, for a spot of tea and some authentic Irish meals to warm your soul after you’re finished shopping. For a brief tour before you visit, check out this video.

Céad míle fáilte! This year, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in style. On any day of the week from March 11-17, you can enjoy traditional Irish fare, music, events, and specials in the two downtowns of Bethlehem. Find out about all the special deals here. Everybody’s Irish on St. Patty’s Day!

Fairs & Festivals

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show returns to Stabler Arena from March 22 – 25 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. Adult tickets are just $10. Find out more at

Nowadays, the first-ever indie rock fest in Bethlehem, will be happening March 30 & 31 from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. at SteelStacks. Over the course of two days, 20 different bands, including RJD2, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., We Are Scientists and more will rock the arts campus in Bethlehem. Concerts will take place indoors and out of the elements beginning at 5 p.m. each night. Find out everything you need to know about the brand new Nowadays music festival.

Family Fun

Celebrate Lehigh County’s Bicentennial Anniversary with us on March 10 at the Allentown Fairgrounds Agri-Plex facility. There will be various community groups in attendance (including the Discover Lehigh Valley staff!), fireworks and even a short parade. There will be something for everyone, including displays, various exhibits and cultural entertainment on the county’s rich history, as well as a variety of ethnic foods and beverages. Make sure you stop by our booth to meet us and say hello!

Pennsylvania Youth Theatre (PYT) presents Stuart Little, a “Showtime in Spring” production, running March 23 – 25 and March 30 – April 1. The story of Stuart Little is an endearing classic tale of an adventurous mouse born into an ordinary New York family, made famous by E. B. White’s novel. Experience the many adventures of Stuart as they are brought to life in this PYT presentation. Shows will be held at the Charles A. Brown Icehouse in Bethlehem. Find out more information here.


Now that winter is ending (Did it ever really begin?), it’s time to start getting back into the swing of golf season here in Lehigh Valley. Many of our courses are already open to golfers looking to hone their skills and get ahead of the pack this spring. If you’re planning on taking a day trip and need a list of local courses, please check out the Golf section of our website. If you’re coming with the guys or girls for a golf weekend, you won’t want to miss the Stay & Play deals we’ve worked out with local courses and hotels.


March 11 is Northampton County History Day, sponsored by Passport to History, an alliance of the county’s historical societies and organizations. Commemorating Northampton County’s incorporation on March 11, 1752, the day’s program launches the Passport program that introduces visitors to more than twenty historical sites throughout Northampton County. The free event will be held at the Sigal Museum in Easton from 2 – 4 p.m.

Historic Bethlehem Partnership will celebrate Community Day on March 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors will have free access to various Historic Bethlehem Partnership museums and sites including the Moravian Museum, 1750 Smithy (Blacksmiths will have the fire going) as well as the 1764 Waterworks and other sites in the Colonial Industrial Quarter.

Outdoor Recreation

Get Out! Lehigh Valley is a free, healthy outdoor activity program providing safe and fun activities for you and your family. March’s event will be held at Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in Emmaus on March 31 from 10 a.m. to noon, with a walk along the Little Lehigh Creek for an easy 1.5 mile stroll. Sturdy footwear or hiking boots are recommended. The walk is appropriate for children of all ages, and dogs on leashes are welcome too! Register here or find out more at


Head to Bear Creek Mountain Resort on March 10 & 11 for Spring Fling Weekend. There will be plenty of live music, entertainment and drink specials at the outdoor tiki bar. The weekend fun begins with the Cardboard Box Race on Saturday afternoon as speed demons race down the hill in their cardboard creations to determine the race champion and Sunday will follow with the Pond Skimming competition. Those not participating are more than welcome to spectate and cheer on your favorite racers.

Bring some recyclables to pitch in to the Arbor Recycling Rail Jam at Blue Mountain Ski Area on March 10 at 2 p.m., and stay for the Big Air Competition immediately following from 4:30 – 8. The following weekend, Blue Mountain will hold their annual pond skimming contest on March 18 from 1 – 5 p.m. Check out these highlights from a few years back!


Have you ever tried your hand at paintball? There is no time like the present, and there are some great specials this month at Skirmish in Jim Thorpe, the world’s premiere paintball facility. March 15 is Ladies Day and women play skirmish for free, so bring your friends! They’ll also be celebrating their 29th anniversary later in the month on the weekend of March 24 & 25. The cost is just $21 per player, and includes 250 free paintballs and N2 air fills.

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 weeknights. 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!

Calling all beer lovers: Allentown Brew Works will be hosting their Cask Beer Festival on March 31 from 3 – 6 p.m. with a minimum of 26 delicious beer selections available for sampling! You’ll enjoy exclusive cask creations from some of the best names in the biz, as well as Brew Work’s delicious beer varieties. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, with designated driver tickets going for $15. Get the full list of breweries and details here.